Monthly Archives: December 2013

Best Of 2013 Dept.: Michael Goldberg’s Favorites — music, films, books

My favorite albums of the year, in no particular order:

1. Body/Head – Coming Apart

2. Bob Dylan, 50th Anniversary Collection 1963

3. Throwing Muses – Purgatory/ Paradise

4. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon

5. Bob Dylan – Another Self-Portrait

6. La Lux – It’s Alive

7. Savages – Silence Yourself

8. M.I.A. – Matangi

9. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

10. Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

11. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

12. Deerhunter – Monomania

13. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

14. Bill Callahan – Dream River

15. Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door

16. Haim – Days Are Gone

17. Son Volt – Honky Tonk

18. Personal Records – Eleanor Friedberger

19. William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor?

Best Comp/Reissue/Box Set:

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica (Zappa Records)

Also of note, though it was released in 2012: Captain Beefheart, Bat Chain Puller

Favorite Music Film/Other Film

These are films I watched this year and really dug: The Butler, Beautiful Losers, Not Fade Away, The Last Mistress, Band of Outsiders

Favorite Music Book / Other Book

The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen – Sylvie Simmons

Just Kids – Patti Smith

I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp – Richard Hell

Musical Highlights of 2013

Dylan’s Another Self Portrait; the rollout of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor; the unfolding of Kim Gordon’s solo career; a highlight not in a good way was Lou Reed’s death; the return of My Bloody Valentine and Neutral Milk Hotel; Jeff Tweedy solo tour; Sleater-Kinney on stage with Pearl Jam singing ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’

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Watch: David Byrne & St. Vincent, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Live

Here are some very cool mini concerts via NPR.

David Byrne & St. Vincent, January 9, 2013 – 40 minutes:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, December 21, 2013 – 20 minutes:

Kronos Quartet, November 25, 2013 – 20 minutes:

Plus listen to Arcade Fire at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2013 — 63 minutes:

Listen here.

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Listen: Stream New Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Album Now

This is good. From now ’til January 6 you can stream the entire new Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks’ album, Wig Out at Jagbags over at Amazon,

No strings attached.

Listen here.

To hear some live versions of the new songs as well as some covers and oldies, go here.

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Listen: Beck Covers John Lennon’s ‘Love’ for Valentine’s Day Comp

As previously reported, on February 4 Starbucks will start selling a new Valentine’s Day compilation, Sweetheart 2014.

Today we get to hear Beck’s contribution, a cover of John Lennon’s “Love,” which appeared in it’s original form on the 1970 album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:

1. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
2. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
3. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
4. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
5. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
7. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
8. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
9. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)

Hear samples of the tracks:

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Audio: Versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?’

Dylan in Columbia Studio A where both versions of “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” were cut.

Along with “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Positively 4th Street,” “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” was one of the first Bob Dylan songs I heard.

I was 12 years old and could totally relate to the anger and bitterness in Dylan’s voice.

The surreal lyrics, which have always reminded me of Salvador Dali and Picasso’s Cubist period, run through both “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”

And of course the sound on those records was unlike anything else going on at the time.

Bob Dylan first tried recording “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” on July 30, 1965 while working on Highway 61 Revisited with a group of musicians that included Harvey Brooks (bass), Al Kooper (organ) and Michael Bloomfield (guitar).

There were two takes recorded that day, the second of which was mistakenly released as “Positively 4th Street” on September 7, 1965. I bought that single and have long loved that version of the song.

On October 5th, 1965, Dylan and The Hawks rerecorded the song, and that version was released as a single on December 21, 1965.

I’ve included those versions below, but also a number of interesting covers.

Each of these artists — the Hold Steady, Jimi Hendrix, The Vacels and Transvision Vamp — make the song their own.

I think the Transvision Vamp version is quite good, especially if you don’t try and compare it to the Dylan versions,

Bob Dylan (version that was mistakenly released as “Positively 4th Street”):

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and the Hawks:

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

The Hold Steady:

Jimi Hendrix – Can You please Crawl Out Your Window (1967)

The Vacels

Transvision Vamp – Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window.flv

Watch: Elvis Costello & Keith Richards Jam on Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land’

Photo via

Artists including Chuck Berry, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards and Shawn Colvin performed at the PEN New England’s first Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards, held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on February 26, 2012 when Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen were honored.

Below is a video of the entire presentation, including Keith Richards and Elvis Costello performing Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land” and Chuck Berry messing up “Johnny Be Good.” The video quality and sound is professional.

I’ve also included two fan clips that provide a different view. Sound is quite is quite good.

Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land”:

Short clip from a different angle:

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The Time Machine: Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Paris 1980

So I’m the world’s biggest Captain Beefheart fan. It’s undisputed.

So I’m biased.

This 30 minute video shot in Paris,France, November 9, 1980, is terrific.

Here’s the band and the set:

Don Van Vliet – vocals, harmonica, sax
Jeff Moris Tepper – guitar
Richard Midnight Hatsize Snyder – guitar
Eric Drew Feldman – bass, synthesizer, mellotron, piano
Robert Arthur Williams – drums
Gary Lucas – guitar*

1 Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man
2 Best Batch Yet
3 Dirty Blue Gene
4 Safe as Milk
5 Flavor Bud Living*
6 Bat Chain Puller
7 Big Eyed Beans From Venus

Thanks to Steve McConnell for hipping me to Doom & Gloom From The Tomb, where I found the Beefheart clip.

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Watch: Prince Funks Out with ‘Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)’

Prince played three shows over the weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

You can watch a pro-shot video of “Something in the Water (Does Not Compute).”

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Watch: Robert Plant’s ‘Zirka’ — Episodes 7 & 8

Photo via Robert Plant’s Facebook page.

Here are the final two episodes of Robert Plant’s documentary on his 2003 trip to Mali, “Zirka.”

Watch previous episodes here.

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