Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Advent Jukebox, Day 17....Christmastime is Danko Time!

After Robbie Robertson and his own private Yoko Ono, Martin Scorsese, blew up the Band in 1976 Rick Danko quickly put together his own troupe and headed back out on the road.

One of the Robertson tunes Danko took with him was 'Christmas Must Be Tonight' which he turned into a stomping rag as only he can (see above).

Here's my take on the original, more subdued, version...

Interestingly, in the '80's Robertson tried to reclaim the tune by re-recording it, twice...Personally, I don't think a drum machine adequately replaced Levon Helm.
Want a little more expositional ramallamadingdongage on the tunes on offer? You can find it...Here (scroll down past the player).


Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Advent Jukebox, Day 16...Lights In The Sky Everywhere.


Moving on from 'Starry Starry Night' it's time for an particle/wave-based oracle story from that guy with the holey guitar that I blame for pretty much everything, at least as far as standing on street corners strumming goes.

Anyway, here's my version...

Image at the top of the post...The bright star 'Vega' captured at the Drew Observatory in Rhode Island by astronomer Scott MacNeill...More star tunes to follow, including one from those Big Pink fellas.
Looking for a little bit more digressive meandering about this, and a bunch of the other Advent Juke tunes too?...You can find it all...Here (scroll down past the player for the song stories).


Friday, December 15, 2017

Advent Jukebox, Day 15... Christmastime In The Mountains.


This is a Will Oldham/Palace Songs(ish) arrangement of a tune that may or may not have been written by bandmate Roy Black.

I first heard the thing buried in a Hansard/Irglova/Frames live version of another Advent Jukebox favourite, 'Star-Star', awhile back, sung by Joe Doyle...Then, more recently, I came across it as a home recording from Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray...They are a musical duo who once hooked me with...this. They have since changed their name, added a full band and moved on to slightly harder stuff which I still very much dig.

Anyway, here is my stripped way down version of the song under consideration...

You can reprise all of this year's Advent Juke tunes, and read a bit more of the back story of (or, at the very least a digression or seven about) many of them....Here.


Solar Panel Fueled Protesting In....Berkeley.


I've lived in Berkeley.

I know Berkeley.


The image above is, most definitely, the pictorial definition of the place...

Tip O' The Toque to Elliott Smith an almost, but not quite, Canuckistanian ex-pat guessed it.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Advent Jukebox, Day 14....A Festival Of Night Sky Lights.

"...One of the biggest points of interest about this painting is that it came entirely from Van Gogh’s imagination. None of the scenery matches the area surrounding (the) Saint-Paul (asylum) or the view from his window. As a man who religiously paints what he sees, it’s a remarkable break from Van Gogh’s normal work..."

Here's my take, capo'd up, on the songwriting imagination of Mr. McLean...

As per usual, you can catch-up on all of this year's Advent Jukebox tunes...Here.


I Know It's Not Really Bedford Falls, But...


....Every once in a while time, distance and reports like the following sure do make me wonder if the place where I grew up did, indeed, have a Bert the cop and an Ernie the taxi driver roaming its streets keeping me out of real trouble back when I was a teen-aged dumb boy:

Once, in that weird time between college and gradual school, one of those Berts, who, of course, knew my Dad, called him up in the middle of the night to come take the not-so prodigal son home from the drunk tank...Never, ever happened again (not even close, in fact, except for one ice-cold vodka-fueled Polish family Christmas party that took place some years later a stone's throw from that little cottage on Milvia in Berkeley California where Ti Jean wrote the Dharma book in days of yore)
And, just in case you click through to the actual story linked to in the tweet...I know that the story was actually written about Sidney...I actually spent lots of time out there too...Except there I was the one working to keep kids out of trouble...Great cops with kids best interest at heart there also.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Advent Jukebox, Day 13....A Christmas Card Like No Other.


A long, long time ago I met this guy at the track....errr...ballpark.

And it was he who got me into this writing-for-free business.

Which, some of you regulars may have surmised, has becomd a terrible habit I just can't shake.

Anyway, this guy also forced me, very much against my will, into road trips to places like Las Vegas to hunt down Chocolate Roy as well as Peoria Arizona where we hit fungoes in the desert and watched Mario Mendoza do his thing as a minor league hitting instructor for the California Angels.

Just think about that for a moment.

Mario Mendoza, hitting instructor.


Who knew that, twenty-five years later, we would both be living respectable lives and each have two pretty much grown-up kids.

Charlie, it's crazy...

Especially when you realize that only one of us has even been to Minneapolis:

You want a wee bit of the real thing
from Mr. Waits?....You can find it...Here.

As always, you can catch up on all of this year's Advent Jukebox tunes and bonus linear type content...Here.


Site C, The Aftermath (ctd)....Three Point Seven.


It's not just the upfront billions and billions that we will pay for.

It will also be the cost of operating the thing that we will pay for.

And it looks like we could very well end up paying something on the order of double-plus-ungood compared to the price paid by those that actually buy the produced power.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Advent Jukebox, Day 12... Mashapalooza

Never thought I'd end up doing a Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner tune for the old jukebox,

But this one is brought to you pretty much entirely by Bigger E who mashed a song of theirs called 'Making Plans' with theElvis holiday standard.

This one's for Danneau...

Another version of 'Making Plans' has Ms. Parton teaming up with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt...It's wonderful.
Also, on a recent comment thread Danneau mentioned an old video version of us doing a pop-up version of Blue Christmas in Vancouver Airport....It's still available for your viewing/listening enjoyment here.
As always, you can catch up on all of this year's Advent Jukebox tunes and bonus linear type content...Here.


Site C, The Aftermath (ctd)... The Mikening.


As you might expect, there are all kinds of codswallopanarianisms in Mikey Mike's latest, but why not go straight to the kicker:

"...I’d say there are few people who look more foolish in this entire affair than (Green Party leader Andrew) Weaver.

Weaver could have demanded Horgan kill the Site C dam as his price for supporting the NDP in their power-sharing agreement. I asked him why he didn’t and his answer was amazing.

“What would our trump card be if they said No?” he asked.

The “trump card” would have been refusing to prop up the NDP government, of course. If Weaver had done that, Horgan would have folded like a cheap lawn chair..."


And if Horgan had not done so?

Where would Mr. Weaver and the Greens be now?


More to the point, where would we be?


Sometimes I really do wonder if Mr. Smyth does think that this is all just a game of three card monty that mysteriously starts up whenever he, himself, walks into the James Bay Inn and the distractatorial tongues automatically get to wagging.