Thursday, July 31, 2008

The embedding option still isn't work, so I leave you with this:

Here's some very exciting news about a new Bob Dylan album! Well, it's not "new," but rather outtakes from past albums and other unreleased songs. As a huge fan of the Bootleg Series, I'm very much looking forward to October 7, 2008.

Also, a video for the MTV Unplugged version of "Dignity."

Friday, July 25, 2008

The embedding option isn't working right now, so I'll have to post the link instead:

"Sweet Jane" by Lou Reed

And here's what I was going to post yesterday:

"Hungry" by Paul Revere and the Raiders

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Gummy Bear Dance"

One of the kids on my bus to Camp Hillard named Maxwell loves to sing this song over and over again. As you can tell within five seconds of watching this video, it's pretty much the most annoying song of all-time, and hearing an eight-year-old sing it ad nauseum doesn't much help its cause either.

Yesterday, as Maxwell went through, "I'm a gummy bear/Yes, I'm a gummy bear..." for the 27th time in about five minutes, I could take more, and put on my headphones to drown out Maxwell's voice. My song choice? Dylan's "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues":

Well, I run right down and bought a ticket
To this thing called the Bear Mountain picnic
Little did I realize,
I was in for an unpleasant funny surprise
It had nothin' to do with picnic
Didn't come close to a mountain.
An' I hate bears.

You and me both, Bob.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


With music by Tom Waits.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

I'm a Mannish Boy

To get to the summer camp I work at, Camp Hillard, in Scarsdale, New York, I take the subway into the Financial District from my apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, and then catch a camp-rented school bus (in which I’m a bus captain) to get to Westchester.

Outside of myself, the others passengers on the bus are another bus captain, the driver, and ten campers, whose ages run from 5 to 9 years old.

To keep them distracted, we let them talk, squirt water bottle fans at each other, and listen to their iPods, although camp rules say we aren’t allowed to this. But for a quiet bus drive, I don’t really care.

A few days ago, while sitting next to an eight-year-old named Max, I noticed he was listening to his iPod, and I asked to take a look at it. At the time, I was also listening to mine, and he asked the same question.

He had an iPod Nano, so there were only about 20 songs on it, including “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” by Britney Spears, and, oddly enough, his favorite song of the moment, “The Vampires” by Paul Simon (Max was nice enough to warn me that there were swear words in the song—“I ain't giving you my fucking money”—but that I shouldn’t worry about it).

On mine, he got excited over three songs: “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse (which he claimed to be “the greatest song ever”), “Let It Be” by the Beatles, and “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters.

Why “Mannish Boy,” of which I have the The Last Waltz version of? I have no idea. But seeing an eight-year-old white boy singing, “Well, when I was a young boy, at the age of five/My mother told me, I’d be the greatest man alive,” well, there ain’t nothing in this world better than that.

Now let's see if he can master Howlin' Wolf.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Always Fun to Get Away from Camp, Even for an Hour."

From Wet Hot American Summer, which is playing tonight in Williamsburg.

Friday, July 4, 2008

"Tears of Rage" by the Band

We carried you in our arms
On Independence Day,
And now you'd throw us all aside
And put us on our way.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"Let's Make the Water Turn Black" by the Mothers of Invention

While this video stinks, the song is fantastic. I post it because today is my half-brother Michael's birthday, and he very much enjoys the album this song is taken from, We're Only In It for the Money.

So, Michael, to you I say: Happy Birthday!