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Thighs Wide Music 2012

think they made new music in 2012.  coulda fooled us.  won’t be fooled again.  fool me once, and we won’t listen to new fool music ever again.  we doesn’ts, unless it’s from Ladytron or…

You Can Call
These Al-bums!!!

If Jack White Releases An Album They/I Will Come

Jack White – Blunderbuss


Warm Facts: Rodriguez Lives!

Rodriguez – Cold Facts

Tunses For Toonces

‘Let My Baby Ride’ accordion style for Holy Motors | ‘Splitting The Atom’ by Massive Attack featuring Horace Andy | ‘DoYaThing’ by Gorillaz featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy | ‘Razzmatazz’ by Pulp | ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ by The American Breed | ‘Shambala’ by Three Dog Night | ‘Superstar’ by Keita Asari | ’25 or 6 to 4′ by Chicago | ‘The Logical Song’ by Supertramp | ‘You’re So Good to Me’ by The Beach Boys | ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ by The Beach Boys | ‘Love Interruption’ by Jack White | ‘Take Me With You When You Go’ by Jack White | ‘Skyfall’ by Adele | ‘Skyfall’ by Adele | ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna | ‘Under The Westway’ by Blur | ‘Ici Londres’ by Chiara Mastroianni & Paul Schneider | ‘Sugar Man’ by Rodriguez | ‘Lady D’Arbanville’ Cat Stevens cover by Elton John | ‘Wicked Game’ by Gemma Hayes | ‘Room 237 – Dies Irae (End Titles)’ by Jonathan Snipes

[d-lode all in one handy zip!!!!!]

(look for ‘Click here to start download from sendspace’)

Dangerously They Live

show of the year – Pulp @ RCMH

The Beach Boys/Al Jardine’s Face @ Beacon Theatre

Jack White @ Roseland Ballroom

The Polyphonic Spree @ Webster Hall

Neil Diamond @ Jones Beach

The Beach Boys/Al Jardine’s Face @ Jones Beach

Rodriguez @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

ZZ Top & Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in MISSOURI!

Clannad @ NYSFEC

Donovan @ NYSFEC

Matthew Friedberger’s awful show @ Le Poisson Rouge

Leonard Cohen @ MSG

look familiar????


goodbye Dick

goodbye Davy

goodbye Adam


and here’s what we stuffed in the past



Climb Up On His Music

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
August 30th

New music is boo music, and that’s why we’ve let our summer be ruled by rocking 70 year olds.  First by the Boys of the Beach, then by the so good so good so good Jewish Elvis, and now by a man who no one outside of South Africa (and Australia, and odd parts of Detroit) had ever even heard of a month ago.  His name is Rodriguez, and if you’ve had your heart nuclearly warmed by his lost and found story to end all lost and found stories – documented in the MUSS MUSS SEE Searching For Sugar Man, then you know what wees talking bout.  If you don’t, you better recognize and get yer thighs tantalized OR ELSE!!!!

Ever since we walked out of that movie theater, we’ve over-over-dosed on his two lost gem albums, and the doc’s soundtrack [BUY IT NOW!!!  IT ONLY $6.99!!!!!!!!!], so much so that we actually bleed Rodriguez.  Don’t believe us?  Cut our arm and see what comes out – inner city blues!!!!  It’s true.  And in that one short month, Rodriguez has permanently etched a place in our heart, right next to the likes of them other CLASSIC old thighmers like The Beach Boys and Neil Diamond.  That’s saying something, and we juss said it

So what does a notoriously shy, unmade legend sound like in concert, probably well out of his prime?  There’s barely any internets info on the matter, and he doesn’t even have any listings over at the indispensable SetList.fm.  But who cares, cause Rodriguez didn’t thrive on being known, and now he’s thriving for being a mystery

The complete mystery will never be solved.  Rodriguez will always remain a mystery.  He slowly moves, quietly banters to himself, but kills any bit of stage awkwardness with a friendly smile, and owns an audience as soon as he starts singing his brutally honest and endearing songs, and strumming the fcuk out of his guitar.  His set was short, but it didn’t feel like it, and it was beyond sweet.  It was actually beyond amazing.  No backing band (unlike his triumphant, symphonic Letterman appearance), just Rodriguez, handing in an intimate experience that no one in the audience will soon forget

Here is a partial set list (we snagged)

which doesn’t include some additional songs he played + covers of Lou Rawls’ ‘Dead End Street’ & Elvis’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, but apparently he had other covers in mind!!  There’s a separate set list page scribbled with songs like ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, ‘Whole Lotta Shaking’, ‘Unchain My Heart’ and even ‘Lets Get It On’.  Wowsers.  Woulda LOVED to have heard him play all of those, plus more of his second album (which he seemed to neglect all together), so guess this means we’ll juss have to see him again, and again, and again, cause this mystery has many more layers yet to be unraveled, and who doesn’t love a good mystery, hispecially one with a soundtrack that’s even better than the mystery!?!?!?

We hope we’re this awesome at age 70, and we hope you are too


You’re The Answer That Makes My Questions Disappear

Searching For Sugar Man
Unearthing Forgotten Buried Treasure
Official Website | Trailers & Mo
PG-13 | 86 min

‘Sugar Man’ is Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a working class Detroiter who made 2 Dylanesqueseish albums in the early 70s that never gained any traction in the US, so he gave up on his musical aspirations and killed himself on stage.  Or did he?????????????????

Well, apparently the US’s loss was South Africa’s gain.  Rodriguez somehow had a following there, a BIIIIG one (his rebellious music spoke to white folk who hated apartheid), but Rodriguez had zero idea about it, and his South African fans knew so little about him, cause this was during a pre-internet time, which is hard to fathom, cause who would want to live in a time without the interwebs????  [we also can’t fathom a time where men had to wear suits ALL THE TIME, like in 100000 degree heat]

There were two South African men who refused to let the Rodriguez mystery remain a mystery – a record store owner & a journalist.  Together they unraveled the mystery, wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a burrito wrapped in saran wrap at a wrap party sponsored by Rap Snacks, by finding what they were searching for, and in turn created an incredible fairy tale ending that was only just the beginning of more amazingnessnesssss to come!!

This documentary is not about who Rodriguez is, but the search for him.  This journey and its destination create quite an emotional roller coaster, which had us fighting back tears and welcoming smiles at each and every turn in the road.  It doesn’t hurt neither that Rodriguez’ music is simply INCREDIBLE, which basically makes Malik Bendjelloul‘s doc is the greatest untold music story about (maybe) the greatest unknown musician, away and far and far and away, hands AND thighs down.  That’s quite a claim, WE KNOW, considering there are probably zillions of untold tales about zillions of unknown musicians that are still, well, untold, but we stick by this claim cause we are actually the final authority on everything, and we know what’s good, for you and for we, and for us all

Soundtrack of Our His Lives: a man who released only 2 albums in his prime that most people never even heard of to begin with, doesn’t exactly need a greatest hits album, but that’s pretty much the void that the fantastic soundtrack serves.  so, see the doc, then discover the music OR ELSE!!!

Verdictgo: Breast Breast Breast Breast In Show

Sugar Man is found NY/LA today, and elsewhere elsewhen

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed


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