December 22, 2014

R.I.P. Joe Cocker

He had a lot of soul for a white guy... R.I.P.

By DMartyr at 02:29 PM | Comments |

August 30, 2014

Do The Jellyfish

For more retro clips, visit Flashbak.

By DMartyr at 02:43 PM | Comments |

May 09, 2014

Nigerian Secret Service To Extradite Rock Band For Terrorism

And we wonder why they can't locate any of the 276 kidnapped school girls...

BTW, shouldn't Procol Harum be apologizing for singing about whiteness?

(Hat Tip: Jihad Watch)

By DMartyr at 01:08 PM | Comments |

April 24, 2014


Dolly Parton singing "Jolene":

Some of you may be saying, "WTF? That isn't Dolly!"

Well, it is. It's her 45 record slowed down to 33 revolutions per minute.

Not bad, eh?

Below the fold, 33 rpm's soul version of "Fortunate Son."

By DMartyr at 12:53 PM | Comments |

October 27, 2013

R.I.P Lou Reed

Lou Reed dead at 71.

Update by Howie: Lou Reedís Stand for Israel and against Anti-Semitism.

Perhaps even more than other American-Jewish rock stars such as Billy Joel and Bob Dylan, Lou Reed was fiercely proud of being Jewish ó and included lyrics on behalf of Israel and against anti-Semitism in some of his songs.

I mention Reedís Jewishness because not a single obituary I have read of him in the mainstream press mentions it, when for Reed it was an important factor.

By DMartyr at 02:06 PM | Comments |

July 29, 2013

The Crystal Ship

I'm a big fan of the late 60's early 70's rock bands. I couldn't name one modern song, no matter how popular, but I love Vietnam era music. I stumbled upon this hauntingly beautiful vocal recording of Jim Morrison (for you musically impaired, he was the lead singer of The Doors) singing "The Crystal Ship."


By DMartyr at 11:02 AM | Comments |

June 04, 2013

Cymbal Fail Win!

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September 30, 2012

Eve Of Destruction

World. In. Turmoil.

By DMartyr at 10:10 AM | Comments |

September 11, 2012

Wake Me Up When September Ends

How I feel every September 11th.

PS: I know this wasn't written for 9/11, but I think it is still very fitting.

By DMartyr at 10:05 AM | Comments |

July 10, 2012

Hank Williams, Jr Releases Anti-Obama Song

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

Get "Takin' Back The Country" at Amazon.

By DMartyr at 12:23 PM | Comments |

May 17, 2012

Donna Summer Dead At 63

I really love that soul music from the 70's.


By DMartyr at 11:01 AM | Comments |

May 04, 2012

Another Angel in Heaven: Beastie Boys' MCA Dead at 47

Wow. I'm actually a little sad about this, which is almost never the case when a celebrity dies:

Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, has died after a long battle with cancer, Rolling Stone confirmed.

The Brooklyn-born rapper, 47, had been battling the late stages of his untreatable case at a New York hospital, sources told the Daily News.

The Beastie Boys have been in my top 10 bands since like my Freshman year in high school. Unlike so many other bands I liked as a kid, they stood the test of time. I even have a "Beastie Boys Radio" station on Pandora.

I know what I'll be listening to the rest of the day.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:21 PM | Comments |

May 03, 2012

Thursday Morning Art: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 9

Culture time, you foppish hobbits!

Here's yet another one of my favorite little things in life.

By Good Lt. at 10:20 AM | Comments |

April 07, 2012

Happy Easter (to My Believer Friends)

Love you all. Really.

By Good Lt. at 11:39 PM | Comments |

February 29, 2012

Monkees Davy Jones Dead At 66


Below the fold, a video of Davy performing just a month ago.

By DMartyr at 10:13 PM | Comments |

July 04, 2011

America, The Beautiful

Happy 4th, America!

To start the celebration, I want to share one of the more memorable and unique versions of "America, The Beautiful" by the unforgettable Ray Charles:

Below the fold, also included are the lyrics and a few other versions. Pick your favorite. If not listed, post it in comments.

The King:

Lee Greenwood:

Charlie Rich:

Mormon Tabernacle Choir:

Whitney Houston:

Bon Jovi:

Willie Nelson (with many other Hollywood stars):

Jaycie Ward (a child singing at a baseball game):


O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov'd,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

By DMartyr at 09:02 AM | Comments |

June 17, 2011

Friday Night Funeral March

By Good Lt. at 08:24 PM | Comments |

May 21, 2011

Rapture News: It's Too Late

If you can hear this, you missed your boat/flight/UFO/comet/gossamer wings.

Enjoy it anyway.

By DMartyr at 08:53 PM | Comments |

May 08, 2011


Bonus music video below the fold.

By DMartyr at 08:47 AM | Comments |

December 31, 2010

A Brave New World

From Evan Mark Films

By DMartyr at 08:53 AM | Comments |

December 25, 2010

Christmas Music

I decided to combine the Christmas music videos into one post. I'll be adding throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with the most recent addition above the fold and the rest below the fold.

I hope you all enjoy the music. I'm trying to present a nice variety for all music tastes. Feel free to add your own favorites in comments.

By DMartyr at 07:01 AM | Comments |

December 09, 2010

Say A Little Prayer

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is suffering from cancer. She is doing well after recent surgery.

The Respect singer, 68, is suffering incurable advanced pancreatic cancer, a US mag claimed. Her family confirmed she had the disease but refused to give details or discuss her prognosis. Family and friends are "very concerned" but said she is doing well.

By DMartyr at 10:08 AM | Comments |

December 06, 2010

Happy 90th birthday to Jazz icon Dave Brubek

Dave Brubek is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the truly American musical art form, Jazz, and is the living historical embodiment of it. His influence on American music in all genres is so pervasive that his legacy is impossible to calculate. And he is still making music today.

Additionally, he is genuinely a decent human being, who has a loving wife, his college sweetheart Iola, and children who clearly adore him and regularly perform with him. Brubek is a patriot, having fought in Europe during WWII with Patton's Third Army, and a man of faith, having converted to Roman Catholicism later in life.

May we all be so truly blessed.

With that said, a very Happy 90th birthday to Dave Brubek.

By Barbarossa at 07:05 PM | Comments |

December 03, 2010

Friday Night Rush

By the way, you idiots, it's now permissible and - dare we go there - cool to like this band in 2010.

Of course, we heads knew this long, long ago.

By Good Lt. at 09:59 PM | Comments |

November 29, 2010

More Rachmaninoff!

One of my favorite pieces, in which the music dances adroitly and rhythmically around the D-major tonality - never quite touching it - until the final glorious release in the closing measures.

It's a good thing.

By Good Lt. at 10:21 PM | Comments |

November 18, 2010

What Happens If Westboro Baptist Church Holds A Protest And No One Shows Up?

For the first time, I was hoping Muslims would protest...

We assumed something would happen. We assumed wrong. Nothing happened. You know what happens when you ass-u-me... I have to post the Assumption Song.

Could be safe for work, or could be NSFW. It all depends on the assumptions you make.

By DMartyr at 11:20 AM | Comments |

November 04, 2010

Gene Simmons Military Tribute

No matter how you feel about the rock group KISS, you have to respect Gene Simmons for this military tribute from his series, Family Jewels.

I know this video is a bit old, but I never get tired watching it.

Lyrics below the fold.


Over hill, over dale
We have hit the dusty trail,
And the Caissons go rolling along.
In and out, hear them shout,
Counter marching and right about,
And those Caissons go rolling along.

And it's hi! hi! hee!
In the field artillery,
count out your numbers loud and strong!
And where e'er you go,
You will always know
That the Army go rolling along.
The U.S. Army goes rolling along!


Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.
Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day-ay-ay.
Through our last night on shore, drink to the foam!
All around the world, it's U.S. Navy, forever, and strong!
U.S. Navy, forever, and strong!


Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame.
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!


From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli!
We will fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean.
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine!
Of United States Marine!


God Bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam,
God bless America, My home sweet home.

By DMartyr at 09:42 AM | Comments |

October 09, 2010

Assumption Song

What did you think it was about?

(Cross posted at

By DMartyr at 05:45 PM | Comments |

July 23, 2010

Friday Night Liszt


By Good Lt. at 07:34 PM | Comments |

June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Nirvana

By Good Lt. at 10:36 PM | Comments |

April 17, 2010

Saturday Night Rach

You're semi-regular dose of Rachmaninoff, cretins. Culture yourselves, dammit.

By Good Lt. at 09:32 PM | Comments |

April 09, 2010

Friday Night Rach

By Good Lt. at 09:41 PM | Comments |

February 20, 2010

Dance of the Gnomes


By Good Lt. at 11:40 AM | Comments |

February 13, 2010

Saturday Night Liszt: Harmonies Du Soir

Take a breather from life with this:

By Good Lt. at 08:42 PM | Comments |

January 29, 2010

Friday Night Rachmaninoff

Overflowing with color.

By Good Lt. at 10:22 PM | Comments |

January 25, 2010

Monday Night Chopin

In honor of Chopin's 200th birthday, I give you his delectable Scherzo No. 2 in Bb minor, executed perfectly.

Badassness = +12

By Good Lt. at 08:04 PM | Comments |