Happy Saturday Night Music Open Thread

Hello kiddies… Some music for your evening. This is what I have been listening to this week.

Robert Delong – Don’t wait up for me – New album on its way.

MS MR – Criminals – New album out now….

I’m putting this one after the jump – it’s a great tune, but the video is definitely NSFW for some. Dillon Francis – Not butter

What else should I be listening to?

61 replies
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    Baud says:

    SPT! Now my day is complete.

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    Baud says:

    I liked the Delong number — it was catchy. The other two weren’t really my style.

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    The Robert Delong album looks like it is going to be very good. Well worth a look.

    How are you, dear?

    I’m in house buying mode. Real estate transactions are horribly stressful, even for those of us who can buy houses with the change down the back of the sofa.

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    Baud says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall:

    Hanging in there. Thanks for asking.

    Agree about the stress. You spend too much time thinking about what can go wrong.

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    RSA says:

    Has Robert Delong been watching Miami Vice reruns?

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    Belafon says:

    A(nother) thought about Obama: Worst. Lame Duck. Ever. Doesn’t he realize he’s just supposed to sit this out?

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    Mike in Oly says:

    Thanks for the DeLong. I had heard that somewhere and loved it but didn’t know who it was. Now I do. I’ve been loving the Bob Moses video ‘Talk’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-sh_QINQ7g

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    benw says:

    It’s funny how music moves in cycles. The sound of 80’s pop is back in. Those first two videos sound and look like they could have been made in the mid-80’s; a combination of YAZ, Blondie, and Culture Club. Not bad. Are you a fan of 80’s hard rock? Then I’ve got lots of recommendations! Good luck with the house!

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    RSA says:

    The sound of 80’s pop is back in.

    Huh. I thought it was just me. A friend has gotten me listening to alternative rock, after a decades-long break, and a lot of it sounds familiar…

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    redshirt says:

    Hi Sarah, Proud and Tall. Where in this world are you tonight? I hope somewhere exotic.

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    burnspbesq says:

    The new Jason Isbell album, Something More than Free, is every bit as good as Southeastern.

    Haven’t had time to listen yet, but people whose judgment I trust are raving about the new Tame Impala and Iron & Wine albums.

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    dedc79 says:

    These ain’t teardrops

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    Marilynd..so says:

    This is my contribution to the open music thread….My son is an ELCA pastor. This week, nation-wide community service-minded kids and their leaders gathered in Detroit. 30,000(!!!) of them!! By day they are assigned projects in the city to pretty it up…build stuff. At night, they gather at a large venue for singing/entertainment Last night, it was some ballpark, and as a surprise and “thank you”, a bunch of the original Motown bands showed up and entertained the heck out of them…Temptations, etc.

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    dedc79 says:

    Try again. These ain’t teardrops

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    redshirt says:

    I’ve been invited to do karaoke in a month (a competition) and I want to practice a couple of songs beforehand.

    I want these songs to be from the 70’s or 80’s, popular, fun, and easy to sing. I’m having trouble picking two, though – any help?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @redshirt: Burnin’ Down the House.

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    Cacti says:

    SoS Kerry shows once again that the chickenhawk GOPers aren’t fit to shine his shoes:

    #SecKerry: “If anyone doesn’t know that John McCain is a war hero, it only proves they know nothing about war and even less about heroism.”

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    redshirt says:

    @opiejeanne: LOL I’ve been thinking about this one. Easy to sing for sure, and fun, but popular? Not sure.

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    trollhattan says:

    For you NA left-coasters, Venus and the crescent moon are doing a pas de deux in the western sky. Suspect they’re saluting Pluto.

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: In a previous life I used to speak in front of crowds fairly regularly. Pretty good at it. I’m assuming karaoke will have some kind of transitive property.

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    I saw some really kick-ass metal last night. I don’t even like metal (usually) but I was banging my head

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    RSA says:


    I want these songs to be from the 70’s or 80’s, popular, fun, and easy to sing.

    I have no experience with karaoke, but checking my playlist, I’ll suggest any track from the Talking Heads’ Little Creatures.

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    burnspbesq says:


    “It Doesn’t Matter” from the Stephen Stills Manassas album is a great 70s karaoke choice: vaguely familiar, and hardly requires any range at all (nothing above middle C).

    Another song with a really narrow range (B right below middle C to E above, except for two higher notes) is “I Saw the Light,” the Todd Rundgren song.

    If your voice sits higher–i.e., if you’re secure up to G above middle C–“Takin’ It to the Streets” would be a great choice.

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    @redshirt: Mmm, not the 80s, but the Doors and any song sung by Ringo Starr are easy. The GoGos and the Cars are pretty easy too. Madonna is easy. I don’t know your gender so I’m just trying to throw out ones that will work for either one. The B-52s.

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    @burnspbesq: shit man, if you know all that stuff about your range and what key to sing in you probably don’t need our advice ;)

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    🚸 Martin says:


    I want these songs to be from the 70’s or 80’s, popular, fun, and easy to sing. I’m having trouble picking two, though – any help?

    Sure. Drink a lot before you start and you’ll be great no matter what song, even if you’ve never heard it before.

    Advice from my wife, who loves karaoke, particularly after throwing 3-4 back.

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    benw says:

    @SatanicPanic: Don’t be coy and tell us the band(s)!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @efgoldman: not a mixologist, but how different is that from a white russian?

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    @benw: Archons from San Diego. This was the only music I could find of them online. My friends and I were watching them with our eyes wide because they kept rolling amps into the tiny club we were at like- no way they’re playing through all that. I had earplugs in and it was still loud. San Diego oddly has a lot of heavy metal. I don’t know why.

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    redshirt says:

    @🚸 Martin: “When I think about you I touch myself”, for example?

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: I’ve MC’d, DJ’d, run a few game shows, and the like, so I feel like karaoke – which I’ve never done once – should translate to that same public performance vibe. Maybe I’m wrong and I’ll be terrible. I’ll make sure to drink several strong something’s before getting onstage.

    The married woman I am going with is a pro who won a karaoke contest in 2011.

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    lamh36 says:

    Just finished watching Conan the Barbarian on Netlfix…and mahn, totally forgot how many sex scenes were in that movie.

    I mean all the women who had more than 2 min of screen time with Ahnold except the the last chick…all had sex with Conan.

    It reminded me that there was alot of gratuitous sex scenes and boob scenes in ALOT of 80s movies back then.

    I mean boobies everywhere…lol

    Oh and it was a perfect first role for Ahnald…all that body…no need for speaking…much…lol

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    redshirt says:

    @lamh36: So true. A lack of boobies defines movies from the day the PG-13 rating was created.

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    Tree With Water says:

    Here’s a traditional ballad beautifully performed by the Grateful Dead… R.I.P. Jerry


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    @redshirt: even if it’s bad, it will be over before you know it. don’t stress it!

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    benw says:

    @SatanicPanic: I grew up in San Diego. It has an awesome metal and punk scene. I guess that’s odd because SD is a warm, California place, but a lot of really cool metal and punk bands are from SD. I don’t know Archons, but if you were rocking at their show you killed it!

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    lamh36 says:

    Since we are talking music and I just watched one of my fav sci-fi flicks., got me to thinking bout one of my FAVORITE sci fi theme song/soundtrack

    Hands down…

    Queen – Flash Gordon Theme

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @lamh36: Well, Ahnold the Governator, seemed to have sex with all the chicks too.

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: My truck. Man, am I good.

    For real though, I can sing in a not terrible manner. I’ve got some range.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    @redshirt: That’d do. On 4th of July a few years back my wife was belting out ‘Big Spender’ with all the grace of a singer with about 6 marguritas in her. She sounded great, but perhaps captured the essence of the song a bit too much. If you go with that Devinyls classic, you might want to keep it to around 3 lest you too capture too much of the essence of the song.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    I used to sing karaoke(noribang in Korean, singing room), then I quit drinking.

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    redshirt says:

    @🚸 Martin: Sage advice, for sooth.

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    lamh36 says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: so true….as we now know the guv-inater was a big hoe bag back in da day.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall: Oh Sister Sarah! How your wisdom and grace have been missed around this watering hole! I shall make sure to alert proper authoritahs.

    Being off for surgery is starting to get a wee bit old. Couple that with the fact that I’ll be alone with probably n operational systems when I get back and work is going to be a joy! As in no joy.

    Good luck with the house hunting, although a steady income helps.

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    Assuming by “back in the day” you mean last Tuesday, sure. ;-) As far as we can tell it here in Cali, he never stopped being a ho bag. Impregnating his housekeeper was a step too far even for Maria.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Gotta go upbeat. “Addicted to Love.”

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Great suggestion on Rundgren.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Mnemosyne (tablet): True, there were the charges(probably true) of serial groping that came up during his campaign during the recall.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Steeplejack (phone): One of my favorites was “Bang a Gong” by TRex.

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    NotMax says:

    As on the front page, what was showing was a John Heilemann/Bill Krstol video, wondered what you’d been drinking.

    Then remembered that only Anne Laurie’s posts often (read: always) have a different video showing on the front page from the (correct) one on the comments page, BTW.

    Insert obligatory FYWP here.


    Times Square streetwalkers’ favorite drink was scotch and milk (obviously this goes back to before Disney chased them elsewhere)..

    (Know this anecdotally due to a step-relative who owned and ran a bar just off Broadway.)

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    BD of MN says:

    Easy to sing, doesn’t require a lot of range, everyone knows it, and you don’t hear it sung very often: America – Sister Golden Hair…

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    Tree With Water says:

    @Mnemosyne (tablet): He absolutely made my New Dealer mother’s skin crawl- she could hardly stand to hear his name spoken, and she always made with the sour vinegar face when it was.. That episode concerning his other family managed to sink him even lower in my eyes (something I didn’t think possible). And to this day it’s incomprehensible to me why the democratic party didn’t rally to Gray Davis (as it damn well should have).

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    NotMax says:


    If you’re willing to reach back to the sixties, The Turtles’ “Happy Together” is fairly elementary, singing-wise.

    Too far back for your requirements, but my go-to is “Me and My Shadow.”

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    Suzanne says:

    Home from seeing Bernie Sanders. What a great event. The crowd was estimated at over 11K people, from what I heard. Very issues-driven and positive and substantive. No protesters, but a shit-ton of traffic.

    I don’t expect him to win, but I am very glad that he is proving that there is a big space in the party and the culture to talk about these issues.

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    @Tree With Water:

    By the rules of the recall, Gray Davis was out no matter what — the recall petition was successful, therefore he was gone and the only alternative was to vote for the Lt. Governor at the time, Cruz Bustamante. Bustamante was not well-known, so it was easy to get weakly-attached Dems and independents to vote for the big name on the ticket.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Tree With Water: Great-granddaughter of the Bonnie Lass o’Fyvie:

    … in case you ever wondered about Peggy’s motives.

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    Keith G says:

    @Mike in Oly: Robert Delong is one of the most innovative. young musicians around.

    Check our his composition, Global Concepts.

    I have tickets for his Houston stopover with Jack Antonoff’s joint, The Bleachers.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Cacti: This just shows that Secretary John Kerry is worth several of Senator John McCain. McCain never said a word when the swift-boat traitors were sliming Kerry because he was against the Viet-Nam war, like probably 80 or 90% of the population who knew anything about it.

    Ever since I learned that McCain called his wife a c**t to her face in front of reporters I have known that he is an honor free zone all his own. He married her for her money, which he has used to create his political position of power, and now that he feels he no longer needs her money, he feels no need to respect her.

    What a sorry excuse for a human being.

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