Archive | September 2013

“Cortez The Killer” –Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN. June 13, 2003

Though brilliant through both of these Neil Young and Crazy Horse performances, the Dave Matthews band led by Warren Haynes and an all out guitar war with Tim Reynolds is the must see jam.

This guitar driven song is by one of America’s truly great artists. Where do you start when celebrating Neil Young as a songwriter? The only place I can start is with one that gets you in the gut. This song is social, political, poetic, and marries hurricane force with subtle imagery. Few rock songs capture the mystic and tragic mood of the time of the conquistadors.

“Cortez the Killer”is from the 1975 album, Zuma.

Rust Never Sleeps Tour in 1978

He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for the new world
In that palace in the sun.

On the shore lay Montezuma
With his coca leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
With the secrets of the worlds.

And his subjects gathered round him
Like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see.

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on.

Hate was just a legend
And war was never known
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones.

They carried them to the flatlands
And they died along the way
But they built up with their bare hands
What we still can’t do today.

And I know she’s living there
And she loves me to this day
I still can’t remember when
or how I lost my way.

He came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez
What a killer.

Cortez the Killer Solo & Unplugged Tour 2003 Neil Young

Great Covers!!!
Dave Matthews Band (with Warren Haynes)@ The Gorge 2011

Grace Potter, Joe Satriani, Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis, Willy Waldman and Stephen Perkins at the Jammy’s.

“Where The Streets Have No Name”–U2

Live At Slane Castle

U2 – Live on a roof 7th and Main Street in LA in 1987

I almost picked “One” as my first U2 posting but I stumbled upon the Slane Castle performance and realized instantly “Where The Streets Have No Name” is signature rocking out U2. The performance at Slane Castle, Ireland is a week after Bono’s father past away (respect), and Bono’s performance is transcendent.

The second track stopped traffic on a steaming day in LA as they pulled a Beatles to play a roof top jam that get’s shut down by johnny law.

U2 is the ultimate stadium rock, anthem band. No group does it bigger and this is being written by a disciple of The Who. Sorry Pete.

Note the covers below by Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars.

I want to run, I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls that hold me tonight
I want to reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name
I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see that rain cloud disappearing without a trace
But I can dance, dance, dance in the dirty rain

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building, then burning down love
We’re burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all I can do

Give it up

The cities a flood and our love turns to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
We’re trampled in dust
I’ll show you a place with no sorrow or pain

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building, then burning down love
We’re burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all I can do

Oh love
Love, love, love

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building, then burning down love
We’re burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all we can do


Muse (feat. The Edge) live @ Glastonbury 2010

Thirty Seconds To Mars

“Sweethearts”–Camper Van Beethoven

Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts 2012

One of my all time favorite bands is Camper Van Beethoven. I finally got to see them a couple of times when they made their comeback travelling a short van ride north from Santa Cruz to play in San Francisco in 1999.

This was the band of choice to listen to in 1989 on the tape deck of the beater pickup truck as we would drive with my good ole Syracuse friend, Wendall, through the frozen central New York Winter.

In my mind they set the table for Alt-Rock groups from R.E.M to Wilco and of course when they broke it off, some of the members became Cracker and joined Counting Crows.

This song is a period piece that is pure Americana, set in the five and dime days but also commenting on the psyche of President Ronald Reagan.

‘Cause he’s always living back in Dixon
Circa 1949
And we’re all sitting at the fountain, at the
five and dime
‘Cause he’s living in some B-movie
The lines they are so clearly drawn
In black and white life is so easy
And we’re all coming along on this one
‘Cause he’s on a secret mission
Headquarters just radioed in
He left his baby at the dancehall While the band plays on some sweet song
And on a mission over China
The lady opens up her arms
The flowers bloom where you haved
placed them
And the lady smiles, just like mom
Angels wings are icing over McDonnell-Douglas olive drab
They bear the names of our sweethearts
And the captain smiles, as we crash
‘Cause in the mind of Ronald Reagan Wheels they turn and gears they grind
Buildings collapse in slow motion
And trains collide, everything is fine
Everything is fine
Everything is fine

@ Chelsea (Wien, Austria) 5.6.2013

At the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA on Friday, March 2 2012 as part of the inaugural Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven mini-festival.

An amazing extra: Camper Van Beethoven play The Clash’s “White Riot” and Black Flag’s “Wasted” live at Sky City Bar, January 2013

“The Sweetest Taboo”–Sade

October 1993 in San Diego

This song and this woman are so damn hot. Her music and she embody sultry soulfulness. Just look into those eyes, watch those hips work and most of all that throaty voice.

Her band is amazing; rightly so as she has been working with many of the same musicians throughout her career. She has so many signature songs, but I chose this because it just heats me up every time I hear it.

“The Sweetest Taboo” is the lead single from their second studio album, Promise (1985)

2001 Anaheim USA

São Paulo – Brasil
Filmagem: Luiz Cruz

If I tell you
If I tell you now
Will you keep on
Will you keep on loving me
If I tell you
If I tell you how I feel
Will you keep bringing out the best in me

You give me, you give me the sweetest taboo
You give me, you’re giving me the sweetest taboo
Too good for me

There’s a quiet storm
And it never felt like this before
There’s a quiet storm
That is you
There’s a quiet storm
And it never felt this hot before
Giving me something that’s taboo
(Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me)

You give me the sweetest taboo
That’s why I’m in love with you (with you)
You give me the sweetest taboo
Too good for me
(Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me)

I’d do anything for you, I’d stand out in the rain
Anything you want me to do, don’t let it slip away

There’s a quiet storm
And it never felt like this before
There’s a quiet storm
I think it’s you
There’s a quiet storm
And I never felt this hot before
Giving me something that’s taboo

You give me the (you give me, you give me the)
Sweetest taboo
That’s why I’m in love with you (with you)
You give me, keep giving me the sweetest taboo
Too good for me

You’ve got the biggest heart
Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me
Every day is Christmas, and every night is new year’s Eve

Will you keep on loving me
Will you keep on, will you keep on
Bringing out the best in me

Here is the Official Video
1985 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK) Limited

The ONLY cover I will post because it is so AMAZING
Les Nubians Feat. Black Thought – Tabou (Roots Remix)

Here is a strange art film
Video: Peter Greenaway “H Is For House”
Music: Hype Williams “The Throning”
Montage: CutCollage