Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks had an unusual sound for a band based in San Francisco at the peak of the psychedelic music era. From an obit in the New York Times 7 February 2016:
“He came to call his music “folk swing,” but that only hinted at the range of influences he synthesized. He drew from the American folk tradition but also from the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, the Western swing of Bob Wills, the harmony vocals of the Andrews Sisters, the raucous humor of Fats Waller and numerous other sources.”
Hicks was still performing up until his demise at the age of 74.
THAT is the prettiest (and only) cover of Tom Waits‘ classic “The Piano Has Been Drinking” I’ve ever heard. The backup vocals are sultry, and note the subtle hat-tip at about 03:00.
Have a great weekend folks, and a long one if you’re taking advantage of a mid-week Independence Day.
[Found here, here and here. 2nd one came from this vid.]
I just realized that I’d mis-numbered some of our previous .Gif Friday Posts. The numbering errors and permalinks have been updated and we’re now over 1,600 .gif animations in the archive. Collect ’em all!. – Bunk
70s fashions were not embarrassing in the least as far as you know, and this dude dusted door jambs.
Comes complete with steel hooks that will rip the flesh off your body while you sleep. Good night, children…
[Image & caption found here.]
Yeah, that’ll keep the little bastard occupied for a few seconds.
“Give her my love.”
My Dog Is An Awsome Dog.
Grampa Strutts had one of these. He had one of these, too.
This came up in conversation recently: My Best Shot. I can’t prove it, but it happened.
Since 1997 it’s been the law, but now it’s a crisis. Check this out, & pay close attention to what Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera says.
BADASS: What This British Special Forces Sergeant Did To Six Taliban Terrorists Is Incredible (NSFK).
The ancient engineers of Stonehenge and other neolithic sites apparently used the Pythagorean Theorem (a2+ b2= c2) some 2,000 years before Pythagoras was born. Very cool.
Speaking of Stonehenge, here are 20 things that happened to that happened to other bands in real life.
[Top image found here. Story here. Related posts here.]
I love this interview.
Melody Yang is a Professional Bubbler [via].
Yeah, The Blues Brothers gave it a good cover in 1979, but this one is better. Junior Wells with Buddy Guy at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival is nothing less than killer.
Here’s Junior Wells’ original version from 1960.
Have a great weekend, folks, see you back here tomorrow whether you like it or not.
[Found here, here and here.]