Dextroducting Hot Links

Soul-Limbo, Booker T. & The M.G.’s (1968)
Greatest rock /soul session group ever. Soul-Limbo features a marimba solo by Terry Manning and cowbell by Isaac Hayes.

The Tree.

The Turtle.

The Bollard.

The Handyman.

Here’s the pitch.

What’s for dinner?

Luckey’s Lost Rockers.

Unsatisfying animation.

Ozzy Man’s Jack Black interview.

Jackin’ the cane [via Bunkerville].

Macaroni Legos [via Mme. Jujujive].

Geometry in action: Batman’s Epicycle.
[via Memo Of The Air]

[Top: Rotated and inverted colors of image found here.]

From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago. 15 years ago.

Saturday Matinee – Terry Gilliam, Oliver’s Boogie, Booker T. & The M.G.’s, and someone named Fran Martin

“In 1968, while learning his trade and working in London as an animator, Terry Gilliam somewhat accidentally created a short film, the project would later take on the working title of The Christmas Card.”


With only a week until Christmas, Booker T. & The M.G.’s Time Is Tight seems fitting. Have a great weekend. I’m gonna sleep in before things get too busy.

Oh, and just one more thing because it’s awesome.

Saturday Matinee – Bobby Banas, Booker T. & the M.G.s, Zontar Venus, and MonoNeon w/ Davey Nathan,

He was 30 years old when he ripped up The Judy Garland Show in 1964. From the Utoobage comments:
“The ‘Best Boy Dancer’ happened to be the choreographer for this dance. His name is Bobby Banas. He also played Joyboy in Westside story.”
I’d say the girl did a bang up job but she got no credit.

Al Jackson Jr., Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Booker T. Jones,
aka Booker T. & the M.G’s, groovin’ in 1971.

Zontar Venus. You’re on you’re own with this one. [h/t Gord S.]

Modern soulfunkgroove (with some serious technical music skills embedded).
MonoNeon: lead vocal, background vocals, guitar, bass;
Davy Nathan: keyboards, drum programming.

Guess that’ll do for now. Hope the summer heat is cooling down to a  more tolerable level for y’all, and remember: it ain’t the heat, it’s the humanity. See you back here tomorrow.

Jectigational Hot Links

Booker-Loo, Booker T. & The M.G.’s (1967)This live recording is from the “Hit The Road Stax” european showcase tour that included performances in England, Norway and France. Steve Cropper described it:
“It was just a mind-blower. Hell, we were just in Memphis cutting records; we didn’t know. Then when we got over there, there were hoards of people waiting at the airport, autograph hounds and all that sort of stuff. I didn’t know what it was all about. That was something that happened to Elvis or Ricky Nelson, but it didn’t happen to the Stax-Volt band. It didn’t happen to Booker T. & the MGs.”


Oh My!

Old vehicles.

Floyd & Earl.

Porcupine meatballs.

For Whom The Bells Toll.

Photo shoot at the beach.

Words, Lines and Pictures.

Chuck Norris is back in the news.

Super Pixel Quest is very cool. [via]

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.

Top 10 Best Greek Gods & Goddesses.

Charles Grodin left us this past week. His appearance on the Hannity & Colmes Show was a classic.

[Top image from the classic educational computer game The Oregon Trail, 1990 version, and you can play it online!]

From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.

Saturday Matinee – Dampfmaschine, I’m OK, Jimmie Vaughan & Booker T. Jones

Dampfmaschine is awesome.

I’m OK is a cool animation with an interesting historical background, found here.

Jimmie Vaughan has been overlooked for way too long IMO.

Here’s a bonus: Jimmie Vaughan filling in for Steve Cropper with Booker T. Jones:

Have a great weekend, folks. We’ll be back here tomorrow for more cool stuff.

Saturday Matinee – Russian Standoff, Booker T. & The MGs, Merle Travis w/ Speedy West and Judy Hayden, & Paula Jo Taylor

“We need some untranslatable Russian Stuff.” Young Russian thugs messed with the wrong construction workers [via]. On the other hand, here’s the same crane, so the vid was probably staged for the lulz. They’re apparently in the auto reclamation business.

“Hang ‘Em High” is a musical theme composed by Dominic Frontiere for the soundtrack of the 1968 film of the same name. Though it was first covered by Hugo Montenegro, whose orchestra recorded a full album of music from the film, the tune became a hit in an R&B instrumental version by Booker T. & the M.G.’s that charted #9 Pop and #35 R&B [Quote & links via Wiki].

Merle Travis was a national treasure. Country pop is nothing compared to country swing, and check out that unusual picking style.

Heck, let’s go one more just for fun.

Have a great weekend, folks, and remember that the traffic goes back to default on Monday.

Saturday Matinee – Lindy Hop Showdown, The Wrecking Crew, Tommy Tedesco & The Memphis Group

Pure awesome. Girl in the stripes gets my vote [via].

The Wrecking Crew” recorded some killer stuff, and you’ve likely never heard of them because they weren’t named  “The Wrecking Crew” until 1990. Their peak years were 1962-73 when they worked with Phil Spector. They weren’t a solid unit as the musicians came and went, but the music WAS solid, no matter who was sitting in at the time.

Tommy Tedesco, one of the greatest session musicians ever, was a member of the post-defacto-named Wrecking Crew. Tedesco was one of those rare people who, if told something was a musical instrument, could play it flawlessly.

Now about “The Memphis Group.” Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson & Booker Jones provided the backup for some amazing recording artists, but you already knew that.

Have a great weekend, folks and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Foli Rhythm, Mickey Hart, Booker T & The M.G.’s, John Lee Hooker & Floyd Dixon

Pure rhythm, and it’s worth watching to the end. [Found here.]

Mickey Hart‘s Planet Drum is awesome, no matter how many drugs he took while he was with The Grateful Dead.

Booker T & The M.G.’s were the best session band in the business.

John Lee Hooker. If you don’t know who he was, you’re already lost.

Floyd Dixon. Same as above.

Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow for more fun.

Saturday Matinee – Billy Joel, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Booker T & The M.G.’s

All of Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits. Just like they were meant to be.

The Temptations’ 1970 hit “Ball of Confusion” has one of the best lines ever: “Vote For Me and I’ll Set You Free.” [via SADM].

According to Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, the top artists of 1970 were Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. Let’s go with some Aretha:

Aretha Franklin is an American classic. Here she is backed up by King Curtis.

Here’s King Curtis & The Kingpins. The description attached to this vid from the Utoobage: “The only band that could make Booker T & The M.G.’s sweat.”

Proof that Booker T & the MGs didn’t sweat. With that, have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.

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