The Everlasting Joys of "Let's Work Together"

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Lonesome Onry and Mean was pondering the greater meaning of all things with the aid of a cold bottle of Thought Elixir when Dwight Yoakam's version of the old Wilbert Harrison R&B smash "Let's Work Together" came up in the iPod mix. Harrison's original has been part of our DJ sets since Day One, but hearing Yoakam's twang version reminded us of Bryan Ferry's glam hit with his cover of the tune which was tearing up Europe just as we arrived there in 1976.

Thought Elixir being what it is, down the YouTube rabbit hole we plunged in search of our past. While Ry Cooder and Buckwheat Zydeco, Bob Dylan, Kentucky Headhunters and others have covered the tune, these are our favorites beginning with Harrison's 1970 masterpiece.


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Yes, Indeed! Fest vs. Vanilla Ice at Halftime: Everybody Wins

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Photos by Nicholas Zalud
The Yes, Indeed! festival: Just standin' on the street, playing guitar...
It should go without saying: there are music events, and then there are events which may be enhanced by the added element of music.

This weekend in Houston, a pair of offerings illustrated this point quite vividly. Saturday's Yes, Indeed! festival in the Warehouse District was the former -- a music event, and a damn fine one too. The Houston Texans' halftime performance by Vanilla Ice (ne Robert Van Winkle) was the latter. Also -- don't laugh now -- not too shabby.


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Eminem's New Track Goes "Old School," We Give You The Best Old School Jams To Celebrate

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The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems.

So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay!

"Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of crazy, messy, and surprisingly unoffensive song. It's lacking Em's normal "fuck you" vibe, but don't let that fool you. He's progressed, it seems, and he's doing so by taking it really old school in his vibe. It's still an "I don't give a shit" kind of song, but not in the lyrical sense. He's taking chances, sampling artists, and it's really, well, cool to see how his music has evolved.

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Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia: No Contest, Comrade Putin

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It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days.

From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authoritarian rule. No one is threatening to bury anyone, but a lot of Russian vodka is being boycotted on our shores.

Now comes word that Russian leaders have imposed a lifetime ban on the Bloodhound Gang.


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Tell You What I Want: A Spice Girls Reunion

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Photo by Constance7/Flickr Creative Commons
I admit I am a frequent visitor to and fan of Jezebel.com.

Yes, I'm a nearly 50-year-old man, but so what? I grew up in a time when Gloria Steinem was out there burning bras. My mama brought home the bacon and fried it up in a pan. I admired TV's fictional feminists like Maude, Florida Evans and Ann Romano.

I love women and things women are interested in. But the more I visit this femme-centric Web site, the more apparent it becomes it's hard out here for a woman in 2013.


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Fall Out Boy at Bayou Music Center, 6/7/2013

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Photos by Stephanie Truex/falloutboy.com
Since Fall Out Boy did not approve photos from Friday, please enjoy these stills from the band's new video, "The Phoenix."
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Bayou Music Center
June 7, 2013

I was telling someone on Friday, "I get to go to Fall Out Boy tonight!" Her reaction? "Ha! Is it 2004?"

I couldn't blame her for the response. Fall Out Boy's name prompts memories of bad piercings, worse haircuts and overly dramatic kids, aka the Era of Emo. Fall Out Boy was one of the most popular bands of the era, and for good reason. Their songs were super catchy and their lyrics were undeniably relatable, whether you were an emo kid or not.

It may not be 2004, but Fall Out Boy still makes super-catchy rock songs with great lyrics. Friday night at Bayou Music Center, they played the hell out of them.

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Jimi Hendrix at 70: What Did We Miss?

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Most everyone in the 27 Club have fanciful alternate lives in the minds of fans, where they didn't die at such a stupidly young ages, and they all "grew up" to be breathing interesting, road-tested people in the 21st century.

Rewind:

R.I.P.: Remembering The 27 Club -- Jimi, Jim, Janis, Kurt...


Kurt Cobain, dubstep DJ. Janis Joplin, grandma rocker. Jim Morrison, putting out Rick Rubin-produced acoustic albums. That sort of thing.

And then there is Jimi Hendrix, who would have been 70 years old today. Mind you, 70 isn't what 70 was just a few years ago. Now you can be Paul McCartney and be 70. Ann-Margret and Raquel Welch are both over 70 and still smoke hotter than girls who are younger than their first facelifts.

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Austin's New (C)KOKE-FM Can't Beat The Real Thing

Lonesome, Onry and Mean had been hearing about the new KOKE-FM progressive country station in Austin for a few weeks. One friend in particular kept raving about the station, so today we finally sauntered over to KOKE-FM (99.3) on the world wide web.

Back in the day when we were in Radio/Television/Film school at UT-Austin, KOKE-FM broke the mold for country radio when it announced its progressive country format that featured not only Waylon, Willie, Coe, Jerry Jeff, Jimmy Buffett, Michael Murphy, and Asleep at the Wheel, but also corralled such outlaws as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and the newly formed Gram Parsons band with Emmylou Harris.

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There was also space for Austin treasures like Freda and the Firedogs and Greezy Wheels.

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NRBQ's Al Anderson Now a World Famous Headliner


Above: Al Anderson (l) and World Famous Headliners in the studio.

There are people in Nashville, highly successful people, the average fan or casual music listener has little if any clue about. Chris Stapleton comes to mind. Mike Henderson is another. Everyone in Nashville knows and admires them, from Music Row to the East Nashville hepcats, but they're most often flying under the radar.

In spite of his 20 years in critics' darlings band NRBQ, "Big" Al Anderson is not exactly a name the average person is probably familiar with in spite of the fact that he has written numerous hit songs, played umpteen thousand gigs, and made some of the coolest, most idiosyncratic records of the past 30 years.

Anderson has written an amazing and varied string of hits for mainstream Nashville acts; here are just a smattering of the most recognizable: "Every Little Thing" (Carlene Carter), "Poor Me" (Joe Diffie), "The Cowboy In Me" (Tim McGraw), "Trip Around the Sun" (Jimmy Buffett), "Powerful Thing" (Trisha Yearwood), and the Mavericks' signature hit "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down."

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Introducing...The Beatles: Celebrating Their First Ed Sullivan Performance

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Courtesy Jacksboro Highway
L-R: Pete Best, John Lennon, Delbert McClinton, Bruce Chanel, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Lonesome, Onry and Mean didn't get in much trouble in school. So his parents were a little disturbed to find the eighth grader in the principal's office on the afternoon of February 10, 1964. He and his best friends, Mike Clowdus, Brad Rutledge, and Larry "Suitcase" Simpson, had been written up and sent to the office by Mr. Stephen Haynes, the eighth grade honors algebra teacher.

The infraction? Combing our hair like the Beatles.

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