2009 offered a most happening selection of musical treats in both recorded (mainly cds) and live venues.
It seems fitting, that the same year in which I turned 40, many of my favorite live shows were delivered by long time rockers who refuse to limp away quietly and still have the chops to thrill an audience. Chicago hardcore heroes Naked Raygun played an incredible set this past summer and provided me with a chance to see them for the first time since 1989. The Butthole Surfers reconvened their classic touring lineup as did one time fellow Touch n Go label mates The Jesus Lizard. The JL show at the Paradise in Boston is easily my favorite of 2009. Also got a chance to see the Brazilian Os Mutantes not only touring, but releasing new, vital music. Never thought I'd get an opportunity to see them live, much less have them play right down the street from me in support of an album of entirely new material.
Os Mutantes - Hai or Amortecedor is the first of my favorite 2009 musical releases listed below, but there really isn't any order to the ten...
Rather loosely based on the somewhat more seriously minded 1975 film Cooley High, the television show What's Happening!! presented a family centric sitcom throughout it's run from 1976 to 1979. During it's tv tenure the What's Happening!! crew had more than a few memorable and funny adventures, such as the botched bootlegging escapades at a Doobie Brothers concert.
Presented below is a condensed episode, set during Christmastime. Raj and Rerun deal with the Grinch-like theft of not only their tv and stereo, but also all their Christmas presents!
Recently discovered this rocking Canadian Christmas cartoon from 1963. Animated and scored in a very swinging, early 60s manner, this short incorporated Santa into a wild west theme and is a Christmas treat. Also created by Jeff Hale (as well as Norman McLaren, Gerald Potterton and Grant Munro) in 1963 is the second bonus cartoon - Christmas Cracker.
Posted this mainly for the skit in the first five minutes with Paul Lynde as Santa Claus. The Donny and Marie Christmas medley is curious as a period piece, but to catch the always entertaining Mr. Lynde in his mid 70s television appearance glory makes this clip worthwhile for yuletide yuks.
The following description is from hushhush112's Dailymotion posting for Part 2:
"Live at the BBC was a live, videotaped studio concert performed by The Carpenters. They lip-synched some tunes, like "Help" and the Burt Bacharach Medley, but most of the songs on the BBC Concert were live. It was performed and aired on BBC on September 25, 1971. VH-1 has televised the concert for American audiences, however in order to fit it into a half-hour time slot, (with commercials), they left out "And When He Smiles", "I Fell in Love With You", "That on the Road Look", and "Lust for Earl and the Married Woman". In addition to singing, Karen also plays the drums during some of the songs."
1. Help! (pre-recorded)
2. Love Is Surrender
4. And When He Smiles
5. Rainy Days and Mondays
6. That on the Road Look (Tony Joe White)
7. I Fell in Love With You (Karen Carpenter and Doug Strawn)
8. Bacharach/David Medley (pre-recorded)
9. For All We Know
10. Lust for Earl and the Married Woman (Tony Joe White)
12. (They Long to Be) Close to You
13. We've Only Just Begun
The clips below present most, but not all, of the footage.
The original, powerhouse 1980s lineup of the Butthole Surfers (Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, King Coffey, Teresa and Jeff Pinkus) regrouped and toured again earlier this year. They brought their traveling road show to the land of "high stepping seafood" and hit the Paradise stage in Boston on September 30th. Sounding mighty good, they also projected horror movies and other assorted eye candy behind them as they performed to the delight of the sold out crowd. Thanks to daiseemeadow for posting some clips from the show on Youtube.
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