Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beatles Song of the Week

This week it is “Penny Lane.”  What do you get when you take four twentysomething hipsters, dress them in hunting outfits, put them on horses, and turn them loose on the streets of London (not Liverpool, though it’s meant to … Continue reading

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John Lennon – In His Own Right???

A story has made the rounds today which has us scratching our heads.  The Toronto Sun reported that in an upcoming Beatles documentary John’s personal assistant from 1979 until John’s death in 1980, Fred Seaman, claimed that in his final years … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday

This week I’m stretching the definition of “blues” a bit to fit in a song that qualifies more as a folk song than a blues song.  But it is delivered by one of the premier folk/blues singers of his time, … Continue reading

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Public Pensions Pressure Local Governments

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece discussing the on-going budgetary problems facing America’s cities and municipalities and their cause: While the national media has focused on state budget face-offs between government unions and governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Music

Not a full Diva, imho, but surely a Rock Goddess in her own right.

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Pawlenty’s Problem

Poll numbers are coming out in Iowa showing an unusual trend for former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, as Politico reports: The Des Moines Register has posted new details from the Iowa caucus poll released overnight, showing that Pawlenty has the … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman – A Conservative Problem-Solver

The Wall Street Journal is featuring Jon Huntsman for their weekend interview and while there are a number of points worth quoting I consider the following among the strongest: One model he has in mind is Utah under Gov. Huntsman. … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough – Grieves and Budo Live

Last November I had the pleasure of seeing Grieves and Budo perform at First Avenue, which I discussed here. Last Tuesday I had the pleasure to see them again, this time doing an in-store performance upon the release of Grieves’ … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week it is one of the gems of the White Album, “Rocky Raccoon.”  Part of the charm of this song is that it sounds loose and unrehearsed, almost made up on the spot.  This early take of the song … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday

Creedence Clearwater Revival is a band that I was into when I was about 15, but not for very long.  Why?  They’re not a bad band by any stretch of the imagination.  It may just be because their hits are … Continue reading

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He’s Running!

Jon Huntsman finally announced his campaign for the GOP nomination in the race for President in 2012.   The Salt Lake Tribune has the full transcript of his speech.  The Daily Mail has a good piece on Jon’s big day … Continue reading

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New York Times Magazine runs profile of Jon Huntsman

Matt Bai pens a fairly nice profile of Jon Huntsman in this week’s New York Times Magazine.  It is a series of contradictions, but all in all a positive piece and something which I hope will generate some name recognition. … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman places second in conservative conference straw poll

Full disclosure: He finished behind Ron Paul. So take that result with the entire Bonneville Salt Flats. If Paul’s tiny number of rabid followers can spam every straw poll and online poll to make him look more viable than he … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!

Paul McCartney celebrates his 69th birthday today and we could not be happier. If you really think about it, has there been a more prolific songwriter in the history of popular music? How about in the 20th century? And if … Continue reading

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Commercial Break

One of the best things about YouTube is that it allowed, nay compelled people to compile and post all of the commercials from their aging 1980’s videotape collections.  Why am I hypnotized by these? While I am not a fan … Continue reading

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Ad #2: “4 Days”

Apparently these commercials are the work of GOP ad guru Fred Davis, known for his offbeat ads.  He might be best known as the creator of the infamous “Demon Sheep” political ad for Carly Fiorina in her failed 2010 Senate … Continue reading

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First Huntsman ad hits YouTube

Well, it’s an interesting marketing concept. It plays on Huntsman’s lack of name recognition (for now) and intends to create a “who is this guy?” buzz. It’s definitely better than your standard “family, mantelpiece, sweater, hound dog, get-to-know-me” political ad. … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Enough

I’ve had this song stuck in my head since first hearing it a number of weeks ago. This song couldn’t be more catchy if it tried, so clicking play may cause you to have this stuck in your head too, … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman To Announce Presidential Bid In One Week

At last!  Jon Huntsman has announced that he will announce.  And that’s good enough for us. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is joining the fast-growing pack of Republicans battling to take on President Barack Obama. Huntsman, who was Obama’s ambassador … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday

  Here is some bonus Blues Breakers with John Mayall and Eric Clapton.  The simple guitar/piano blues, “Bernard Jenkins” was not included on the monumental Blues Breakers album that pioneered a new era of blues guitar playing and tone.  It was … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“While you may think you have to conform to be successful, the more authentic you are, the more magnetism you radiate, which is what creates success.” -Scott Pelikan

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Album Review -The Reluctant Graveyard

We have featured the music of Jeremy Messersmith several times here at Of Buckley and Beatles. But this weekend we were finally able to listen to his latest album, The Reluctant Graveyard (2010) in its entirety.  From various tracks we … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman – A Serious GOP Candidate

The Washington Post has a quality piece a out Jon Huntsman called “Jon Huntsman – A Serious GOP Candidate.” In it Jon Huntsman discusses his strategy to generate name recognition in a crowded GOP field. Compared to some others in … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday

Freddie King is back. I’ve featured him on Tuesday Bluesday before, but he is deserving of a repeat performance. Here he is performing one of his hits, “Goin’ Down.”

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Beatles Song of the Week – Weinergate Edition

What a week! Personally, we never once believed anyone but Representative Weiner was responsible for his situation. Gee – a politician with an over-active libido? Who ever heard of such a thing? The simple application of Occam’s Razor told us … Continue reading

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