Saturday, May 19, 2018

Late night open thread

Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting.
 -- Jules Verne

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with MAZZY STAR!

Passionate indifference, it's how Johnny described Hope Sandoval's voice back then and it's still the perfect comparison if he does say so himself. Normally we don't start off the Music Series with a slower song, ie you don't want 'Ten Years Gone' first off by Led Zeppelin live, you want 'Rock and Roll' unless it's a fantastic song, like this one here.

'Fade Into You' from 2005.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE MIRACLES!

Remember the part in Shrek where Donkey is going on about how great parfaits are and how nobody doesn't love a parfait? The Miracles are the parfait of not just Motown but music. Smokey's perfect emotive voice, the harmonies, the jangling tunes, some nasty sax as needed, they're just a fucking delight. Get in the car kids because tonight we're 'Going to a Go-Go'


Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with FRANK ZAPPA!

This is probably Johnny's favorite song about the upwardly mobile opportunities in rock music for disaffected kids, in particular, the women. Frank Zappa clearly saw this to be an issue WITH a solution. A man ahead of his time. 'Crew Slut' giving us a life lesson on your way out the door tonight.
Not sure if it was really Toto or not. Classic.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Late night open thread

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
 -- Mark Twain

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with ROBERT GORDON!

Johnny heard you you know. That's right person on Twitter who said who is Robert Gordon when you saw this week's lineup. Johnny was hurt. Who is Robert Gordon. What even is that question? Oh Sweet Summer Child. Getting us started proper is one Robert Gordon and a real barnshaker, 'Red Hot'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE WHO!

If Johnny's house sold tomorrow would he have time to make sure he played this utter gem at least once on the Music Series? Well, probably, but let's take care of that right now.

Johnny's also going to get you out of the kick boxing/yoga/climbing/fitness class you have tomorrow. Here's your excuse note. You are either Pete Townshend or Keith Moon right now. You're in on air guitar or drums the whole way. No half-measures. Then if you played the Keith Moon part don't go take horse tranquilizers.

That didn't kill him so it's funny.

The Who with 'Bargain'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE PLIMSOULS!

Great driving song as Johnny can attest. Keeps the blood pumping at 3:30 in the morning as one blows past Bellfonte in the fog. The Plimsouls with 'Million Miles Away' and If you didn't think of Valley Girl just now you get to the Netflix on the 'morrow.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Late night open thread

No Music Series next week kids, Johnny's back to Michigan for the sad business of the memorial service for his wife and to look at places to live. Johnny should imagine a long drive this time will seem twice as long.

Hopefully we all meet back here two weeks hence. Be good. Don't be a moose puncher.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD!

What a time to be alive, the Jersey City Desk Music Series is running their first (and last) Hippie Music Night brought to you by patchouli, sandalwood incense and Kool cigarettes. Now, first things first. Hippies can be both good and bad and we know from the documentary about them on South Park;

"Hippies, Hippies! They've everywhere, they say they want to save the earth but all the do is smoke pot and smell bad. Hiiiiipppppiiiiieeeeessss."
 -- Eric Cartman

So it's settled, hippies, can't live with them, can't not enjoy some of their music. To that end let's get this VW Microbus push-started with 'For What It's Worth' by Buffalo Springfield and one quick cautionary note, if you're the bass player, hippies have no problem making you put your back to the camera. Also, Neil Young as cowboy hippie.