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Friday, December 3, 2021 4:54 pm

Friday Random 10, Top 10 Porch-Weather Day Edition

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R.E.M. – Mr. Richards
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Solomon Burke – Revelation Generation
Iggy Pop – Angel
BoDeans – Runaway Love
Offspring – Nitro (Youth Energy)
Blink 182 – Don’t Leave Me
The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail
Sex Pistols – Belsen Was a Gas
Elvis Costello – Miracle Man

lagniappe: Third Eye Blind – The Background

Friday, November 5, 2021 6:45 pm

Friday Random 10

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Tunes wafting in on the breeze, barely (if at all) audible, from the pregame festivities at my kids’ high school a mile away:

Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Tag Team – Oops, There It Is
Smashmouth – All Star
Gap Band – You Dropped a Bomb on Me
Blink 182 – All the Small Things
Bill Conti – Rocky theme
Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days
Black Sabbath – Iron Man

lagiappe: Van Halen – You Really Got Me

Saturday, October 16, 2021 5:59 pm

Friday Random 10, Saturday live-band-next-door edition

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Poison – Nothin’ But a Good Time
Billy Joel – You May Be Right
The Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
Bryan Adams – Run to You
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Tim McGraw – Refried Dreams
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through the Jungle
Luke Bryan – One Margarita
Little River Band – Lonesome Loser
The Police – De Doo Doo Doo

lagniappe: Radiohead – High and Dry

Friday, October 8, 2021 6:36 pm

Friday Random 10

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Steely Dan – Third World Man
R.E.M. – Rotary Ten
Grandmaster Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
U2 – Two Hearts Beat As One
Drivin’ ‘N’ Cryin’ – Around the Block Again
Replacements – We’ll Inherit the Earth
Run-DMC – Sucker MCs
Connells – Upside Down
Squeeze – Pulling Mussels from the Shell
Them – Gloria

lagniappe: My Terrible Friend – When I Decide

Friday, October 1, 2021 6:04 pm

Friday Random 10

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Veto – You Say Yes, I Say Yes
Graham Parker – Anniversary
Iron and Wine – Half Moon
Warren Zevon – Hasten Down the Wind
My Enemy – My Enemy
Gin Blossoms – Highwire
R.E.M. – Crazy
Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4
Dreams So Real – Here Comes the Train
Blink 182 – Anthem

lagniappe: Blondie – Denis

Friday, September 24, 2021 6:06 pm

Friday Random 10

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Bus Boys – Dr. Doctor
Foo Fighters – Iron Rooster
R.E.M. – Sweetness Follows
The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
Dee Clark – Hot Potato
Bauhaus – Kick in the Eye
Stealin’ Horses – Ballad of the Pralltown Cafe
Bruce Springsteen – Youngstown
Pressure Boys – Is This Normal?
Hollies – On a Carousel

lagniappe: U2 – Fire

Thursday, August 5, 2021 12:08 am

Friday Random 10, Wednesday-after-class edition

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Steely Dan – Bad Sneakers
Replacements – Shooting Dirty Pool
Blink 182- Josie
Graham Parker – Don’t Ask Me Questions
R.E.M. – Walk It Back
Dictators – Faster and Louder
Mudcrutch – Love of the Bayou
Pressure Boys – Hallow’s Eve
Wilco – More …
Tonio K – The Ballad of the Night the Clocks All Stopped (and the Government Failed)

lagniappe: LMNT: Hey Juliet

lagniappe lagniappe: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Chicago, 1/16/2009: Thunder Road

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:21 am

Friday Random 10, Monday late night edition

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R.E.M. – Shaking Through
Commodores – Brick House
Lyres – Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby
Sarah Siskind – Falling Stars
The Hold Steady – The Weekenders
Hindu Love Gods – Walking Blues
Roy Orbison – Working for the Man
Connells – Something to Say
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Comin’ Home
U2 – Stuck in a Moment

lagniappe: Scarface – Money and the Power

Friday, July 16, 2021 11:08 pm

Friday Random 10

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Counting Crows – Hangin’ Around
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On
Islands – Rough Gem
R.E.M. – Pale Blue Eyes
AC/DC – Moneytalks
Solomon Burke – She Thinks I Still Care
Pink – U + Ur Hand
The Offspring – Come Out and Play
Monomyth – Candleholder

lagniappe: Rolling Stones – All Down the Line

Friday, July 9, 2021 6:08 pm

Friday Random 10

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R.E.M. – Can’t Get There from Here
Connells – Gauntlet
Pressure Boys – Lava Booger
Rolling Stones – Time Is on My Side (live)
New York Dolls – Frankenstein
Warren Zevon – Jungle Work
Pearl Jam – Corduroy
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Thunder Road (live acoustic)
Counting Crows – Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby
Third Eye Blind – London


The Cult – Brother Wolf, Sister Moon

Friday, May 14, 2021 5:05 pm

Friday Random 10

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Country Home
R.E.M. — Chorus and the Ring
The Brains — Hypnotized
The Smithereens — Blues Before and After
The Cult — Revolution
Big Pink — She’s No Sense
Hornit — Twisted
Squeeze — There’s No Tomorrow
R.E.M. — New Orleans Instrumental No. 2
Diana Krall — They Can’t Take That Away From Me

lagniappe: Cheap Trick — Oh Caroline

Friday, April 16, 2021 4:52 pm

Friday Random 10

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Elvis Costello – Mouth Almighty
Solomon Burke – These Arms of Mine
Crowded House – Something So Strong
Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
Brothers Johnson – Get the Funk Out Ma Face
AC/DC – Moneytalks
U2 – Love Rescue Me
R.E.M. – All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)
Velvet Underground – Heroin
John Hiatt – Circle Back

lagniappe: Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized

Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:46 pm

Friday Random 10, Thursday Porch-Weather Edition

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The Vibrators – Watch Out Baby
Mission UK – Like a Hurricane
The Clash – The Right Profile
James Brown – Think
R.E.M. – Arms of Love
Warren Zevon – The Heartache
Sarah Bethe Nelson – Paying
U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes
Cheap Trick – Ain’t That a Shame

Lagniappe: New York Dolls – Jet Boy

Saturday, April 21, 2018 11:11 pm

Friday Random 10, Saturday Night Edition

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Girls – Iggy Pop
You’re Just What I Needed – Cars
Get Off of My Cloud – Rolling Stones
All My Friends – Counting Crows
The Future – Leonard Cohen
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Party – Beastie Boys
Something to Say – Connells
Disorder in the House – Warren Zevon
Reconsider Me – Warren Zevon
What Are You Doin’ in My Life? – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

lagniappe: Please Send Me Someone to Love – Solomon Burke

Friday, March 30, 2018 6:56 pm

Friday Random 10

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“Kissin’ Dynamite” – AC/DC
“Letters” (live) – Laura Cantrell
“Love’s Got Me Doin’ Time” – Cinderella
“Private World” – New York Dolls
“Lost Mind” – Diana Krall
“Ridda” – Hornit
“Explode and Make Up” – Sugar
“In the Garden” – Dreams So Real
“Wonderful World” – Sam Cooke
“Wrecking Ball” – Neil Young

lagniappe: “Gimme Some Lovin'” – Spencer Davis Group

Friday, November 3, 2017 8:11 pm

Friday Random 10

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R.E.M. – Green Grow the Rushes
Pressure Boys – A Chew and a Swallow
Jason & the Scorchers – White Lies
Goo Goo Dolls – Name
Bruce Springsteen – Blinded by the Light
The Who – Bargain
Fugazi – Argument
Was/Not Was – Spy in the House of Love
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Things Goin’ On

lagniappe: Fountains of Wayne – The Summer Place


Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:39 pm

Friday Random 10, Saturday Edition

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The Ties That Bind – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Dream All Day – The Posies
Stand by Me – Ben E. King
Long View – Green Day
Round Here – Counting Crows
You Really Got Me – Van Halen
Alex Chilton Down and Out (The Replacements vs. Cam’ron vs. Kanye West) – The Hood Internet
I Got the Blues – Rolling Stones
House of Flint – Amor de Dias

lagniappe: Second Golden Age – Meredith Bragg

Sunday, February 19, 2017 5:50 pm

Friday Random 10, Porch-Weather Sunday/Global Warming Edition

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Burn – Dream Syndicate
Green Grow the Rushes – R.E.M.
Ego Maniac – Chris Mars
Back to Base – Fugazi
Even Heroes Have to Die – Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
New Kid in Town – Eagles
I Am a Cliche – X-ray Spex
Black – Pearl Jam
Jackson Cage (live in Chicago 1/16/2016) – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
54 46 (That’s My Number) – Toots & the Maytals

lagniappe: Surfin’ Bird – Trashmen

Friday, February 17, 2017 6:25 pm

Friday Random 10, Feb. 17, 2017

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My Shit’s Fucked Up – Warren Zevon
Paris (Ooh La La) – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Texarkana – R.E.M.
I Can’t Read – Tin Machine
Pulling Teeth – Green Day
No Expectations – Rolling Stones
Tryin’ Just to Please You – Lyres
Four Horsemen – Clash
Waitin’ on a Friend (live) – Pearl Jam
With or Without You – 2Cellos

lagniappe: Crooked Eyes – Black Telephone

Friday, February 10, 2017 8:48 pm

Friday Random 10, Feb. 10, 2017

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Louisiana Rain – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Tampa to Tulsa (live) – Jayhawks
El Clavo y la Cruz – The Plugz
Champagne and Riffer – Rolling Stones & Buddy Guy
Betterman – Pearl Jam
Promises – Fugazi
Johnny B. Goode – Jimi Hendrix
1,000 Years – The Gaslight Anthem
Down South Jukin’ – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gloria – Them

lagniappe: Ain’t No Fun (Waiting ‘Round to be a Millionaire) – AC/DC

Friday, February 3, 2017 1:20 pm

Friday Random 10

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Stop, Stop, Stop — Hollies
Wild Horses — Rolling Stones
Evenflow — Pearl Jam
Underneath the Bunker — R.E.M.
Gloomy Monday Morning — Black Hollies
The Sweetest Thing — Camera Obscura
In Quintessence — Squeeze
Graduate — Third Eye Blind
Oh Caroline — Cheap Trick
Radio Radio — Elvis Costello

lagniappe — Temporary Beauty — Graham Parker

Saturday, December 31, 2016 11:46 pm

Friday Random 10, Saturday New Year’s Eve Edition

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Hollies — Long Cool Woman
The Leaves — Go Away
John Mellencamp — Small Town
Melissa Ethridge — Come to My Window
The Shins — New Slang
The Jayhawks — Smile
Kinetix — People Start Hoppin’
U2 — Gloria
Warren Zevon — Ourselves to Know
The Eagles — Tequila Sunrise

lagniappe: Telekinesis — Please Ask for Help

Thursday, December 29, 2016 11:04 pm

Friday Random 10, Thursday-night new-laptop edition

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Band on the Run – Paul McCartney and Wings
Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Don’t Come Close – The Ramones
You Could Be Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Borneo Jimmy – The Dictators
Lost Mind – Diana Krall
The Fly – Chubby Checker
Please Send Me Someone to Love – Solomon Burke
Just a Touch – R.E.M.
Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkee

lagniappe: Save the Last Dance for Me – The Drifters

Friday, August 28, 2015 11:32 pm

Odds and ends for Aug. 28

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be a kiddy diddler or he may be totally innocent, but one way or the other, it’s long past time we found out which.

Even if this climate change legislation passes in California, I fear the extraction industries have too much sway in Congress to save us from climate-change-based extinction.

Sigh. The government gets another chance to justify its blatantly unconstitutional NSA info-gathering.

So guess what Subway knew years in advance about spokesperv Jared Fogle. Go on. You’ll never guess.

John Oliver now has been cited, approvingly, in a federal court decision. Go, John.

The anti-choice movement doesn’t give a damn about sexism, racism or ableism. They just want you to think they do. For that matter, if they gave a damn about preventing abortions, they’d be supporting cheaper, better birth control and better sex education, but they don’t care about that, either. What they care about is, to borrow a phrase from Charlie Pierce, ladyparts and the ladies who use them without permission.

We’re still holding dozens of people in Guantanamo whom we plan neither to charge nor to release. Sorry, Obama (and whoever succeeds you), but you don’t get to play that game. Charge ’em or let ’em go. Put up or shut up.

Was the “Nazi gold train” in Poland near the end of World War II real? And has it been found? Stay tuned.

Amid the Ashley Madison scandal, right-wing Christianity has been the dog that didn’t bark.

Turns out loser La. Gov. Bobby Jindal asked President Obama not to talk about climate change when he visited New Orleans yesterday for the Katrinaversary (h/t: @adrastosno). And the president reminded us again how empty is the bag of fks he has to give. Also: bonus stuff Jindal either doesn’t understand or is being paid to ignore.

If Peggy Noonan would just stop drinking, she’d sober up and realize that, no, Donald Trump is not going to carry the Hispanic vote. But that’s an “if” too far.

My friend Mark Barrett addresses the Koch Brothers’  move into N.C. health care, which can only be bad.

Finally, just because, my friend Beau Dure on the lyrical mess that is R.E.M.’s “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

Oh, and wait: A Friday Random 10!

R.E.M. – Driver 8 (You can’t make this up)
Delta Moon – Money Changes Everything
LMNT – Juliet
Velvet Underground – Waiting for the Man
Legendary Pink Dots – Black Highway
Jackson Browne – Pretender
Carbon Leaf – What About Everything
Morissey – Suedehead
Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World
Counting Crows – Rain King

lagniappe: Romeo Void – Never Say Never


Friday, July 17, 2015 5:57 pm

Odds and ends for July 17

What the hell happened to Sandra Bland? Bland, who was African American, started driving from outside Chicago toward her new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M; she got pulled over in a routine traffic stop; she was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer; and then was found dead in her cell, supposedly a suicide. The sheriff whose department arrested her was fired from a previous law enforcement job for racism. At least the FBI is now investigating, so maybe we’ll get some answers.

The Planned Parenthood “sting” video was faked (the “undetermined” label is charitable; read the whole item), but that hasn’t stopped opportunistic foes of legal abortion from using it as an excuse for “investigations” of Planned Parenthood anyway. One such opportunistic ass is my personal congresscritter, Mark Walker, who campaigned in part on a platform of not being a right-wing Christianist wackaloon. So much for that.

Jeb Bush, the presidential candidate who thinks America’s workers, who already work more hours than pretty much any other in the industrialized world, should work longer hours. Economists respond: Shame on you.

Microsoft has decided that if you’re a home Windows user, it’s going to upgrade you to Windows 10 whether you want that upgrade or not. Professional/enterprise users at least will get the option. You’ll have to pry Win 7 Pro from my cold, dead hands, though. I completely misread the article. Don’t drink and blog, kids.

In the aftermath of the shootings of four Marines Thursday in Chattanooga, conservatives are resurrecting the canard that then-President Bill Clinton banned firearms on military bases. Sorry, guys; you’re thinking of George H.W. Bush.

Re the faked Planned Parenthood video, a question: Granting for the sake of discussion that it’s perfectly OK to be both anti-abortion and Christian, why would people who consider themselves Christian want to use a faked video — literally, a chunk of false witness — to try to make Planned Parenthood look bad? One would think that the very fact that PP provides abortions would, from these folks’ standpoint, make it look bad enough without having to lie on top of that.

And, finally, a Friday Random 10!

What Goes On – Velvet Underground
Cadillac Walk – Willy DeVille
Burning – Fugazi
Bad Karma – Warren Zevon
You – R.E.M.
Tomorrow Is Such a Long Time – Rod Stewart
Changing of the Guards – Bob Dylan
Splendid Isolation – Warren Zevon
As Long As It Matters – Gin Blossoms
Lonely Planet Boy – New York Dolls

lagniappe: Evelyn – Black Telephone

Sunday, March 22, 2015 5:37 pm

Friday Random 10, NCAA Sunday edition

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The Golden Filter – Thunderbird
The Drapels – Young Man
Bee Gees – To Love Somebody
Rolling Stones – Rock and a Hard Place
Elvis Presley – Mystery Train
Hollies – Jennifer Eccles
Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away
Isley Bros. – For the Love You
Solomon Burke – Please Send Me Someone to Love
Pressure Boys – Don’t Fool Me

lagniappe: The Clash – Koka Kola


Saturday, October 4, 2014 1:44 pm

Friday Random 10, Housework Saturday Edition

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AC/DC – Shake a Leg
Replacements – Back to Back
Yacht – The Afterlife
Ain’t to Proud to Pray – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sex with an X – The Vaselines
April Fool – Soul Asylum
Heart in the Street – The Brains
Aye Davanita – Pearl Jam
Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You – Billie Holiday

lagniappe: Jimi Thing – Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:07 am

Friday Random 10, Saturday cleaning-out-old-files edition

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  • The Black Crowes — Don’t Wake Me
  • The Connells — Dull, Brown and Gray
  • U2 — Fire
  • Lyres — I Want to Help You Ann
  • Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs — Stay
  • Trammps — Disco Inferno
  • Velvet Underground — White Light White Heat
  • Cheap Trick — So Good to See You
  • Toots & the Maytals — Sweet and Dandy
  • Warren Zevon — Rest of the Night

lagniappe: Old 97s — Oppenheimer

Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:50 pm

Friday Random 10, Sunday online banking edition

AC/DC — Some Sin for Nothin’
Dictators — Search and Destroy
Chubby Checker — The Hucklebuck
Cinderella — Sick for the Cure
Pressure Boys — Fakin’ Dub
INXS — Three Sisters
Rolling Stones — Black Limousine
Joe Jackson — Look Sharp
Cream — Crossroads
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists — Parallel or Together

lagniappe: Warren Zevon — Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me

Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:17 pm

Friday Random 10, Recuperation Thursday edition

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Guns N’ Roses – “You’re Crazy”

Motors – “Forget About You”

Tallest Man on Earth – “Thousand Ways”

Melissa Etheridge – “Talking to My Angel”

Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’ – “Ain’t It Strange”

Neil Young – “Vampire Blues”

Nirvana – “Stay Away”

2 Cellos – “With or Without You”

Bob Dylan – “Girl from the North Country”

Warren Zevon – “Heartache Spoken Here”

lagniappe: Vaselines – “Dum-Dum”

For them as has not heard, I unexpectedly had my gall bladder removed last Friday evening. It went uneventfully — a stone had blocked the duct, the organ was already somewhat inflamed, but we caught it early and now it’s dealt with, I went home from the hospital Sunday morning, and now, although my energy level isn’t great, I’m mostly pain-free. I’m planning to return to the office tomorrow. I’m banned from lifting much or physical exertion, although it’s OK for me to walk (and I’m doing so).

Word gets around, so I’ve already heard from a few of you. Thank you for your kind words of support.

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