Woof Guide to Popular Music: The White Collar Holler

And it's oh boys, can't you code it? Huh! Program it right! Nothing every happens in this life of mine, I'm hauling up the data on the Xerox line.Considering that I'm a software engineer, and spend most of my days coding and trying to program it right, I was floored to realize that Stan Rogers wrote this energetic rant in the 1970's. Rogers is best known for sea shanties and the like, but I guess he must have had a day job punching IBM cards and doing data analysis at one … [Read more...]

Sixtus A Capella

In response to this post, the geographically named Joe Washingtoncatholic pointed me at a genuinely real and truly obscure Catholic Musical Group made up of seminarians from Washington DC: Sixtus A Capella. They are surprisingly good, and more than a little goofy.Here, for example, is an obviously lip-synced, gymnastically goofy, truly low budget video to a really good rendition of "A Man of Constant Sorrow":And here's a neat piece by another group called Breath of Soul, which I … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Popular Music: Snoopy vs. The Red Baron

For some reason the subject of Snoopy and the Red Baron came up in conversation the other day, and I thought I'd commemorate it by posting the Royal Guardsman's song on the topic, a relic of my childhood. There are a number of versions of the song on Youtube; this one isn't stellar, but it sounds the best, and it doesn't have a bunch of WWII airplanes flying about like one of them did. … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Johnny Tarr

Here's an uplifting (?) ballad of a man with a powerful thirst.I've been listening to a lot of Irish traditional music on Pandora recently, and among the groups I've discovered is a little band named Gaelic Storm. (If you've seen the movie Titanic, I gather Gaelic Storm is the band playing to the passengers in steerage.) They aren't a purely traditional band; they record their own songs as well, and they have a way of adding their own choruses in a more contemporary style to … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Levon Helm

The best rock concert I ever went to was something of an accident. Early in 1986, my friend got four tickets to a Crosby, Stills and Nash reunion concert in Orange County, and gave two of them to Jane and I. The concert was scheduled for 8 PM, but we happened to hear on the radio that this group called The Band were going to open, starting at 7 PM or so. I'd heard of the band—"The Weight", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" were standards on the stations I listened to—but I didn't rea … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Amos Moses

A little story about a man, a plan, and a swamp full of alligators, in honor of my recent trip to New Orleans for the 20th Tcl/Tk Conference. As Jerry Reed tells us, you can sure get lost in the Lousiana bayou! … [Read more...]