Booker T. Jones: Green Onions, [conversation], Born Under a Bad Sign, Down in Memphis
Holy cow! This is THE Booker T with a Hammond B3 right there at the tiny desk. Green Onions is such an iconic song, but he breathes new life into the classic he wrote 5 decades ago. He then describes how he first encountered the B3 and the story is delightful. If you only watch one of these videos, let this be the one.
OK, so Merrill Garbus is insanely cool and she rocks that sample pedal. Watching her spin her magic on the fly is great.
Adele: Someone Like You, Chasing Pavements, Rolling In The Deep
Everyone seems to love her, but I've never really sat down to listen to Adele. I can see why she is so well loved. She has tremendous talent.
Foster the People: Houdini, Helena Beat, Pumped Up Kicks
The contrast between this and the beautiful energy they exude in full concerts is remarkable. Honestly, I am rather sick of Pumped Up Kicks, but this version is nice.
More that caught my ear:
- Givers: Meantime, Up Up Up, Atlantic
- Basia Bulat: The Shore, W Zielonym Zoo, Heart of My Own, In the Night
- They Might Be Giants: Can't Keep Johnny Down, Cloisonne, Fingertips
- The Cranberries: Linger, Tomorrow, Ode To My Family, Zombie, Raining In My Heart
- Bill Frissell: Nowhere Man, In My Life, Strawberry Fields Forever
- Beirut: East Harlem, Santa Fe, Serbian Cocek