My favorite musical finds on the big wide internet this week start with Keely Smith singing the Lennon & McCartney songbook. Instead of being just another Fab Four knock-off for a confused older generation, this is a truly great album of reinterpretations that turn the Beatles' songs into the classic lounge hits they always wanted to be. Way better than when McCartney tried a similar reinvention.
mp3s: Do You Want to Know a Secret | And I Love Him | A Hard Day's Night
Get the whole album at Record Robot.
Lotti Golden's 1969 album Motor-Cycle is a psychedelic soul trip produced by Bob Crewe. Not yet on CD, it is certainly a crate digging masterpiece. My favorite track is "A Lot Like Lucifer", a sprawling epic that starts out soulful, turns ragtime, leads into a stomper, throws in some fuzz guitar, goes for the Memphis sound, and then tosses in the kitchen sink. Come to think of it, pretty much every song on this album is like that.
mp3s: Motor Cycle Michael | A Lot Like Lucifer
Get the whole album at Play It Again Max.
Now that the crappy new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is coming out, why not re-live their crappy 1990 concert tour via a Pizza Hut promo cassette. While you're at it don't forget to nab the soundtracks to the previous two crappy films (TMNT, TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze). And just to get you in the mood, here's the truly surreal, painful, and - dare I say - crappy "Ninja Rap" by Vanilla Ice (mp3). "Go Ninja, go ninja...rap!"
More mp3 and music video finds after the jump.
And now for some videos:
And finally, I've had a massive session of playing catch-up this week over at Mr. Dante Fontana's Visual Guidance LTD, the premiere music video blog. Here's what I found: