Song of the Day – “Honky-Tonk Woman” – The Rolling Stones

I met a gin soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis,
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride.
She had to heave me right across her shoulder
Cause I just can’t seem to drink you off my mind.

I love that last line – it’s one of my favorites from popular song.

Mick wasn’t in particularly good voice for this tour, but the band sounds great!


Song of the Day – “My Little Girl” – Bob & Earl

Bob Relf and Earl Nelson hit it bid with the “Harlem Shuffle” in 1963. They were vocalists, so it’s curious that they would later release this soul instrumental.

If you look up “My Little Girl” on Google, you’ll find that it’s perfect for running a mile to, if you want to run a 10:36 mile. You’ll have to put it on repeat, though.

Song of the Day – “Crumblin’ Down” – John Mellencamp

Ah, the advent of the music video, when you could get away with anything.

“Here, John, spaz out on this ladder for a while and we’re good.”

iPhoneography Apps – PicGrunger: When just a smudge won’t do

I’ve covered a few apps that make your photos look old and damaged. Some of them can be subtle, like Mextures or Distressed FX. Some of them can be quite intense, like Vintage Scene and Grungetastic (but they also have the capability of being subtle). Today’s app is PicGrunger, by Stephen Spring, and it wouldn’t know subtle if subtle hit it over the head. So if you like your photos to look like they’ve barely survived a flood, then give it a look.

When you start PicGrunger, you get a splash screen. The only control you have is a camera icon which takes you to your Photo Library, not to a built-in camera. (This is the iPad version; the iPhone version does allow you to take a photo with the camera.) That camera icon, however, is hidden behind the app name in the upper left corner.


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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Tourniquet” – Hem

Those gentle New York troubadours Hem sing an ode to Brooklyn from their latest, Departure and Farewell.

No, they’re not breaking up, and no, the animation does not have a lot to do with the lyrics.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Foul Play”

Robert Cray – Dottie and Bunny

Robert Cray plays a fine blues guitar, as was evidenced on his 1986 breakthrough, Strong Persuader.

This song mines familiar territory: the two-timing wife.

She phones from work at quittin’ time
Says the boss asked her to stay
She said she’s makin’ double time
But I suspect foul play


The duo Dottie and Bunny had frequent instrumental help from The Skatalites, and this number was no different. Here, the tenor solo is by founding member Roland Alphonso.

Song of the Day – “Girl Watcher” – The O’Kaysions

This may be the quintessential Carolina beach music song, performed by a group of white guys (surprise!) who had the same problem as the Oneders in That Thing You Do! – a name that is frequently mispronounced or misspelled.

This 1968 song was HUGE, especially in the southeast US, and remains a standard 46 years later.