Song of the Day – “My Mistake” – Kingbees

Many new wave bands turned to rockabilly as their sound of choice (Stray Cats, Elvis Brothers), just like the Kingbees did. Their lead singer, Jamie James, performed for a couple of years with Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker of the Cats.

Don’t make a mistake – get out and vote!

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Song of the Day – “Politics Aside” – Everything But the Girl

Let’s set Politics Aside and listen to this beautiful tune from Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn. From 1991’s Worldwide.

Song of the Day – “Don’t Worry About the Government” – Talking Heads

This song from Talking Heads ’77 is not overtly political, despite the word “government” the title. It’s a plea to relax about all the things that pile up on us.

I see the states, across this big nation
I see the laws made in Washington, D.C.
I think of the ones I consider my favorites
I think of the people that are working for me

Song of the Day – “I Blew Up the United States” – Was (Not Was)

Was (Not Was) asked the musical question Are You OK? with their 1990 album. I gotta say no, man, no. This shit’s getting too real.

It’s a free country
I’m within my rights
Every child should have a weapon
And a ton of dynamite
My hand is steady
And my eye is cold
A voice inside my head
Keeps saying “Do as you are told”

Song of the Day – “A Apolitical Blues” – Little Feat

I’ve got the apolitical blues
And that’s the meanest blues of all
Apolitical blues
And that’s the meanest blues of all
I don’t care if it’s John Wayne
I just don’t want to talk to him now

I’m so ready for this election to be complete (as long as we’re not stuck with the Cheeto). I’ve voted; how about you?

From Lowell George and 1972’s Sailin’ Shoes.

iPhonography Apps – Microsoft Selfie and Prisma: a couple of tips

Some apps, quite frankly, don’t need a whole lot of explanation. A tap, a choice made, a slider, and you’re done. However, just because they are simple and popular doesn’t mean that you can’t get more out of them with a couple of tips about them. That’s why I am covering a couple of very simple apps today: Microsoft Selfie and Prisma. (One other commonality between the apps is that they are available for Android as well as iOS devices.)

Microsoft Selfie

Microsoft Selfie is a free app that was released about a year ago. Its sole purpose is to remove the noise generated in low-light selfies created by the less-powerful front-facing camera. You are generally going to use it to capture photos, but you can also apply the same noise-reducing function to images in your library. There is a Gear button at the lower right that takes you to the settings for the app.

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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “The Upswing” – Bell X1

Baby, one little push from you and you got me on the upswing

These guys are good. I haven’t featured the Irish band Bell X1 since their 2011 album Bloodless Coup and the song “The Trailing Skirts of God”. That is an oversight. Their latest is called Arms, and you should rush right out and take up Arms.