Here are all of edfinn's jams.
by Nouvelle Vague
Here's one I almost jammed several times, but always chickened out. But now, does it matter? Anyway, the real reason I'm posting this is to see if any of you can tell me why this video mesmerizes me, forcing me to watch to the end. (Not that I don't enjoy it, but there must be a better way to spend my time, right?)
Jammed: 22nd Aug 2015
by Jesse Winchester
This wonderful song was my first jam, thus it might now also be my last. (What an effin shame this place is going away!) Curious about LetsLoop? Here's my new loop page, just to give you an idea of how it works, and hopefully nudge you over there: www.letsloop.com/Ed_Finn
Jammed: 15th Aug 2015
by Big Star's Third
No - it's not that Blue Moon. This is one of the most beautiful of those very soft and lovely rock n roll ballads, like Pale Blue Eyes and Waterloo Sunset that come along only every once in a while. This song was done in the 70's originally by #BigStar. This version features members of the original band and a small orchestra, with Jody Stephens doing the incredibly authentic vocal, and calling themselves "Big Star's Third". This is an ongoing project begun by Chris Stamey back in the day, and bringing wonderful performances like this to us, to this day.
Jammed: 8th Aug 2015
by Van Morrison
I just realized I've yet to jam any #VanMorrison. To me, Van is, indeed, the man. Top five all time, for sure. He's not only a great, great singer, but he's one hell of a musician and songwriter. So, naturally, here, I give you a #Cover. I know, I know . . . but it's a cover of one of #BobDylan's best. And it's not only a terrific cover, by any standard, but also one of Van's best performances on video (out of God knows how many great ones are out there). Enjoy. This is really good.
Jammed: 2nd Aug 2015
I've got a backlog problem - It has to do with a list of some of my favorite videos involving my musical #GuiltyPleasures. This song is one of them. Of course, #GloriaGaynor had the humongous hit, but this #cover by #Cake suits me even better. Unfortunately, most people turn up their elitist little noses at the mere mention of this tune, and . . . and, they're dumb. Like, they just don't get it, but me and millions of eleven-year-olds do. I mean . . . well, just listen. (Mea culpa.)
Jammed: 29th Jul 2015
by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
I ran across this surprising tune the other day and was amazed that I had missed it over all these years. Martha & the V's put it out late in their career, 1970. It's a perfect little gem of a #Beatles cover . Plus, #MarthaReeves has never sounded better. Please give a listen.
Jammed: 23rd Jul 2015
by Richard Thompson
This is a typically outstanding performance by #RichardThompson, backed by what appears to be a local side band, who are delighted and impressed to playing with him. The local guitarist tosses out a pretty good little solo break. RT smiles and starts to rev up for his own solo. What was it like for that local guitar player to be standing there then? Of course, Richard kills it, leading us down sonic passageways hitherto unknown. And by the way, it's also another great song written by him. I'm a big fan.
Jammed: 17th Jul 2015
by James Taylor & Carly Simon
This, from the No Nukes concert of '79, is one of my favorite rock and roll "moments". Here's what I think was going on. Carly and James were probably fighting, or at least out of sorts with each other. Whatever. At the beginning James is a little apprehensive, not knowing what to expect, and he looks startled when Carly comes flying onstage, her vocal at full throttle. It takes him a while to relax and become completely at ease and begin lending some real energy to the performance himself. It's this fierce, tight performance for the last minute or two, with two folks who really loved each other just lettin' her rip, that ranks right up there in all RnR history. (The whole No Nukes concert was really something, BTW.) #magic
Jammed: 13th Jul 2015
by The Blind Boys of Alabama
Here's a great #cover of Blind Faith's take on the traditional tune. It doesn't get much more "authentic" than #TheBlindBoysofAlabama. Anything they do becomes theirs. See what you think of this one . . .
Jammed: 8th Jul 2015
by Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
I love that #NeilYoung is still at it. His new album, The Monsanto Years, is a well-deserved diatribe against one of the greatest of the evil corporations -- but, who cares? All you really need to know is that Neil hasn't lost a beat. He's got a very nice, tight yet flexible young band, #PromiseoftheReal behind him. Even if you're pro-Monsanto and GMO's, you're going to have to admit this is Young's best work in years. I love it.
Jammed: 2nd Jul 2015
by Haley Reinhart
Haley Reinhart has not had quite the blazing career I anticipated for her following her 3rd place finish on American Idol a few years back. This #PostmodernJukebox project session features Ms. Reinhart, and begs the question of "why?" on both her career and AI placing. This excellent #cover is beautifully sung - a slow burner you'll want to stick with to the fiery end.
Jammed: 27th Jun 2015
by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Mea culpa. Please, forgive me. I'm sooooo sorry. I won't do it again . . . I promise. Now, all that said, I hope and even expect you'll get a chuckle or two. Will you love it? Well, we'll see.
Jammed: 23rd Jun 2015
by Eric Burdon & The Animals
This is among my most favorite #Animals' songs. (I'm too much of a pussy to just pick one - can't do it.) It's a great tune, with a wonderful bridge lyric naming so many of the stars of the day. A young #EricBurdon sings, "You wanna find the truth in life . . . don't pass music by." Words to live by, I'd say. But nothing I can say can possibly convey the pure perfection of how Eric and the guys capture the essence of the late 60's. It's magic!
Jammed: 18th Jun 2015
by The Refreshments (w/Albert Lee)
These guys are so good, but they act like they don't know it. Their guest, #AlbertLee appears to be having the best time. This song rocks, with several snazzy solos. (BTW, #TheRefreshments were a 90's band from Arizona.) Enjoy.
Jammed: 14th Jun 2015
by James Brown
I consider this a must see, even though it's longer than a "normal" jam. This is show biz. This is how it's done. Trust me, you owe it to yourself, #JamesBrown and rock-n-roll its very self to watch the whole thing. Watch as James destroys the crowd. Watch him hoof it (despite worrying that his pants are about to fall down). Watch his backup trio, who sometimes display amazing synchronicity, and at others amazing symmetry. (That is, they dance weird, but good.) Discover your own delights. (Like, James could appear actually handsome, and how, at the end, he just sits and basks in the ovation.) You won't be sorry. (BTW, the Rolling Stones followed James at this show; it was the biggest mistake they ever made, according to Keith Richards.)
Jammed: 11th Jun 2015
by Harry "The Hipster" Gibson
This witty tune got good old Harry the Hipster's music blackballed back in '47. Yeah . . . this would have been shocking, then. Now, it's merely, like, a quaint little cautionary -- but it swings, for sure. Hope you like it...
Jammed: 6th Jun 2015
by Bobby Darin
Bobby D and Sandra Dee - a couple for the ages! Here, Bobby gives a heartfelt performance of a '62 Broadway tune, as only he could do it. There's no question who he was singing about. Also a nice video remembrance.
Jammed: 2nd Jun 2015
by Richard Thompson
One of the most unlikely covers, and one of my favorites. Of course, #RichardThompson can do no wrong. This is entertaining and fascinating on several levels, including the audience reaction and Richard's two guitar interludes, which, as with all of his colossal guitar work, are amazingly inventive - he always surprises us with where he takes his solos - every song, every time! You'll love this.
Jammed: 28th May 2015
by Canadian Squires
First they were part of Ronnie & the Hawks, then they were The Band, but in between, briefly in '64-5, they were The Canadian Squires, and this is as close as they came to scoring a hit. It features the Bo Diddly thump, patented by Bo, of course, but reformulated by Levon Helm into what became one of The Band's basic rhythms. This is good.
Jammed: 25th May 2015
by Jerry Lee Lewis & Too Many Stars to Name
This is so good! I've taken liberties with the title and performers names -- you'll see why. This video has dozens of moments worthy of stills - it's really cool. Pick your own favorites . . .
Jammed: 17th May 2015
by K.D. Lang
So many great versions of this wonderful L. Cohen classic, but this is the one that gets me every time. It's stunning. I hope you can bear to hear this song at least one more time.
Jammed: 16th May 2015
by Kate McGarrigle
Here's a treat, a very cool little tune, which you'll find all the more so depending on your knowledge of chemistry. Yes, it's a scientific love song, if you will. But, don't lose heart. It's short and sweet. And Kate McGarrigle is so good. (In fact, this tune was one of the final contenders for my eternal jam slot.) Hope you like it, and maybe even pick up a little free information about everyone's favorite seasoning, salt.
Jammed: 11th May 2015
by Jethro Tull
It's always such a pleasure to discover a live performance of a classic rock tune that lives up to its studio version. Here's one right here. This is a great performance, and I hope you agree.
Jammed: 7th May 2015
by Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens
This was a huge hit my sophomore year in hi-school. No wonder! It's deeply moving. It's complex. It's as if heaven's choir had decided to bless us with an opus supremus. These were the days, my friends . . .
Jammed: 30th Apr 2015
by Gov't Mule ft. Grace Potter
This cover of the classic Fleetwood Mac hit really hooked me. Here it's presented as a slow, swampy ballad, erotic and interesting. I think it qualifies as a pretty good jam.
Jammed: 25th Apr 2015
by Bob Dylan
I'm his age - I'm from Minnesota - I'm a life-long fan. I've never heard this before. (My fault.) I must say this is beyond beautiful. To those who claim Bob can't sing . . . sorry. What a version of one of his greatest songs! To say I was excited to find this is to . . . oh, never mind - just listen.
Jammed: 21st Apr 2015
by The Hawks (The Band)
This is the last recording by The Hawks with Ronnie Hawkins; henceforth Levon and Robbie decided they no longer needed Ronnie, and they became #TheBand. It's a great little tune with a sweet organ solo by Garth Hudson. From 1963. Enjoy.
Jammed: 17th Apr 2015
by Punch Brothers
I hear so much to like in this incredibly inventive and jazzy bit of bluegrass(?). The harmonies and rhythms constantly surprise and tickle the ear. I love these guys. Tell me, are they really as good as I think they are?
Jammed: 8th Apr 2015
by James Seaward
You guys in England may already have heard of this guy (#JamesSeaward), but he's brand new and someone who bodes well for the future of rock. Maybe that's a bit over stated, but why not check out some really good, new, rock and roll?
Jammed: 28th Mar 2015
by The Everly Brothers
The best of all those 50's & 60's "teenage death" songs. You know the ones. Am I damning by faint praise? Not for me. This song broke my 18-year-old heart. In fact, "The song was initially banned by the BBC as its lyrics were considered too upsetting to play on the radio," according to Wikipedia. The Beatles later borrowed its harmonies for "All My Loving". Grab a hanky and dive in . . .
Jammed: 24th Mar 2015
by Joan Osborne
This playin' and singin' stuff don't get much better than this. (Be sure and check out the movie, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", if you haven't seen it.)
Jammed: 15th Mar 2015
by Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Here's another of the newer performers who have "it", that certain, special edge, or spark -- whatever it is that separates the greats from the rest. As you'll see, #JasonIsbell has it!
Jammed: 24th Feb 2015
by Jerry Lee Lewis
This is Jerry Lee as a mere youth of 21. I loved him then as I love him still. He was my first live rock experience, back then in '57 or so, and to this day maybe the best. A supreme icon of Rock n Roll.
Jammed: 20th Feb 2015
by The Grass Roots
The #GrassRoots was one of the best bands of its ilk (British invasion influenced American pop rock), and this video captures them as they were, performing one of their best tunes.
Jammed: 5th Feb 2015
by Keith Richards and Norah Jones
I thought I'd heard all the covers I could take of this wonderful song (none better than the Everly's original, btw). But this one grabbed an instant place in my heart, for several reasons. Hope you like it too . . .
Jammed: 25th Jan 2015
by Rick Danko
The best singer from my favorite (North) American group, #TheBand. Here he's in excellent form and so are his band mates. (One minor quibble -- this is why we don't hear more Guitar-&-Sax break solos . . .)
Jammed: 20th Jan 2015
by Lake Street Dive
Another fine cover by #RachelPrice and her nifty little band. So tight, so perfect. Hope you like it.
Jammed: 18th Jan 2015
by Buddy Holly
I remember slow dancing to this - possibly my favorite song by my favorite rocker -- although, here he's definitely more of a crooner. Beautiful song. I don't think you have to be as old as me to like this . . . at least I hope not.
Jammed: 14th Jan 2015
by Fats Domino
Jammed: 10th Jan 2015
by Lake Street Dive
I love a really good cover! Check this one out. Lead singer puts me in mind of Amy Winehouse, in a way. And what an unusual band composition . . . enjoy!
Jammed: 31st Dec 2014
by The Rolling Stones
Video's a bit fuzzy, but this performance is not. The sound is great. The whole band shines. And we get a real good, healthy dose of the magical sax of Bobby Keys (recently departed, may he RIP) This is special.
Jammed: 10th Dec 2014
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