THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY STARTS HERE:
...with THE BEAT FARMERS! Making a tradition of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch." If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice. BONUS: Now how much would you pay? But wait... there's more! If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo." SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS: Country Dick rolls out "California Kid" and "Anarchy in the UK" (Language warning).
U2: Crushingly obvious, I know.
NICK CAVE & SHANE MacGOWAN: "What a Wonderful World."
ABBA wishes you a "Happy New Year," but it doesn't sound anywhere as celebratory as "Take A Chance On Me."
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS perform "This Year" at the M-Shop in Ames, IA.
OTIS & CARLA have a "New Year's Resolution."CLAUDE PATE: Don't forget you can stream "New Year" on the Tube, with comments from a member of The Eclectics and Friend of Pate Ken King.
JOE JACKSON: Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to often hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, and a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio." The Rock Goes To College show provides live takes on "It's Different For Girls," "I'm The Man," and this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" BONUS: The appropos finale, "Got The Time?
FLUXBLOG 's massive 2021 Survey Mix, on Spotify and Apple Music.
DEERHOOF is streaming their live LP, Devil Kids.
PATTI SMITH: 75 Years, 75 Songs.
JIMI HENDRIX's forgotten holiday EP.
THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2021, according to Brooklyn Vegan.
GET BACK: Every song played in Peter Jackson's Beatles doc.
THE ZOMBIES: "This Will Be Our Year."
BETTY WHITE shares her secrets to a happy life.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER & MARIA SHRIVER: Officially divorced.
BRITNEY SPEARS says her extended music hiatus is a “f—k you” to her estranged family.
THE BEST TV SHOWS of 2021, according to Uproxx.
THE BEST TV SHOWS of 2021, according to The Ringer.
24 GREAT PERFORMANCES of 2021, according to Roger Ebert dot com.
THE BEST PERFORMANCES of 2021, according to The Ringer.
ELEPHANTS reunite with their caretaker.
THE PERFECT CRIME, except for the camera.
A CHIMP, feeding the fish.