Posts filed under “Weekend”

Silencers: A Primer

Click to listen to playlist on Spotify


B4BThe best band you’ve never heard.

It matters what label you’re on, and whether you’re a priority. And being on RCA left the Silencers not a priority and with no career, as the label was in transition. But the only records I played more in the nineties were those of Shawn Colvin, although the sound is nothing similar.


The opening track on the second album, “A Blues For Buddha,” I heard this on a cassette deck in the parking lot of the Le Parc Hotel and was immediately swayed.

It was passionate radio promotion man Kevin Sutter who implored me to give it a chance, and I was immediately blown away, I wanted a CD, just to hear this mellifluous number once again.

It starts quietly and builds, like a band walking over a hill through the mist into your burg.

Why is it the music I like most has acoustic elements, why am I a sucker for a good voice, why is it the music that moves me most is never a classic Top Forty hit but stuff like “Answer Me,” with its violin and infectious groove… If this is your wheelhouse it will BLOW YOUR MIND!


Actually, the band got airplay on this, from their 1987 debut, “A Letter From St. Paul.”

This is hooky, and you can see why radio went on it, but it never broke through, but that does not mean it’s not great.


The title track. Essentially an instrumental, with a spoken interlude…that letter.

This will set your mind free and make you think about the possibilities.

I love it!


Even more, I like this. Wasn’t always so, but you know how you end up knowing the cut after your favorite because the album slips into it… “Blue Desire” comes after “A Letter From St. Paul.”

It’s the vocal… As if you stumbled into an alley and the song is being sung in confidence, just to you, whew!

If you check this out you won’t believe it, that something this good is buried on Spotify, awaiting your click.


What a great expression!

Getting into the second album first, it was always my favorite, but the cognoscenti were correct, the debut is better. This comes before “A Letter From St. Paul” and “Blue Desire” on side two, and doesn’t hook you quite immediately, but when you hear the chorus…


Sounds like it, like the band was so!

This album, the debut, “A Letter From St. Paul,” sat in the CD changer in the trunk of my car for YEARS!

In a perfect world, my world, the Silencers would be known by everybody.


Now back to the second, 1988′s “A Blues For Buddha.”

They don’t make music like this anymore, jaunty, that you can’t help but move your body to.


Positively incredible. The intro is so ethereal. And then they hit the substance, the groove. It’s a trip into interstellar space equivalent to the one the Moody Blues took us on, but it sounds nothing like the work of that hit group.

“A Blues For Buddha” was produced by Flood, alas, it had even less impact than the debut.


And then the band splintered and changed, that’s what happens when you don’t get the respect and success you deserve, and what followed wasn’t as good, but…

This was a cover of Jimme O’Neill’s work with his first band, Fingerprintz, on Virgin, which had even less success than the Silencers.

“Dance To The Holy Man,” the 1991 album it’s from, is not on Spotify, so I’m utilizing the version from the Silencers’ live album “A Night Of Electric Silence.”


Also in its live iteration.


From the fourth album, 1993′s “Seconds Of Pleasure.”

Once again, from the live album, since the studio LP is not on Spotify, and “Seconds Of Pleasure” is spotty, but this cut is as good as the stuff from the first and second albums.

So there you have it. If you dive in and get it, know that the initial two albums have not a clunker between them.

But other than in France, the band never happened.

So Jimme O’Neill moved there.

But Elton John is not tracking him down to do duets, he’s just fading into the distance, but in my world, he and his band are SUPERSTARS!

Spotify link


5 Best Unknown/Unheard Albums


Subscribe to the LefsetzLetter

Visit the archive


Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

2014 BMW i8: High Performance Plug-in Hybrid

This scissor-doored beastie is enough to make a man want to give up internal combustion engines. Here is the L.A Times: The 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and the all-electric i3 are the first offerings from the automaker’s new i subbrand. Equal parts sex appeal and efficiency, the cars combine electrification with lightweight construction and…Read More

Category: Weekend

xkcd: Randall Munroe asks “what if?”

Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might…Read More

Category: Humor, Science, Weekend

The Rise of Carbon Dioxide

Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide from 800,000 years before until Jan 20140   Source: NOAA, Universe Today

Category: Science, Weekend

Jimmy Fallon: Brian Williams Raps

Jimmy Fallon’s crew put together a series of monster edits of NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams, turning him into a rapper. The results were hilarious — see the mashup of raps after the jump — but it also resulted in Williams showing up on Fallon for an interview.

Here is the interview with

Bri Willi
Bri Will.I.ams
B Dubs

Rap Master B Videos after the jump

NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams talks to Jimmy about life after the world discovered his rapping abilities.

Brian Williams Addresses His Rapping — Part 1

Brian Williams Addresses His Rapping — Part 2

Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Humor, Music, Television, Weekend

MASHUP: Donald Sterling / Seinfeld Rant

Category: Humor, Really, really bad calls, Television, Weekend

Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Giotto Bizzarrini walked out on Ferrari (where he was working on the 250 GTO) in the ‘palace revolt of 1961.’ Soon after, he was working for himself, and accepted a commission he Renzo Rivolta, a wealthy Milanese industrialist, who wanted to build a GT car under his own Iso brand. Several cars resulted from this collaboration, eventually leading us to the Bizzarrini 5300 GT via Classic Driver:

3/4 view is especially handsome:


Looks sleek from the profile

Very classic Ferrari like interior:


More photos after the jump
Read More

Category: Weekend

Simpsons: Michal Socha-directed couch gag

Take a journey into Homer’s brain and push the boundaries of animation. This Michal Socha-directed couch gag kicks off an all-new episode. Published on Apr 24, 2014   via boingboing

Category: Humor, Television, Weekend

On Film: The Invention of the Moonwalk

Some mighty fine hoofin: hat tip kottke Dancers (in alphabetical order): Fred Astaire, Bill Bailey, Buck and Bubbles, Cab Calloway, Clark Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Daniel L. Haynes, Rubberneck Holmes, Patterson and Jackson, Eleanor Powell, Bill Robinson, Three Chefs (only the feet), Tip Tap and Toe (feat. Ray Winfield), Earl Snakehips Tucker Video edited by…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Pharrell Williams Interview

In this “Sunday Morning” preview Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Pharrell Williams gives credit to his high school band teachers for helping him get to where he is today, and tells Anthony Mason that while growing up, his life was filled with special people. (CBS)

He is an interesting and humble guy:

“My story is the average story”

April 12, 2014

More interview videos and Get Happy after the jump

Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend