Monday music: “Till the Walls Come Tumblin’ Down”

This J. Geils Band song has always been one of my favorites, but I’m posting it today because of something that happened the other day….

I have a ton of music on my phone, and I’ll play it while I’m showering. After I cleansed myself, I dried off and went to brush my teeth. At this point, this very song has come on the phone, and just as I’m putting the toothpaste on the toothbrush, it gets to the line: “You got to brush your teeth with rock and roll!” (Which is also one of my favoritest lines ever in a rock and roll song.)

So let’s knock it out of rockin’ together. (Ooooh yeah!)

Monday music: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

I have been to two baseball games in the last week, the Yankees vs. the Phillies at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday and the Durham Bulls vs. the Charlotte Kings in North Carolina last night. In honor of that, here’s an absolutely delightful cover of the iconic song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by the equally iconic Dr. John, one of the fixtures of the New Orleans music scene (and also the basis of the Muppet Dr. Teeth).

Monday music: “Combat Zone”

I love a cappella music, and one of my favorite groups who perform in that mode is the Nylons, a Canadian quartet that formed in 1979 and who did a bunch of great albums throughout the 1980s. They’ve done some great covers (“Happy Together,” “(Kiss Him) Goodbye,” “Duke of Earl,” etc.), and a few originals, including my favorite of theirs, the intense “Combat Zone.” Below are both the studio version and a live version from the CASBY Awards in 1985.