Shuffle Aces: Mark Crozer And The Rels – Broken Out In Love

Mark CrozerA couple of weeks ago I attended the WWE show in Sydney with my sons. It was pretty good entertainment, but the absolute highlight was when the Wyatt Family entered the arena. For those not in the wrestling know, this entails the lights going out and everyone in the audience holds up their phones (in the old days it would have been lighters) and swaying back and forth. Then the music starts as the good ol’ Wyatts wander down the ramp in darkness towards the ring. The music is, as I now know, the Mark Crozer and the Rels song Broken Out In Love (but renamed Live In Fear by the WWE crew after they bought the rights to it. Bottom line is that it’s an awesome track. Continue reading

RockArt: Tom Scharpling Music Videos

Tom Scharpling

Jon Hamm as Scharpling

I recently came across a reference to the work American comedian Tom Scharpling has done in directing music videos. All it said was that he’d pushed the boundaries a bit – so obviously he had to be checked out. Turns out he has worked with a number of bands, generally ones that he is friends with, with the common thread of strange story lines, celebrity cameos and a very low budget. Sounds good doesn’t it – what’s not to like? Continue reading

The Hellbenders: Tainted Love (again)

I know I’ve put up this version of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love by The Hellbenders before, but we recently redid it with better audio, a couple of cameras, and a change of instruments – yep, my beloved double bass got it’s first run in a band setting with this clip. Continue reading

Shuffle Aces: The Muffs – Weird Boy Next Door

the muffsThis is one of my highlight discoveries for the year! When I first heard it in the car a couple of weeks back I immediately tracked it down and listened to it on repeat for the rest of the ride home. The Muffs’ Weird Boy Next Door has become my single of the year so far, and their SoCal punk/pop sound is so full of energy and recklessness that it still feels really refreshing. This takes me back to the raw sound of the music I grew up with… Continue reading

16 Best Basketball Songs

basketball songsThis list was a real surprise. When I first started hunting down basketball songs I had a couple in mind that I really loved, but the further I went I discovered several songs that I recognized but had never really thought of as songs about basketball. Sure, hip-hop and rap dominate, but there are some great tracks from great artists here – whether it’s pure basketball or using basketball as a metaphor. As always, let me know if there are any others you like that I’ve missed. Continue reading