“Song to the Siren” – Bryan Ferry (live on the Jools Holland show, 12-11-2010)

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An absolutely amazing cover of one of my all-time favorite songs. Given the subject matter, you would have thought that Ferry would have composed this song himself. However, it was written and performed by Tim Buckley in the late 1960s and Ferry’s version was from 2010.

Bryan Ferry just keeps getting better as he gets older. It’s almost like he’s been waiting his entire life to grow into the Serge Gainsbourg-like world-weary European gentleman he’s become. The studio version of “Siren” on Ferry’s “Olympia” album is stellar, but this live version is very special. Also, highly recommended is his 2007 album of Bob Dylan covers “Dylanesque.”

“Aneurysm” (Live) – Nirvana

Let’s get this straight once and for all. Just because Nirvana recorded for a Seattle label (SubPop) doesn’t make them a Seattle band. Nirvana was an Olympia band. Kurt wrote “Bleach” and “Nevermind” in the hovel that was one block away from where my dear wife worked for almost two years. This is my favorite track from my favorite Nirvana album (“Live at Reading”).