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Category Archives: Music

Going to the Party


Ladles and jelly spoons, The Alabama Shakes. The official band of the Ketchup is a Vegetable Weblog. Go buy the album. It will change your life.

The Shakes Hawkin’ Jewlery


Yes, that is the Alabama Shakes’ “You Ain’t Alone” as the soundtrack to the latest commercial from Zales. I am so pleased when a band I like also gets to get paid. Way to go Shakes.



Take a moment, if you are so inclined, to listen and watch this always incredible footage of Jimi Hendrix performing our National Anthem at Woodstock in 1969. Just watch this brilliant performance. I appreciate this performance more the older I get. It is simultaneously hyperbolic and yet strangely understated, mostly due to the cool of […]

Yes. I’m Fine, She Said. Please Stop Asking, You Freak.


Sharing today (via my cousin Jonathan, thank you sir) this brilliant vignette from cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, a scorching arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The execution of this piece by these two dueling musicians is nothing short of brilliant. The phrasing, the intensity, the dynamics, and watch the one fellow put harmonics […]

We All Shine On


Occasionally here at KIAV we write about something other than silly politics. Like sometimes, we write about music (56 shopping days until Zappadan, kids). I’m gonna do that today. First, I want to call out Mark David Chapman and tell him he can go to Hell. Go to Hell, Mark David Chapman. Burn there. Burn […]