Last, we saw a band at the Continental Club that I think has a lot of appeal: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. The lead singer especially has a great voice, but the whole band is amazing.

They're an Austin-based band, and it's been a good year for them. They opened for Spoon. They played Lollapalooza. They opened for Barack Obama, and were thrilled when he asked for a round of applause for them by name. Their record is coming out in March, so keep an eye out for it.

Today's Genius song: "River Deep/Mountain High" by Ike & Tina Turner

1) "Please, Please, Please"---James Brown

2) "Love Makes A Woman"---Barbara Acklin

3) "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"---Aretha Franklin

4) "A Change Is Gonna Come"---Sam Cooke

5) "Blue Velvet"---The Clovers

6) "Piece Of My Heart"---Erma Franklin

7) "Super Stupid"---Funkadelic

8) "Soul On Fire"---Lavern Baker

9) "Just Kissed My Baby"---The Meters

10) "Tell Me"---Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Critique of Genius: Ike & Tina Turner had one foot in the R&B/soul world and one foot in the rock world of the 60s. And this particular selection was a Phil Spector production, which means that there's linkages to other Spector bands. I feel that this list would have been better if it had the soul acts, some 60s rock like the Animals, and some Spector tunes by the Ronettes or the Crystals. I hope that future incarnations of Genius can be that intelligent.

Cat pic and videos under the fold.

So I come home from the grocery store, and take all my groceries out of the bag. And then I leave it there to go to the bathroom or something, and when I come back, Dusty had crawled into the bag with only her head sticking out.

She was quite relaxed, and napped there for a couple of hours until I made her move lest she think that my grocery bag is her property.

Erma Franklin:

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Lavern Baker:

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