Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Playlist for 12/4

Charles Bradley - Black Velvet
Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks (Bootleg Series Vol. 14)
Beatles - White Album Esher Demos
Barbra Streisand - Walls
Rhett Miller - Messenger
Amos Lee - My New Moon
Greta Van Fleet - Anthem of the Peaceful Army
Struts - Young & Dangerous

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Magazines I Read (2018 Edition)

Below is a list of Magazines (Print) that I read on a regular basis.  Updated for 2018.

American Songwriter
Bass Player
Big Takeover
Blue Suede News
Blues Revue
Classic Pop  (UK)
Classic Rock  (UK)
Down Beat
Echoes of the Past
Elvis The Man and His Music  (UK)
Empire Magazine  (UK)
Endless Summer Quarterly
Entertainment Weekly
Flashback (UK)
Guitar Player
Guitar World
In These Times
Jazz Times
Living Blues
Modern Drummer
Mojo  (UK)
Mother Jones
New York Magazine
New Yorker
Now Dig This  (UK)
Oxford American
Q  (UK)
Record Collector  (UK)
Rolling Stone
Shindig (UK)
Sports Illustrated
Tape Op
Ugly Things
Uncut  (UK)
Under the Radar
Vanity Fair
Vintage Guitar
Vintage Rock (UK)
Vive Le Rock  (UK)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Playlist for 11/27

Hip-Hop Evolution (Series 2) Netflix Documentary
Robert Christgau - Is It Still Good To Ya?  (Book)
Whitey Morgan - Hard Times and White Lines
Buck Owens - Sings Harlan Howard
Cecile McLorin Salvant - Window
Kandace Springs - Indigo
Culture Club - Life
Robyn - Honey

Saturday, November 24, 2018

My Predictions: 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Back to 15 nominees this year.

With that amount of nominees, I don't know how they'll play this.  I'll go with 5.  Always hoping for more.  With that in mind, I've included some Dark Horse picks.


Def Leppard -  Fan vote winner always gets in. This will be 7 out of 7.

Janet Jackson - Here's where I get skeptical about her chances.  When the nominees were announced, NomCom member Alan Light said Jackson deserved "one more chance" after the big year she had with Lifetime awards and World Tour.  What does that mean? That she had a low voting % in her 2 previous years?

Stevie Nicks - She's a solid 2nd with the fan vote.  But I've been thinking this isn't a sure thing.  Most will know she's already inducted.  And if they really think about her solo career, they could have second doubts.

Todd Rundgren -  Right, he's nominated as a Performer, but he's had a hand in so many other musical adventures, that voters are going to reward his whole career. Or maybe the Rock Hall will (hint: Musical Excellence) He's one of those guys who has seemed to work with everyone, and that includes many current Hall members. That's not always a guaranteed induction.  But he's also been a long-time snub, and sometimes that is more than enough.

Zombies - 4th try.  This well-loved band is this year's sentimental fave. They could be the last of the British Invasion bands that has any type of shot.  Fan favorites, and if they carry the Classic Rock vote, they could finally make it.

The Rest

Cure - Last nominated in 2012.  If Depeche Mode and the Smiths can't get in, then I don't think they will after two tries.  The current voting bloc (as of 2018) just doesn't go for British Alt-Rock (i.e. last year's Eurythmics nomination).

Devo -  Kind of cult favorites, with one big hit, who may be too much of a cult favorite to go in on their first nod.

John Prine - This year's surprise nominee.  He's a beloved figure among his peers.  I don't think there's enough of them to put him in right away. Tempted to list him as a Dark Horse, though.  One final thing:  I've been an advocate for Willie Nelson's Hall induction since 2012.  Not sure why he keeps getting bypassed.  The Country Outlaw movement had a distinct "Rock & Roll" attitude.

Kraftwerk -  You think R&B acts have a tough time getting in nowadays?  Now on their 5th try, they suffer at the ballot box from the voting bloc's lack of love for Electronic/Synth acts. No matter if they are German or British.

LL Cool J - He's a NomCom fave,  now on his 5th try.  I will, as I've done since his first nomination in 2010, say that his TV presence has diluted his musical legacy.  But some Rock Hall Watchers think this could be his year.  I hope they're right, but for now I can't quite pick him.  Dark Horse

MC5 - Just never enough support.  But they are a 4X nominee, so who knows?  And their music is as relevant today as it was in 1968.

Radiohead - You could hear gasps when the inductees for 2018 were announced and Radiohead weren't on there.  Are they running into the same Alt-Rock bias that Nine Inch Nails, Smiths, Cure and Depeche Mode encountered? Or maybe it's a British Rock thing. This year's results will be the answer.  Dark Horse candidate.

Rage Against the Machine - On their 2nd try, a band you shouldn't count out. Tom Morello seems to be everywhere.  Besides being a NomCom member, he's politically active, and keeps putting out music.

Roxy Music - This one has me puzzled.  Why am I not more sure about them?  Too British? Too affiliated with the Art-Rock movement?  Not enough U.S. success?  Something is keeping me (and I think voters) from picking them.  Dark Horse.

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - We'll see what happens with Janet Jackson this year.  But truth is, 70's R&B continues to get treated like an afterthought by voters.  Again, good that the NomCom is sticking with them.  2 noms solo, 3 with Rufus.

Also: My post on the (maybe, somewhat new) Rock Hall Singles Category

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Playlist for 11/21

Alejandro Escovedo - Crossing
Todd Rundgren - Todd
Todd Rundgren - Initiation
Utopia - Adventures In Utopia
Roy Hargrove - Habana
Roy Hargrove - Hard Groove
Maria Muldaur - Don't You Feel My Leg

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Playlist for 11/15

Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
Elle King - Shake The Spirit
Daniel Bachman - Morning Star
Daniel Bachman - s/t
Becky Warren - Undesirable
Billy Gibbons - Big Bad Blues
Star Is Born - Soundtrack
Now 68 - Various
Peabo Bryson - Stand for Love

Monday, November 12, 2018

RIP Stan Lee

A legendary life.  And talk about becoming more famous in your later years.  Once Marvel began making movies of their classic characters in the early 00's, Lee's star grew larger-than-life.

Living in Germany in the early 70's, I began to devour comics, not just from Marvel, but DC as well.
This was just before music took over my life, and I outgrew comic books (but still loved all the characters).  I bought or borrowed all of 'em as soon as our Military bookstore got them in.  Among the Stan Lee creations:  Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Thor, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Doctor Strange.  And Captain America, which Lee didn't create, but did write some of the stories.
Over at DC: Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern.  All these characters were flawed, and that's what made Lee's creations so authentic.

This was a whole new world for an Elementary school kid.  As I got older, I lost interest in the comic books.  But when DC brought out the Superman movies and Batman in the late 70's/late 80's, I was once again taken back to my childhood.

And the good part about Marvel resurrecting its franchise with that first Spider-Man movie in 2002, is that the film was good.  As were most of the others Marvel brought back to the big screen,

So, I have to thank Stan Lee for opening up my imagination with his comic books. Those comic books, which were well-written and drawn up, were like classic novels to a 7-10 year old.
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