Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Playlist for 10/28

Doug Seegers - Going Down To The Rivers
Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class
Joe Ely - B4 84
Cowboy Jack Clement - For Once and For All
Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Did you know that Bob Seger put out a new album 2 weeks ago?  Ok, I did because it's what I do.  Follow that type of stuff.  So, on release day I fire up my Spotify search for Seger's album and nothing.  There's not one album or song listed under his name.  Now I knew he was a holdout on Itunes for a long time, but is there now.  Still, I thought he and his management would realize it's 2014 and people aren't going to be buying a new Seger album without hearing it first.  Then I checked for Kid Rock, who is managed by the same company, and he's not there either (but is on Itunes).

Not sure why I care about this subject anymore.  I used to post about it years ago, but then moved on.  Yet, I think it's funny that anybody would be holding out in late 2014.

Just for old times sake I did a Spotify search on some old faves that weren't on there in the past:  Bee Gees, Metallica, Bad Company.  They were all there.  Even good old Garth Brooks who isn't on any of these, has his own site for downloading his albums.  (Wonder how long that will last?) But wait?  Def Leppard?  Nowhere anywhere because of a dispute with their former label.

I don't want to get all Bob Lefsetz on anybody who's reading this.  But my point of all this is simple.  It's  almost 2015 and if I can't stream your album to see if it's worth buying, especially a heritage act like Bob Seger, than I will move on.  As will everybody else.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ICYMI: 6 Genres & The Rock Hall

Below are 6 links to articles I wrote about what R&B, Blues, Country, Non-Performers, Hip Hop and Music critics that could be part of the Rock Hall.

I'm open to any suggestions of names that I might have missed.

R&B Artists and the Rock Hall

Blues Artists and the Rock Hall

Country Artists and the Rock Hall

Non-Performers & The Rock Hall

Music Critics and the Rock Hall

Hip Hop and the Rock Hall

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Spotify Rock Hall Playlist

For those of you who have Spotify, you can access my new Rock Hall Wish List Playlist at the link below:

Tom Lane's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Wish List 

On it you will find artists that I think should be in the Hall.  I've got my usual eclectic mix of genres.  Some Early Influence artists in there as well.  And I'm always on the lookout for an act that I've overlooked or underrated that others think should be inducted.  So, I'm open to opinions on missing names.

There was only 1 act that didn't have their catalog on Spotify:  Def Leppard.  Who are having a spat with their former record company.  Also couldn't find Joan Jett & The Blackhearts early 80's catalog, but I found one from the late 80's.  Go figure.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Playlist for 10/16

Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold
Tweedy - Sukirae
Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years
Sondre Lerche - Please
Prince -  Art Official Age/Plectrum Electrum
Blake Shelton - Bringing Back the Sunshine

2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees

The latest batch of Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees have been announced.  Below are the 2015 nominees.  

Performers: Gloria Estefan, Cat Stevens, Toby Keith, Steve Miller, Steve Winwood, Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson, and Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey.

Non-performing songwriters:  Linda Perry, Allee Willis, Rod Temperton, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Bobby Braddock, Bob McDill, Rudy Clark & Randy Edelman, Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell, P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri and Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia.                    
(Source: Newsday)

But the real fun is taking a look at some of the people that haven't been inducted as of 2015.  Most of these fall under the performer category which means I'm missing a few non-performer names.  

I have no idea how nominees are selected or how many people vote and what the demographics are, but take a look at this list.  It's stunning how most of these haven't been inducted by now.  

Not Inducted:

Pete Townshend
Neil Young
Cat Stevens
George Harrison
Jimi Hendrix
Sly Stone
Rod Stewart
Dion DiMucci
Rod Temperton
Walter Becker/Donald Fagen
Warren Zevon
Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards
Bobby Womack
Elvis Costello
Tom Petty
Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks/Christine McVie
Jeff Lynne
Steve Miller
John Hiatt
John Mellencamp
David Gates
Led Zeppelin
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte
Roger Waters/David Gilmour
George Michael
Robbie Robertson
Steve Perry/Neal Schon/Jonathan Cain 
Tom T. Hall
Waylon Jennings

John Prine
Bert Berns
Harry Nilsson
Steve Winwood
Robert "Mutt" Lange
Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis

Chrissie Hynde
Joe South
B.B. King
J.J. Cale
Peter Gabriel
Harry Wayne Casey

Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter
Bill Anderson
Bobby Braddock
Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
William "Mickey" Stevenson

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hip Hop & The Rock Hall

This was going to be posted last Thursday (9th).  But then the Rock Hall announced they were going to name the 2015 nominees the same day. So,  since there was only 1 Rap nominee for 2015, I thought I'd put it out anyway.

Below you'll find 2 different Hip Hop categories.  Acts that are already eligible and future ones. Hip Hop really became a dominant musical force in the 90's, so many big names aren't eligible yet.  I decided to put a number on their chances of induction.  Both Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin were listed in my MIA from the Non-Performer category list.

Open to any suggestions on names I missed.

Already Eligible

Afrika Bambaataa -  As a DJ and Producer, he pioneered electro-funk, which had an influence on future rap records.  Nominated once in 2008.

De La Soul - Took the sound of hip-hop into new musical territories (e.g. Jazz, psychedelic).

LL Cool J - Nominated 3X, he was the biggest male Rap act from the mid-80's to the mid-90's.  But his TV career has hurt him with voters.

Eric B. & Rakim - Rakim is often mentioned on the short list of great male rappers.  Nominated once in 2012.

N.W.A. - There will be a case made for the solo work of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.  But it was in this group that I think they had their biggest impact. Nominated three times.

Ice T -  One of the earliest originators of gangsta rap, told from the West Coast.

Salt N Pepa -  Wonder if they'll ever nominate a female rap act?  This duo were the most popular.

The Future
There's going to be a plethora of big name rap names eligible down the road.  Here's a look at some of the stronger possibilities for induction.  And my rank on their chance of getting in.

2Pac - The biggest male rap act of the mid-90's until his death in 1996.  Helped popularize gangsta rap and the West Coast sound.  Eligible in 2016.   9

Notorious B.I.G. -  Like 2Pac, he died young, but his East Coast sound had an impact on future rappers.  Eligible in 2019.  7

Eminem  - A critical and fan fave, who is often cited as one of the best rappers for his skills on the mic.  Eligible in 2021.  10

Kanye West - No other rapper has ever been so extremely talented and polarizing at the same time.  But no denying the quality of this output.  Eligible in 2028.  9

Jay-Z -  Not just a hugely popular hip hop artist, but also one of its smart businessmen. Eligible in 2020.  10

Wu Tang Clan - So much talent that most of the members went on to have successful solo careers.  Made some of the best East Coast rap albums ever.  Eligible in 2018.   8

Ice Cube - A member of N.W.A.. Cube actually had a bigger solo career.  His West Coast sound pulled few punches in its lyrics.  But like LL Cool J, I wonder if his movie work will hurt him. Eligible in 2015.   8

Dr. Dre - Another former member of N.W.A., Dre was a double threat as Producer/Rapper. Another originator of West Coast gangsta rap.   Eligible in 2017.   9

Outkast - Something different.  Not East or West Coast rap, but Southern rap.  And some of the most diverse hip hop music of its era.  Eligible in 2019.  8

Fugees - Like the Wu Tang Clan, this trio had successful solo stints.  More than just hip hop, they also touched on straight up Soul music. Eligible in 2019.   7

Snoop Dogg - Popular West Coast rapper who continues to put out fresh records for nearly 2 decades now.  Eligible in 2018.   7

A Tribe Called Quest  -  For those that craved something other than gangsta rap in the 90's, this group delivered with it's jazzy blend of thoughtful lyrics and laid back beats.   Eligible in 2015.   6

Nas - His 1994 album, Illmatic, often gets cited as one of the best Rap albums, and his tales of growing up in New York made him a legendary figure in East Coast Rap.  Eligible in 2019.  8

Missy Elliott - With help from Timbaland, she was the most innovative female Rap artist ever, crafting dazzling songs to back up her boasts.  Eligible in 2022.  8

Roots - Get beyond the fact that they were a hip hop band that played their own instruments and what you have are a diverse batch of albums that made them critical and fan faves. Eligible in 2018.    8

Lil Wayne - Straight outta New Orleans, no other Rap artist used the burgeoning mixtape genre to their advantage like Wayne.  Incredibly popular with  respect.   Eligible in  2024.  7

P. Diddy (Puff Daddy) - No matter what name he goes by there's no denying that Sean "Puffy" Combs played a big part in the Hip Hop explosion in the 90's.  But less for his music than for being a founder of Bad Boy Records.  Eligible in  2022.  7

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Rock Hall Nominees 2015: Quick Thoughts

Just some quick thoughts on the 2015 nominees:

Very happy to see the Smiths and Stevie Ray Vaughan finally getting nominated.  Both eligible since 2008.

Vaughan is paired with NomCom fave, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in an interesting combo.

Bill Withers is one name I predicted would get nominated.   Been thinking about him since 2010, but didn't slot him until this year.  He's also this year's singer-songwriter pick. Will be a strong first ballot contender.

Death can get you back on the ballot.  Lou Reed, last nominated in 2001 is back and now it seems he'll go in right away.  Sting's solo nomination is no surprise.

Lots of R&B to choose from. Names returning:  War, Marvelettes, Chic and my beloved Spinners.

Only 1 rap act nominated, which means the NomCom wants the path for NWA to get easier.

Only 2 women acts on the ballot:  Joan Jett is a NomCom fave, too.  Oh, and so are Kraftwerk.
In fact, 9 of the 15 nominated have been here before.

No surprise on the two 90's bands getting first time noms:  Green Day still seem a lock, while Nine Inch Nails still don't seem one.  But I've got some time to think about Trent Reznor.

So, what's missing:  Good old fashioned Rock bands.  No Deep Purple or Yes.

No one from the 50's.  Meaning Link Wray who I thought would go in right away last year is missing.  As are many others from that era.

Right off the top I can see 4 locks:  Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray and,Withers.  That leaves 2, maybe 3 open slots.

Going to be another tough ballot.

Playlist for 10/11

Jesse Winchester - Reasonable Amount of Trouble
Lee Ann Womack -  Way I'm Livin'
Lucinda Willians - Down Where The Spirit
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - Cheek to Cheek
John Mellencamp - Plain Spoken
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