Sunday, October 23, 2016

Playlist for 10/23

Against Me - Shape Shift With Me
Dawes - We're All Gonna Die
Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree
Heartworn Highways - Various (2016 reissue)
Caetano Veloso - s/t (1968)
Eight Days A Week - Beatles Documentary  (2016)
Maurice White - My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire  (book)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Top Iggy Pop/Stooges Songs (Poll)

Latest poll I voted in was an interesting one:  Top 20 Iggy Pop/Stooges songs.  Iggy's peak years were from 1969-1979 and that's where 18 of my picks come from.  He made some decent music from the 80's onward, but his best decade was hard to top.  Interesting note:  Iggy had only one Top 40 hit, "Candy", which came in 1991, peaking at #28 (and was a duet with B-52's singer Kate Pierson).

1.  I Wanna Be Your Dog  (Stooges)
2.  Search and Destroy  (Stooges)
3.  Lust for Life   (Iggy)
4.  Raw Power   (Stooges)
5.  Passenger   (Iggy)
6.  Loose   (Stooges)
7.  1969    (Stooges)
8.  China Girl    (Iggy)
9.  Gimme Danger    (Stooges)
10. T.V. Eye   (Stooges)
11. Tonight   (Iggy)
12. Nightclubbing   (Iggy)
13. L.A. Blues   (Stooges)
14. No Fun   (Stooges)
15. Candy   (Iggy)
16. 1970   (Stooges)
17. Down On The Street   (Stooges)
18. Funtime   (Iggy)
19, Neighborhood Threat    (Iggy)
20. Real Wild Child   (Iggy)

Top 5 Iggy/Stooges Albums
1.  Raw Power (Stooges)
2.  Lust for Life (Iggy)
3.  Funtime  (Stooges)
4,  Idiot  (Iggy)
5.  Stooges

Monday, October 17, 2016

Current TV Shows I Watch (Updated for Fall 2016)

Shows I watch:
Not in any order.  Updated for Fall 2016.
Only listing the ones that are still on the air.

30 for 30
60 Minutes Sports on Showtime
Alpha House
American Pickers
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Austin City Limits
A Word  (UK)
Better Things
Big Interview w/Dan Rather
Black Mirror
Black Sails
Broad City
Broadchurch  (UK)
Chef's Table 
Deutschland 83
Difficult People
Documentary Now
Fall (UK)
Fear The Walking Dead
Fleabag  (UK)
Game of Thrones
Get Down
Grace and Frankie
Graham Norton Show
High Maintenance
Hinterland  (UK)
House of Cards
Independent Lens
Indian Summers
Jessica Jones
Lady Dynamite
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Later with Jools Holland
Little Couple
Live from Daryl's House
Luke Cage
Marcella  (UK)
Marco Polo
Master of None
Masters of Sex
Mindy Project
Moone Boy
Mozart In The Jungle
New Girl
One Mississippi
Orange Is The New Black
Orphan Black
Please Like Me
Ray Donovan
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Real Time with Bill Maher
Red Sails
Ripper Street
Saturday Night Live
Silicon Valley
Sleepy Hollow
So You Think You Can Dance
Stranger Things
Tunnel  (UK)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Vice Principals
Walking Dead

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Playlist for 10/15

Heaven 17 - Penthouse and Pavement
Heaven 17 - Luxury Gap
Against Me - Shape Shift With Me
Willie Nelson - For The Good Times
Time Jumpers - Kid Sister
Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds
Norah Jones - Day Breaks
Amanda Shires - My Piece of Land

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Going Disco: My Spotify Playlist

My latest Spotify playlist focuses on another era that always fascinated me.  When it seemed like every artist was adding Disco elements to their music.  This would be from 76-80 when Disco was at its peaked.  Anything earlier than that qualifies.  Post-80 was when the dreaded "disco" word got replaced with a more universal word, "dance".
Disco continues to get a bad rap.  Look what the Rock Hall voters did to Donna Summer.  Only inducting her after her death.  Or the way they've treated Chic.  Shameful.  During its run, Rockers, Soul legends, R&B acts, even Country artists cut a Disco song or two.  Some were forgettable, while others have aged better three decades later.

My Spotify playlist (link below) includes the obvious names who went Disco:  Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Bee Gees.  But it also includes surprises like Ronnie Milsap, Karen Carpenter, Glen Campbell.  R&B legends like the Spinners, Wilson Pickett.  I'm still looking for ones that I missed.  So suggestions are welcome.

Going Disco

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Playlist for 10/8

Gino Vannelli - Nightwalker
Britney Spears - Glory
Diana Ross - Eaten Alive
Kurtis Blow - s/t
Champaign - How 'Bout Us/Modern Heart
Kenny Rogers - Eyes That See In The Dark
Bayou Maharajah - (2013 James Booker Doc)
Chuck Eddy - Terminated For Reasons of Taste  (Book)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Rod Temperton's Best Songs

Despite writing numerous hits for many artists and with Heatwave, I've always felt that Rod Temperton was an overlooked songwriting genius.  Although his name was finally showing up as a Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee in recent years, he's yet to get inducted.   The accolades may have been his sales and wealth that his songs brought him, but he deserved some late career awards.

Here's a list of my 20 favorite Rod Temperton songs.

And if you are on Spotify, then here's a link to a Playlist I made months before Temperton died (note Michael McDonald's "Sweet Freedom" is not on Spotify).
Rod Temperton Songbook

1.  Rock With You - Michael Jackson
2.  Give Me The Night - George Benson
3.  Always & Forever - Heatwave
4.  Stomp - Brothers Johnson
5.  Groove Line - Heatwave
6.  Off The Wall - Michael Jackson
7.  Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
8.  Baby Come To Me -  Patti Austin & James Ingram
9.  Secret Garden - Quincy Jones w/El DeBarge, Barry White, Al B.Sure, James Ingram
10. Lady In My Life - Michel Jackson
11. Thriller - Michael Jackson
12. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
13. Love Is In Control - Donna Summer
14. Ain't No Half Steppin' - Heatwave
15. You Put A Move On My Heart - Mica Paris or Tamia
16. Gangsters of the Groove - Heatwave
17. Yah Mo B There - James Ingram w/Michael McDonald
18. Love X Love - George Benson
19. Dude - Quincy Jones
20. Leavin' For A Dream - Heatwave

Top 20 George Michael/Wham Songs: Poll

Latest Poll I voted in:  Top 20 George Michael/Wham songs.
Remember George Michael?  He was a big Global superstar in the 80's/90's.
His star in the U.S. began to fade as the 90's ended  (tabloid fodder and record company woes). But he remained big overseas.
So, this poll comes at a good time.  A moment to reevaluate his past catalog.
There are no songs after 1996 on my list, even though I could have listed a couple.  And besides, Michael hasn't released much new material in the last 20 years.

As with many of my lists, this could have been expanded, even though Michael's discography isn't that large.

1.  Father Figure
2.  Careless Whisper
3.  Everything She Wants
4.  I'm Your Man
5.  Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
6.  Freedom '90
7.  Faith
8.  I Knew You Were Waiting (w/Aretha Franklin)
9.  Freedom
10. One More Try
11. Fastlove
12. Battlestations
13. Edge of Heaven
14. Different Corner
15. Waiting For That Day
16. I Want Your Sex
17. Heal The Pain
18. Young Guns
19. Too Funky
20. Last Christmas
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