Saturday, April 25, 2015

Playlist for 4/25

Brian Wilson - No Pier Pressure
Ringo Starr - Postcards From Paradise
Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
Pentangle -  Sweet Child
Sonny Til & The Orioles - Live In Chicago 1951

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fave TV Shows (Updated Spring 2015)

Updated for Spring 2015.  Shows that are still on the air.  This list not include recently cancelled or shows that just ended their run.

Listed in random order:

Walking Dead
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Portlandia
Louie
Little Couple
Game of Thrones
Shameless
Episodes
Saturday Night Live
Homeland
Sherlock 
Downton Abbey
Falling Skies
Lilyhammer
Orange Is The New Black
House of Cards
House of Lies
Veep
Girls
Broad City
New Girl
American Idol
The Voice
So You Think You Can Dance
American Pickers
Little Couple
Silicon Valley
Whitechapel
Strike Back
Americans
Hell on Wheels
Real Time with Bill Maher
Mad Men
Rectify
Moone Boy
Wrong Mans
Lilyhammer
Ray Donovan
Masters of Sex
30 for 30
Key & Peele
Inside Amy Shumer
Silicon Valley
Sleepy Hollow
POV
Frontline
Nova
Independent Lens
Dan Rather Reports
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Banshee
Ripper Street
Vikings
Orphan Black
Mindy Project
Da Vinci's Demons
Red Sails
Veep
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Conan
60 Minutes Sports on Showtime
Maron
Broadchurch
Vice
Knick
Affair
Flash
Outlander
The Fall  (UK)
Togetherness
Please Like Me
Transparent
Alpha House
Mozart In The Jungle
Black Mirror
Marco Polo
Ubreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Bloodline
Daredevil
Deadbeat
Bridge  (Sweden)
Hinterland  (UK)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Playlist for 4/20

Van Morrison - Duets
Nellie McKay - My Weekly Reader
Sufan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
Death Cab For Cutie - Kintsugi
Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Playlist for 4/15

KC & The Sunshine Band - Feelin You! 60's
Tuxedo - s/t
Seth Avett & Jessica Lee Mayfield - Sing Elliott Smith
Allison Moorer - Down To Believing
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge's name often gets mentioned on the short list of questionable Rock Hall inductees. Those who don't think he belongs cite his lack of influence and hits.  Some foolishly called him a one-hit wonder.
Sledge was nominated and inducted on his first try in 2005.  Many think the only reason he was nominated was that his hits were recorded for Atlantic Records.  And it didn't hurt that Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertegun just happened to be the co-founder of the Rock Hall.

"When A Man Loves A Woman" was indeed a "transcendent moment" as Jerry Wexler once said.  That Sledge never had as big a hit isn't a surprise.  But wasn't for lack of trying.  "It Tears Me Up" and "Take Time To Know Her" were superb. Sledge, who was born in Alabama,  often cited Country music as an influence, and you can hear it throughout his discography.

What Sledge continued to record were Deep Soul treasures.  Long beloved by fans of 60's/70's R&B.  Think James Carr, Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Otis Redding among others.

I was one of those who was puzzled at Sledge's nomination and easy induction. But I've spent a lot of time listening to his back catalog, and realize that I was wrong.  In the end my conclusion is that Percy Sledge was a fantastic singer. And I hope that his death will bring about a much-needed reevaluation of his career.

This sound, which of course is epitomized by "When A Man Loves A Woman" is what pushed Sledge into the the Rock Hall. Conspiracy theorists won't agree.  They'll say Sledge's long-standing tenure at Atlantic got him in, but I could care less.  Ten years after his induction, what the Rock Hall is missing are more, not less, of these types of R&B singers.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Magazines Update (Spring 2015)

Magazine Update

Time for an update on magazines I read.

Rolling Stone
Down Beat
JazzTimes
Mojo  (UK)
Uncut  (UK)

Goldmine
Billboard 

Big Takeover
Relix
Magnet
Ugly Things
Shindig (UK)
Beatlefan
Flashback (UK)
American Songwriter
Blues Revue
Living Blues
Under the Radar

Wax Poetics
Echoes of the Past
Oxford American  


Guitar Player
Elvis The Man and His Music
Blue Suede News 

Record CollectorTexas MusicGQTimePeopleVanity FairNew YorkerNew York  MagazineWired

Tape OpProg  (UK)Blues Magazine (UK)Vintage Rock  (UK)

Vive Le Rock  (UK)Classic Pop (UK)

Songlines (UK)
Q  (UK)

Bass Player
Entertainment Weekly
Wire  (UK)
Sports Illustrated

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Playlist for 4/9

Caravan - In The Land of Grey and Pink
Steppenwolf - s/t
Steppenwolf - The Second
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Boz Scaggs - Fool To Care
Nellie McKay - My Weekly Reader
Mark Knopfler - Tracker

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