Sunday, October 15, 2017

Playlist for 10/15

Hard Working Americans- We're All In This Together
Vietnam War: Soundtrack - Various
Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
Leon Russell - On A Distant Shore
Shania Twain - Now
Miley Cyrus - Younger Now
Umphrey's McGee - Zonkey
Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Playlist for 10/10

Jimmy Page - Lucifer Rising
Yusuf/Cat Stevens - Laughing Apple
Chris Hillman - Bidin' My Time
Lone Bellow- Walk Into A Storm
Josh Ritter - Gathering
Pentagram - First Daze Here
Bonniwell Music Machine - s/t
UFO -  Flying
Mojo Presents Teen Spirit - Various

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Top 20 Favorite Record Labels

Here's an interesting Poll that I didn't get to vote in, but will add my own two cents anyway.
Favorite Record Label.   Not the design of the label, but its roster and releases.

Original article link.  20 Favorite Labels

So, listed below are 20 labels who put out great music.

1.  Columbia
2.  Atlantic
3.  Motown
4.  Sun
5.  Blue Note
6.  Chess
7.  Warner Brothers
8.  Stax
9.  Elektra
10. Capitol
11. A&M
12. Philadelphia International Records
13. RCA
14. Rhino
15. Island
16. Decca
17. Verve
18. Sire
19. Paramount
20.  Def Jam

Other labels I like:
Sub Pop

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Playlist for 10/4

Gaga: Five Foot Two (Lady Gaga Documentary)
Kip Moore - Slowheart
Midland - On The Rocks
Thomas Rhett - Life Changes
Billy Cobham - Spectrum
Rolling Blackouts C.F. -  Talk Tight
Rhinestone Hillbilly: Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens

Monday, October 02, 2017

RIP Tom Petty

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the great American Rock and Roll bands of the last 40 years.  Petty & band were able to mix their love of Beatles/Byrds jangle with modern American Rock and make it a wholly original sound.  I've often felt that Petty was underrated in the canon of Rock and Roll stars.  His catalog is ripe with deep cuts that are ready to be rediscovered.  At their peak Petty & the Heartbreakers were a breath of fresh air to hear on Top 40 radio.  I saw Petty (with Joe Cocker opening) in concert in 2006 and still marvel at how many great songs he had and played that night.

Below are just some of my favorite Petty tracks covering his entire career:

American Girl
Change of Heart
Christmas All Over Again
Crystal River (w/Mudcrutch)
Don't Come Around Here No More
Don't Do Me Like That
End of the Line (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Even The Losers
Face In The Crowd
Free Fallin'
Free Girl Now
Handle With Care (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Have Love Will Travel
Here Comes My Girl
I Need To Know
I Won't Back Down
Into The Great Wide Open
It's Good To Be King
Jammin' Me
Kings Road
Last Night (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Learning To Fly
Listen To Her Heart
Make It Better
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Room at the Top
Runaway Trains
Runnin' Down A Dream
Saving Grace
Southern Accents
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around  (w/Stevie Nicks)
Think About Me
Time To Move On
Trailer (w/Mudcrutch)
Tweeter and the Monkey Man (w/Traveling Wilburys)
Walls (Circus)
Ways To Be Wicked
Woman In Love
Yer So Bad
You Don't Know How It Feels
You Got Lucky
You Wreck Me

People keep calling Petty a great singles artist, which he was, but don't always mention his albums.  The ones below are my favorites:

Damn The Torpedoes
Hard Promises
Full Moon Fever
Into The Great Wide Open
Live Anthology
Southern Accents
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

Also check out the 2007 Documentary, Runnin' Down A Dream.  At nearly 4 hours it's a definitive look at his career, up to that point.

3 of my favorite Tom Petty covers:
Ways To Be Wicked - Lone Justice   (1985)
Never Be You - Rosanne Cash (1985)
Rebels - Drive-By Truckers  (2004)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ken Burns' Vietnam War

Ken Burns' Vietnam War is a towering achievement.  But then again I wouldn't expect anything less from Burns & Co.  It's 18 hours never drags and I still would have been there had it expanded to twenty.  There have been grumblings:  the issue of race among U.S. troops, not enough anti-war speakers on-camera.  But in its expansiveness, much like the war itself, it is moving, frustrating and brutally frank in its on camera depiction of battle.

I had a particular interest in the Vietnam War because my Dad served 3 tours there from 1965-69.  I was born in 1964, so I don't remember much about him coming and going.  But I do remember his last tour in 1969.  Looking out a window and waving goodbye to him at an NCO club in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  It was the first time I realized what was happening.  He would be gone, but he'd be back.  He always came back.  And he did.

So, the parts of the documentary that covered 65-69 had me glued to see if any video or pictures of my Dad would appear.  It never happened, and I knew it was a long shot, but I was couldn't turn away.

My Dad grew up poor in Pennsylvania.  Straight out of High School in 1951 he joined the Army.  Went right into combat during the Korean War.  When I was young he rarely talked about Korea or Vietnam.  But as he got older he began to open up.  There was often a wistfulness in his recollections of old Army buddies that he still kept in contact with and those that never came home.  Listening to his war stories, I grew to believe that no one can tell me that those scars don't stay with you.

In the last episode there's a segment on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  I wanted my Dad to go there, but he never did.  Still, late in his life a mobile version of the Memorial made its way to our area.  When I asked him if he was going, he said no.  But my teenage son and I went.  Much like the segment in the documentary, I was moved and saddened by amount of names on the Wall.  When I got home and told my Dad about it, he said that he did visit it the same day.

BTW- I should also point out the superb score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  And the inclusion of musical ringers that are always associated with Vietnam:  Simon & Garfunkel, CCR, CSNY, Byrds, Hendrix, Youngbloods, etc.  There are also songs by acts not always licensed:  Fairport Convention, Johnnie Wright's "Hello Vietnam", Link Wray, Nina Simone.  Maybe you never wanted to hear "Bridge Over Troubled Water" again, but the way it's presented will change your mind.

My Dad died a few years later in 2008.  He is now buried (with my Mom) at a Veterans Cemetery in California.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Playlist for 9/29

National - Sleep Well Beast
Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle
Jungle Brothers -  Done By The Forces Of Nature
Michael McDonald - Wide Open
Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee
Dusty Springfield - Brand New Me
Bob Dylan - Triplicate
Brown Acid:Second Trip - Various
Heavy Dose of Lyte Psych - Various

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