Monday, July 24, 2017

Playlist for 7/24

Red Hot: Memphis Celebration of Sun Records - Various
Gene Vincent - Blue Jean Bop
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps - s/t
Carl Perkins - Dance Album
Ricky Nelson - s/t (1958)
Destination Frantic Vol. 3 - Various
Prince - Purple Rain (Deluxe reissue)
Elliott Murphy - Aquashow
Scorpions - Fly To The Rainbow
Rainbow -  Long Live Rock 'n' Roll

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Podcasts I Listen To

The great thing about Podcasts is they are free.  Below is a list of ones I subscribe to.

Music Podcasts 
All Songs Considered
Best Radio You Have Never Heard
Blues Unlimited
Come To The Sunshine
Desert Island Discs
Eddie Trunk Podcast
Freight Train Boogie
GED Soul Revue
Joe Boyd's A-Z
Joe Bussard's Country Classics
My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan
NY Times Music Popcast
Old Time Rock n Roll
Rockabilly & Blues Radio Hour
Rusty Soul Sessions
Smooth Soul
Soul Sides Sidebar
Sound Opinions
Stairway To Heaven (Soul classics)
Vinyl Ranch (Country Classics)

Other Genres
Bill Simmons Podcast
Garbage Time
Harry Shearer Le Show
Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin
Men In Blazers
Official Graceland
Planet Futbol with Grant Wahl
Professional Left
SI Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch
StarTalk Radio
WTF with Marc Maron

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Playlist for 7/18

Phoenix - Ti Amo
Shannon McNally - Black Irish
McKinley Mitchell - Complete Malaco Collection
Running The Voodoo Down - Various
Vince Staples - Summertime '06
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
Bob Seger - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Fleetwood Mac - Vaudeville Years (1968-70)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Music Years of My Life: 1979

Rolling Stone magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and they deserve all the accolades coming to them.  I say this as a 38 year subscriber who hasn't always loved every subject, review or layout of the magazine.  My subscription to Rolling Stone began in the Summer of 1979, after picking up an issue with Richard Pryor on the cover.  Of course I was aware of the magazine.  Skimmed through it at libraries and book stores.  Probably bought an issue of two.  But these are my teenage years and the only spending money I made was helping my Mom out at a hotel where she worked.

The Billboard subscription I got in 1978 was a Christmas gift, and I was able to maintain that for a few years before my own money paid for it.  The impact Rolling Stone had on my record buying can't be denied.  A good review usually pushed me over.  But I was still buying albums from popular icons of the 70's that critics hated (Barry Manilow) or panned (Barbra Streisand).  Also most albums that were just popular I'd buy.  A lot of this way of purchasing came from growing up with AM Top 40 radio as my main source of listening.  In fact, until Rolling Stone came along, my main source of music criticism came from Billboard album and single reviews.  And those weren't very negative.

Now along comes Rolling Stone and they are reviewing albums from artists that I've never heard of.  Because these acts barely charted on the Billboard album or singles charts, let alone got reviewed (and if they did it went over my teenage head).  Until I got the first Rolling Stone Album Guide and Robert Christgau's Rock Albums of the 70's in the early 80's,  the magazine's review section was a revelation.

And it had writers.  Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh, Paul Nelson, Timothy White, Stephen Holden, Ben Fong-Torres, Cameron Crowe, Mikal Gilmore, etc.  But not many women in that first decade.

Now in its 50th year, grabbing the cover is still a big deal, and it still makes headlines with its non-music writing.  Rolling Stone has always covered more than music.  Politics, Movies, TV Shows.  Maybe it doesn't have the relevance it once did, but it's still one of the longest-running music magazines in the U.S.  Nearly 40 years later it's still a kick to see it in my mailbox.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Playlist for 7/11

Jace Everett - Dust & Dirt
Luke Combs - This One's For You
Chuck Berry - Chuck
American Epic: Sessions - Various
Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures Part 1
Secret Sisters - You Don't Own Me Anymore
Lady Antebellum - Heart Break
Lorde - Melodrama
Bleachers - Gone Now

Monday, July 10, 2017

Best of Blondie (Poll)

Been a couple of months since I voted in a poll.  Here's an interesting one on Blondie.  New Wave icons whose greatest moments came within a half a decade's worth of music from 76-80.  Also, a first time nominated Rock Hall inductee in 2006 (first eligible 2002).

1.  Heart of Glass
2.  Call Me
3.  One Way Or Another
4.  Dreaming
5.  Atomic
6.  Rapture
7.  Tide Is High
8.  Hanging On The Telephone
9.  Union City Blue
10.  Maria
11.  Denis
12.  Rip Her To Shreds
13.  Picture This
14.  (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
15.  Fade Away And Radiate
16.  Just Go Away
17.  Look Good In Blue
18.  In The Flesh
19.  Contact In Red Square
20.  X Offender

Top 5 Albums:
1.  Parallel Lines
2.  Eat To The Beat
3.  Blondie
4.  Plastic Letters
5.  Autoamerican

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Playlist for 7/6

North Mississippi All Stars - Prayer for Peace
Mojo Presents Murder Ballads - Various
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly -s/t
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - Inspiration
SZA - Ctrl
John Gary Wiliams -s/t (reissue)
Cait Brennan - Third
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

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