Thursday, March 31, 2011

2012

The only new act eligible in 2012 for the Rock Hall that will get nominated and inducted will be Guns N' Roses, which means that once again the Hall will have a chance to play catch up with names that have been languishing either on the ballot or on the never nominated list.
As we all know there are lots of acts on the backlog list, its just a matter of who gets a nomination.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clicking Away

Well, let's see here.  My local Blockbuster has just shut its doors.  Which means there are no places to rent videos, except those little Red Boxes.
My local Border's survived the recent store closings, but one wonders for how much longer.
My local Best Buy is cutting back on stocking CD's.  Eventually, those will be down to only the Top 20 hits.
I've been ordering most of my CD's, books and magazines online.  Cheaper and easier.
I used to love to go to record stores.  Could spend hours inside Tower and not buy a thing.  Just browse.  Maybe you still live in an area where you can do this.  Me, I'm a couple of hours away from the nearest store.  Click, click, click.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dad's Birthday

Remembering my Dad, who would have been 78 today.
Love you and miss you forever.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Playlist for 3/25

Maze - Live in New Orleans
Nina Simone - Soul
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Phil Spector - Very Best of
Esperanza Spalding -Chamber Music Society
Kurt Elling - Gate

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More Idol

Even though I continue to watch American Idol, even I have to agree with those who say their track record of making stars is mediocre.  Among the winners, only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are big recording stars.  Fantasia is doing well on the Urban R&B charts and could break out as an actress.
But it's with the runner-ups that show has done better:  Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, even goofy Kelly Pickler.
Still, many names have come and gone.  This is the 10th season, which means that close to 100 singers have reached the Top 10.  Where are most now?  Some still sing, some are now doing TV hosting gigs and others are still waiting for the 20 million or so weekly viewers to rediscover them again.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dave Marsh On The 2011 Rock Hall Class

I e-mailed Dave Marsh and asked him who he voted for on the 2011 Rock Hall  ballot.
Here was his response:



"I don't remember all five fro whom I voted but I definitely did vote for Darlene Love and Dr. John, with pride.
 
I didn't vote for the others. I can easily undertand why others did. It was a solid class, without any stars.
 
Yes, of course, I voted for Chic, a great band in many flavors including rock." 

Neil Diamond

You can't just say you love Neil Diamond's Bang years and leave it like that.  To love Neil you have to love it all.  The excesses of his late 70's/80's songs.  The overreaching vocals, his courting of the Adult Contemporary market, the glitter jackets, the sing-along to the hits concerts. A genius performer!
No, those that say he never did anything good after the 60's are just denying their true feeling's for all things Neil.  Admit it.  You love him as much as I do.
That's why Rock Hall voters punched his ticket to Cleveland the first time he was nominated.  Turn on your Heartlight indeed.

P.S.  He wrote "I'm A Believer".  Enough said.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rock Hall Televised

Because Dish Network no longer carrier Fuse, I didn't get to see the Rock Hall ceremony.  This is the first time I've ever missed a televised Induction. But Fuse is the worst, right?  They aired a condensed version of the live show.   Oh well, welcome to 2011.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Playlist for 3/18

Thompson Square
REM -Collapse Into Now
Riley's  - Grandma's Roadhouse
PJ Harvey -Let England Shake
Lucinda Williams -Blessed
Charles Bradley -No Time For Dreaming
Eddie Hinton - Very Extremely Dangerous

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wife's Birthday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful, beautiful wife.    Was that too mushy?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Grammy's

This has been the most contentious post-Grammy's ever.  A music exec took out a full page in the NY Times decrying the Grammy's for passing up big name Pop acts.

"A veteran music executive has criticised the Grammy Awards in a full-page advert in the New York Times.
Steve Stoute said Grammy voters had "lost touch with contemporary popular culture" by snubbing artists like Eminem and Justin Bieber."- from Huffington Post


  Read between the lines and he was basically saying that they should have given Eminem and the Justin Bieber an award over the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding.
Pop acts get their just reward at every music awards show other than the Grammy's.  But the latter play it more highbrow.  That's why a Spalding and a Herbie Hancock will always win over a Kanye West.
I'm not big on some of the awards they give out every year.  Paul McCartney got one for a live version of "Helter Skelter", and I wonder wtf?
But next year is setting up for a showdown between the conservative Grammy voters and the younger ones.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

E-Mail Question

Somebody emailed me and asked why I voted Nay on Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Bad Company.  In the end, it's just an opinion.
As for Iron Maiden, they just never did much for me when I listen to Metal.
Thin Lizzy and Bad Co. are bands I like more, but I think they fall below the Hall radar.

I've had people complain to me about Maiden for awhile, but I'm sticking with my thoughts on them.  I know the folks who post  at Future Rock Legends think I'm full of you know what for not supporting these 3, but that's what happens when you stick your nose out and go for it.

I will say that I have records by all these bands.  Like Bad Co. more than Lizzy, and have a metal friend who is still pressuring me to go deep into Maiden's catalog.  Someday I might.  If I change my mind on any of these or others that got a Nay, I'll let you know.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Yea Or Nay Recap

Alright, I'm a wimp.  The percentage of Yeas to Nays was pretty high.  Most of the names that get mentioned the most are ones I agree with.  Only a few I don't.  And some of the ones I don't were a maybe. A Maybe got a Nay vote.
I'm not vehemently opposed to many names.  Thus the high Yea percentage.  And the list is  long.  Many will never get nominated or inducted.  But a case can be made for all.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

1st Annual Yea Or Nay Rock Hall Contenders Pt. 1

Read my blog over the years and you will get my opinions on why certain should be and shouldn't be in the Rock Hall.  This year I decided to give the many contenders still eligible  a simple Yea or Nay.   Most of these names are ones I've seen bandied about for years.  This was done very quickly, so it's not in alphabetical order.  And, truth be told, the yeas far out weigh the nays.  Oh well, I guess I'm too nice.

Deep Purple - Yea
Rush - Yea
Yes-  Yea
Duran Duran - Yea
Smiths - Yea
Barry White - Yea
Luther Vandross - Yea
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Yea
Iron Maiden - Nay
Motorhead - Yea
Motley Crue - Nay
ELO - Yea
Cars - Yea
Boston - Nay
Spinners - Yea
Chic - Yea
Donna Summer - Yea
Gram Parsons - Yea
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Nay
Beastie Boys - Yea
LL Cool J - Yea
T. Rex - Yea
Mott the Hoople - Yea
Moody Blues - Yea
Kraftwerk - Yea
Johnny Burnette - Nay
Cure - Yea
KISS - Yea
Kool & The Gang Yea
Captain Beefheart - Yea
Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Yea
J. Geils Band - Nay
Bad Company - Nay
Guess Who - Yea
Harry Nilsson - Yea
Roxy Music - Yea
Todd Rundgren - Yea
Donovan - Yea
Dominoes - Yea
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Nay
Stylistics - Yea
Screamin' Jay Hawkins- Nay
Albert King - Yea
Chuck Willis - Yea
Joe Tex - Yea
Jethro Tull - Yea
Steve Miller - Yea
New York Dolls - Yea
War - Yea
Mary Wells- Yea
Bill Withers - Yea
Zombies - Nay
Dionne Warwick - Yea
Pat Boone - Nay
Neil Sedaka - Yea
Paul Anka - Nay
Weird Al Yankovic - Nay
Husker Du - Yea
Linda Ronstadt - Yea

....to be continued tomorrow

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Playlist for 3/10

James Blake - s/t
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Gang of Four - Content
Old 97's - Mimeograph
Adele - 21
Gary Moore - Still Got the Blues

Monday, March 07, 2011

Borders

No one wants to see anyone lose their job.  But Borders has been on a downward spiral for a couple of years, at least.  I hardly ever buy anything in our store, which has survived the ax.  Usually I check out a book price, or look through one, and then go home and find it cheaper.  Their CD's are too expensive, and so are their books.  I hope my local one sustains, just so people aren't out of work.  But the franchise?  Couldn't care less.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Still Bill

Still Bill is a documentary about Bill Withers that premiered on Showtime last month.  It's enlightening mostly because Withers disappeared after his last album in 1985.  But Withers never lost his passion write and record music, he lost his will to fight against Record Company Execs that he felt were doing him wrong.
The doc shows that Withers, with his homegrown studio, is still putting stuff down on tape.  Sadly, none that I know of, has seen the light.
But here's the catch.  Withers hates Record company suits, but doesn't  realize that in 2011 you don't need them to get your music out there.  How cool would it be if Withers put out an album on his own label.  He certainly has the finances to do this.  No, he'll never top the charts again, but I can see a market for his music with R&B Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz stations. Withers is 73, but the doc shows that his voice hasn't aged all that much.  The little I heard sounded good.
26 years is a long time for someone to sit on the sidelines.  But we shouldn't feel too sorry for him.  His royalty checks, thanks to 5 standards (Lean On Me, Use Me, Ain't No Sunshine, Just The Two of Us and Lovely Day) are substantial.   Still, it would nice if Withers followed his muse one last time.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Playlist for 3/3

Hayes Carll- Kmag Yoyo
Drive By Truckers- Go Go Boots
Bright Eyes - People's Key
Yes - Tales From Topographical Oceans
Teddy Thompson - Bella
Sunny Sweeney - EP
Charlie Louvin - Battle Rages On

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Idol

Yep, I'm watching American Idol again this year.  Who's got a problem with that?
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