Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Songs Still Missing From Spotify (For "Tracks Of My Life" Playlist)

Since I posted this in March 2017, I've slowly been able to delete some titles.  But the rest of the songs listed below are still missing on digital streaming sites. Okay, you can find them on YouTube, but in my world of Playlists, Spotify is king.

If they ever show up, they'll appear on my Tracks Of My Life playlist. That playlist contains songs, some popular, others more obscure, that have meant something to me at one point or another in my life.  And my playlist has to contain the original recordings.  No remakes.

This list will continue to be updated as I find more missing songs:

Bob James -  Angela (Theme From Taxi)  (Album cut, 1978)
Carl Perkins - Birth Of Rock and Roll  (#31 Country, 1986)
Eddie Rabbitt - Repetitive Regret  (#4 Country, 1986)
Joe Sun - Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You  (#14 Country, 1978)
John Valenti - Anything You Want  (#37, 1976)
Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom  (#7, 1986)
Pake McEntire - Savin' My Love For You  (#3 Country, 1986)
Sweet Sensation - Sad Sweet Dreamer  (#14, 1975)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Playlist for 1/27

Bang! Bert Berns Story (Documentary)
Clive Davis: Soundtrack Of Our Lives (Documentary)
Runnble: Indians Who Rocked The World (Documentary)
Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney - Various
Let It Be: Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney & Harrison - Various

Thursday, January 25, 2018

2017 Nashville Scene Poll Results & My Ballot

Once again  I was glad to have been a voter in the Nashville Scene's end of year Country Music Poll.

There are no links to individual ballots.  But at the link below, scroll to the end of the page and you will see my name listed as a voter:

2017 Nashville Scene Country Music Critics Poll

From there you can browse the rest of the results.

Here's the 2017 ballot I sent in:

1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Nashville Sound
2. Margo Price - All American Made
3. John Moreland - Big Bad Luv
4. Lee Ann Womack - Lonely, Lonesome & The Gone
5. Lily Hiatt - Trinity Lane
6. Sunny Sweeney - Trophy
7. Charlie Worsham - Beginning of Things
8. Angaleena Presley - Wrangled
9. Rodney Crowell - Close Ties
10. Whitney Rose - Rule 62

Monday, January 22, 2018

My Ballot for 2017 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Once again I was a voter in the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, which has been in existence since 1971.

However, for the first time since I've been voting, there are no links to individual voter ballots.
So, you'll just have to take my word for it that I sent in a ballot.

2017 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

As a reminder, though, here were my Top 10 Albums (divided 100 points among the 10 albums) & Songs:

1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Nashville Sound (25)
2. St. Vincent - Masseduction (15)
3. Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway (14)
4. John Moreland - Big Bad Luv (12)
5. Lily Hiatt - Trinity Lane (9)
6. Margo Price - All American Made (5)
7. Lee Ann Womack - Lonely, Lonesome & The Gone (5)
8. Sunny Sweeney - Trophy (5)
9. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now (5)
10. Rodney Crowell - Close Ties (5)


1.  If We Were Vampires - Jason Isbell
2.  Despacito - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
3.  Redbone - Childish Gambino
4.  Humble - Kendrick Lamar
5.  God In Chicago - Craig Finn
6.  Better Man - Little Big Town
7.  Hard Times - Paramore
8.  Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
9.  Molotov - Jason Isbell
10. Records - Lily Hiatt

Playlist for 1/22

Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A Brother
N.E.R.D. - No One Ever Really Dies
Electric Six - How Dare You
Foxygen - Hang
Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Playlist for 1/16

E Street Radio (Sirius XM) - Top 100 Bruce Springsteen Songs
Coverville: 2017 Coverville Countdown (Podcast)
Nothing But A House Party - Birth of the Philly Sound 1967-71 - Various
Stanton Moore - With You In Mind: Songs of Allen Toussaint
Charlie Rich - That's Rich
Charlie Rich - Big Boss Man
Dion - Kickin' Child: Lost Album 1965

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My Top 25 Rock Hall Snubs (Updated 2018)

Below is a list of my personal Top 25 Rock Hall snubs as of the 2018 Inductees anniuncement. Ask me in a month from now, and the rankings could change.   If you don't see your favorite artists listed, then they are probably included on my never-ending  Rock Hall Wish List .

1.  Spinners
2.  Roxy Music
3.  Janet Jackson
4.  Neville Brothers/Meters
5.  Joe Cocker
6.  Gram Parsons
7.  Commodores
8.  Joe Tex
9   Kool & The Gang
10. Rufus w/Chaka Khan
11. Monkees
12. Smiths
13. Neil Sedaka
14. Warren Zevon
15. Todd Rundgren
16.  Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
17.  Marvelettes
18.  Link Wray
19.  Bad Company/Free
20.  Whitney Houston
21.  Harry Nilsson
22.  War
23.  Patsy Cline
24.  Barry White
25.  LL Cool J

For those who might have missed it.  Here's my post on whether or not the Hall needs a Veterans Category.  Also updated after 2018 Inductees announcement.

Rock Hall Veterans Category


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Playlist for 1/11

Sticky Fingers : Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine - Joe Hagan (Book)
Wayfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles - Various
Nora Jane Struthers - Champion
Regrettes - Feel Your Feelings Fool
Psychedelic States: Florida In The 60's Vol. 3 - Various
Scorpions - Taken By Force
UFO - Phenomenon

Monday, January 08, 2018

Elvis at 83 (+ My Fave Elvis Song from 54-77)

Born 83 years ago today, he was the "King of Rock 'n' Roll", and my #1 musical hero, Elvis Presley. I'm posting my favorite Elvis song for each year that he released a record while he was alive: 1954-77.  One song each year.

1954 - That's All Right
1955-  Mystery Train
1956-  Hound Dog
1957 - Jailhouse Rock
1958 - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
1959 - A Big Hunk 'o Love
1960 - It's Now or Never
1961 - Can't Help Falling In Love
1962 - Return To Sender
1963 - (You're The) Devil In Disguise
1964 - Viva Las Vegas
1965 - Crying In The Chapel
1966 - Tomorrow Is A Long Time
1967 - That's Someone You Never Forget
1968 - If I Can Dream
1969 - Suspicious Minds
1970 - Kentucky Rain
1971 - It's Your Baby, You Rock It
1972 - Burning Love
1973 - Fool
1974 - Promised Land
1975-  T-R-O-U-B-L-E
1976-  Moody Blue
1977-  Way Down

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Tom's Rock Hall Wish List (Updated 2018)

Updated for the 2019 eligibles.

For those of you on Spotify, here's a link  Rock Hall Wishlist
to my Rock Hall Wishlist Playlist, which has a song by every act listed below.

Listed in alphabetical order:

Afrika Bambaataa
Ashford & Simpson
B-52's
Bad Company/Free
Bangles
Barry White
Ben E. King
Big Star
Billy Preston
Billy Ward & The Dominoes
Boston
Brook Benton
Captain Beefheart
Carly Simon
Chaka Khan
Chantels
Charley Patton
Chubby Checker
Chuck Willis
Clovers
Commodores
Conway Twitty
Cure
Cyndi Lauper
De La Soul
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Devo
Dionne Warwick
Doobie Brothers
Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet
Duran Duran
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Eric B. & Rakim
Foreigner
Gap Band
Gary "U.S." Bonds
George Michael
Gil Scott-Heron
Glen Campbell
Go-Go's
Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers
Harry Nilsson
J. Geils Band
Janet Jackson
Jerry Butler
Jim Croce
Joe Cocker
Joe Tex
Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio
Johnny Rivers
Johnny Winter
Jordanaires
Judas Priest
Junior Wells
Kate Bush
Kool & The Gang
Kris Kristofferson
LL Cool J
Link Wray
Little Feat
Los Lobos
Love
Luther Vandross
MC5
Marvelettes
Mary Wells
Mitch Ryder
Monkees
Motorhead
Mott The Hoople
Neil Sedaka
Neville Brothers/Meters
New Order/Joy Division
New York Dolls
Ohio Players
Pat Benatar
Patsy Cline
Patti LaBelle
Paul Revere & The Raiders
Pet Shop Boys
Peter Frampton
Peter Tosh
PJ Harvey
Procol Harum
Raspberries
Replacements
Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention
Rick James
Roxy Music
Shangri-La's
Sinead O'Connor
Smiths
Sonic Youth
Sonny & Cher
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Spaniels
Spinners
Steppenwolf
Steve Earle
Stylistics
Teddy Pendergrass/Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
Thin Lizzy
Three Dog Night
Todd Rundgren
Tommy James & The Shondells
Toots & The Maytals
Tribe Called Quest
Turtles
War
Warren Zevon
Waylon Jennings
Whitney Houston
Willie Nelson
Wynonie Harris
Zombies

Friday, January 05, 2018

Playlist from 1/5

Bloodshot Records 13 Days of Xmas - Various
Acoustic Christmas (Amazon)
Silent Night: Christmas Carols on Acoustic Guitar - Various
Red Simpson - Trucker's Christmas
Smokey Robinson - Christmas Everyday
Hanson - Finally It's Christmas
Fantasia - Christmas After Midnight
Jingle Bell Rocks (Documentary)
Hired Gun - (Documentary about Session/Touring Musicians)
US Festival 1982: US Generation (Documentary)
Rolling Stones - On Air

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

TV Shows I Watch (Updated Winter 2017)

Below is a list of shows I watch throughout the year.  Updated for the Winter 2017 TV season.  All shows are currently airing new episodes.  Cancelled shows or ones that ended their run are not listed.


30 for 30
3%
Affair
American Pickers
Americans
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Atlanta
Austin City Limits
A Word  (UK)
Ballers
Baskets
Better Things
Big Interview w/Dan Rather
Black Mirror
Broad City
Casual
Catastrophe
Chef's Table
Chewing Gum
Conan
Cooked
Crown
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Daredevil
Deuce
Deutschland 83
Divorce
Documentary Now
Fall (UK)
Fear The Walking Dead
Flash
Fleabag  (UK)
Frontline
Game of Thrones
Gomorrah (Italy)
Grace and Frankie
Graham Norton Show
Grantchester
High Maintenance
Hinterland  (UK)
Homeland
Humans
Independent Lens
Insecure
Iron Fist
Jeopardy
Jessica Jones
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Later with Jools Holland
Little Couple
Live from Daryl's House
Luke Cage
Man In The High Castle
Marcella  (UK)
Master of None
Mozart In The Jungle
Narcos
New Girl
One Mississippi
Orange Is The New Black
Outlander
Path
Poldark  (UK)
POV
Portlandia
Preacher
Punisher
Ray Donovan
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Real Time with Bill Maher
Room 104
Santa Clarita Diet
Saturday Night Live
Schitt's Creek
Shameless
Silicon Valley
So You Think You Can Dance
Stranger Things
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep
Vice
Vikings
Voice
Walking Dead

Monday, January 01, 2018

For The People Who Died (In 2017)

As I do every year at this time, posting a link to Pause & Play, and their excellent R.I.P. page, which has links to all the music related people who passed away in 2017.

People Who Died in 2017
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