Sunday, January 27, 2019

Playlist for 1/27

Philip Glass - Solo Piano
Philip Glass - Symphony No. 11
Pauline Cheviller & Others - Stravinsky:Persephone
Louis Armstrong - Nightclubs
Pentagram - Sub-Basement
Scorpions - In Trance
Nice as Fuck - s/t

Monday, January 21, 2019

Playlist for 1/21

Miles Davis & John Coltrane - Final Tour: Bootleg Series Vol. 6 (Box set)
Woody Shaw - Tokyo 1981
Taylor Swift - Reputation Stadium Tour (Netflix Concert)
Country & Western Hit Parade 1948
Country & Western Hit Parade 1953
Country & Western Hit Parade 1969

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tom's 2018 Nashville Scene Ballot

Once again, I voted in the Nashville Scene Critic's Poll

No links to individual ballots, and unlike previous years, no list of voters. So, you'll have to take me at my word that I was a voter.

Here's my 2018 ballot:

1.  Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
2.  Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
3.  Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere
4.  John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness
5.  Amanda Shires - To The Sunset
6.  Mary Gauthier - Rifles and Rosary Beads
7.  Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon
8.  Becky Warren - Undesirable
9.  Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing
10. Mandy Barnett - Strange Conversation

1.  Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn
2.  Pistol Annies - Best Years of My Life
3.  Chris Jansen - Drunk Girl
4.  Lori McKenna - People Get Old
5. John Prine - Summer's End
6. Luke Combs - She Got The Best Of Me
7. Ashley McBryde - Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega
8. Brothers Osborne - Shoot Me Straight
9. Jason Aldean w/Miranda Lambert - Drowns The Whiskey
10. Ashley Monroe - Hands On You

1.  Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70's - Various
2.  Louvin Brothers -Love & Wealth:Lost Recordings
3.  George Jones - Live In Texas 1965


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Playlist for 1/15

Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile
Ambrose Akinmusire - Origami Harvest
Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light
Frank Morgan - Montreal Memories
Fred Hersch Trio - Heartsongs
Don Flemons -  Black Cowboys
Badfinger - s/t
Badfinger - Wish You Were Here

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Missing from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2019 Inductees Updated)

The 2019 Songwriters Hall Inductees have been announced:
John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Dallas Frazier, Cat Stevens, Missy Elliott, Jack Tempchin

According to the Song Hall's website, voters are made up of "music industry professionals" and members of Performing Rights Organizations like BMI and ASCAP.

Much like the Rock Hall, who have done a poor job of inducting women (7.7% as of 2019), the Song Hall has also done a poor job of inducting female songwriters (7% as of 2019).

Charles Crossley at this link Potential Women Inductees Into the Songwriters Hall has a list of strong female writers who belong in the Hall. 

Below are a list of more names that have not been inducted into the Song Hall as of 2019.

Alice Cooper
Aretha Franklin 
B.B. King
Bert Berns
Billy Joe Shaver
Bo Diddley
Bob McDill
Bobby Womack
Bonnie Raitt
Boz Scaggs
Bryan Adams
Bryan Ferry
Carl Perkins
Chrissie Hynde
Chuck Willis
Curly Putnam
Dallas Frazier
Dan Fogelberg
Dan Penn
David Gates
Dean Dillon
Dean Pitchford & Michael Gore
Dion DiMucci
Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte
Dwight Yoakam
George Harrison
George Michael
Gloria Estefan
Guy Clark
Harry Nilsson
Harry Wayne Casey
Isley Brothers
J.J. Cale
Janet Jackson
Jeff Lynne
Jerry Chesnut
Jerry Fuller
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Cliff
Joe South
John Hiatt
John D. Loudermilk
Kate Bush
Kenny Loggins
Led Zeppelin
Lefty Frizzell
Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks/Christine McVie
Lou Reed
Lucinda Williams
Luther Vandross
Mariah Carey
Mark Knopfler
Mary J. Blige
Max D. Barnes
Michael McDonald
Mike Chapman/Nicky Chinn
Mike Love
Morrissey/Johnny Marr
Muddy Waters
Neil Young
Nick Lowe
Pam Sawyer
Paul Overstreet
Percy Mayfield
Pete Townshend
Peter Gabriel 
P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri
Phil Ochs
Randy Goodrum
Ric Ocasek
Richard Thompson
Robbie Robertson
Robert "Mutt" Lange
Rod Stewart
Rod Temperton
Rodney Crowell
Roger Miller
Roger Waters/David Gilmour
Rosanne Cash
Rudy Toombs
Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell
Shel Silverstein
Sheryl Crow
Sly Stone
Sonny Throckmorton
Spooner Oldham
Steve Earle
Steve Miller
Steve Perry/Neal Schon/Jonathan Cain
Steve Winwood
Tim Hardin
Tom Waits
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Tony Macaulay
Tony Joe White
Townes Van Zandt
Tracy Chapman
Vince Gill
Walter Becker/Donald Fagen
Warren Zevon
Waylon Jennings
Whitey Shafer
William Bell
William "Mickey" Stevenson

BTW- In some cases I put the whole group down, which is what the Hall did when they inducted all the members of Queen.

Below is a link to the Song Hall's website:

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Playlist for 1/9

Charley Pride - Christmas In My Hometown
Buck Owens - Christmas With Buck Owens
Brenda Lee - Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee
Loretta Lynn - Country Christmas
Lynn Anderson - Christmas Album

Uproxx Critics Poll 2018 (My Ballot)

I voted in the inaugural  Uproxx Music Critics Poll 2018. List of critics at bottom of the page with a link to my ballot. 

This was my albums ballot:

1.  Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
2.  Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
3.  Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
4.  Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere
5.  John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness
6.  Amanda Shires - To The Sunset
7.  Neko Case - Hell-On
8.  Fantastic Negrito - Please Don't Be Dead
9.  Mary Gauthier - Rifles and Rosary Beads
10. War and Treaty - Healing Tide

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Annual Elvis Presley Birthday Post

As I do every year on January 8th, I'm posting something to remember Elvis Presley by on his birthday.

Last year's HBO documentary on Elvis, The Searcher, did as good a job as you can in telling the life story of someone who remains misunderstood. I must confess now that while I'm on record as having praised the doc, and it is essential viewing, there were some things that could have been done better.  For one, I don't like the title.  This whole idea of Elvis as a Searcher never gets through in the doc.  Oh, and I don't like the promotional cover shot either.  Let's just call the doc what they should have: "Elvis Presley: The King of Rock 'n' Roll". And instead of using a perplexed looking Elvis cover shot, include a regal one.

I also wish they had spent a little more time on his demise. The 70's are blown through too quickly.  There's a bigger story there, and a cautionary one too.
Of course, all of this could have been solved had the doc not stopped at 3 hours.  There's at least another 1 or 2 lying on the cutting room floor or that could have been filmed.

However, my initial thoughts on the film remain.  It's the only documentary that covers Elvis' life from childhood to death.  And the first part remains the best, painting a picture of Elvis as someone eager to digest all the different sounds he heard around him in Tupelo and Memphis.

But if you're the biggest Elvis fan or no fan at all, it's still a Rock 'n' Roll history lesson that all music fans should catch.

Elvis would have been 84 today.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

My Top 25 Rock Hall Snubs (Updated 2019)

Below is a list of my personal Top 25 Rock Hall snubs as of the 2019 Inductees announcement. I was only able to eliminate 2 names from last year's list, Janet Jackson and Roxy Music. If you don't see your favorite artists listed, then they are probably included on my never-ending  Rock Hall Wish List

This list includes post-1955 era acts.  See below for artists who made their impact in the pre-Rock era ('54 and earlier)

1.  Spinners
2.  Gram Parsons
3.  Smiths
4.  Meters/Neville Brothers
5.  Joe Cocker
6.  Willie Nelson
7.  Kool & The Gang
8.  Kraftwerk
9   Commodores
10. Rufus w/Chaka Khan
11. Monkees
12. LL Cool J
13. War
14. Patsy Cline
15. Joe Tex
16. Whitney Houston
17. Raspberries
18. Barry White
19. Warren Zevon
20. Mott the Hoople
21. Neil Sedaka
22. Marvelettes
23. Dick Dale
24. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/Teddy Pendergrass
25. Eurythmics

On the Bubble:  A Tribe Called Quest, Bad Company/Free, Big Star, Dionne Warwick, Go-Go's, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren, Link Wray

Early Influence Era (Pre-1954)
Big Mama Thornton
Billy Ward & The Dominoes
Carter Family
Charley Patton
Chuck Willis
Ivory Joe Hunter
Johnny Burnette & the Roll 'n' Roll Trio
Percy Mayfield
Roy Brown
Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Wynonie Harris

Rock Hall Wish List (Updated for 2019 Inductees)

Updated for the 2019 inductees.

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.

Afrika Bambaataa
Ashford & Simpson
Bad Company/Free
Barry White
Ben E. King
Big Mama Thornton
Big Star
Billy Preston
Billy Ward & The Dominoes
Brook Benton
Captain Beefheart
Charley Patton
Cher (Sonny & Cher)
Chubby Checker
Chuck Willis
Conway Twitty
Cyndi Lauper
De La Soul
Delaney & Bonnie
Depeche Mode
Dionne Warwick
Doobie Brothers
Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet
Duran Duran
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Eric B. & Rakim
Gap Band
Gary "U.S." Bonds
George Michael
Gil Scott-Heron
Glen Campbell
Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers
Harry Nilsson
Ivory Joe Hunter
J. Geils Band
Jerry Butler
Joe Cocker
Joe Tex
John Prine
Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio
Johnny Rivers
Johnny Winter
Judas Priest
Junior Wells
Kate Bush
Kool & The Gang
Kris Kristofferson
LL Cool J
Link Wray
Little Feat
Los Lobos
Luther Vandross
Mary Wells
Mitch Ryder
Mott The Hoople
Neil Sedaka
Neville Brothers/Meters
New Order/Joy Division
New York Dolls
Ohio Players
Pat Benatar
Patsy Cline
Paul Revere & The Raiders
Pet Shop Boys
Peter Tosh
Pointer Sisters
Procol Harum
Richard Thompson/Fairport Convention
Rick James
Roy Brown
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Sheryl Crow
Sinead O'Connor
Sonic Youth
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Teddy Pendergrass/Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
Thin Lizzy
Three Dog Night
Todd Rundgren
Tommy James & The Shondells
Toots & The Maytals
T. Rex
Tribe Called Quest
Warren Zevon
Waylon Jennings
Whitney Houston
Willie Nelson
Wynonie Harris

Friday, January 04, 2019

Playlist for 1/4

Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen on Broadway (Netflix Special)
Jeff Beck: Still On The Run (Documentary)
Jon Savage's 1968:Year the World Burned - Various
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present State of the Union - Various
Preacherman - Universal Philosophy
Miles Davis - Rubberband EP
NPR Music: Best Classical Albums of 2018 Playlist
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