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

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 2021)

Below is a list of my personal Top 25 Rock Hall snubs as of the 2020 Inductees announcement. I was only able to eliminate one name from last year's list, Whitney Houston. 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.  Carole King
3.  Tina Turner
4.  Gram Parsons
5.  Kool & The Gang
6.  Dionne Warwick
7.  Willie Nelson
8.  Kraftwerk
9.  Rufus & Chaka Khan
10. Patsy Cline
11. Joe Tex
12. LL Cool J
13. Meters/Neville Brothers
14. War
15. Smiths
16. Commodores
17. Marvelettes
18. Barry White
19. Neil Sedaka
20. Warren Zevon
21. Go-Go's
22. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/Teddy Pendergrass
23. Eurythmics
24. Joe Cocker
25. Monkees

On the Bubble: Bad Company/Free, Dolly Parton, New York Dolls, Todd Rundgren

Early Influence Era (Pre-1954)
Big Mama Thornton
Billy Ward & The Dominoes
Carter Family
Charley Patton
Chuck Willis
Ella Fitzgerald
Johnny Burnette & the Roll 'n' Roll Trio
Percy Mayfield
Roy Brown
Wynonie Harris

Rock Hall Wish List: Performers (Updated for 2020 Inductees)

Updated for the 2020 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.

Ashford & Simpson
Bad Company/Free
Barry White
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
Daft Punk
De La Soul
Delaney & Bonnie
Dionne Warwick
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
Lee Dorsey
Link Wray
Little Feat
LL Cool J
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
Roberta Flack
Roy Brown
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Sheryl Crow
Sinead O'Connor
Sonic Youth
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Suzi Quatro
Teddy Pendergrass/Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
Thin Lizzy
Three Dog Night
Todd Rundgren
Tommy James & The Shondells
Toots & The Maytals
Tribe Called Quest
Warren Zevon
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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