Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Playlist for 10/30

Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
Neil Young - Colorado
Beatles - Abbey Road (Super Deluxe Edition)
New Pornographers - In The Morse Code of Brake Lights
Blaze Foley - Duct Tape Messiah
Blaze (2018 Movie)
Motown Unreleased 1969 - Various
O'Jays - Last Word

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Greatest Halloween Songs

Greatest Halloween Songs

1.  Thriller - Michael Jackson
2.  Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
3.  I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
4.  Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
5.  (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
6.  Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
7.  Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
8.  Time Warp - Rocky Horror Cast
9.  Theme From "Halloween" - John Carpenter
10.  Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
11.   Nightmare On My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
12.  Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
13.  Season of the Witch - Donovan
14.  Pet Sematary - Ramones
15.  Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
16.  Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
17.  Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
18.  Theme from "Twilight Zone" - Jerry Goldsmith
19   Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
20.  Hell's Bells - AC/DC
21.  I Was A Teenage Werewolf - Cramps
22.  What's He Building In There? - Tom Waits
23.  Lucifer - Alan Parsons Project
24.  Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo 
25.  Theme From "Psycho" - Bernard Herrmann
26.  Toccata and Fugue in D Minor -   Bach
27.  Theme From "Addams Family" - Vic Mizzy
28.  In The Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg
29.  I Walked With A Zombie - Roky Erickson
30.  Theme From "Munsters: - Jack Marshall
31.  Nature Trail To Hell - Weird Al Yankovic
32.  Dream Within A Dream/Raven - Alan Parsons Project
33.  Witch Queen of New Orleans - Redbone
34.  (Ghost) Riders In The Sky - Johnny Cash
35.  Spooky - Classics IV
36.  Welcome To My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
37.  Dinner With Drac - John Zacherle "Cool Ghoul"
38.  Fire On High - ELO
39.  Surfin' Dead - Cramps
40.  Halloween - Misfits
41.  In The Hall Of The Mountain King - ELO
42.  Lucifer - Alan Parsons Project
43.  Jack the Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch
44.  Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
45.  Goo Goo Muck - Ronnie Cook
46.  Knoxville Girl - Louvin Brothers
47.  Witchy Woman - Eagles
48.  Boris the Spider - Who
49. Halloween - Siouxsie & the Banshees
50. Night of the Vampire - Roky Erickson
51. Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
52. Dragula - Rob Zombie
53. Heartbreak Hotel - Jacksons
54. Spooktacular Finale - Spike Jones
55. Whistlin' Past The Graveyard - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
55. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
56. Bo Meets the Monster - Bo Diddley
57. Spooky - George Barnes
58. Race With The Devil - Gene Vincent
59. Downbound Train - Chuck Berry
60. Zombie Zoo - Tom Petty
61. Shadow Knows - Coasters
62. Blob - Five Blobs
62. Creep - Three Suns
63. Supernature - Cerrone

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Playlist for 10/24

Daniel Johnston - This Is (Spotify Playlist)
Muffs - s/t
Robert Fripp - Exposure
Jeremy Iver - Dream and the Dreamer
Prince - Versace Experience
Sherman’s Showcase (IFC TV Series)
Black Girls Rock 2019 (BET Special)
Classic Albums: Carly Simon - No Secrets (Documentary)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Playlist for 10/18

Country Music (PBS Ken Burns Documentary)
Country Music: Live at the Ryman (PBS Concert)
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music - Various (1981 Box Set)
Brittany Howard - Jaime
Big Family: Story of Bluegrass Music (PBS Documentary)
Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways - Various
Classic Old -Time Music From Smithsonian Folkways - Various
William Tyler - Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Session
Hip Hop Evolution Season 3 (Netflix Documentary)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Music Critics & The Rock Hall (Updated 2019 Edition)

I first posted this a few years back.  Not surprisingly, none of the names below were inducted. But you would think that the Rock Hall would do what the Baseball and Football Hall's do, and have a writer's wing to honor journalists.  There have been quite a few critics/journalists who have helped shape the way Rock music has been presented and perceived.

I actually thought of this back in 2006:
Music Critic Hall of Fame?

It's an interesting idea, and unless you count Jann Wenner, there are no music-related writers in the Rock Hall.  And in one of his exit interviews from the Hall, Wenner also believes there should be an award for music journalists.

Listed in no particular order:

Ralph J. Gleason - Co-founded Rolling Stone, and one of the first writers to cover Rock and Roll.

Dave Marsh -  Wrote for Creem, Rolling Stone and other magazines.  Has written many music books. One of the most controversial Rock critics.  Former member of the Rock Hall Nominating Committee.

Robert Christgau - The self-proclaimed "Dean of American Rock Critics", his monthly Consumer Guide changed the way records were reviewed by future critics and music magazines. Wrote for Village Voice, Rolling Stone and others.

Ellen Willis - From 1968-1975 was Pop music critic for the New Yorker.  One of the first women Rock critics and one of its more influential ones through her many writings on music, politics and culture.

Greil Marcus - Although he wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone, it is probably through books like 1975's Mystery Train that Marcus made his biggest impact.  His music books were almost scholarly takes that few at the time were writing on Rock music.

Peter Guralnick - His many books on music covering genres like Country, Soul and Rock not only garnered acclaim, but set a standard for numerous other authors to follow.

Robert Hilburn - As chief Pop Music critic of the LA Times, Hilburn gave a distinctive West Coast flavor to music criticism. Former member of the NomCom.

Nat Hentoff - One of the most famous Jazz critics. He also wrote about Blues and Country music in a career that lost over a half century

Joel Selvin - Longtime San Francisco Chronicle critic (from 1972-2009). Like Hilburn, gave a West Coast opinion when the East Coast seemed to dominate the discussion.

Robert Palmer - Author of the acclaimed Deep Blues and Rock & Roll: An Unruly History.  He also appeared in the NY Times, Rolling Stone.  Produced Blues albums and made his own, too.

Jon Pareles - Chief music critic for the NY Times.  Also wrote for Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Crawdaddy.

Lester Bangs - Probably the most famous music critic. His writings in Creem and Rolling Stone had a huge impact on future critics.

Gloria Stavers - One of the first women to write about Rock music during her tenure as Editor-In-Chief of 16 magazine.

Lillian Roxon - Her Rock Encyclopedia was the first of its kind.  And she was one of the first women to write about Rock music in the 60's.

Nelson George - Wrote columns in Billboard and The Village Voice, and his books covering R&B and Hip Hop are widely acclaimed.  Has branched out into film work as a Producer and Director on African-American issues. Former NomCom member.

Richard Meltzer - His 1970 book The Aesthetics of Rock was one of the first Rock books that became an influential bible to many future critics.

Jane Scott - For 40 years was music critic for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.  One of the first women to cover Rock and Roll during its early years.

Lisa Robinson - Started her career in 1969 and from there wrote for Creem, New York Post, New Musical Express, Vanity Fair.  Was one of the creators of Rock Scene from 73-82.

Kurt Loder -  A somewhat overlooked name from music critic's golden years, mostly because he is more well-known for his stint on MTV.  In the 70's/80's wrote for Circus before heading to Rolling Stone from 79-87.  Joined MTV in 1988.  Former NomCom member.

Paul Williams - Created Crawdaddy, which was the first Rock magazine.

Nick Tosches - From the Lester Bangs school of Rock journalism, he wrote for Creem, Rolling Stone and others.  Also published great books on Country music and the Unsung Heroes of Rock.  His bio of Jerry Lee Lewis is an essential read.

Ben Fong-Torres - One of Rolling Stone magazines first writers.  Also appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.

John Rockwell -  Influential when he was the NY Times' chief Pop Music Critic.

David Fricke - Longtime critic for Rolling Stone, where he has written about a wide range of genres.  Current NomCom member.

Nick Kent - One of England's most influential critics.  Wrote for the New Musical Express and then lots of freelance work.

Jon Savage - Renown for being one of the first to write about Punk music in the 70's.  Wrote what is considered the definitive book on Punk, England's Dreaming.

Legs McNeil - Co-founder of Punk magazine, and author of music books on that genre as well as other music magazines.

Barney Hoskyns - British music critic who has written for tons of English magazines/newspapers as well as American ones.  Runs the website Rock's Backpages.

Ira Robbins - Co-founder of Trouser Press magazine, which was one of the first magazines to cover New Wave & Alternative Rock in the late 70's/early 80's.  Later on the Trouser Press books on those genres became essential for any music lover.

Cameron Crowe - Before the movies, he was a writer at Rolling Stone.  His movie, Almost Famous,  is mostly about his teenage years writing for Rolling Stone.

Joel Whitburn - He's not a music critic, just the #1 record collector of chart records in the world.  But it's his Billboard chart books that every music critic and chart fan has to have on their shelf.  Before the Internet these books were a must have for radio stations, DJ's, Industry people and chart nuts like me.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Playlist for 10/12

George Jones - United Artists Rarities
George Jones - Sings Like The Dickens
George Jones - Sings The Hits of His Country Cousins
Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed - Me and Jerry
That'll Flat Git It Vol. 1 - Various (Bear Family)
That'll Flat Git It Vol. 2 - Various (Bear Family)
That'll Flat Git It Vol. 4 - Various (Bear Family)
That'll Flat Git It Vol. 31 - Various (Bear Family)

Monday, October 07, 2019

Playlist for 10/7

Sheryl Crow - Threads
Trisha Yearwood - Every Girl
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell
Sheer Mag - Distant Call
Killing Joke - s/t  (1980)
Paul McCartney - Amoeba Gig (Live)
Missy Elliott - Iconology EP

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Playlist for 10/1

Elvis Presley - American Sound (5CD Box Set)
Hitsville: Making of Motown (Documentary)
Fosse/Verdon (TV Mini-series)
Daisy Age - Various (Ace)
Kaiser Chiefs - Duck
Ty Segall - First Taste
Buckingham Nicks - s/t
Mark Knopfler - Live Newcastle 5/19/19
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