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Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Goodbye, Tina

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:38:37 -0000

Thanks, Ted.







Re: Death by Power Ballad: Elefante, “Young and Innocent”

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:10:17 -0000

Indeed. That's very cool that he responded to you. Thank you for sharing that -- another of life's mysteries solved! :^)




Re: Death by Power Ballad: Elefante, “Young and Innocent”

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:11:07 -0000

Well, THAT only took seven years to clear up! I don't know who you are, rwksict, but thank you!




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Death of a Lifer

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:36:58 -0000

Thank YOU, Lindsey. You all are in my thoughts.




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Death of a Lifer

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:36:21 -0000

Thank you, Carol. That means a lot. He was a great guy and is missed terribly. My condolences to you and your family.




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Death of a Lifer

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:06:34 -0000

Thanks for commenting, Lee Ann.




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Death of a Lifer

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:03:00 -0000

Thanks, Rich.







Re: The Friday Five: February 20, 2015

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:59:23 -0000

Rufus Wainwright, "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk." There are days when I need to hear this voice more than any other.

Luluc, "Reverie on Norfolk Street." One of the best records of 2014, and a largely unsung one at that.

Weezer, "Cleopatra." A sweet song from their last record. I need to give it a closer listen, cuz I don't think I gave it sufficient spins when it came out.

Black Sabbath, "Keep It Warm." Ian Gillan-led Sabbath is underrated, and very heavy.

The Clash, "Magnificent Seven." Sandinista! deserves more love than it gets.




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:15:59 -0000

Aw, shucks, Paco [blush].

You definitely need to check that out. It was a very cool, unexpected treasure.

All the best to you.




Re: The Third Day of Mellowmas: Inappropriate Apostrophe’s

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:06:26 -0000

I thought the same thing.

"Like berries on the vine
It gets sweeter all the time
Keepin' my Chriiiist
Chriiiiist
In Christmas ..."




Re: Popdose Giveaway: “The Beatles in Mono” Vinyl Box Set

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:04:27 -0000

rob@popdose.com.




Re: "Let Me Give the World to You"

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:54:19 -0000

Is this finally getting a proper release?




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Allman Brothers Band, “At Fillmore East” and “The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings”

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:17:14 -0000

Kathy J., from Lawrenceville, NJ is our winner! Congrats to Kathy and thanks to all for your entries.




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Allman Brothers Band, “At Fillmore East” and “The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings”

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:32:59 -0000

Thanks, Guy. Yeah, I'd-a spent another week writing about "Mountain Jam," but I had a deadline. :^)




Re: The Vinyl Diaries: Allman Brothers Band, “At Fillmore East” and “The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings”

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:31:58 -0000

Blues musicians of all stripes, stylistic inclinations, and levels of talent have taken up instruments for the purpose of laying their blues out there for extended bars 'n' measures, ever since Caveman Og and his Mighty Blues Pelt-Wearers held the first campfire jam a couple million seasons ago. I think East-West, particularly the title track, is a natural forebear of the Allman's sound. I can't prove Duane or Dickey or Gregg ever heard the record, but I'll betcha Tom Dowd did.

Ken "Zelig" Shane, have you ever written about those shows? Cuz I'd love to read your reminiscences, if you have any.




Re: The Friday Five: January 24, 2014

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:38:55 -0000

What a week. Washing it down with some cheap beer and some music. A lost Friday, to be sure. All right, shuffle -- whaddyagot?

Derek & the Dominos, "I Looked Away." Side One, Track One of the best-sequenced record ever. So soulful, the interplay between Clapton and the others, Bobby Whitlock in particular. Damn near perfect. Makes me wanna blow off the rest of this here shuffle and go listen to this in its entirety. But I won't. Onward ...

Bobby Womack, "Communication." The groove is nasty. The bass is nasty. Womack is nasty. "It's not the generation that keep tearin' down this nation." Goddamn. Just wicked, wicked stuff. I need me some of this on vinyl.

Toto, "Africa." A song I love, but after Bobby Womack, it sounds like ... well, like a buncha white studio musicians singing about Africa. Still, though ... The way the chorus lifts the song is pure L.A. genius.

Bee Gees, "Immortality (Demo)." A falsetto weeper from Tha Bruthahs Gibb, one they recorded with Celine Dion, but which I prefer in this version, sans Celine, who on her version sounds like a fourth Bee Gee, which makes things a little weird, cuz Andy was supposed to be the fourth Bee Gee, but Andy couldn't be there to defend his roster spot. Come to think of it, Andy and Celine might've sounded pretty good together on this ...

Sammy Hagar, "Let Me Take You There." One of Hagar's unfortunate late-period quasi-covers. One of my least favorite songs from his Livin' It Up record, which has nevertheless become a summer staple for me. Gimme enough tequila ...




Re: The Friday Five: January 10, 2014

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:28:14 -0000

Caspar Babypants, "Wild Wild Time." The nom de kindie of Chris Ballew, leader of the Presidents of the United States of America (of "Lump" and "Peaches" fame, back in the day). For about a year, I wrote about kindie and listened to a LOT of the stuff, and ol' Caspar was one of the best of 'em. Funny thing -- for a while I worked with a guy who counted the Presidents as his favorite band, and at the same time I was receiving review copies of Ballew's stuff, personally sent from Ballew himself. Michael Parr is quite familiar with the Babypants oevure, ain'tcha, Michael?

Brian Crain, "Song for Sienna." Blessed are the listeners of new age piano records, for theirs is the kingdom of calmness. I don't remember how I stumbled upon Mr. Crain's work (might've been on solopianoradio.com, which was a regular stop for me when looking for music to grade papers to), but I kinda dug it, enough to find and purchase several of his recordings. Production-wise, it's what you think it would be -- George Winston-ish (which is also ECM Keith Jarrett-ish) -- but I like Crain's melodies, in a love-theme-from-an-Eighties-movie-kinda way. It's background music that catches the attention, which makes it not very useful as background music. Which is probably why I stopped using it for grading.

Bob Dylan, "Tangled Up in Blue." I had a flashback this week, appropos of nothing, to senior year of high school, in an English class, reading from Bob Dylan: Lyrics, 1962-1985, which I'd picked up in England (in a convenient paperback -- I don't believe it ever made it to paperback here in the States). This was one of the selections I read. I think I also read "Tight Connection to My Heart" and "Every Grain of Sand." And my teacher asked me to read "Mr. Tambourine Man," too. Don't know why I thought of that scene, but there you have it.

Hall & Oates, "Family Man." Can't believe Mike Oldfied wrote this. Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield. Ommadawn Mike Oldfield. The hit, of course, was Hall & Oates'. H2O Hall & Oates. When they could do no wrong.

Ryan Adams, "Answering Bell." Oh, girl, I wish I knew you well. How many times has THAT sentiment crossed the mind?




Re: The Friday Five: January 3, 2014

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 20:23:39 -0000

Cold, cold, cold
Freezing, it was freezing in that hotel

A day late, but what the hell ...

Van Morrison, "Brand New Day." There are some records I never tire of, and Moondance is one of them. I wish I could liquify it and take a swig every so often. I think I'd feel more soulful most days, sexier every third swig, maybe more Irish as well. I'd certainly sing better, and I'd find myself surrounded by great background singers more or less constantly. Better still, I'd like to turn the record into a cloud that follows above me everywhere I go (instead of that black cloud that's up there now), and that plays one of ten great songs whenever I enter a room. That'd work nicely. Coulda used that shit when I was younger.

Bruce Springsteen, "Downbound Train." Born in the USA turns 30 this summer. The black-and-white-to-technicolor musical moment for an adolescent me. I absolutely HAVE to write about it, and I'm sure I will. "Now I work down at the carwash where all it ever does is rain." I've had that job.

David Gray, "Ain't No Love." I hope we hear more stuff from him this year. "Maybe that it would do me good / If I believed there were a god / Cut in the starry firmament / But as it is that's just a lie / And I'm here eating up the boredom / On an island of cement." Yes.

Johnny Cash, "Home of the Blues." If there is a God, I'm pretty sure he sounds like Johnny Cash.

Ramones, "Needles & Pins." Or maybe he sounds like Joey Ramone. Yeah, I think that'd be pretty cool.




Re: The Friday Five: December 20, 2013

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:39:31 -0000

Ho ho ho, y'all. A beery Friday night. You've been warned.

John Denver, "Annie's Song." The bravest words any man has ever sung: "You fill up my senses like a night in the forest." Because my God, you say that shit out loud, and you WILL be pilloried and ridiculed and sent to special schools where they provide you with therapy intended to knock the Denver right out of you. But this is beautiful, from the lyric to the swell of strings to the man's voice, how he touches that upper register so lightly, then hits it, hard. There are nights when he is missed in my house; this may be one of them.

Pavement, "Stop Breathin'." Savant Malkmus ... how did he come up with this shit? It's so nonlinear, lyrically, like damn near every one of his songs, Pavement, Jicks, whatever. I liked Crooked Rain Crooked Rain a lot.

Bruce Springsteen, "No Surrender." The anthem of my adolescence. Back in the day, I had a video in my head for this song. It took place at first, in a high school, during the intro sequence, on the last day of school before summer. Kids acting up, all pent-up energy, until someone pushes through the back door of the building ("Well we busted out of class ..."), leading to brief scenes of teenage hijinks, which fade in to a performance by the E Street Band, at some sort of local summer fair. Scenes intercut between the fair performance and the kids cutting up, through the first chorus. When the second verse starts ("Well now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold"), it's Springsteen, walking down a street, deserted but for the members of the E Street Band walking behind him. Cut to a scene of more summer adolescent activity ("And hear your sister's voice calling us home ...") until the next chorus, and the middle eight, where we're back on the small stage with the band. And then, for the last verse and choruses, we're at the 20-year reunion, with the band onstage, and the kids now grown up, reminiscing, dancing, introducing their spouses to people. In the end, no matter how many years have passed, it all comes back down to friendship, and to rock and roll. No retreat. No surrender.

James Newton Howard, "The Fishmarket." The fuck? Oh, the Prince of Tides soundtrack. Purchased for the last song on the thing, a Streisand number that still makes my fur rise when I hear it. The rest of the album ... whatever.

Melissa Etheridge, "You Can Sleep While I Drive." I've spent part of the middle and latter portion of 2013 revisiting in memory the period of roughly middle '89 through May '90, a portion of time I had long relegated to a creaky cabinet in the back of my mind. This song (and, really, the whole of Etheridge's Brave and Crazy album) played a big part in that period. I have a feeling that a good bit of 2014 will be given to continuing this quiet, dour reverie.




Re: The Friday Five: December 13, 2013

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:58:47 -0000

Deep Purple, "Highway Star." Recently came across a video of the band playing this song some point in the Nineties, right before Blackmore left the band for the final time. Apparently, Ritchie was throwing a fit about something or another backstage, and the band went out onstage and began this song without him -- he wasn't seen or heard until the first solo section, after the second chorus. Funny thing was, ya really didn't miss him much -- part of which was due to the secondary role of the guitar before that solo section, but largely it was due to the work of the late great John Lord (may he rock on in the afterworld forever), who held down his own part AND Blackmore's just fine. Oh, and shortly after ripping off a sensational solo (because he's Ritchie fucking Blackmore, temper tantrum or no), the gee-tar wizard threw a water bottle at a camera man, in a fit of pique. Of course, this version right here is off Machine Head, a classic hard rock record. A rippin' good shuffle-starter.

Dion, "I Know You Want Me." My vote for the greatest singer in the history of rock and roll, goes to one Dion DiMucci. From his doo-wop beginnings to his singer/songwriter trip in the Seventies, to the blues moves he's done for the last 15 years or so, there are few to match him, and (to these ears) no one to best him. This one is a blues tune, and as a song, it's pretty run-of-the-mill. But man, listen to that voice, that authoritative tone, that swagger, the way he wraps it around the rather rote lyrics, singing them like they came down from the mountain on stone tablets. Devastating, if you're not expecting it.

Ramones, "Blitzkrieg Bop." Adrenaline and fuzz and shouting and kick drum and stupidly profound lyrics and Joey's voice and you just know happiness is a pogo dance across the bar away.

Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, "The Way You Look Tonight." The way the horns dance with one another as the rest of the band mostly watches on ... It's a duet in the very truest sense of the word -- they bounce off one another, entwining only occasionally, and even then only briefly. Each takes a few bars to indulge in a little monologue, but the real magic happens when the horns converse. Both are so eloquent. I could listen to this stuff all night, and once I'm done here, I just might.

Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Burning of the Midnight Lamp." Electric Ladyland is such a mind-blower. The layering, the mix, the playing, the singing -- all of it. The singing isn't great here; it's really a tertiary concern, after the guitar playing and the strange psychedelic environment Hendrix constructs. The vocal is a little muddy, and because of the vocal's placement in the mix, is just fine.




Re: The Friday Five: December 6, 2013

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 09:34:31 -0000

There's a a lot to like on there. "Wouldn't You Like to Know Me" is probably my favorite -- it's another song that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Raspberries record. Just tuneful rock and roll with attitude to spare. There's some sap, sure, but it's a solid effort. Wish he'd-a done more in that vein.




Re: The Friday Five: December 6, 2013

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:16:33 -0000

Up on the house-top, nothing will pause There's no such thing as Santa ClausOh! Well, hello, friends! You just caught me performing my usual holiday service of rewriting Christmas classics in ways that ruin their inherent Christmas spirit. But you're not here to hear me do that, are you? No, let's talk Friday shuffle. Make yerselves at home. There's some wassail warming on the stove, or you could just grab a tallboy from the fridge. Have a seat. Let's see what we got here.Irene Cara, "Out Here on My Own." What's Irene Cara doing these days? Back in 1981, through, I don't know, 1984 or whenever her last hit came out, I'da invited her to sit on my sofa with some spiked wassail (I did mention the wassail is spiked, didn't I?) any old time, and I was in my pre-pubescence for a good portion of that period. This song is one of those showstoppers I'm surprised we don't hear more of anymore. Or maybe we do -- I don't watch American Idol or The Voice or Storage Wars or any of those other showstopper-type melismafests. It could be a top ten hit on those thingers.Gang of Four, "Ether." You know, when my grandpappy was still alive, we'd take an afternoon at some point over the holidays and just play the shit out of Entertainment! and Mission of Burma's Vs. and the half-dozen or so Husker Du singles Grandpappy would bring to the house. So whenever I hear Jon King sing, I think of those afternoons, pogoing around the living room, knocking over Mom's Precious Moments dolls. Grandpappy was a hella cool pogo-er.Pat Benatar, "Run Between the Raindrops." I'd have to hide my arena rock records from Grandpappy, cuz he'd make fun of me and call me a poseur if he saw them. And that was particularly hurtful, coming from a man I admired so (I wound up inheriting those Husker sides, so I know he truly loved me). So I'd go down to my room some nights and put on Seven the Hard Way and listen on my headphones. It wasn't a great record, but it did have this song, which would've likely been a great power ballad-like thing, were it not for the martial drum rolls going on pretty much constantly throughout the verses and choruses. It also had "Invincible," which came from the soundtrack of Legend of Billie Jean, which I thought was gospel back then -- after all, fair is indeed fair -- but which I find incredibly tacky now as a bitter middle-aged man.Paul Stanley, "It's Alright." Awesome. Paul Stanley, the album, Side 2, Song 1. I'm pretty sure Stanley's chest hair got a background vocal credit on this song. And well it should; that man-pelt had a life of its own. But this song is great -- woulda sounded great on any of the Raspberries records, too.Bob Dylan, "The Levee's Gonna Break." I like to listen to Dylan's last couple records on vinyl, because they sound like they were made to be listened to on technology that's just a step or three removed from whatever is considered modern. Wax cylinders, piano roll, whatever. Dylan is a walking, wheezing wax cylinder himself these days. I know some people don't dig the new stuff, and I know some people heap ridiculous praise on the new stuff; I fall somewhere in the middle. These songs seem like a patchwork of other songs -- Jazz Age-era tuneage, suburban blues, Appalachian hollers, countrypolitan yodels -- filtered through his voice, and played by a band that coulda given the California Ramblers a run for their money back in the Twenties. I suppose that's timeless, in that it'[...]



Re: The Friday Five: November 29, 2013

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:38:14 -0000

Aw, thanks.