Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
As everyone knows, i love following rules of play ;} so let me make a suggestion for the metaBeats rdio account. Use the queue feature to see what is about to be played, lay down some tracks in the queue or an album if you wish. You can insert and move items around in the queue if you want. I think using the queue will add to the workability of the site when being used by multiple browsers at once.
To add items to the queue, hover over the + symbol of a track or album and select "add to queue" from the drop down ...for those who have not figured it out yet.
To view the queue, go to the player on the left of the browser and you will find it to the right of the rw, pause/play,ff buttons.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Once you get over the fact that nothing you're listening to on the site is ever private....oh wait, you can't get over that? Well, than this site might not be for you. But if you can, well, it's a bit of a blast. Not just because it's fun to watch Marc add music to his account with the speed and intensity of a washed up tv actor from a shitty tv show going through an eight ball of coke. But because this type of social format offers, in a far more visual, intuitive, and user-friendly way, one of the most compelling features of Napster back in the day: the ability to see what's in someone else's music collection.
I'm listening to Ogden's Nut...by the Small Faces. While doing so (though I should be going back to working on a powerpoint slide) I instead click on the profile of others who have recently listened to this or have saved in their collections, and see if they come up with any good suggestions for me as to what to listen to next. Stu alert: both Fairport Convention and Glen Campbell come up, which leaves me to suspect that you have signed up under an alias.
Kind of a more hands-on approach to the 'Recommended if you Like' algorithm. They're edging closer to getting $10 out of me.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Have to admit, this is the first time I can claim I've heard 'Phasors on Stun' (or at least had it pointed out to me before or while listening to it...doubtless I must have heard it sometime on Q107). Though the synth sound is definitely of its era, the song still stands the test of time. Odd that you can't get it on itunes. Seems they do offer a few FM albums but not the one you mentioned, Mike. Brian, am happy to learn more and receive a disc at an upcoming music event.
Stu, agree that I'll probably want to listen to Elliott Smith in 20 years but would I necessarily want to listen to Pantha du Prince? Or Avi Buffalo? Or a few others that I enjoyed in 2010 but may not in 2030. I ask because, while I'm pretty certain I'm still want to own my music going forward, I'm not certain that I want to own all of it. Or rather, that I don't necessarily need to own all of it.
Last night I installed the Rdio iphone app and started playing around with the free 7-day account that I set up. I discovered I could not only stream to the phone, which was semi-useful, as I can of course connect this to the stereo and play through the house. But I also noticed I could sync/save songs to the device itself to play even when not connected to the internet. I noticed that the new Wye Oak album was a featured new release so I saved it and listened to it on the way into work this morning. First listen: pretty good, similar to what we heard last summer live. I also saved the new R.E.M. and, because Derek played this for me recently, 'Crocodiles' by Echo & the Bunnymen, which I do not currently own.
Perhaps I'll want to buy the Wye Oak album so I can do with it what I please--put songs on mixed cds, hoard digitally as long as my media will hold, put on a smaller ipod shuffle, mp3 player, etc.--but do I need to? Am I better off taking the $9.99 I'd pay for the single disc and use it to listen to as many (within reason and limits of availability, of course) discs as I'd like, knowing that some of these will only appeal to me in the short term anyway? It may be worth it to spend $10 a month to essentially sample what's new, rediscover what's old.
Still testing but it may be an interesting way to discover new music, and Mike, since you have another $12 you're no longer forking over to emusic, you may wish to explore this option. Warning though: they do not have 'Phasors on Stun' by FM either.
Monday, March 21, 2011
So thanks for your lists, I have borrowed liberally from them in pulling together the tome. Perhaps I will customize a couple for each blogger when we next get together. Which is when?
As for the streaming service...unlike movies , one tends to want multiple repeated listens , much more so then a movie ..... Also, as with emusic the company can lose contracts with a label so that you couldnt listen to a ceratin Eliott Smith album 20 years from now, which is what i image I will still be doing...
Perhaps something like this from these guys would be the way to go then. Came across the article in this morning's G&M. Lots of points of discussion here....from 'renting' vs. 'owning' to the apparent finding that young music fans prefer the sound of mp3s to vinyl or cds....
At any rate, I signed up for a free 7-day trial so will let you know what it's like. Of course, if I were in Stuart's magical office, it would always been free. :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Truth be told, the thing i find wonderful about a road trip is that, for us, it affords a different luxury of time ....time to listen to things you might not otherwise listen to ...sometimes looking for a diversion from a repetitive landscape, sometimes looking for comforts of the recognizable, sometimes at peace with the solitude of your thoughts. I love the time you have in car to listen to music and reflect upon it differently, ...whether it be an epically long tracks that you don't usually spin, or, the silence song of the landscape.
I must also admit to the love of the radio in the car. I love the temporal quality of moving through the reaches of radio station. It's signal grows and fades through a rolling landscape ...christian rock in Nebraska (or anywhere else you are likely to hear it in the US) (ok, i can only take a moment or two of it) or NPR in Vermont or alt college in Alaska.
I love listening to the voices of CBC; tuning in to an interesting program and fretting as all seems lost in static as the miles pass, only to scramble and find it half way up the dial again. I love listening to the Canadian broadcaster when we are coming home from a long trip, driving through the expansive mid west and catching it drifting across the border ...or having packed away a wet tent in the morning because it's be raining for far too many nights and i just want to be home ...I love the fact that i can pick it up in the states, try as they might, the boarder patrols and rein it in!
For me, there was something very surreal about our drive up to northern BC, the Yukon and Alaska. It was very far from home and yet somehow in retrospect i very much felt at home. I think radio does that (at least fm radio as apposed to satellite). By it's very nature it is somehow localizing and uniting at the same time. You become more a part of a place that you are in by listening to the same radio, the same new and whether that the locals are listening to.
I find we often throw on our music when we get bored with the radio (or each other), rather than the other way around.
While I work on this I have to wonder if anywhere here (esp. Bri) picked up Yuck? For those looking for a 90s itch to be scratched, look no further. Sweet harmonies, distortion, etc.
Also, Marc, Braids. Yes, picked it up a month ago or so and it took me a couple of listens but am definitely into it now. Interesting and varied album.
Re road tunes here is a widely varied selection as I find I need that kind of range from hard driving to slower on a long trip... they also tend to be a bit older as now a long trip in the car involves kids and they like the classics a lot of the time... :
Whichitah Lineman... Glen campbel
Phasors on Stun... FM
If I had a boat Lyle Lovett
california 1.... Decemberists
Goin Underground .. jam
carey... Joni M.
4 Winds ... Bright eyes
The watchmans Gone Gorden lightfoot.( If you dont know this song you should)
Do you know the way to san Jose... bacherach
This Chraming man
I dont think this works as a playlist, so these would be highlites in a longer playlist better organized...
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Joseph A. Morello July 17 1928 - March 12 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Hawkeye, Alan Parsons Project
The Friends of Mr. Cairo, Jon and Vangelis
Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen
London Calling, The Clash
Bitch, The Rolling Stones
Devil’s Haircut, Beck
Rebellion (Lies), Arcade Fire
Girlfriend is Better (live), Talking Heads
Watching the Detectives, Elvis Costello
Right Stuff, Bryan Ferry
Broken, Tears for Fears
When the Rainbow Comes, World Party
As for guilty pleasures - I've got lots of those. John Denver for example: I love his voice and his sense of melody. Neil Diamond was another guilty pleasure for years, but after a couple of cool covers of his tunes were released, he no longer has the same stigma. The aforementioned Alan Parsons Project - I've got 9 of his albums and I still enjoy listening to them. I have a Carpenters album - I really don't like all that many of their songs, but I think Karen Carpenter's voice is lovely.
But the Eagles are not a pleasure for me, guilty or otherwise. I can't explain it - I agree with Brian that their vocal work is beautiful, and their guitar playing is excellent. Their songwriting is reasonably sophisticated and varied. This is a band that I really should like, by all of the criteria that I use to judge music. But I don't. I've done a lot of campfire guitar strumming over the years, and the Eagles is one of the most often requested bands in those environments, but I've never learned one of their tunes. I've strummed and sang along while others play them, but even while I'm doing that, I don't find them engaging for some reason. I really can't explain it.
As a final note here - I've come to the point where I'm going to cancel my emusic membership. I don't find enough music on their site that I really want to download any more. I'm currently paying $11.99 a month for which I receive a total of $24.50 in credits. It seems a shame to let that deal go. It occurred to me that one of you could take it over (if you wish). You'd have to log in with my email address, but you could change the password and the credit card info, and keep the account live. If anybody is interested, let me know.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Lots of catching up to do so here goes.
The classical / jazz floor in Sunrise has been there since at least last summer. I've been in there several times and have been inclined to head upstairs and it has been lights out / doors closed. Yes it wont be around very long. In the rare occasion when I am in Sunrise I no longer make the effort to even check it out.
Brian, no I don't love the Beatles yet. I can say with all honesty I never have the slightest inclination to put on their music, but I totally understand why they are revered. As for "Hey Jude" it is a brilliant song. Sorry Marc but to say that it is the worst Beatles song ever is just ridiculous.
Kyle if nobody else has put a claim in yet I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the following discs: Beck - Midnite Vultures, both Built to Spill discs, Digable Planets, Grandaddy's - Sophtware Slump, The Complete Stone Roses, and XTC - Apple Venus.
As for artists we like who we find too embarrassing to mention to the cool kids I can think of a couple. Enya & Abba being the two most prominent. I don't come to Abba as part of the revival from about 5 years ago. I was a full fledged Abba lover in their heyday buying each record as it hit the stores. Cheese perhaps but songs like "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Name of the Game" were pretty great. Loved the two pronged female attack and totally had the 13 year old hots for Agnetha Faltskog.
And yes Marc that is definitely the Duckman on track #13. It actually sounds like Mickey is singing lead on that one especially late in the track.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Bri, wasn't shitting on you but on the Eagles. Get that they are accomplished musicians but why put all that effort into sounding half assed? I say this as someone not completely immune to the charms of the genre, loving, as I do, the beautiful harmonic strains of America and Fleetwood Mac. But we'll agree to disagree for now. Or settle by knife fight.
It's hard to credibly pivot from a dissing of one band to an admission of a guilty pleasure ("So you don't like the Eagles but you like X?! Are you kidding me?!?") so I'll wait until Derek chimes in. I'll also work on a few less smart ass, god-themed driving songs. Did enjoy Deeman's choice of both 'Motor Away' by GBV and 'Faron Young' by Prefab.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I love the song to death - perhaps it's my romantic inner self coming out, but HJ really works for me. In terms of (mixed) critical acclaim, I think for no other reason then being perhaps the first (and I still put it up with the best) modern power ballad (MPB), it deserves to be at the top. The MPB template hasn't changed since - the earnest solo-accompanied singer building over several minutes to the big all-band crescendo with multi-layered vocals. Myriad examples of this style, from Dream On, or Lightning Crashes, even Stairway, though Plant and Page couldn't resist pounding it out at the end. And HJ was the first (as an aside, Derek, do you love the Beatles yet?) I also admire the way Macca sings the number (come on, it's amazing), the melody is gorgeous, and the production is unbelievable. 10 out of 10*.
Re the Eagles, hey, don't shit all over me, I admitted up front they were uncool and embarrassing. But, I do take exception to some of Kyle's points (and so begins my effort to convice you of SOME merit of this music, KP). First off, there's nothing half assed about the Eagles. If anything, it's all craftmanship and no heart. They were a rare band that could both play really well (great guitar players) and sing beauitfully, with multiple lead vocalists. So in that way they were actually outstanding. And as a relic of the coke-addled California scene from the seventies, they are historically (almost) important. The sixties ended, and with it seemed to go much of the "seriousness" of music. Certainly in Cali - where great bands like the Byrds and Buffalo Springfiled engendered The Eagles, and Poco (though also briefly CSNY, thank God). Anyway, whether it's them, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, America, yadda yadda they were part of a major movement. There were a gazillion bands below the surface making that rocking country music, but The Eagles were the exemplar. Their song have great melody, awesome (though a tad polished) singing, interesting-enough lyrics, and perhaps most importantly, great variety. And nostalgia has a strong pull - you could't grow up in the seventies without hearing the Eagles ad nauseum. Their songs are well constructed and beautifully played, and when you're a kid, good pop stylings are highly effective! So while it's true that I can no longer separate my longing for simple years of early teenagedom from my adult ability to filter out vacuous music, I will say that I genuinely enjoy when a bunch of their songs come on. I tend to prefer the more country influenced ones (I'm a bit more into that genre that KP it would seem) - so I would suggest Lyin' Eyes, Take it to the Limit, and Peaceful Easy Feeling (I would have suggested Take it Easy but....). True Confessions - I actually really like Best of My Love, which was a huge cross-over hit on easy listening radio. Ouch. But hey a great song is a great song. Stuart, Mike, I feel a need for some defense here!! Help!
Thanks for the driving-tune ideas, I am beginning to compile and will post up my final list. Would still love to hear from Mike G and Stu, and a less God-like Kyle. And is anyone else planning to throw out a guilty pleasure? Duran Duran is too simple (and almost retro cool), so doesn't count. Something truly questionable.
*from "Brian Doyle's Record Rater", 2010 edition.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Springsteen, Open all night
Deep Purple, Highway Star
Mike Ness, I’m in Love with My Car
Golden Earring, Radar Love
Doors, Roadhouse Blues
Ramones, I’m Affected
Stooges, Search and Destroy
Lou Reed, Dirty Boulevard
Garbage, Only Happy when it Rains
The Grass Roots, Midnight Confession
Traffic, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Dire Straits, Southbound Again
Neil Yong, Southern Man
Dylan, Tangled Up In Blue
Joni Mitchell, California
Neil Youn, Cowgirl in the Sand
Lynard Skynard, Freebird or Sweet Home Alabama
Allman Brothers Band, Ramblin Man
Dylan, Desolation Row
Arcade Fire, Anarchist Television Blues
U2, In God’s Country
Charlie Daniels Band, The Devil Went down to Georgia
Ram Jam, Black Betty
CCR, Who Will Stop the Rain
Who, Going Mobile
Friday, March 04, 2011
As for road songs here's my suggested mix.
Mr Mirainga - 57 South
Screaming Blue Messiahs - Jesus Chrysler drives a dodge
Superchunk - Precision Auto
Guided by Voices - Motor Away
Plugz (Repo Man s/t) - Hombre Secreto
Jazz Butcher - Groovin in the Bus Lane
The Fall - Hit the North (wrong direction but still a great driving song)
It's Immaterial - Driving Away from Home
Hunters & Collectors - Breakneck Road
Prefab Sprout - Faron Young
Go Betweens - Here comes a city
The Woodentops - Travelling Man
Buzzcocks - Fast Cars
The Jam - Precious
Teardrop Explodes - Reward
Given the backstory, I assume you’re looking for a playlist like this:
1) Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode (sorry Johnny but the driving beat of the original is better suited to the road)
2) Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
3) Touched by the Hand of God - New Order
4) Godless – Dandy Warhols
5) Jesus Walks – Kanye West
6) Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam – The Vaselines
7) Jesus, Etc. - Wilco
8) In God’s Country – U2
9) God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
10) Dear God – XTC (in case the buddy would like to a second opinion)
There are, of course, more and possibly better ‘devil’ songs, which goes some way to buttressing Bart Simpson’s contention that all the really cool musicians are affiliated with Satan.
As for the Eagles, my only reaction is: shudder.
A few bars of a song like "One of These Nights", admittedly one of their better efforts, with the comfort of a second pint and a belly full of greasy pub fare, is not the same as having to endure an entire album of the stuff. It's dreary, it's half-assed. No, it's not quite dreadful as aging frat-boy slapdash fare like Jimmy Buffet but it's on the same end of that continuum.
Sometimes an artist is unfairly assigned to the uncool camp and I believe your spirited defense of Paul McCartney a few months back was both thoughtful and convincing. He is unfairly derided as being the shallow while Lennon was deep. But the Eagles are no Macca and in fact swim solely in those shallow waters. A throwaway line here, underlined by a guitar lick and voila, 'Life in the Fast Lane'. 'Take it Easy', is easily one of the most boring songs of the 70s or any decade, which I attribute to the fact that the musicians playing it seem bored in so doing. 'Desperado' and 'Hotel C'? Very profound, in the same sense that smoking a joint and making a casual observation that sometimes life isn't what it seems is profound.
But perhaps I'm missing something. Though obviously highly opinionated on this band, I do have an open mind and am willing to be persuaded. Point me to something that will change my mind.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I'd like to pose a couple of questions to Metabeats Nation (sorry, but with the playoff run, I'm seeing everything through Leaf-coloured glasses), reflecting a conversation I had with my friend Glenn at lunch.
(1) "Road Songs" Glenn is going on a road trip with a buddy - who is a reformed alcoholic who has found Jesus, but still (or, to be fairer...."and") likes music and is a good lad - to the Masters in Augusta Georgia in April. They are doing the drive as one long event - day and night - and so Glenn, also a music lover, has decided he needs to put together a few CDs of good road music. I, of course, with oodles of time to spare in my personal life (ha!), offered to help.
So, Gentlemen of the Blog (plus Adam, 'cause I know you're reading this), my ask of you is to suggest your top 10 road songs, entirely without genre or timeframe (ie 40's, 60's 90's etc) limitations. If possible in the next few days, at which point I will begin compiling. Waiver: Thinly-veiled suggestions meant subtly to torture Glenn and his buddy may be eliminated.
(2) I don't like it (yes I do) - I found myself at lunch extolling the virtues (in an odd other-worldly voice that came from somewhere deep inside me) of The Eagles, and realized how fond I am of their big hits. Disaster was averted when Glenn, arms madly waving, broke me out of a trance in which I had worked up to the second chorus - in my own thin nasal like-way doing a mean Glenn Frey - of "One of These Nights", unaware of the incresingly brooding crowd of lunchers around me. Close call there.
Despite my buried passion for the seventies So Cal scene, it's probably fair to say that the Eagles are considered one of the least cool bands of all time. And yet, and yet. So I'd like to hear from you on which bands (and why) you are embarassed about loving?
Note: I also love (truly) much of the Monkees's oeuvre and the (early) Bee Gees so obviously don't embarrass easily.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Ash - 1977
4 Hero – 2 Pages
Antipop vs. Matthew Ship – Antipop Consortium
Armand Van Helden – 2Future4U
Back to Love Chillout Compilation
Badly Drawn Boy – Have You Fed the Fish
Badly Drawn Boy – Live @ Glastonbury
Badly Drawn Boy – One Plus One is One
Baxter Dury – Len Parrot's Memorial Lift
Beck – Midnight Vultures
Bluiett, Jackson, ElZabar – The Calling
Boogie Nights Soundtrack
Book of Love – Book of Love
Boy – Boy
Bright Eyes – Digital Ash
Bright Eyes – I'm Wide Awake
Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
Built to Spill – Ancient Melodies of the Future
Built to Spill – You in Reverse
Cafe Del Mar – Volumen Siete
Catherine Howe – What a Beautiful Place
Clap Your Hand Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
De La Soul – The Grind Date
Digable Planets – Reachin'
Do Make Say Think - & Yet & Yet
Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn Country...
Duran Duran – Decade
Erik Truffaz – Bending New Corners
Erik Truffaz – Revisite
Fembots – The City
Fiery Furnaces – Blueberry Boat
Fountains of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
Gomez – Abandonned Shopping Cart Trolley Hotline
Gomez – Bring It On
Good Will Hunting Soundtrack
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe
Grandaddy – Sumday
Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
Hayden – Everything I Long For
Hayden – Skyscraper National Park
High Fidelity Soundtrack
Hotel Costes 5
Ivy – Apartment Life
Jacqueline du Pre – Haydn Cello Concertos
Jaz Klash – Thru the Haze
Jazz Masters Verve Sampler
Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
Kos – Joyful Rebellion
Leaves – Breathe
Llorca – New Comer
Looper – The Geometrid
Lost in Translation Soundtrack
Luna – Romantica
Luna – The Days of Our Nights
Lush – Lovelife
Marc Moulin – Top Secret
Medeski Martin & Wood – Combustication Remix EP
Metalwood – The Recline
Moby – Everything I Do Is Wrong
New Order – Get Ready
Nifty – A Sparrow!
Outside – The Rough and the Smooth
Pernice Brothers – The World Won't End
Pernice Brothers – Yours Mine & Ours
Raising the Fawn – The Maginot Line
Ride – Tarantula
Rinocerose – installation sonore
Ron Sexsmith – Cobblestone Runway
Ron Sexsmith – Retriever
Saint Etienne – Good Humor
Saint Germain des Pres Cafe II
Sloan – Navy Blues
Snow Patrol – Final Straw
Soulive – Doin Something
South – From Here On In
Spiritualized – Songs in A & E
Tahiti 80 – Puzzle
Teenage Fanclub – Thirteen
The Best of Bob Dylan
The Best of Cookin' 2 Disc Compilation
The Complete Stone Roses
The Dandy Warhols – Welcome to the Monkey House
The Deadly Snakes – Porcella
The Essex Green – The Long Goodbye
The Flaming Lips – Fight Test
The In Sound from the Way Out – Beastie Boys
The Ladies and Gentlemen – Small Sins
The Last Days of Disco Soundtrack
The Rebirth of Cool Acid Jazz Compilation Volume Seven
The Sea and Cake – Glass
The Sea and Cake – Glass
The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth
The Tragically Hip – Phantom Power
Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man in Babylon
Thievery Corporation DJ Kicks
Tokyo String Quartet – Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Tosca – Suzu
Vlach Quartet Prague - Dvorak – Works for String Quartet Cypresses
Wayfaring Strangers – Ladies from the Canyon Compilation
West Indian Girl – West Indian Girl
What's Up Matador Compilation 1997
Wilco – A Ghost is Born
Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
XTC – Apple Venus
Zero 7 – Simple Things
While the All Music Guide's list of all those artists may or may not adequately describe the Decemberists to newcomers, one sad consequence of reading it was having 'Year of the Cat' stuck in my head all damn day.
I love the concept of the NPR first listen but unless it's portable, I'm rarely in the position to listen to an entire streamed album. But I'll do you one better, Deeman, and buy the PJ disc b/c you and others are giving it much praise.
Also, anyone unhappy about the absence of reading material here is welcome to post at any time, even if it's just to simply answer a direct question from another poster. :)