The One Where I Apologize for Taking Over a Year Between Posts

Yes, last post was in February of 2017.

No excuses, but sincere apologies.

In that year, I’ve been listening to music, mostly via Sirius XM (don’t get me started on how they bungled The Loft.) I was a member of the Loft’s Facebook group and the spinoff Loft Refugees, but I quit them both since they devolved into bitch posts about how awful “the suits” are for taking away our treasured station and moving the on-air personalities to other stations. Oh yes, I’ll miss them all, but this has always been the way of radio. It’s a business and when business isn’t making the dough, decisions must be made to reverse the trend. It’s not pleasant, but until someone figures out how to pay the dj’s, pay for studios and electricity, and server space, etc., it’s the way it is. There’s public radio, but even those have constant requests for money via their never-ending pledge drives.

So, I spin Spotify and play my own library on Google music, and I just returned to amy beloved Radio Paradise. They play such an eclectic mix of music, and Bill and Rebecca, the hosts, are very laid-back and don’t interrupt very often. It’s “listener-supported” without the constant begging.

I’ve also discovered archive.org’s vast holdings of concert audio and other tasty delights. Here’s one from The Weepies, whom I’ll be seeing in Medford, MA in just a few weeks. This is from a show they did in 2015.

Love and Kisses.

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New Music Friday – The Bats

Jangle-rock band The Bats just released The Deep Set, their 11th studio album. Never heard of them? Well, it’s your lucky day then.

Here’s “No Trace”:

Love and kisses.

I Haz Regrettes

Well, at least I haz The Regrettes in my list of new music. The band is an LA-based punk outfit, and their sound is definitely punky with a 60’s garage-band twist. The new album, Feel Your Feelings Fool! is streaming on Spotify.  Here’s a taste:

“A Living Human Girl”

“Hot”

Love and kisses.

Upcoming – Tift Merritt

I’ve been a fair-to-middlin’ fan of Tift Merritt’s for awhile, never really grabbing on, even though I like her. It really is inexplicable, especially when I listen to her excellent 2004 album, Tambourine, which featured both Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.

Her latest, Stitch of the World will be released on the Yep Roc label at the end of the month, and this lovely little song is out in the cloud for preview.

“Love Soldiers On”

 

Love and kisses.

 

Best of 2016 – A Final Barrage of Tunes

This is one final barrage of goodness from 2016. Looking forward to another year of good tunes coming up, so happy, tuneful 2017!

Rogue Wave – “California Bride”

case/lang/viers – “Best Kept Secret”

Radiohead – “Burn the Witch”

M. Ward – “Confession”

Jeff Beck – “Right Now”

Cullen Omori – “Cinnamon”

Love and kisses!

Best of 2016 -Amos Lee

Holiday break is over.  Let’s get back to it, folks.

In a world where lesser talents (like Mr. Kardashian) get most of the attention, guys like Amos Lee (real name: Ryan Anthony Massaro) keep building and plugging away.  Since 2005, the guy has released 6 albums, had songs placed in films and television shows, and has supported tours for Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, and Norah Jones. He tours as a solo as well, mostly in clubs and cozy theaters. Not bad for a former second grade teacher.

Here’s “Vaporize” from his 2016 album, Spirit.

Love and kisses.