We Lost Another Great – Wayback Wednesday

I’m calling this “The Year The Music Died,” cuz, holy crap, enough already. This time, the country/folk genre sustained a huge loss with the passing of Guy Clark.

No, he’s not a household name like Bowie, but he was no less important or influential. He recorded 15 albums between 1975-2013, and his songs were performed by artists such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ashley Monroe, and David Allan Coe.

Ray Wylie Hubbard said “LA Freeway and Desperados – they were like [Sam] Peckinpah movies, they were that powerful.”  I’d have to agree with that. I mean these lyrics really set the scene: He’d take me with him to a bar, called the Green Frog Cafe and there were old men, with beer-guts and dominoes lying about their lives while they play.

Rest in peace, Guy Clark. You’re finally off that L.A. Freeway.

 

Love and kisses.

Tuesday Tracks

So, The Posies released Solid States last Friday and I shared a song from that record on the same day, which I really like. But I like this one better:

Squirrel Vs. Snake

I’ve always liked this band, and I’m sad that Joe Skyward, the bassist, died last month, so soon after the drummer, Darius Minwalla, passed away.  I’m hoping that Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow continue as a duo.

Let’s remember their biggest hit single, while we’re at it.

That’s all, folks.

Love and kisses.

 

New Music This Week

I have been remiss in presenting the new music lately, I know, and I apologize. BUT THIS WEEK, OMG.

Pick of the Week

Cyndi Lauper – Detour

New Cyndi Lauper and it is the twangy version of Cyndi, all dressed up with duets and everything.  I have not heard the disc in its entirety yet and allmusic critics (bless their hearts) have slapped three stars on it, while users appreciate it a bit more.  Be your own judge. Here’s “Funnel Of Love,” written by Charlie McCoy and Kent Westberry.

Notable

Julianna Barwick – Will  Great yoga workout music! Hey, we NEED that. Actually, I’m doing the talented Julianna a disservice by saying that, but her music is just so calming.

The Rides – Pierced Arrow  Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg are at it again, and I dig it. They don’t have a video for a single from the new album, but here’s their promo for the new album. Guitar-centric rocking blues. YES.

Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Things That We Are Made Of   I have to admit: it’s been awhile since I bought a Mary Chapin Carpenter record, but I’ve always loved her soothing voice and intelligent songs.  (Did you know she’s Harry Chapin’s fifth cousin? OMG, be still my genealogical heart.)

Joanna Brouk – Aurora  A composer of ambient music (more yoga!) and an early electronics pioneer. This recording is a compilation of her work. Beautiful.

The Posies – Solid States You didn’t know they were still out there? Neither did I!

Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land Or Bust This is ass-kickin’.

Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes I really like this  poppy song.

That wraps it up for this week.

Love and kisses to all, especially all of the moms. Happy Mother’s Day!

#TBT The Blues Brothers

The best fake/real band ever! According to Nerdist.com, Dan Ackroyd and Judy Belushi are trying to reboot The Blues Brothers as an animated series produced by Bento Box Entertainment, the people behind “Bob’s Burgers” on Fox and “Glove and Boots” on YouTube. You know I’ll be watching if it gets anywhere on tv or the internet.

But, for now, we must wait and rejoice in what we already have and love about Jake and Elwood.  Let’s hit it because we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.

 

Love and kisses.

Wayback Wednesday

In which we set the Wayback Machine for  50 years ago, when I was 8 going on 9…

Of course, I can’t believe I’m this old and have been loving this song for 50 years. It’s one of those songs that moves you to jump to your feet and unashamedly dance your butt off. Wait, THAT’S NOT JUST ME, IS IT?

If you’re reading this post at work, just dance in your office chair. C’mon, nobody will notice, not even that creepy guy that stares at your when you walk by to head to the break room.

From 1966, clocking in at 2 minutes, 28 seconds, here’s the number one hit song from the April 30 Billboard chart.

“Good Lovin'” – The Young Rascals

 

 

New Music Friday

I still can’t believe that Prince is not ever going to walk this earth again, and that we lost him just shy of 4 months after we lost Bowie.

Pick of the Week:

Honestly, I don’t know what to pick, since this week’s releases are kind of meh. So I’ll go with this.

Wire – Nocturnal Koreans  This cut, “Internal Exile”, is quite Pink Floydish.

Notable:

Rufus Wainwright – Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets   An interesting concept and who doesn’t love the soaring vocal talent of Rufus Wainwright?

Guided by Voices – Please Be Honest  Yes, Robert Pollard plays all of the instruments on this record. ALL OF THEM. Honest.

Nicolas Godin – Contrepoint – DEBUT album. It’s a bit electronic for my taste, but still, it’s kind of cool.

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – La Arana Es La Vida  This one cooks!

What, what?

Candlebox – Disappearing in Airports  What year is this? Hmm, this is not a bad song at all.

 

That wraps it up for this week. See you next Tuesday.😉

Love and kisses.

Wayback Wednesday

I missed Tuesday tracks AGAIN, so here is an offering from the past to cheer you up. Since I played the 80’s Challenge on Facebook and there was no way to include ALL of the great tunes of that decade, here’s another one. Actually, here’s a twofer from the great Joe Jackson.

This one is for my 19-year-old kiddo:

Then this one, which is one of my favorite of his songs.

PROGRAM NOTE: No Friday post this week, but there is new music. PJ Harvey has “The Hope Six Demolition Project,” Sam Beam’s releasing, “Love Letter for Fire,” and Graham Nash’s latest, “This Path Tonight” is also dropping on Friday.

Catch you next week.

Love and kisses!

New Music Friday

The new phone book is here! Oop, I mean the new music is here!

Pick of the Week:

 

Janiva Magness – Love WIns Again  Fathead Records  High time I picked some ballsy blues. Janiva’s been on my radar for awhile, and her 2014 album, Original, was the first released on her very own label.

 

 

Notable:

 

The Dandy Warhols – Distortland  Dine Alone Records – Hell, yes, this has a great groove going.

 

 

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

 

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is

 

 

Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack

 

 

The Rest:

 

Peter Wolf – A Cure For Lonliness

 

 

Parquet Courts – Human Performance

 

 

Niki & The Dove – Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now – Sounds like it would be right at home in 1984.

 

Love and Kisses!

 

Wayback Wednesday

Tuesday Tracks was overlooked yesterday due to (you pick one):

  1. My dog ate my homework
  2. lack of sleep
  3. too much birthday cake
  4. some of the above

Instead, I’ll give it up for an old song, but it needs to be one that, when it plays on the radio, perks you up and causes  you to sing along. (That’s not just me, right?)

 

I love how they are goofing off in this, knowing that the camera is rolling while they lip synch.

Love and kisses.

New Music Friday

Don’t believe anything today except this: there is new music out today and it includes Cheap Trick.

Pick of the Week

Andrew Bird – Are You Serious  Loma Vista Records  Bonus with this song: Fiona Apple!

Notable

Cheap Trick – Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello  Big Machine Records  They’re about to be inducted into the Popular Music Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and they’re releasing another album, the first since 2009.  Judging from this first single release, they still rock. (NOTE: this is not the official video, but it’s pretty cool.)

Bibio- A Mineral Love Warp Records  I could draw a bath and turn this on and really, really relax.

Starwalker – Starwalker  Bang Records  I heard the first song on the record, “Holidays” and thought it’d be a great Christmas ad. This one is nice and electro-poppy.

The Rest

Explosions In the Sky – The Wilderness  Temporary Residence Records

The High Violets –  Heroes & Halos   Sainte Marie

Finally, this….

Love and kisses!