Yes it's safe to play Christmas music now although I donated about 20 assorted Christmas CDs to various charities last weekend. I just have no tolerance for Wonderful Christmas Time from Paul McCartney anymore than you do.
This weekend was another attempt to streamline my collection and donate
and try to fit on shelves as well as the vinyl collection which grew
like weeds to the point they were falling off the top shelf in the
closet. I finally found some use for that wobbly bookcase shelf that
always tilted to the right or left. Turns out if you cram it full of
records chances are that the weight of the LPs will even the bookcase
into the middle. This becomes a dilemma if you take too many albums
out. It may fall apart but maybe not.
The Soundtrack To Our Lives is calling it a day, they'll play some
Swedish farewell dates and fade into the night next month. Had their
first album, didn't think much of it but you could hear them on Little
Steven's Underground Garage once in a while.
When I lived in Marion years ago, there was an old lady named Winnie
that bought the old Evans house and lived there for about 25 years
before time and age forced her into a nursing home. She passed away
yesterday at age 99. She was one of my mom's friends.
Speaking of my Mom, we went to see Lincoln the movie at the Metroplex
Monday Afternoon. I'm not a big fan of going to any movie metroplex on
any afternoon, too many people and such was the case again. Had to say
I'm proud of my Mom, only had to shhh her four times during the movie.
It was more of a historical 2 hour marathon, Daniel Day Lewis did a good
Lincoln and Sally Field gets kudos for the role of Lincoln's wife.
Tommy Lee Jones almost steals the show. Not much on the action and I
found myself nodding off a little bit but it's worth seeing at the cheap
movie house to which I'm still trying to catch The Trouble With The
Curve move at Collins Rd Theater.
Average Temps are now under 40 degrees from now till March 3 here. Winter has begun.
1. I Keep Forgetting-Long John Baldry 1976 Mike McDonald had a hit
with this back in 1980 or 1981 but it was covered a few times. John
Baldry best known It Ain't Easy or King Of Rock And Roll but he's mostly
forgotten on the radio here although I've been known to play his
forgotten B side Hey Lord You Made The Night Too Long (co-written with
Reg Dwight aka Elton John) but he was a cult artist at best and later
found himself on various labels, this comes from the Welcome To Club
Casablanca which is on the Casablanca label.
2. Jungle Fever-Roy Hamilton 1958 It rocks. Trust Me.
3. Dazed And Confused-Led Zeppelin 2007 Taken from the Celebration
Day CD and perhaps the final concert that Led Zeppelin will ever do it
seems it also seems odd and bizarre that Atlantic would wait almost five
years after the fact to put this out. Page actually plays this in a
lower key and it sounds even more menacing since Robert Plant can't hit
the high notes that he used to. It's sloppy in itself, Plant messes up
on the words a bit but the sound is honest and cuts to the bone. If
this is the final act from the Zep let's say that they ended it on a
high note. And I still think that this is the most heavy metal sounding
they ever sounded too (that's saying a lot).
X-Neil Young 1995 Don't know about you but I do miss the 90s, I think
they were the best decade for me, we had record stores, we had places to
go and we had a social life and the music was still fine before Limp
Bizkit and Nu Metal and Cumulus Radio came and fucked it up beyond
repair. One of the very few BMG club copies that I bought simply of the
fact that it was in a jewel case and not in one of the worst put
together digipack ever created. On this, Neil is backed up by Pearl Jam
who does a nice stand in for Crazy Horse, a bit reckless and a bit wild
too. Still holds up over the test of time too. Oh did I mentioned
that I miss the 90s too?
5. Hard Rock Hell-Little
Caesar 2012 This year 2012 has brought out some great rock and roll
from the dinosaurs of yesteryear. The oldest rock and roll band in the
world The Rolling Stones have started their 50th anniversary tour and
you all know about Aerosmith, Rush, Van Morrison etc etc etc. And even
the lesser knowns are getting into the act too, The Angels from Angel
City has put a new album although Doc Neeson is no longer with them,
they got the lead singer from Screaming Jets to take over. And so has
Little Caesar who made two albums for Geffen years ago but return with a
half inspired album American Dream to which they recycled the finest
AC/DC chords to make a nice little rocking number that radio stations
will not play. Album Oriented Rock is dead so to speak. This is a live
Take It Easy-Travis Tritt 1993 The Eagles have never been a go to band
for me, basically we all got burned out by hearing the same songs over
and over again but some reason I actually enjoyed the Common Thread
tribute album that Giant Nashville put out almost 20 years ago. Getting
a bunch of then hot shot country artists to cover Eagles songs was a
pretty good idea, it's too bad they didn't continue that by honoring
Poco as well. But then again The Eagles wrote better songs than Poco
did. I tried getting through that 2 CD mess they put out a few years
ago, Long Road Out Of Eden and then donated my copy to Goodwill soon
afterward. Big difference that Don Felder got the boot, to me he was
much more of a rock and roller than Joe Walsh was with The Eagles (James
Gang on the other hand Walsh was the rocker to which they couldn't
replace him in that band, despite having guitar head Tommy Bolin on the
fun 1973 Bang album and the less interesting Miami. Even Tritt's
version managed to hit the soft rock radio station back then.
Beautiful-Paul Simon 2006 To which Simon pals up with Brian Eno with
an interesting fail experiment of an album. The ugly album cover didn't
help much either.
8. Plastic People-The Mothers Of
Invention 1967 I think the last month I been spending a lot of time
trying to listen to the Frank Zappa reissues that no fewer than 64 have
hit the shelves the last four months and if you're not a fan now, you'll
never be a fan. Even Best Buy has surprised me by having the majority
of selections at ten bucks or less for most of them including FZ's FU to
MGM/Verve, putting his brand of their "greatest" hits (meaning The
Mothers of course) after MGM put out The Worst Of The Mothers, hard to
find and if you compare song to song on each albums it ends a draw.
Zappa was working on a album only format and none of the songs were
greatest hits anyway. They never did much play on the radio unless it
was the underground FM. But Verve did issue a few 45s such as a edit of
Trouble Comin Every Day.
Oh BTW, it didn't chart.
One More Time-Shemekia Copeland 2012 The blues and nothing but the
blues, Copeland has made one of the finer blues albums this year with 33
1/3 to which it was actually one of most viewed blogs on the Consortium
page to which you can read from this link http://rscrabbmusicconsortium.blogspot.com/2012/11/new-music-reviewshemekia-copeland-33-13.html This is a cover version of a song that her dad wrote.
Rollin On-Duke & The Drivers 1976 Their best known for What
You Got but I could never find that album till I moved out to Arizona
but album number 2 Rollin On was a 99 cent special at K Mart and
features Bobby Chouinard
(later played for Billy Squier) on drums. In some ways they were a lot
like J Geils Band in terms of a love of boogie and blues but Duke And
The Drivers had more of a soul flavor than Geils. Deke Richards, a
Motown producer sat behind the control booth for their second and final
ABC album to which I doubt will never see the light of day on CD, unless
you burn a vinyl copy of that album on CD.
From the player this afternoon at work.
The Greeks Want No Freaks-Eagles 1979
Cabbies On Crack-Ramones 1992
Leave It Up To Fate-John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours 2011
Let Me Ride-James Taylor 1968
Un Lunes Por La Manana-Los Super Seven 1998
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the continuing saga of the downfall of the top 200, it seems that
anything new is a bomb the next week. The world didn't need another
Rolling Stones Greatest Hits as GRRR took a Stone's throw into the river
dropping from 19 to 64. Green Day Dos falling all the way to 75 from
number 9. AC/DC's Live at River Plate debuts at 66 whereas the
overplayed ran into the ground that is Back In Black is one behind. The
big surprise is Miranda Lambert's Crazy Ex Girlfriend reappears at
number 56! The 5.99 Best Buy junk sale gave the biggest boost to Pink's
Truth About Love which remains in the top ten but the biggest drop came
from Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill, dropping over
111 spots from 65 to 176. Used to be an album came from the bottom to
the top but since Soundscan reversed the progress most albums start at
the top and then fall to the bottom. I'm not saying that the album
format is dead yet but with the way things are going no wonder a lot a
band simply release singles rather than hour long albums. Time poverty