Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 - August 15 - Sing Monica

I think it's time to lighten the mood a little bit. Today's song is pretty unadulterated pop from jam-band Phish. It is not their typical fare - this song is short, sweet, and very singalongy. Phish' 2014 album Fuego was an album I really enjoyed - one of the few studio albums that seemed pretty solid all the way through. It was their second album of their third era (following their second hiatus), coming 5 years after Joy - and it would take another 3 years before the let-down of Big Boat was released. But Fuego was a joyous album, and Sing Monica was in many ways the pop cornerstone.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 - August 14 - Stranger Than Kindness

I have been thinking about playing some Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for a while now, but not been sure what song to play. Then I decided to play a little bit from Live From KCRW, a live album from 2013. KCRW is an LA radio station that is responsible for the show Morning Becomes Eclectic, which was the basis for the Rare On Air series that I have touched on before.

The song Stranger Than Kindness has been one of my favorite Nick Cave songs in terms of mood - and that really says a lot. However, I never thought it was fully realized on the studio version from Your Funeral... My Trial, the 1986 album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - there was something about the sound that didn't quite work for me. Well, it really works in this live version. Barry Adamson is the only member left from the 1986 incarnation of the Bad Seeds, but he has moved from bass to organ. Jim Sclavunos (drums) and Martin P Casey (bass) are the driving rhythm section, but it is Warren Ellis' crisp guitar that really provides the vehicle for Nick Cave's words, sung better than on the original.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 - August 13 - Nazi Punks Fuck Off

When the president fails to speak, I will. And, in a song from 1981 that unfortunately still is relevant today. When I want to play something political, Dead Kennedys is one of my giro bands, and with this song from the EP In God We Trust, Inc, I feel I am hitting the mark. With all my heart, I mean this most sincerely: Nazi Punks Fuck Off.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 - August 12 - The Eve Of Destruction

They say the past is prologue - or that history repeats itself... I hope it isn't true, but Barry McGuire's hit from 1965 seems more relevant than it has in a long time. Written by PF Sloan in 1964 and originally recorded by The Turtles, Eve Of Destruction didn't become a hit until Barry McGuire released it as a single in 1965. It should be played again these days - as a reminder...

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 - August 11 - Detroit Rock City

I discovered Alex Skolnick through the thrash outfit Testament. I purchased the album The Legacy on tape in 1986, when it first was released. A couple of years later I was so excited about finding their second album, The New Order, on a band trip to Austria (or was this the one to Germany?) that I left the rest of my money on the record store counter... Luckily, our band director spoke decent German and the cashier had kept the money, so I was able to get it back - it was all the money I had left...

Just a couple of years ago, I found Alex Skolnick through his jazz trio, where he plays jazz versions of classic rock and heavy metal songs, and today I have picked the opener from the trio's debut album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation from 2002. You might recognize this from the Kiss album Destroyer, where it also was the opener. Please enjoy Detroit Rock City getting the jazz treatment...

And here in a live version.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 - August 10 - The Ocean In Her Eye

It's time for a Motorpsycho fix again. They just released the music to the play Begynnelser (Beginnings), and on September 8 they release the new double album, The Tower, which is the first with new drummer Tomas Järmyr. This time, the time machine takes us back to 1998 and the album Trust Us. Trust Us was theit capstone album of the 90s, finishing a run of albums most other bands would kill to accomplish. From 1993-1998, they released sheer greatness. Demon Box. Timothy's Monster. Blissard. Angels And Daemons At Play. And then Trust Us.

Trust Us was the third double album of the five - although even Angels And Daemons At Play was released as a triple CD with 3 EPs, so an argument could be made that there really was 4 double albums in this golden collection. The song I have selected today is a long song, and one that has some droning qualities. It swirls in before it really carries you away, floating along, until it swirls out again. Just sit back and enjoy The Ocean In Her Eye.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

2017 - August 9 - Ghost On The Canvas

I'll gladly confess that I didn't know much about Glen Campbell. Of course, I had heard Rhinestone Cowboy before, but that was about it for me. Then Ghost On The Canvas was released in 2011, just around the time he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's - or at least when it became publicly known. I was curious, and I believe the digital album was on sale at Amazon.com, so I picked it up. I heard the title track, and I fell in love with what I heard.

Glen Campbell died yesterday, and while others may play Rhinestone Cowboy or Wichita Lineman, I choose Ghost On The Canvas to celebrate the artist Glen Campbell, who didn't stop creating in the face of Alzheimer's.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

2017 - August 8 - Electric Worry

I first heard about the band Clutch watching the Food Network. There was a great show called Ace of Cakes, featuring very off-beat baker Duff Goldman and his bakery, Charm City Cakes, that ran from 2006-2011 featuring spectacular cakes. The office manager, Mary Alice Fallon-Yeskey, had a brother who sang in a band. That happened to be Neil Fallon, the singer of Clutch. They made an appearance on one episode, but it wasn't enough to get me sold.

A couple of years later, I was properly introduced to them by Heather, who worked in the Student Success Center for a while. And I got sold on their grooves pretty quickly. They are anchored by rock solid Jean-Paul Gaster on drums and Dan Maines on bass, who lay down a solid groove behind Tim Sult on lead guitar and Neil Fallon on rhythm Guitar and vocals. It's hard for me to classify their genre, and I really don't care all that much. I just know a good groove when I hear one, and Clutch provides them in spades... Today's song is from the 2007 album From Beale Street To Oblivion, and it also features Mick Schauer on organ. Electric Worry is based on Fred's Worried LIfe Blues by Mississippi Fred McDowell, and this groove better get your foot tapping!

Monday, August 07, 2017

2017 - August 7 - Heksedans

Today's singer can be an acquired taste, just like the city he is from... Jan Eggum is from Bergen, which in many ways is Trondheim's rival city in Norway - and this holds particularly true for football (or soccer in American English). Bergen has Brann (fire), while Trondheim has the vastly superior Rosenberg, Norways football powerhouse the past 30 years or so. But Jan Eggum is something else, even for Bergen (which happens to be a great city - I lived there for about three years and loved it there). He is often melancholic - but on today's track, 40 year old Heksedans (witches' dance), he jazzes it up a little. I love this song and hope you will too!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

2017 - August 6 - Exit Music (For A Film)

This year it is 20 years since Radiohead released their masterpiece OK Computer, and to commemorate it, they released the ONNOTOK version of it with added bonus tracks. It adds up to a second disc of solid material; however I find myself listening to the albun's original material is more than enough for me, so today's song is one of my absolute favorites: Exit Music (For A Film) - and it is a dramatic tour- de-force....