Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mystery continues- did Tiger score an ace on the wrong golf course?

And just where is Steve Williams when you need him? Trees, water hazards, wives with 4-irons (was it too much club?). Was he playing on the front side or back? Was he hitting it long and straight, getting up and down? Did someone click a camera just as he was ready to drive? Was he just going out to get an early starting time at Bethpage? I can sympathize with you, bro, 'cause just last week I was driving out of the driveway and The Reet slammed a 6-iron through the back window. Why? The damn doors were locked! Tiger, leave us a comment below.

It's the Eye of the Tiger, It's the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor, Stalks his prey in the night
And he's watching us all, With the Eye of the Tiger
(God, this song sucks!)

Got reservations at one o'clock. See you there...

The DePaolo Family Foundation

A Sunday Jazz Brunch
The Ken McKinnon Band

Breast Cancer Awareness

Sunday, November 29, 2009
11:00am - 2:30pm

All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet - $14.95

At Bonterra Italian Bistro
98 Main Street
Southington, CT

Saturday, November 28, 2009

If you've got the time, here's over 4 hours of listening for you...

If you have not already joined (it's free), you are missing some wonderful files of great concerts. I think they can do this by hawking posters, tee shirts, etc. and have managed to withstand some legal roadblocks. Enjoy.

Date- 11.25.1976 (Thanksgiving Day)
Tracks- 42
Total Time- 4:02:43

Following nearly 18 years of live performing, as both backing musicians and eventually as headliners, the Band had reached a crossroads in 1976. The group's seemingly effortless virtuosity, Robbie Robertson's literary gift for writing cinematic songs that captured a deep sense of Americana (despite being Canadian), and a wonderfully organic sound had made the Band one of the most admired and respected musical institutions on the planet. Having created some of the most gloriously rich and influential music of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Thanksgiving of 1976 would become both a celebration and a fond farewell from one of the most revered rock groups ever.

Elaborately staged by Bill Graham, the Band's farewell concert was christened "The Last Waltz" and presented on Thanksgiving Day at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, the same venue they first debuted as the Band nearly eight years prior. Five thousand lucky attendees would enjoy turkey dinners served at 5pm, followed by ballroom dancing with music provided by the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra. Poets Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti would also give readings prior to the 9pm show time. Needless to say, the Last Waltz was the hottest ticket in town and the Band's farewell would go down as one of the most spectacular events in rock history.

The Band:
Rick Danko - bass, fiddle, vocals / Levon Helm - drums, mandolin, vocals / Garth Hudson - organ, piano, accordion, synthesizers, soprano saxophone, violin / Richard Manuel - piano, organ, drums, clavinet, dobro, vocals / Robbie Robertson - guitar, piano, vocals

Horn Section:
Richard Cooper - trumpet, flugelhorn / James Gordon - flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet / Jerry Hay - trumpet, flugelhorn / Howard Johnson - tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet / Charlie Keagle - clarinet, flute, saxophone / Tom Malone - trombone, euphonium, alto flute

Paul Butterfield - harmonica, vocals / Bobby Charles - vocals / Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals / Neil Diamond - guitar, vocals / Dr. John - piano, guitar, congas, vocals / Bob Dylan - guitar, vocals / Ronnie Hawkins - vocals / Joni Mitchell - acoustic guitar, vocals / Van Morrison - vocals / Larry Packer - violin / John Simon - piano / Ringo Starr - drums / Stephen Stills - guitar / Muddy Waters - vocals / Ronnie Wood - guitar / Neil Young - guitar, harmonica, vocals / Bob Margolin - guitar (for Muddy Waters) / Pinetop Perkins - piano (for Muddy Waters) / Dennis St. John - drums (for Neil Diamond) / Carl Radle - bass (on second encore Jam)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Well I'll be darne. Didn't know about this. Question: Did the Beach Boys' "California Girls" get a Grammy when it was made? I don't THINK so!...

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2009) — The Recording Academy® announced the
newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, adding 25 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 851 titles. The Hall Of Fame serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Recording Academy has become renowned. The list and recordings now reside as a collection on display at the GRAMMY Museum®.

2010 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees
"AS TIME GOES BY" Dooley Wilson, Decca (1944), Traditional Pop (Single)
"BIRDLAND" Weather Report, Columbia (1977), Jazz (Single)
"CALIFORNIA GIRLS", The Beach Boys, Capitol (1965), Pop (Single)
CATCH A FIRE, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Island (1973), Reggae (Album)
CLASS CLOWN, George Carlin, Little David (1972), Comedy (Album)
"CRAZY HE CALLS ME" Billie Holiday, Decca (1949), Jazz (Single)
"DIPPER MOUTH BLUES" King Oliver & His Jazz Band, Okeh (1923), Jazz (Single)
"DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE (NEVER NO LAMENT)" Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Victor (1940), Jazz (Single)
"ELLA AND BASIE!" Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie, Verve (1963), Jazz (Album)
"FELIZ NAVIDAD" Jose Feliciano, RCA Victor (1970), Latin (Single)
"FOR ME AND MY GAL", Judy Garland & Gene Kelly, Decca (1942), Traditional Pop (Single)
"HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW" Mahalia Jackson, Columbia (1958), Gospel (Single)
"I FEEL LIKE GOING HOME" Muddy Waters, Aristocrat (1948), Blues (Single)
"IT'S A MAN'S MAN'S MAN'S WORLD" James Brown, King (1966), R&B (Single)
"JAZZ SAMBA" Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd, Verve (1962), Jazz (Album)
"KANSAS CITY STOMPS" Jelly Roll Morton, Victor (1928), Jazz (Single)
"LAZY RIVER" Louis Armstrong, Okeh (1931), Jazz (Single)
"LOUIS ARMSTRONG PLAYS W. C. HANDY" Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars, Columbia (1954), Jazz (Album)
"MR. BOJANGLES" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Liberty (1970), Pop (Single)
"PEARL" Janis Joplin, Columbia (1971), Rock (Album)
"RIDERS ON THE STORM" The Doors, Elektra (1971), Rock (Single)
"TWIST AND SHOUT" The Isley Brothers, Wand (1962), R&B (Single)
"WHO DO YOU LOVE?" Bo Diddley, Checker (1956), R&B (Single)
"YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU (I DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT)" Harry James & His Orchestra, Columbia (1941), Traditional Pop (Single)
"ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH" Johnny Mercer, Capitol (1946), Pop (Single)

Wonder if Bob ever announced, "Now batting for the Red Sox, number 9, Ted 'Fucking' Williams, number 9."? .......

NEW YORK (AP)—Bob Sheppard has no intentions of returning to his longtime job as the public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, reported Thursday. Sheppard, who is 99, hasn’t worked a game since late in the 2007 season due to illness. “I have no plans of coming back,” Sheppard told the Web site in a telephone interview. “Time has passed me by, I think. I had a good run for it. I enjoyed doing what I did. I don’t think, at my age, I’m going to suddenly regain the stamina that is really needed if you do the job and do it well.” When contacted by The Associated Press, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said the team had no announcement or comment at this time. Famous for his distinct and resonant tones, Sheppard became the PA announcer at the old Yankee Stadium in 1951. Decades later, Reggie Jackson gave him the nickname “The Voice of God.” - complete article

I don't want to go all Field of Dreams on you, but baseball has been an important connection in my lifetime to my dad, my brothers, my sons, and the now-fanatic baseball fan, Reet. Check out The Baseball Project's wonderful CD, Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, of baseball rock songs. Some samples below. The Baseball Project is Peter Buck of REM and Minus 5, Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows and Minus 5, and Linda Pitmon & Steve Wynn of The Miracle 3.

They perform their tribute to The Splendid Splinter "Ted Fucking Williams" live at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live on September 15, 2009:

Past Time:

Harvey Haddix (I love this song about Harvey Haddix' 12 inning perfect game that he then lost in the 13th inning! Sounds a little like Jonathan Richman):

10.01.09: 36 Hours in New Orleans (steve wynn tour diary)
The original plan was to play our show in New Orleans and then spend the following day off driving to Austin. In theory, that plan would make good touring sense. It's a nine hour drive to Austin and nobody likes a long drive followed immediately by a show. But this was a different story. This was New Orleans. And we, like many of you out there, love New Orleans. It's a city ruled by good food, good music, good nightlife and a place where the clock is of almost no importance. We knew that New Orleans was the place to spend our day off, long drive to Austin be damned!

We checked into the Omni Royal Orleans hotel on Tuesday night at 7pm, just a few hours before our show at One-Eyed Jack's. The hotel had previously been known simply as the Royal Orleans and that indeed is the same name as the Led Zeppelin song from "Presence." The band used to stay at the hotel and one look at the rooftop pool and adjoining bar suggests a suitable site for very debauched archetypically 70's adventures. It's impossible to compete with the Zep (and that, my friends, is how we have outlived John Bonham) but 2am did find me, Linda, Andre and our local pal Rich trying to break into the pool area which had closed a few hours earlier. We did not succeed.

Now, the décor at One-Eyed Jack's would also suggest debauchery. Something between a whorehouse and a speakeasy, the club has a very nice gold velvet curtain behind the band and a wonderful bar up front. Linda and I had seen Rudy Rae Moore (a.k.a. Dolemite) there a few years ago when the club was called the Shim Sham. It was one nasty show. Let's put it this way: "Ted Fucking Williams" would have been the cleanest song in his set. I have to be tired. We were exhausted. But we soldiered through one long set and entertained both the audience and ourselves.

But you want to hear about food. I can hear you cry, "tell us about the food." Okay, everybody, back it down. We all slowly came to life around noon on Wednesday and it was time to enjoy a day of leisure, gluttony and commerce. We began at the Napoleon House, thankfully just a few strides from our front door. The table was covered with muffalettas (a local sandwich specialty featuring various cold Italian cold cuts and an olive spread), roast beef po-boys, shrimp remoulade and a cocktail called a Pim's Cup (gin, 7-up and cucumber). The food and libations put us in the mood for a stroll through the Louisiana Music Factory, one of my favorite record stores in the US. Almost everything they carry is local and you won't find a better selection of New Orleans music anywhere in the world. (they have a great website-check it out). I picked up volumes 4 and 5 of the great "Funky Funky New Orleans" series. Andre got a John Fred and the Playboys compilations that I need to check out before this drive is over.

Long naps followed. I hate to sleep for even an hour in such a great city but we'd had a pretty intense pace in the last week. And the main event lied ahead: dinner at Cochon, a favorite of Peter, Scott and Chloe from previous trips in town with REM. The restaurant is a spin-off of Herbsaint, one of the highest rated of the newer restaurants in town. It was amazing. We spent almost three hours there, telling stories, having some laughs, trying almost everything. You should go there when you're in town. That's all I can say. Everything was good. Go online and check out the menu. We ordered most of it. And it was all good. My personal favorite was probably the paneed pork cheeks with goat cheese arugula and beet rosti.

At that point Peter and Andre and Chloe had had enough and retired to the hotel. It was the right thing to do with an 8am wakeup call and the long drive and Austin show ahead. But Scott, Linda and I were on a mission to have the last drink at Donna's, a club on Rampart Street that features some great local music far off the tourist circuit. Sadly, the club was closed but we ended up at Laffite's Blacksmith Shop, bellied up to the piano bar where we were entertained by a woman who had made a jazz folk rock record in LA (and I have been using all of my Google skills to find her name to no avail-all I could find was a mention of the "slightly sad piano player" on one review site) in the 1970's. She played a few of her old songs, told some interesting and often bitter tales of her adventures in the music business (two words that really shouldn't go together, if you ask me) and played some tearjerking renditions of "Deacon Blues," and "This Masquerade" among many others, investing more emotion in lines like "they've got a name for the winners in the world, I want a name when I lose" than you will normally hear in a piano bar. It was a perfect, poignant end to the evening.

After all that, morning came much too quickly but I acted on the advice of my friend Mary Herczog (check out her various guides to New Orleans before your next trip-you couldn't have a better adventure planner for your trip) and went to Johnny's Po-Boys to load up for our trip. And now I am looking at a bag containing crawfish, catfish and turkey po-boys (not all mixed together-you think we're nuts?) and a muffaletta as well as some bread pudding. And that means it's time to stop typing and move into lunch mode. Gotta stock up on the fuel for our last show tonight in Austin.

THIS JUST IN-Scott just found our piano bar late night serenading queen. Her name is Angelle Trosclair and sure enough she did make an album in the mid-70s and we did hear several of those songs last night. Here's the cover:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hey, back then you could tell what song he was singing!...

Bob Dylan & The Band Concert, Madison Square Garden
Concert Summary
Following a seven and a half year touring hiatus, journey back to 1974 and Bob Dylan's return to the stage. As Dylan and the Band journeyed across North America during the first two months of that year, expectations were tremendous. The tour was the hottest ticket in town, so much so that the US post office had to set up extra mailboxes for ticket orders in many of the major cities. Over five million paid mail orders were reportedly sent in for the 650,000 tickets available over the course of the tour, making them the most in-demand ticket in the history of rock music. Forty concerts were performed in 43 days, culminating in three performances at the Forum in Inglewood, California, where the bulk of the live album, Before The Flood, was recorded. From the start, a live album was planned—the first of Dylan's career. His new label (he left Columbia for David Geffen's Asylum label the previous year) had high expectations. These pressures were likely insignificant compared to Dylan knowing he must transcend his legendary status and the expectations of his audience, which despite his absence from touring had only grown stronger in the intervening years. - complete concert summary
Bob Dylan - guitar, piano, vocals, harmonica
Robbie Robertson -guitar, vocals
Rick Danko - bass, fiddle, vocals
Richard Manuel - piano, vocals, drums
Garth Hudson - organ, clavinet, piano, synthesizer, saxophone
Levon Helm - drums, mandolin, vocals

Htfd Advocate: Did It Themselves...

Local music makers have started their own record labels to promote their music, and the music of their buddies
Chances are, as you're reading this, someone somewhere is finishing a CD. It's recorded and mixed, and they're itching to get it out into the world where others will hear it. The question is: How the hell do you do that?

Some drop their discs into padded mailers in the hopes they'll reach the A&R branch of some record label and not just end up unheard at the bottom of a mountain of demos. Some tuck that CD into their back pocket and leave it there, hoping someone in the biz will pop into one of their gigs and offer them some plum deal. And others take matters into their own hands - they come up with a name for a label, stick it on the CD's cover and order up a few hundred copies. They don't need anyone else's approval to treat this disc like a real release. If they're ambitious, they'll rope in some of their friends' bands to use the same label name. A brand is born. Duties are assigned. The ball's rolling, and a new adventure is born in seeing where it rolls.

Across Connecticut, dozens of people have done just that, putting whatever resources they can spare into boosting a homegrown record label. Some are musicians. Some are friends of musicians, eager to help out and spread their friends' music to the masses. And several of those small labels have come to a head, pushing their releases and their acts hard enough to be recognized by name. Some have means of distributing their releases beyond where they live, and some rely on street-level promotion and a set of free hands to carry that box of CDs. Some are nationally and internationally recognized. Each label has its own methods, its own priorities and personalities. These are some of their stories.

The Antfarm Affiliates comprise like-minded hip-hop artists who write lyrics, lay down beats, produce and record tracks, release albums and put shows together. Sketch tha Cataclysm, one of AFA's top artists, performs with live bands, raps about social problems and artistic struggles and doesn't wear shoes on stage. The soulful Rising Sun Quest is rising in the NYC scene with his old-school sound. The Phenetiks are a four-man group whose youngest member, the Protégé, just released his debut EP, Untitled is Hard Enough. And perhaps the best examples of Antfarm style are Othello and Nemesis Alpha of D_Cyphernauts, who teach high school English by day and host a hip-hop showcase called Enter the Cypher every third Friday at Cousin Larry's. At that show, you'll learn everything you need to know about the potential of hip-hop in CT. — Sean Corbett

complete article

Strawberries 'R Not US....

With music and more, store bucks recession
By Andrew Perlot (Record-Journal staff)
MERIDEN — Despite an uncertain economy, Rafael Or­tiz is taking a chance and bringing music to downtown Meriden. The 30-year-old Waterbury resident saw an opportunity in the empty storefront at 89 W. Main St. and opened Platinum Connex in late August. More and more music sales are digital these days, he said, but there are still plenty of peoplewho aren’t interested in computers or want some feed­back on their purchases. “Some like dealing with a person,” he said. “I still sell a lot of albums.” Although hip-hop and rhythmand blues are hismain-s­tays, he said, he also sells rock, gospel and other musical genres and is willing to stock anything customers show an interest in.

“The basic thing I’m hearing is that people are upset with what they’re hearing on the ra­dio,” he said, noting that some say the music there lacks depth. Many of his customers are coming in to request classic rhythm and blues, so he has Luther Vandross CDs from the 1980s positioned next to more recent albums from singers such as Beyonce Knowles. Johnny Williams, 53, is a reg­ular customer. “Rafael’s got all the stuff people need,” Williams said, “from the oldies to the good­ies. I’man old school dude, so I try to get old school music.” He stops in for jazz and R&B, and said he likes that Or­tiz is well versed enough in music to be able to talk about albums and make recommen­dations.

Ortiz, who served in the Air Force from 1996 to 1999 and more recently worked as amu­sic promoter and record store manager, said he’s aware of the risks of opening a store with the economy in rough shape, but that he didn’t want to look back on his life with regret be­cause he was too timid to open the store. “I look at it as if I can survive now, when everyone else is closing, when can’t I make it?” Ortiz said. Across the state, new busi­ness starts are decreasing. According to the Secretary of the State’s Office, 20,494 new businesses had opened in the state this year as of Sep­tember, down from 21,688 through September last year. In 2007, before the rumblings of economic disaster began, 23,930 new businesses had opened by September. - complete article

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday early afternoon trail mix...

Endless Flight (Stanley Cowell) Close To You Alone
Crepuscule With Nellie (Ellis Marsalis Quartet) An Open Letter To Thelonious
She's My Scorcher (Toots & the Maytals) Best of...
Broken-Hearted Melody (Sarah Vaughan) Dean's Top 100- 1959
Red Staggerwing (Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris) All the Roadrunning
Foreign Affair (Manhattan Transfer) Anthology
Drunk (Doug Sahm) The Return of the Formerly Brothers
Cut the Heat On (Rob Stone & the C-Notes) Just My Luck
Kingsport Town (Cat Power) The Covers Record
These Foolish Things (Nat King Cole) The Billy May Sessions
Amor de Loca Juventud (Buena Vista Social Club) Buena Vista Social Club
Little Wing (Derek & the Dominos) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Unfuckingbelievable...we find a way to lose again!...

Browns up 37-31 with 8 seconds to go. Pass interference in the end zone as time runs out gives the Lions the chance to score from the one.

So we turn to Amy:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ouch, now that's a pretty hard shot at our girl Lu....

Found this little blurb from about Amy Speace's new CD, The Killer In Me:

Lucinda Williams’ artistic decline creates opportunities for acolytes such as Speace, who cultivates a similar patch of tough-but-tender alt-country. Speace pours heart and soul into her fourth album, which chronicles the emotional fallout of her failed marriage, with superb backing from her band, the Tearjerks, who bring a Neil Young-inspired touch of ragged-but-right to a project spaciously produced by Mitch Easter. Download: “Better.”

(She appears tonight (11/21) at Cafe Nine in New Haven)

Speaking of OUCH, how 'bout that smackdown in the Garden last night! Syracuse Orange (Big East) 87, North Carolina Tarheels (ACC) 71. Here's Amy to help out the folks down on Tobacco Road:
I found love in a double wide trailer
Never thought I'd feel so at home in the mud
Fell into the arms of a man from Carolina
Traded in my trust fund for a six-pack of Bud
Somewhere east of Durham my jeep broke down in Justice
Trying to get to Duke to meet a good friend for the break
A good ol' boy pulled over said, "How can I be of service?"
I got into his pickup truck that was my first mistake.

Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Friday, PUMP IT UP (when you don't really need it)...

I'm a roadrunner, baby...

Schedule no obstacle for this marathoner
By Lindsey Caton Special to The Citizen

Cheryl Moran, a resident of Southington, found time to train for the New York City Marathon between balancing her work as a public legal de­fender and working at two town restaurants, Anthony Jack’s and Bonterra, which she and her husband Barry De Paolo own. Having run the marathon once in 1995, Moran ran it again, but this time for a charity, North Shore Animal League Ameri­ca, which is the largest no­kill animal shelter in the world. The marathon starts on Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs of New York City, ending in Cen­tral Park at a traditional length of 26.2 miles. Runners are chosen by lottery, but any­one running for charity is au­tomatically accepted.

“I turned 40 this year, and I was thinking about some­thing to do. I had a dog I had adopted from this animal charity the same weekend that I ran that first marathon in 1995. And then we had to put her to sleep this year in March. I just thought it was very ironic that here was this animal charity where I had adopted my first dog, Phoebe, and they were rais­ing money for the marathon. With the way the economy is, I know that a lot of not-for­profit organizations and charitable organizations are really hurting. I’m a very passionate animal person, so it seemed like a perfect kind of thing to do.” According to its Web site, NSALA “is dedicated to sav­ing animals’ lives — not just in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas — but around the world. Our mo­bile units allow us to travel the country rescuing ani­mals from various different situations,” each year plac­ing nearly 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes. To date, NSALA has rescued close to 1 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Moran originally pledged to raise $2,500 but has since raised more than $3,000. She said that her family and friends have been really gen­erous. Moran has been following a training plan to prepare for the marathon. “You basically work your mileage up. I’ve been training probably seriously for about six months.” She said that balancing all the areas of her life is diffi­cult. “I’m in court three or four days a week. There are days when I have to get up and do a long run, and then I have to be in court, and I have to be at the restaurants. It’s tough, but you know what? It’s all good, and there are a lot of people who are not in as good a position as I am. I feel very lucky,” Moran said. “I feel very grateful for what I have. Hopefully, I can kind of give back, and I can help people and help animals, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

For people who say that they could never run a marathon, Moran has this advice: “You can do it. So much of what we try to do in life is mental, and people let that break them down, but any­body can do anything. You really can. If you put in the time, and if you put in the hours and the training, you gradually work yourself up, just like anything else. Noth­ing is impossible, and I mean that in all aspects of life. I’m not a superstar. I’m not a su­perhero, but if I can do it, anybody can do it!”

To donate to Cheryl Moran’s fund for North Shore Animal League Amer­ica, visit­d o n a t e / t e a m a n i m a l ­league2009 and enter Moran in the search box.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fiddy mos def (according to NPR)...

Kelly Clarkson. Really?????

The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings
November 16, 2009 - It seemed like an impossible task, but that didn't stop us from trying. With the first decade of the new millennium coming to a close, we decided to compile a list of the 50 most important recordings of the past 10 years — a list that covers a wide range of styles and genres, with indelible songs and albums that challenge, inspire and captivate. These are the game-changers: records that signaled some sort of shift in the way music is made or sounds, or ones that were especially influential or historically significant.

Favorite records don't necessarily qualify. A lot of people, including nearly everyone at NPR Music, love Fleet Foxes' debut album, but was it one of the decade's most important? (You can tell us what you think in the comments section below.) The 50 recordings that appear here are listed alphabetically. We've included artists and bands from a number of musical worlds, from dubstep and hip-hop to Top 40 pop, classical, jazz, world, beardy folk, metal and hard rock. There's some country, too, but admittedly no grindcore or goa trance. (Again, you can tell us what you think in the comments section below.)

A lot of people, including All Songs Considered listeners, helped put this list together. As we culled through the nominees, tears were shed and arguments were had. But one thing we all agreed on: This was one of the best decades yet for music. We can't wait to hear what comes next. - NPR

The List
01. John Adams: On The Transmigration Of Souls
02. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
03. The Arcade Fire: Funeral
04. The Bad Plus: These Are The Vistas
05. Beyonce: Dangerously In Love
06. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
07. Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
08. Burial: Untrue
09. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: S/T
10. Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway
11. Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head
12. Danger Mouse: The Grey Album
13. Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism
14. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife
15. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP
16. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
17. Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasión Segun San Marcos (Saint Mark's Passion)
18. Green Day: American Idiot
19. Iron And Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days
20. Jay-Z: The Blueprint
21. Norah Jones: Come Away With Me
22. Juanes: Fijate Bien
23. LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver
24. Lil’ Wayne: Tha Carter III
25. Little Brother: The Listening
26. M.I.A.: Kala
27. Yo-Yo Ma: Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet
28. Mastodon: Leviathan
29. Jason Moran: Black Stars
30. OutKast: Stankonia
31. Brad Paisley: 5th Gear
32. Panda Bear: Person Pitch
33. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand
34. The Postal Service: Give Up
35. Radiohead: In Rainbows
36. Radiohead: Kid A
37. Shakira: Fijación Oral, Vol. 1
38. Sigur Ros: ( )
39. Britney Spears: In The Zone
40. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois
41. The Strokes: Is This It
42. The Swell Season: Once Soundtrack
43. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate: In The Heart Of The Moon
44. TV On The Radio: Return To Cookie Mountain
45. Various: Garden State Soundtrack
46. Various: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
47. Kanye West: The College Dropout
48. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells
49. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
50. Amy Winehouse: Back To Black

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The older he gets, the funnier he thinks he is!...

Will Ferrell turns 46 (bfd) - Attributes:
1. He's tall
2. He's sorta funny (in an annoying way)
3. He's getting pretty old
4. He has excellent taste in women (although Maureen's taste in men is seriously in question)
5. He was named "Father of the Year"
6. He's....ummmmm....tall; oh, I already mentioned that
7. He's.....sorry, that's about it!
Birthday tribute:
Same Old Blues by Freddie King
Midlife Crisis Blues by Toracube

Janis Joplin tribute in Cleveland (perhaps to help Browns fans cope with their fate)....

Far-flung admirers give Janis Joplin her due in American Music Masters tribute concert
By John Soeder, The Plain Dealer
The far-flung performers didn't have much in common, beyond a debt of gratitude owed to a blues-belting rocker who died in 1970. In return, each of them left a piece of his or her heart onstage during a heartfelt Janis Joplin tribute concert Saturday evening at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre in Cleveland. Headlined by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, the show was the grand finale of the 14th annual American Music Masters series. "Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin" was presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University.

Williams even debuted a new tune, written especially for the occasion. "I just finished it a little bit ago," she told a near-capacity crowd of 2,000-plus fans before launching into "Difficult Child," a touching ode to the MIA guest of honor. "I was a difficult child right from the start / I was running wild before I could walk," Williams sang with a luxurious drawl, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. She also did right by two of Joplin's best-known songs, "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Ball and Chain." - complete article

I haven't found any clips of the show yet, but here is the Janis' first recording of Me & Bobby McGee in the studio:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just another manic Monday (with those eyes!)...

Prince wrote this under the name "Christopher." He gave it to The Bangles because he liked the band, and it became their first hit. -
electric version (live)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Outstanding 60's playlist from Pirate Radio ...

The Boat That Rocked [2009], reissued for US release as Pirate Radio
Overview - wikipedia - Review - NY Daily News

Playlist (click on the song name for a youtube clip of the song)
"Gemma" performed by Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra 0:00 The bouncy tune at the beginning. Facts are displayed about British radio.
"All Day And All Of The Night" performed by The Kinks 0:01 The first song 'The Count' plays on Pirate Radio. More stats are showed on screen, as well as various people listening/dancing.
"Hi Ho Silver Lining" performed by Jeff Beck 0:03 Carl arrives on the boat.
"Yesterday Man" performed by Chris Andrews 0:05 Carl is introduced to everyone on the boat.
"Friday On My Mind" performed by The Easybeats 0:06 Dave puts this song on Pirate Radio.
"Here Comes The Night" performed by Them featuring Van Morrison CLASSIC VAN!

0:10 The prime minister gives Sir Alistair the job of shutting down Pirate Radio.
"Hang on Sloopy" performed by The McCoys 0:11 The Count tries to say the F word on radio. Quentin stops him and they play this song instead.
"I'm Alive" performed by The Hollies 0:12 They play this song while discussing the F word, not knowing they left their mics on.
"Silence is Golden" performed by The Tremeloes 0:14 Simple Simon plays this song on his segment.
"Tell It Like It Is" performed by Aaron Neville 0:16 Shows different groups of people listening to Midnight Marks broadcast. They are smoking, drinking and dancing.
"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" performed by John Fred and His Playboy Band 0:16 (2) 'Midnight Marks' next song. The girls arrive on the boat
"All Over The World (Dans Le Monde Entier)" performed by Francoise Hardy 0:18 'The sad room'. Dave tries to get Carl out of his 'predicament'
"To Sir With Love" performed by Lulu 0:21 Gently plays in the background while Dave gives Carl instructions to trick the girl he is sleeping with to believe that Carl is him.
"Sunshine Superman" performed by Donovan 0:25 They meet 'Smooth Bob' while they're all eating at the table.
"98.6" performed by The Bystanders 0:27 Quentin informs them all that the government has cut their advertising revenue. But also that Gavin Kavanagh will return.
"The Happening" performed by The Supremes 0:28 After Quentin tells them Gavin Cavinagh will return. They all get excited.
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" performed by The Rolling Stones 0:29 'Simple Simon' devotes this song to Gavin Cavinagh. He arrives on the boat and they all welcome him.

"Fire!" performed by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown 0:31 Gavin plays his first broadcast.
"For Your Love" performed by The Yardbirds 0:31 (2) Gavin's second song he plays. He says 'it will make you moist'
"The Letter" performed by The Box Tops 0:31 (3) Gavin's third song he plays. Lyrics 'Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane'
"A World Of Our Own" performed by The Seekers 0:33 Angus 'The Nut' is playing The Seekers during his broadcast
"Georgy Girl" performed by The Seekers 0:33 Angus 'The Nut' is plays another 'Seekers' song during his broadcast
"Cleo's Mood" performed by Junior Walker and The All Stars 0:34 Playing during dinner with Carl and Marianne.
"These Arms of Mine" performed by Otis Redding 0:34 Carl meets Marriane. He borrows a condom from Dave
"Ooo Baby Baby" performed by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles 0:35 Playing during dinner with Carl and Marianne. 'Doctor Dave' comes in and interupts.
"This Old Heart of Mine" performed by The Isley Brothers 0:37 Carl searches the boat for another condom after throwing the one Dave gave him out the window into the sea.
"So Long Marianne" performed by Leonard Cohen 0:39 Carl is saddened after he finds Marianne with Doctor Dave. They others try to cheer him up with biscuits.
"She'd Rather Be With Me" performed by The Turtles 0:42 The competition winners arrive on the boat.
"I Feel Free" performed by Cream 0:44 Quentin informs the visitors they are going, but realises many are missing.
"Groovin'" performed by The Young Rascals 0:46 Simon tells everyone he's getting married.
"Lazy Sunday" performed by The Small Faces 0:49 They all walk around Britain in search of pubs.
"I've Been a Bad Boy" performed by Paul Jones 0:50 The day after the Stag party. Kevin tells Carl his theory on why he is there.
"Elenore" performed by The Turtles 0:52 The wedding day starts. Elenore is waving from the boat.
"With A Girl Like You" performed by The Troggs 0:55 Morning after the wedding. Carl talks to Simon about his night of love.
"Stay With Me" performed by Lorraine Ellison 0:59 Simon and Elenore break up after 17 hours of divorce. Simon sings this song.
"'Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu' (For A Few Dollars More)" performed by Ennio Morricone 1:02 The Count and Gavin climb the mast.
"Crimson and Clover" performed by Tommy James and The Shondells 1:07 After Gavin and The Count hurt themselves from the jump. They do a broadcast together.
"Sunny Afternoon" performed by The Kinks 1:08 Gavin plays this after he apologises to Simon. Montage of people listening and dancing. They throw Angus in the ocean.
"My Generation" performed by The Who 1:12 Gavin plays this song. Sir Alistair is listening through the radio. Twatt apologies to him.
"Little Saint Nick" performed by The Beach Boys 1:13 It's christmas time. Quentin tells Carl his mother is coming.
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" performed by Darlene Love 1:14 Carls mother arrives on board.
"Girl Don't Come" performed by Sandy Shaw 1:19 Carl says goodbye to his mum. She tells him Bob is his father.
"You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" performed by Dusty Springfield 1:21 Carl goes and sits with Bob after he finds out he is his dad.
"The Wind Cries Mary" performed by Jimi Hendrix 1:23 Bob plays this on his broadcast after he finds out Carl is his son.
"End of the World" performed by Skeeter Davis 1:25 The new law is passed that means Pirate Radio will now be breaking the law to broadcast.
"Adagio from 'Nimrod' from 'Enigma Variations'" performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra 1:28 They all take turns announcing why they'll stay on the ship.
"Let's Spend the Night Together" performed by The Rolling Stones 1:31 The first illegal song they play.
"This Guy's In Love With You" performed by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Bass 1:34 Carl and Marianne sleep together. Marianne finds another girl on the boat. They stare at each other.
"Dancing in the Street" performed by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas 1:36 They all wait for Carl as he leaves his room. They congratulate him on having sex.
"I Can See For Miles" performed by The Who 1:38 The government comes to take down their ship.
"Dambusters March" performed by Eric Coates 1:39 They set sail.
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" performed by Procol Harum 1:43 Gavin gives the ships co-ordinates to the listeners as the ship sinks. He then plays this song.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" performed by The Who 1:48 The Count runs back to the broadcast room, while Carl tries to save his dad.
"Father and Son" performed by Cat Stevens 1:49 Bob falls through the hole. He is drowning but wont let go of his records. Carl is trying to save him.

"Nights in White Satin" performed by The Moody Blues 1:51 The Count gives one last message to their listeners. He says 'music will be the wonder of the world'
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" performed by The Beach Boys 1:52 The Count plays this as the last song before the ship sinks.
"Sink or Swin" performed by Z 1:56 They jump in the water and each swim to different rescue boats.
"Let's Dance" performed by David Bowie 2:01 Movie ends. facts about the new era of rock n roll. Many various albums shown.
"Stay With Me Baby" performed by Duffy 2:03 End credits start.
"Amy's Song" performed by Steven Price hr:min

*Complete list of credited songs.

It's a George Jones Friday...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday, what kind of a day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events which alter and illuminate our times. And you are there.....

Walter Cronkite, if you're wondering. You Are There

G-Man and Yvette attended the Dan Auerbach last night, but no report to date. I will prod.
It was great, again...his protege Jessica Lee Mayfield opened up...we ate at bar during that, but got there in time to see Steve "fucking" Earle's kid, think name is James Earle...and he was really and rockabilly I'd say...Dan played with his touring band Hacienda time he comes around you and JK should come...prolly best concert I've other news, The Strange Boys have new single up on their myspace and new album out in Feb...alrighty back to the 4 year olds...bah

Yes, I watched the CMA Awards last night. So, shoot me. What can I say, if you throw out Carrie Underwood, I liked the performances, especially the Zak Brown Band's take on the Charlie Daniels classic, Devil Went Down to Georgia.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

But it always WAS the Oakdale!...

Oakdale to lose Chevy, regain old name (Record-Journal)
WALLINGFORD - The Chevrolet Theatre on South Turnpike Road has returned to its former name, the Oakdale Theatre, according to James Bozzi, vice president of marketing. Chevrolet did not renew its sponsorship contract, which had nearly expired, Bozzi said. The venue is owned by Live Nation, a production company. The name will stay Oakdale Theatre until company management can find another sponsor. Management representatives are in talks with a local company and could announce a new sponsor within two weeks, Bozzi said, though he declined to name the company.

"They just chose to part ways," Bozzi said, adding that Chevrolet's financial troubles are no secret. The carmaker's parent company, General Motors, recently emerged from bankruptcy reorganization and has severed ties with thousands of dealerships nationwide. Representatives of Chevrolet and Live Nation could not be reached for comment, but the name is listed as Oakdale Theatre on Live Nation's Web sites. "It's a sign of the times," said Robin Wilson, president of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce. Wilson knew about the change back to Oakdale, but did not know who the new sponsor might be. "We wished people - Chevrolet - were doing well enough to maintain it." Chevrolet won the five-year contract for the theater's naming rights in July 2005, the same year as Dodge's contract with the former Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, now called Comcast Theatre. - complete article

Monday, November 09, 2009

The Beehive Queen on SNL...

So, I was watching SNL last Sunday (taped it), minding my own business, when during a commercial skit called Swine Fever, I THOUGHT i recognized Christine Ohlman as one of the chorus! Yep, it was the one and only (see below)! Christine returns to Cafe Nine this Saturday with her new album "The Deep End". The Deep End, co-produced by Andy York (John Mellencamp) includes duets with Ian Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, and Dion, plus guest shots by Levon Helm, Big Al Anderson, GE Smith, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel and others. It is Ohlman's first CD of original work in 5 years, and follows on the heels of 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive. With a Rebel yell Christine Ohlman returns (New Haven Register)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

There was a riot goin' on...

Well, not exactly a riot, or even a disturbance, but it was something to help fill a sixty-degree November Sunday void of golf. No starting time available. My fault, I should have called for one during the week even without commitments from the others. Probably would have shot 74, too. This was the first record show for me in over ten years. I used to frequent the shows over at the Sheraton in Waterbury, which seemed much larger. I'm amazed at the volume of vinyl still being played. I must get rid of my old collection at some point because I am way too lazy to play them (imagine, you have to turn the record over every twenty minutes!).

Purchased today at the Record Riot in Cromwell:
  • A Woman A Man Walked By (PJ Harvey & John Parish)
  • Keep Your Soul; A Tribute To Doug Sahm (Various Artists)
  • Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails (Various Artists)
  • The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country (George Jones)

    Comments heard:
    "Worked at Shaboo the last few years it was there. Great, crazy times, man. All the greats played there at some point."
    "There was the time at a show in East Hartford where the FBI came in and started closing down the place. Freaky."
    "The shows in Brooklyn are cool. DJs, food, booze. Fred Schneider drops in all the time. He's a regular guy"
    "Owned a storefront shop for three years, then another for nine. Don't think I'll be doing that again."

    Last Record/CD Riot of 2009! From JP's Music Blog (Record-Journal).
    This Sunday, November 8th, the Cromwell Record/CD Riot! makes it's final showing of 2009. This might be your last chance to pick-up some rare vinyl or some cheap CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and more to keep you busy this winter. The Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, off exit 21 from I-91, and will be packed with vendors selling away their goods to make room for next year. The doors open at 9:30 am and admission is only $3, but if you're an early bird, $10 will get you in the door at 8 am to be the first to grab those deals. Don't forget, Christmas is right around the corner and this might be a good chance to get an early jump on some Christmas presents for that special someone or even for yourself. Also, sign up to the mailing list to receive admission discounts and updates on upcoming shows for 2010.
  • Saturday, November 07, 2009

    SBBS performing in PA. They'll be in New London tonight....

    Performed live on the air at WXLV 90.3 FM on the campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA. The show was featured on Big Kev's "Big Country Revue," which airs every Saturday from 1pm-4pm on WXLV 90.3 FM and online at

    Monday, November 02, 2009

    Post-NYC Marathon from Cheryl.....

    ...6 mths of training...5 boroughs...26.2 miles....4hrs 20 mins.....AWESOME!! ....sorry no pix or updates (lost my phone....don't ask...but yes, a porto-potty was marginally involved)...thank you again EVERYONE for all of your well wishes, good luck & super generous charitable donations to the wonderful organization that is North Shore Animal League......I've lived to tell the tale, and it is all

    MPHO (pronounced Mm-poh) was born in apartheid South Africa and raised in a racially mixed family of musicians and political activists in Brixton. Listen and watch her goosebump-giving rendition of the classic Kate Bush track 'Running Up That Hill' here and see what all the fuss is about!

    Sunday, November 01, 2009

    Jeez, I just asked....

    Sasha Frere-Jones (New Yorker)
    Stacks: Kate Miller-Heidke
    Critics get lots of mail. The jewel cases and ripped mailers are an affront to nature. The eight hundred hours of music is an affront to our minds. What do we do with it all? We’re bound to screw up and miss the mind-blowing record. We become flummoxed, turn again to the Big Star box set and watch the pile grow. I got lucky last week and found a gem in the pile: “Curiouser,” the second album by Australian pop star Kate Miller-Heidke. (Did I know about the first one? Nope.) Go to her site—if your favorite American pop star is coming across slightly washed out, you will want to hear Miller-Heidke. “Curiouser” is a big clutch of Pantone swatches.

    Fall back, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yankees win!
    Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Run, Cheryl, Run!!!! - NYC Marathon today

    Who Shot Rock & Roll: Photos at Brooklyn Museum - 15 samples. (Below, Photog: William "PoPsie" Randolph) Jimi Hendrix backing soul singer Wilson Pickett taken in 1966, before he started his own psychedelic band.