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Favorites from 2016

ShareLet’s hope 2016 will be remembered for the music and not the other crap.  Some awful things happened.  I mean could anything be worse than the Canadiens collapse this past spring?  Maybe the end of humanity.  Wait, then that happened … Continue reading

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Favorites from 2015

ShareGoodbye 2015!  Thanks for the swell music!   Thanks to Son and Daughter of Blailist for helping to compile this year’s list.  I was excited about the return of BLUR (my favorite album) and ROBERT FORSTER (7 years is too … Continue reading

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Allen Toussaint

ShareALLEN TOUSSAINT passed away this week.   I’m sure the first time I was aware of him was when I heard his great piano playing on ELVIS COSTELLO‘s “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”.  Thanks to Elvis, I discovered the great ALLEN TOUSSAINT.  There is … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer of the Guitar – Franco

Share“World Music”.  Yuk.  The term puts music in a box and suggests the music is inaccessible.  It implies that you will probably have to work hard to get it – to understand and enjoy it – just because it’s from … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2014

ShareAlthough Blailist was relatively quiet this past year, I did find some groovy new music in 2014. Here is a playlist that includes the highlights for me. Included (as usual) are old favorites ROBYN HITCHCOCK, NEIL FINN and LUCINDA WILLIAMS who had … Continue reading

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2014 Mercury Prize Nominees

ShareOk, time to check out some new music as selected by the Mercury Prize Committee.  The nominees for best British and Irish music make an interesting (and sort of diverse) play list:       1.  ANNA CALVI  “Eliza”  (from One … Continue reading

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The Rails “Habit”

ShareWhoa!  Has it really been months since my last post?  Well I’ll try to make up for in the coming weeks.  I stumbled across this by accident.  THE RAILS are KAMI THOMPSON and JAMES WALBOURNE.  KAMI, mentioned here before, is … Continue reading

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Some New Music

ShareSo far this year there has been some exciting releases by some of my old favorites and a few fun discoveries.  Here is a nice little playlist to sample:     1.  ELBOW  “Fly Boy Blue/Lunette”  (from The Take Off … Continue reading

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Bedsit Disco Queen Playlist

ShareI recently read TRACEY THORN‘s excellent book Bedsit Disco Queen, How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star.  THORN is not just a gifted lyricist, but a great story teller as well.   And her story makes … Continue reading

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Favorites from 2013

ShareAnother new year, another chance to look back on the past year’s music.  Looking back, 2013 featured many new releases from established artists which may have pushed some of the new stuff we discovered to the side.  I tried to … Continue reading

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