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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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Something for the Season: NICK LOWE “Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family”

ShareEvery year I try to resist the barrage of hype, try to keep it simple and just slide through the season. But last night I heard this album, and BLAMMO!  Today I am pulling out the extension cords and scouring … Continue reading

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Research for Best of 2013

ShareBy now, I have a pretty good idea of some of the stuff that I will be including on The Best Of 2013 Blailist. But the team here has been scouring our sources to find other new stuff that should … Continue reading

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This Year’s Mercury Prize Nominees

ShareLast year, I used England’s Mercury Prize nominee list to discover some great new music. Some of that music turned out to be quite popular around here, and by the sounds of it, other places as well (BEN HOWARD, ALT-J … Continue reading

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Album of the Month – Laura Veirs “Warp and Weft”

ShareWarp = the threads that run up and down on a loom or in a woven fabric.  Weft = the filling thread or yarn in weaving, drawn through the warp.  It helped for me to know that when listening to … Continue reading

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August Blailist – All new (to me) music

ShareThis is actually June’s Blailist, so you know how well I’ve been keeping up.  Actually, I totally changed the theme today.  This is all new music to me.  A few I stumbled across myself but most my kids showed me. … Continue reading

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Album of the month – Lloyd Cole “Standards”

ShareLLOYD COLE’s new album, Standards, has been hailed as a return to form.  To be honest, when you google the topic, only three or four reviews show up and not much else.  That has basically been the problem for COLE … Continue reading

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Running Playlist – Can music make you faster?

ShareWell, after last weekends half marathon, the answer for me was probably not.  But maybe they will make you run faster.  Some people are convinced that the faster the tempo, the faster the pace.  It’s never worked that way for … Continue reading

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