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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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Goodbye Possum

ShareI cannot let the passing of the best country music singer ever go unmentioned.  GEORGE JONES passed away yesterday.  He was larger than life and had a voice that could express all the pain and excess of that life.  That … Continue reading

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April Playlist – Some new, some old, some not as good as I remembered

Share1.  7 WORLDS COLLIDE   “Too Blue” (from The Sun Came Out 2009).  Last month I chatted about JOHNNY MARR’s recent album.  But I want to mention another excellent project that MARR was associated with back in 2009.   NEIL … Continue reading

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Neil Finn and Paul Kelly Live from the Sydney Opera House

ShareNEIL FINN and PAUL KELLY recently embarked on their first tour of Australia together and their last show was webcast live to the world.  Due to the time difference, I had to leave to go to work right after the … Continue reading

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