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Great Overlooked Albums – Marti Jones “Used Guitars”

ShareThe idea of creating a playlist of music that you would have heard in my car (1981 Toyota Starlet) right after college was immediately abandoned for a playlist that you would have heard in my car (1968 Chevrolet Camaro) during … Continue reading

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October Blailist – Mercury Prize Shortlist!

ShareI am not one for Award shows.  I do like watching the spectacle of the Oscars and then (usually after the fact) seeking out all the movies I should have seen the year before.  As for music, anyone who has … Continue reading

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Album of the Month – OPOSSUM “Blue Hawaii”

ShareThis is a candidate for my album of the year.  I just really love the sound of this album.  Featuring metallic reverb throughout, great drumming, and irresistible 60’s influenced pop hooks, this is very catchy music.  OPOSSUM is basically KODY … Continue reading

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Album of the Month – JENS LEKMAN “I Know What Love Isn’t”

Share As each of my four readers know by now, I am a big fan of JENS LEKMAN.  Imagine my excitement leading up to the release of his latest “I Know What Love Isn’t.”  For those who don’t know, what … Continue reading

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September Blailist – Where have I been?

Share  I have been slacking off lately.  I’m a bit lazy and have been distracted from music for much of this beautiful summer.  There are some interesting new things coming out this fall which I am looking forward to.  New … Continue reading

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Hal David RIP

ShareLyricist HAL DAVID died yesterday.  His partnership with BURT BACHARACH created many of American music’s new standards.  His direct style complimented Bacharach’s tempo changes and lush arrangements so well.  I read this morning that he was quoted as saying he felt … Continue reading

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Album of the Month – The dBs “Falling Off The Sky”

ShareWay back before R.E.M., some time after BIG STAR, originally in North Carolina, sometimes in and around New Jersey, there was a great band that worked hard at creating catchy, smart pop songs.  Over time they have developed quite the … Continue reading

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June Playlist

Share  June features some new stuff that I have come across lately, some groovy old stuff from some old favorites, and a big birthday! 1.  ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER  “Heaven”  (from Last Summer 2011).  This album has grown on me.  Interesting lyrics. … Continue reading

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(Another) Album of the Month – RICHARD HAWLEY “Standing At The Sky’s Edge”

ShareI have mentioned RICHARD HAWLEY often here before, so I guess it won’t hurt to talk some more about him.  His seventh and latest album is a big departure from his earlier solo albums.  The crooning baritone is still there but … Continue reading

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Album of the Month – Paul Weller’s Sonik Kicks

ShareOn Sonik Kicks (2012), Paul Weller tries new things, new sounds, as he always has (ie. later day Jam, Style Council, 1993’s “Wild Wood“,  mid 90’s “Modfather” era, 2010’s “Wake Up The Nation”).  This album certainly has a new sound as … Continue reading

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