Monthly Archives: October 2013

Dusty Springfield – Spooky / 1970

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‘Spooky’ from 1970 has been compiled occasionally. A hit for The Classics IV, it was a superb cover choice as was it’s A side, The Rascals ‘How Can I Be Sure’.

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Originally recorded by Classics IV as a jazz fusion track, Springfield’s sultry soul take is what really brought this simple, elegant song its prominence. It was reintroduced to a modern audience through it’s heavy usage in the Guy Ritchie film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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Nouvelle Vague (album) 2004

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Nouvelle Vague is one of the most interesting musical concepts to emerge in the past ten years; take some of the most beloved punk, postpunk, goth and new wave songs, arrange them in a laid-back acoustic samba style, and add a nonchalant French female vocal.

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Put it on as a background and don’t take it too seriously, then you’ll get some kicks out of it. 

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John Fogerty – The Wall / 1975

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This one-man extravaganza finds John Fogerty plowing the same ground he worked with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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PETER BJORN & JOHN – Writer’s Block (2006)

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LP1 – Writer’s Block:
1. Writer’s Block
2. Objects Of My Affection
3. Young Folks
4. Amsterdam
5. Start To Melt
6. Up Against The Wall
7. Paris 2004
8. Let’s Call It Off
9. Chills
10. Roll The Credits
11. Poor Cow

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2006 Single Taken from the Swedish Trio’s Third Opus “Writer’s Block”

 

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Phantogram – “Celebrating Nothing” (2013)

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They do have some more new music to tide us over, a self-titled EP that’s coming less than a week from now. Here’s a taste of that EP, a typically arching and swooning track called “Celebrating Nothing”

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They’re heading out on a U.S. tour this fall as well, and you can take a look at those dates below.

  • 10/6 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
  • 10/8 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
  • 10/9 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
  • 10/10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
  • 10/12 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
  • 10/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
  • 10/15 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
  • 10/17 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at The Market
  • 10/18 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
  • 10/19 – San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Fest
  • 10/21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
  • 10/22 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
  • 10/23 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
  • 10/25 – Dallas, TX – Trees
  • 10/26 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
  • 10/28 – Houston , TX – House of Blues
  • 10/30 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
  • 10/31 – Atlanta , GA – Masquerade
  • 11/1 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
  • 11/2 – Chalottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
  • 12/4 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
  • 12/5 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
  • 12/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

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Spirit – Nature’s Way / 1971

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From the album, The Twelve Dreams of Dr, Sardonicus.

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“Nature’s Way” was probably Spirit’s second most popular tune with “I’ve Got A Line on You” being the most recognizable song. There are others such as “Fresh Garbage” and “Mr. Skin” that were known for FM airplay as well.

 

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JACKIE BRENSTON – Rocket 88 / 1951

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“Rocket 88”, recorded at Sun and released on Chess in 1951, is generally considered by most musicologists as the very first rock ‘n’ roll song ever

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Many songs attempt to lay claim to the title of earliest rock ‘n’ roll record but one of the first—and strongest—contenders is “Rocket 88″ by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, one of the top R&B hits of 1951.

 

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Genesis – Land Of Confusion / 1986

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Now who can forget that amazing video which really comes to mind every time I hear this track. I’m sure most of you recall, the one with all those creepy puppets!

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This song is about the Cold War and fears people had in the 80’s. Listen to the lyrics closely. The lyrics of the song basically question whether mankind as a whole has got its priorities right

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David Crosby – Music Is Love / 1971

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David Crosby high as a kite in the early 1970s.

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Allman Brothers Band – Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More / 1972

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Aint Wasting Time No More is awesome. This is one of the better tracks I have heard from the early 1970’s

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The best studio cuts are Greg’s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More“, again, his vocals are just full of that great blues feel, and Dickey Betts’ “Blue Sky”, his lead guitar on this one is a pure ten!

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