|Paul Simon - The Obvious Child|
(Oct 23, 2009 - 19:46)
|I remember reading Simon describe his process of lyric writing - he bounces a ball against a wall and comes up with the lyrics that way. I think it says a lot that he's not a "writer" - it's an oral process. I think he comes up with interesting twists of phrase first and meaning later. |
|Lovage - Lifeboat|
(Oct 22, 2009 - 20:19)
|This album is a gem if you can find it. If you love Elysian Fields, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Handsome Boy Modeling Club, this is a record for you. This song, "Strangers On A Train," "To Catch A Thief," "Stroker Ace," and "Book of The Month" are all genius.|
Jennifer Charles has the sexiest voice ever and this is the sexiest album of hers.
|Bob Marley - Lively Up Yourself|
(Oct 19, 2007 - 07:08)
|As opposed to the previous poster, I'm not the biggest Marley fan (respect him, don't love him) but this is one of my favorites. Maybe it's because of the unusually quick pace and sense of urgency, which might turn off a lot of Marley fans.|
|Wilco - Casino Queen|
(Sep 13, 2007 - 13:05)
|Love the song, love the album.
I think Wilco is great but I second the motion that Ghost is Born or YHF could have used a driving number like this one.
I also recognize that's like asking the Cowboy Junkies to record a non-mopey song without Margo's voice. The difference being this song: Exhibit A in the case that Wilco could stretch if Tweedy still wanted to.
|Cold War Kids - Hang Me Up To Dry|
(Sep 10, 2007 - 11:36)
|ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT I'LL BUY IT I'LL BUY IT JUST MAKE IT STOP IN MY HEAD AT RANDOM TIMES OF THE DAY!!!!!
Best song ever from the point of view of a towel.
|Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line|
(Aug 30, 2007 - 06:05)
|I feel sorry for any song that follows "Kashmir" but this song holds up pretty well. Good vibe.|
|The Beatles - Dig A Pony|
(Aug 24, 2007 - 04:16)
|I liked this song more before my 2-year old fell in love with this album and I had to listen to it every day. Day after day after day.
Still, it's better than Barney.
Wow, that's the most backhanded compliment I've ever given a song.
|Josh Ritter - Good Man|
(Aug 18, 2007 - 06:04)
|This is a 7, would be an 8 without the annoying beeping sounds. They really take me out of the song.|
|Amy Winehouse - Back To Black|
(Aug 14, 2007 - 12:09)
Talented, I hope she pulls through ok. But wow!
|Sonny Landreth - Broken Hearted Road|
(Jul 27, 2007 - 12:16)
Hmm, I'm all for ripping guitars, it's just that not many musicians manage to keep a long solo interesting.
I agree, and I think this guy does it.
|Neil Young - Thrasher|
(Jul 26, 2007 - 07:52)
does he REALLY reference a brady bunch episode when he refers to the "grand canyon episode?"
More likely an old Western show - Neil wasn't watching his Mama's TV (as the line says) during the era when the Brady Bunch was broadcast. He was touring and recording!
|Morphine - Buena|
(Jul 26, 2007 - 07:23)
|RIP Mark Sandman. I had tickets to a Morphine show scheduled for a few weeks after his death. I'll just treasure the shows I did see. Those who saw these guys live know the records were just a glimpse.|
|Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight|
(Jul 25, 2007 - 08:04)
|Great song? No.
Unforgettable if you're the right age? Yep.
|Aimee Mann - Save Me|
(Feb 26, 2006 - 22:20)
|Beware dismissing any artist who had a part in The Big Lebowski!|
|The Decemberists - We Both Go Down Together|
(Oct 04, 2005 - 13:00)
|Fascinating comments on this one. If you get to hear the "Mariners Revenge Song" from this album I highly doubt you'll hear any REM sound! More like an Irish band playing in a pub outside Galway. Quite a wonderful record.|
|Eric Clapton - The Core|
(Aug 05, 2005 - 11:22)
|My favorite Clapton song ever. He brings in a good vocalist to play off his limited abilites in that department, and instrumentally he stretches out but never loses sight of the main, driving riff. I'm not a major Clapton fan, but this is great stuff.|
|Lovage - Lifeboat|
(Apr 20, 2005 - 17:16)
An album title that only Oedipus could love...
Nah, "old lady" is slang for wife or, at least, very significant other.
And damn you RP, playing this song cost me money because I had to have the album, which is great.
|Blue Man Group - Mandelgroove|
(Apr 19, 2005 - 09:51)
You had to have seen it, but Tobias went to Blue Man Group thinking it was a support group for depression. Upon finding out that it is performance, he, as an actor, saw it as a job opportunity. He fancied himself an understudy, and would "blue himself" at home before showtime in case of a last minute call-up. Amid traces of blue body paint around the model home, there are a few great lines, like "damn, and I just blue myself." You just have to see it.
Great music BTW, corporate or not.
Michael: Does someone do this for you?
Tobias: No, I blue myself.
Michael: Gotta be a better way to say that.
|Leo Kottke - The Other Day (near Santa Cruz)|
(Feb 20, 2005 - 19:53)
|This tune sounds like Shawn Mullins with a sense of humor. :)
"...everything's gonna be allright.... rockabye..."
I'll be looking for Leo Kottke music down at Amoeba or Rasputin's...
|Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London|
(Feb 03, 2005 - 17:50)
|Favorite other Warren Zevon songs...
"The Indifference of Heaven"
"The French Inhaler"
"I Was In the House When the House Burned Down"
"Accidentally Like a Martyr"
"Desperadoes Under the Eaves"
"Angel Dressed In Black"
"Boom Boom Mancini"
I could go on. I hope other Zevon fans will. There will not be another like him in my lifetime, perhaps any lifetime.
|Vienna Teng - Gravity|
(Jan 27, 2005 - 10:43)
|Chris Isaak, Vienna Teng... nice San Francisco pairing. Will Bill play American Music Club next for the trifecta?
|The Innocence Mission - Clear To You|
(Jan 23, 2005 - 10:56)
|Wonderful song. Not my favorite IM song, but fits in great with the current RP set (David Gray, Hem) and works really well as a mood piece.
Karen Peris tends to sing about things the rest of us try to forget, and makes them sound sweet. If you liked Natalie Merchant's "Ophelia" album, Karen is the voice you heard on that work.
|Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane|
(Jan 03, 2005 - 23:07)
|This song is the "Citizen Kane" of rock music - whether or not you agree that it's the best of all time, you at least have to admit it's a contender.|
|Joe Henry - Trampoline|
(Dec 21, 2004 - 14:24)
|Something about the way they produced the word "Trampoline" makes me think Entwhistle is about to butt in and say "Boris the Spider."|
|Bryan Ferry - Goin' Down|
(Dec 14, 2004 - 14:16)
Beck may have covered it, but it's a Don Nix song.
Yep, it's been covered by a lot of bands. A southern-fried classic. Beck's version is on the "orange" album, and it's great.
I like the Jeff Beck version better than this Bryan Ferry one. As Beck himself would say, it's "just an excuse for being flash on guitar" and he certainly is on that track. It was last played on RP in 2002... time for a request?
|U2 - Desire|
(Dec 11, 2004 - 21:04)
Wow, it worked! My filter switched to another station, so I didn't have to hear this, and when it was over, it switched back to RP. Yeah!
I read your journal entry, Tux, and what can I say, the badness of this song makes me want to learn Perl.
Blasphemy, Bill, following the Right Reverend Al Green with this crud!
|Neil Young - Helpless|
(Dec 10, 2004 - 09:16)
|A solid 9. A beautiful opening verse.
Other versions (Original, "Last Waltz") would get a 10 from me.
|Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview|
(Dec 10, 2004 - 09:04)
|Ahhh... it's so nice to hear something of Van's that's not on a greatest hits album.
Yes, he's a jerk, a boob, inconsistent live, and possibly psychotic.
But isn't this a truly great, epic song?
|R.E.M. - Leaving New York|
(Dec 06, 2004 - 19:59)
|It honestly pains me to rate an REM song "ho-hum."
Was Bill Berry really the lifeblood of this band? I haven't found any of the recordings since he left to be interesting in an REM way.
|Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy|
(Dec 04, 2004 - 22:22)
|I like this song - but I second the call for a slightly deeper delve into the Traffic catalog!|
|Counting Crows - Rain King|
(Dec 03, 2004 - 08:58)
|Saw them at Cal Berkeley, just down the hill from the dorms where they used to live. Very cool, laid back pop band. One of those bands that's more fun live than can come across on record. Not really "better live" in a musical sense, it's just that live you see they don't take themselves that seriously.|
|Morphine - Honey White|
(Nov 30, 2004 - 14:10)
|We'll never get Mark Sandman back... but RP helps every time they play a bit of his genius. There's always room for Morphine.
"You know I'd like to see a little more fat..."
|Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant|
(Nov 25, 2004 - 15:11)
|I know Bill... I don't love this song either.... except on Thanksgiving, when it simply must be played.
Thanks. Thanks for everything.
|Beck - Golden Age|
(Nov 22, 2004 - 23:05)
|When did Beck become Bad Company? Sorry, this doesn't do anything for me, I keep waiting for him to hit the chorus... "feels like makin' love..."|
|The Innocence Mission - You Chase the Light|
(Nov 22, 2004 - 09:53)
|IM is a great part of the RP playlist. Such beautiful songs, so many I'd like to hear played more often. "Umbrella" and "Wonder of Birds" are two incredible tracks.|
|Camper Van Beethoven - 51-7|
(Nov 17, 2004 - 22:31)
|I like it - it's recognizably Camper but updated... Cracker Van Beethoven? The violins sound a little like "Pictures of Matchstick Men."|