|Andrew Bird - Not A Robot, But A Ghost|
(Apr 29, 2010 - 17:21)
| laozilover wrote: |
And he played everywhere, "...even a weekend Renaissance fair in Wisconsin." Ren Faire! Yeah! Sorry I missed him there. But now I'm thinking of Andrew Bird as the guy in the Free Credit Report commercials!
|Vienna Teng - My Medea|
(Apr 28, 2010 - 15:49)
| coldatlantic wrote:|
this morning I read Medea. this afternoon I saw an adaptation of Medea. Vienna's rounding out the day.
And just last Saturday I saw Cavalli's Jason (baroque opera) at Chicago Opera Theater, so I'm all about Medea right now, too!
BTW, that opera doesn't begin to do Medea justice - she ends up finding happiness with a Spartan king in Cavalli's version. No children were killed, no madness raged, no buildings burned ... Cavalli appears to have been the Baroque equivalent of a Disney movie!
|Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell|
(Oct 17, 2008 - 17:02)
|OMG, from the sublime to the ridiculous. The Cake "Mahna Mahna" following this doesn't help either. |
|Van Morrison - Into The Mystic|
(Oct 14, 2008 - 19:16)
| DeeCee1109 wrote:|
I probably would still have my job if I had only stopped with my shoes . . .
Tee-hee. Too bad you don't work here, I could use a little unusualness.
|John Hiatt - Crossing Muddy Waters|
(Oct 14, 2008 - 19:12)
|Following Mary Gauthier, Mercy Now — this just went from an 8 to a 9. John Hiatt is a master songwriter. Thanks John!|
|Aimee Mann - High On Sunday 51|
(Oct 14, 2008 - 18:46)
|For some reason, I like that cover. It's primitivist (the bold lines), it speaks to "Starry Night," it's creepy (the power lines), it's sad (the power lines against the green hills and the starry sky), and it evokes wide open places — makes me feel like I'm travelling along a Western road in spring. |
|Patti Smith - 1959|
(Oct 14, 2008 - 17:18)
| WonderLizard wrote:|
Then "1989" by Robert Fripp...then "1999" by His Purpleness...
1984 by Orwell? Whoops, wrong medium.
|Gomez - Hamoa Beach|
(Oct 14, 2008 - 16:18)
| Gednabb wrote:|nah, that's just the food talking
Goes with cheeseoa in your omeletoa.
Hamoa Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui.
Now you get to ask what Maui is ... Waiting for a cute answer from the RP crowd.
|Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home|
(Oct 09, 2008 - 21:40)
| ejsamuel wrote:|
It was simple prudishness that resulted in this cover quickly being removed off the shelves when controversy struck on the first issue - to be replaced with an awful cover portrait of 4 rough looking characters. (click here)
I can't recall how long it took to restore the original cover though - but you couldn't find the original for a few years.
In keeping with this attitude, a 15 year old girl in the U.S. was arrested for distribution of child pornography for sending nude pictures of herself to her friends.
|Vienna Teng - Feather Moon|
(Oct 09, 2008 - 20:03)
|I've lost my RP connection — why, oh why? I love this song. Good thing I have it back home. |
|Poi Dog Pondering - Bury Me Deep|
(Oct 09, 2008 - 18:18)
|Wow, ANOTHER band I used to dance to when I went to school in Hawaii. Of course, back then they were playing slap-dash reggae. I liked them a lot better after the move to Austin and to my home town, Chi-town.|
So, Taj, Poi Dog — can the Pagan Babies be far behind?
|Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hold on to Yourself|
(Oct 09, 2008 - 17:59)
| Misterfixit wrote:|
Tiny razor-sharp and needle-like tentacles slowly crawling up your leg. Your right leg; entrapped by a fallen timber as you walked alone and tripped in the outback of the truck stop while looking for a quick Cruise Hook Up. Tiny, creeping, slivers of stainless steel mixed with rusty razor blades and the remains of a box full of used infected scalpel blades smashed down to the ceramic floor scattering shining pain everywhere. Those tentacles are creeping ever so close to your precious Orbs of Delight, now aren't they? Oh yes, and how fear causes you to freeze so that even the most minuscule scream cannot escape from your tortured throat. Yes, Hold On To Yourself. You are all that is left, now.
Wow, man, your comment got commented on by Bill ON AIR. Cool.
|Taj Mahal - When I Feel The Sea Beneath My Soul|
(Oct 09, 2008 - 17:31)
|Brings back memories of happy nights at a local bar near the University of Hawaii Manoa where Taj used to come play. He lived on another island (Kauai?) at the time. So nice, nights of barefoot dancing. |
|Sugarcubes - Coldsweat|
(Oct 01, 2008 - 13:53)
| baltimorelovejoy wrote:|
Goddamn...she's got an spectacular voice.
|Bruce Springsteen - Spirit In The Night|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 17:34)
| DeemerDave wrote:|
Another one of his teenage sex obsessed ramblings. Personnally, this guy always seemed like a sick pervert to me. It's amazing how accepting people are of his slimy stories. 1
Since he was just out of being a teenager himself, can't really see the pervert thing here. by your definition, all young people would be perverts because of what they do and want to do.
|The National - 90-Mile Water Wall|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 16:47)
|What I initially loved about this band was the 'moany droany' voice of the leader singer. I just really go for deep voices. I like the nuance of the band's music and lyrics as well.|
However, I do have to say I was disappointed in their live show at Lollapalooza. I'd like to have been sitting someplace dark with a scotch and something chocolate to truly enjoy them, not in the sunny heat of an August late afternoon.
|R.E.M. - Orange Crush|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 15:44)
| DrLex wrote:|
Actually I could just connect the rating system to the volume control of my player, because I'll automatically crank up the volume on good songs and lower it on bad songs (and mute on sucko-barfo). ...
This is a GREAT idea. How do we implement it?
And this song is way up on the volume level test.
|Nickel Creek - Reasons Why|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 14:33)
|I'd like to hear the Nickel Creek version of the Jackson 5's "I want you back" here. Very excellent. Or, even better, Brittany Spears' "Toxic." Sounds good when done by Nickel Creek!|
|Joe Ely - Boxcars|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 13:57)
|"Gave all my money to the bankers this morning..."? So - almost - appropriate. We're on the verge of giving all of our unborn descendants' money to the bankers! Say hello to the boxcar, kids!|
|Kasabian - Ovary Stripe|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 10:37)
| cathenley wrote:|
Very interesting song title, I wonder what it REALLY MEANS...
Ieech, it's actually making my lower abdomen get that creepy crawly feeling. But then, it's nice that someone recognizes ovaries.
|Sinéad O'Connor - You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 10:33)
|One of the things I love about Sinead O'Connor is the way in which she remains uniquely Irish in her singing style and her rhythms. She's constantly updating Irish musical traditions and instrumentation in interesting ways, not the 'museum' folk practice some resort to. |
|Patrick Watson - Close to Paradise|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 10:10)
| Excelsior wrote:|
We hear this every damn day.
Then again, today's featured new music has been the suck-fests of Okkervil River, The Script, and Conor Oberst. Maybe hearing this ad nauseam
is really the lesser of two evils.
Why do you listen to RP? I really don't get it. You've got a huge presence on the song forums, you're listening and commenting all the time — and you never ever ever say anything positive about any music at all. This is odd.
|Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers|
(Sep 30, 2008 - 09:56)
| gjeeg wrote:|
This is the Album of the Century. This supernova two disc opera went to legenary status and bypassed the market and the millions.
"It takes root in every tree..."
Winter 1975. I am a lost college student lost in headphone bliss buried under feet of Upstate New York snow hearing a new world.
And I saw it live — drove to from Iowa City to Chicago on a school night to see this band, which I had loved since . Instead of obsessing on Phil Collins, can we talk about the vision of Peter Gabriel, who mostly wrote and 'choreographed' this album? Think Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound.
|Led Zeppelin - Kashmir|
(Sep 26, 2008 - 13:23)
|Friday traveling music — except that this magnificent Led Zeppelin is keeping me at my desk instead of hopping in the car for the transregional weekly commute home! |
ah, good, I don't like the next song, I can leave now!!!!!
|Allman Brothers - Jessica|
(Sep 23, 2008 - 17:34)
|And Bill just read my mind — here I have it, sweeping, loud, inspirational. My students thank you, I'm now inspired to grade, grade, grade.|
|Kings of Convenience - Homesick|
(Sep 23, 2008 - 17:31)
|The album cover looks like an ad for some hip new flavored Vodka, or maybe a liqueur. Other than that, it's basic post-folk — the modern permutation of certain kinds of modernized folk from the 1960s and early 1970s. Nothing wrong with that, some post-folk is fun. This one is a bit a snoozer, but then I'm grading papers and I'm looking for something sweeping, loud, and inspirational!|
|The Pogues - I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day|
(Sep 19, 2008 - 16:35)
| nmcvaugh wrote:|
Try The Tossers - I especially like their Purgatory album. I've heard good things about The Popes, including Shane doing an album with them when he got out of rehab. Dropkick Murphy has some good stuff too, but it's more on the punk side of the Irish/punk fusion.
There's Flogging Mollys. Saw them at Lollapalooza and they were great high energy Irish folk punk.
|Violent Femmes - Crazy|
(Sep 19, 2008 - 11:23)
|This is right up there with the Alanis Morissette cover of "My Humps." |
|The Apples In Stereo - Skyway|
(Sep 18, 2008 - 16:39)
|Thanks, Bill, for telepathically knowing I'm plowing through insurance and benefits forms and in SORE need of a lift! |
|Azam Ali - In Other Worlds|
(Sep 18, 2008 - 15:23)
|I'm loving the set — Kashmir (LZ), Sidi Ifni (Cracker), In Other Worlds (Azam Ali). in the words of Solomons Pijin —Tanggio tu mas, Bill!|
|Belle & Sebastian - Sleep the Clock Around|
(Sep 18, 2008 - 10:12)
| holborne wrote:|
Don't get the chorus of hosannas surrounding these guys. They're sort of monochromatic and soporific, to me.
I agree, and so twee. I just can't over it. I SHOULD like this band because because people who love the music I love, love B&S. but I just can't.
|Procol Harum - A Salty Dog|
(Sep 17, 2008 - 11:22)
| redtex wrote:|
As if the Brits didn't use military power, slaves, decadent rich rulers to get where....oh, nevermind, you probably won't see the similarities. Hey, great song, eh?
Please don't forget the role of opium smuggling in building some of the biggest shipping, insurance, and finance businesses in the British Empire.
|Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire|
(Sep 12, 2008 - 14:40)
| kazuma wrote:|
Terrible, simple-minded, cliched lyrics that sound like they were written by a fifth grader. Hard to believe this is the same guy who was writing such creative, poetic material only a few years earlier.
Sigh. So true. "Greetings from Asbury Park" turned a 16 year old on her head. That, and Velvet Underground.
|Elton John - Funeral For a Friend - Love Lies Bleeding|
(Sep 11, 2008 - 19:57)
|This album killed my love for Elton John's music. I loved Tumbleweed Connection, but by the time I got to later high school this bombasticism (apparently not a word) embarrassed and annoyed me to no end. And that AWFUL "Beh-beh-beh-Benny and the Jets!" When musicians write songs about the importance of their music, they have jumped the shark. |
|Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - Furnace Room Lullaby|
(Sep 11, 2008 - 19:34)
|Neko's going to be in Chicago in a couple of weeks, in a smallish venue. I can't wait and I'm really excited because my hubby, who doesn't get Neko, will be out of town so I can just go and enjoy myself. Glad his high school reunion is that weekend!|
|Jem - They|
(Sep 11, 2008 - 14:47)
| Kokoloco53 wrote:|
For all you young kids out there, this song is a play on an old JS Bach tune that was recorded by the Swingle Singers in 1968 or so. The original album is now available in its origninal form online. The Swingle Singers, awesome.
Wow, cool. I knew that it's from the Well-Tempered Clavier, and if I were home I could tell you which prelude or fugue it is! Actually, Bach did 2-3 variations of this.
I was SO impressed that Jem and/or the songwriter knew WTC well enough to do this little riff on Bach. But now I see, it's from the Swingle Singers. Ah well, at least the Swingle Singers were cool, right? :-)
|Dire Straits - Ride Across The River|
(Sep 11, 2008 - 13:23)
|I don't like the song it's set in, but the guitar-playing absolutely gets this song a high ranking. Amazing. Funny how I feel that way about a lot of Dire Straits songs, and it bugs me that I feel that way, but the fact is that I often love the 'pieces' of their songs but not the integrated whole. Go figure. |
|Mark Knopfler - What It Is|
(Sep 11, 2008 - 09:35)
| songbirdfemme wrote:|
I'm going for "curmudgena" as a feminine version of curmudgeon.
|Bonnie Raitt - I Feel The Same|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 15:57)
|Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie. I'll never forget the physics grad student at a my Big State University in the 1970s who received his fellowship money, dropped all of his classes, and went off to San Francisco in to do nothing but be near and hear Bonnie Raitt. I doubt she felt the same .... He reappeared a year later, a little sadder, but still receiving funding because, I guess, he was so darned brilliant. |
|Radiohead - House Of Cards|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 14:46)
| robco1 wrote:|
Seeing them perform this as the sun set over Grant Park was absolutely sublime.
Yes, and then there were the fireworks. And I liked the people. Nicest crowd of 75,000 I've ever gotten temporarily intimate with!
Kate from Chicago
|Arcade Fire - Une Année Sans Lumiere|
(Jan 05, 2008 - 01:10)
Une annee sans Arcade Fire would be gratifying.
OH, yes, please. I just don't get them. If I want sweeping grand goth stories, I go to Nick Cave.
|Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan|
(Oct 23, 2005 - 15:54)
I agree with your comments about Ry Cooder. I applaud his efforts in getting these artists together, but he should not have inserted his slide guitar in what was otherwise an entrancing album and film. The slide guitar sticks out like a sore thumb in these songs (not this one as much, but in others it is terrible), and ruins the dream of these songs as being played back in the 40s and 50s during the artists' heyday.
I disagree. This is essentialism -- a sort of romanticism in which people and music and places are one thing and one thing only.
These are living breathing musicians, not museum pieces. Why should they be re-creating the dream of yesteryear, especially one in which so many people were mis-used by a corrupt government; not to say I'm pro the current government, but let's be realistic about what life was like in Cuba in the '40s and '50s. Let's not romanticize.
Music and musicians change and evolve. I love the Ry Cooder touches, the interaction among people who love their music.
|Robbie Robertson - Unbound|
(Sep 10, 2005 - 18:50)
Just upped my rating from 8 to 10 in appreciation of Robbie's exceptional ability to let a song breathe and resonate.
|The Wailin' Jennys - Take it Down|
(Sep 10, 2005 - 18:33)
Digging a little deeper: June Tabor, lest anyone forget her.
I, for one, will never forget June Tabor.
When I first started transitioning to CDs and mp3s in the late 1990s (I was out of the country, not incarcerated!), I found it really difficult to find any June Tabor. Haven't looked lately -- is it easier? Should we try uploading her to the listener review channel?
|Simon & Garfunkel - American Tune|
(Sep 10, 2005 - 18:14)
|Another Saturday night, stuck in front of the computer, writing the dissertation -- school's started and I'm a migrating teacher at two different universities.
And I finally heard from my friend in NO and she and her family are OK.
I'm just trying to get some rest ...
I really needed to hear that song.
|10,000 Maniacs - These Are Days|
(Sep 10, 2005 - 17:06)
Maybe she sits to hide a big butt?
Perhaps she was sitting down as she was recovering from spinal meningitis and still weak? This was one of her last 10,000 Maniac projects, done (so it's said) to take care of her band mates when she decided she'd had enough.
Still and all ... probably a really nice person ... just not excited by her music.
|Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues|
(Aug 20, 2005 - 21:15)
First heard this on the "Good Will Hunting" album. Loved the music in the film, just downright love the film! This is my second favorite soundtrack of all time -- in case you're wondering, "Until The End Of The World" rules the top slot.
"Until the End of the World" got me through many years of field work. Absolutely the best soundtrack ever!!!!
|Eels - Novocaine for the Soul|
(Aug 20, 2005 - 21:12)
I keep bumping up my rating because I keep finding myself humming this song for a day or so every time I hear it. Thanks Bill!
I agree -- this song seeps in a little further every time I hear it -- and then it opens my ears a little more.
But ooooh, that album cover is too creepy.
|Fun Da Mental - Ja Sha Taan|
(Aug 20, 2005 - 21:05)
|Turning up the sound and chair-dancing!!!! More Banghara!
I'm a sucker for South Asian influenced pop. Go figure....
|RJD2 - Ring Finger|
(Aug 20, 2005 - 20:43)
|Who cares what its category is?
|The Cure - Close to Me (closer mix)|
(Aug 19, 2005 - 14:47)
| STOP!!! the great music! I want to leave the computer and go eat, but it's too good a mix to walk away. I guess I need a computer in the kitchen. At least it keeps me working. |
|Long John Baldry - Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie|
(Aug 19, 2005 - 14:36)
|I'd forgotten this song -- it's still great.
And, you nay-sayers <-X -- have a little respect for a godfather of Brit Blues Rock -- this guy gave Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and Elton John their starts -- and remember how great their early albums were!!! (A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse ....)
|Mogwai - Killing All the Flies|
(Aug 05, 2005 - 22:47)
nice transition from Dear Prudence
Sure was, a month later.
If it's good, it's good.
|Portishead - Glory Box|
(Aug 05, 2005 - 22:40)
You know how nice guys finish last because girls always chase the "bad boy?" Every time I hear this song, I can relate, because I desperately want the "bad girl" who sings this song. She won't be good for me, she might even injure me mortally, but oh my, wouldn't it be worth it.
Or, you could give a good girl a chance to be bad ... this song could turn that trick. So to speak
|Billy Corgan - Mina Loy (M.O.H.)|
(Aug 04, 2005 - 23:51)
|It's almost 2 am
I'm up writing and will up 'til dawn, if things go well.
Radio Paradise is my friend.
Thank you, Radio Paradise, for this great set -- Still, Carmina Piranha, Kent, Billy Corgan -- this is writing music!!!!
|Keola Beamer w/ George Winston - Shaka Slack Key|
(Aug 04, 2005 - 21:02)
|Ah, island music!!!!
Too bad there's no hula emoticon.
I did part of grad school in Hawaii and my last night there I went to a concert with Keola Beamer and several other musicians -- Raymond Kane and ??? -- then back to the East-West Center where a full out party was on and we danced all night.
Too bad all of grad school wasn't like that. 8O
Slack key is cool. The tunings are unique to the players and passed down from teacher to student (uncle to nephew, for instance). Used to be people wouldn't share their tunings very easily, which used to freak out the haole visiters. It's a kama'aina thing, bra! Guess that's changed.
|Richard Thompson - Crawl Back (Under My Stone)|
(Aug 02, 2005 - 13:20)
Neat song..I sense a slight inspiration of Costello.
Likely to have been the other way around. Richard Thompson has been around a long time -- first solo album I've heard of was in 1972 but before that he was with Sandy Denny in Fairport Convention (1968) for several years Best of that, I think, is Liege and Lief. By 1974, the classic "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight," with Linda Thompson. (Interesting that their last album together is "Shoot Out the Lights.")
His solo career has just gotten better and better. Listen to "Hard on Me" on Mock Tudor for incredible driving guitar work. His lyrics are multi-layered. For great story-telling, try "1952 Vincent Black Lightening" on Rumor and Sigh.
|Stars - Look Up|
(Aug 02, 2005 - 12:46)
Oh, I find it serene. I like the underlying gritty timbre of her voice.
My standard today is -- can I write to it? Yes I can. So I liked it.
|Sufjan Stevens - Come on Feel the Illinoise!|
(Aug 01, 2005 - 22:37)
Okay, I'll give it a chance ... but this is an effort!
Truly weird, it's true. His goal is to write an album about each of the 50 United States. Check out his label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, at http://www.asthmatickitty.com/main.php
One of the artists on the label is Liz Janes, and her stuff is intriguing.
As a Chicago person, I find much of this song to be an in-joke. You've got to 'get' the whole Chicago-architecture-pride thing. We really do walk around staring up at the tops of buildings admiring cornices and windows and know which are Prairie influenced. We are truly weird.
|Greg Brown - Who Woulda Thunk It|
(Jun 20, 2005 - 20:30)
|Thanks for this! I've been trying to remember who sang this (sung this?)
Greg Brown makes me think of Iowa City and those funky dark narrow bars with great music ...
|Oliver Mtukudzi - Wake Up|
(Jun 09, 2005 - 07:28)
I would love to hear more African artists, who has the CDs to upload?
I've got a bunch -- now that the semester's over, perhaps I can upload a couple of songs. I really love soukous -- that jangly, waterfall, diamond-like guitar sounds sends me up out of the chair and dancing every time.
|Mark-Almond - The City|
(Jun 01, 2005 - 13:44)
|Hated it until the final minutes. Interesting throbbing close.
In fact, it's incredibly appropriate for me right now, as I'm writing an exam for my Urban Anthropology course.
|Led Zeppelin - Kashmir|
(May 30, 2005 - 13:48)
|First There There by Radiohead and then Kashmir. Who woulda thunk it? (and does anyone remember that song?)
Nice set up, especially for a woman who is stuck in her basement office on Memorial Day grading papers and writing exams.
|Lyle Lovett - Friend Of The Devil|
(Aug 16, 2004 - 01:06)
|Apropos of the discussion of having a Grateful Dead Appreciation Gene or not -- I don't have the Lyle Lovett Appreciation Gene. Nice cover, first song of his I've kind of liked, but I just don't get Lyle Lovett. |
|John Stanford - The Edge|
(Aug 15, 2004 - 01:29)
And now I am reminded that I'll soon be smelling the creosote smell of pre-dawn and it's time to put the writing away and go to bed. Nice thing to have in my head as I wind down.
|Solas - I Am a Maid That Sleeps in Love|
(Mar 19, 2004 - 21:50)
Ah, Loreena McKennit hooked up with 'The Chieftains' Wait, ...Solas?
Naw, I'll pass!
Loreena McKennit is a relative newbie; think more of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Pentangle, Steeleye Span -- and Planxty and DeDannan. Solas is working in a great tradition.
On a different note, is anyone here familiar with Nic Jones? Is he on the playlist?
|Ween - Tried & True|
(Mar 18, 2004 - 19:52)
|The more I hear it, the more I like it. What's with the current pop obession with high voices, anyhow? This gives me that nice thrilling feeling at the bottom of my stomach. |
|Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now|
(Mar 09, 2004 - 08:02)
|RP listeners educate me again. Due to long periods of my adult life out of society (no, not prison, living overseas in isolated areas!), I have big American cultural gaps. I had no idea this song was related to the fall of the Berlin wall. Now I'll listen to it differently. Thanks, y'all. |
|Greg Brown - Just A Bum|
(Mar 05, 2004 - 21:19)
|Is this the same Greg Brown we used to go see in our favorite local bar in Iowa City, circa late 1970s???|
|The Police - Roxanne|
(Mar 02, 2004 - 17:00)
|Is it just me, but does this song sound way faster than normal? Roxanne by the Chipmunks!|
|Northern Territories - Through The Darkest Rain|
(Feb 23, 2004 - 19:23)
|Doesn't sound much better with good stereo separation -- perhaps IMAX?
Seriously, I found myself wondering about this, liking it, before it got just a little repetitive. I think it's an excellent bridge song. Sometimes the music in RP is great because of the songs before and after it.
|Loop Guru - Caravan|
(Feb 19, 2004 - 20:47)
|OOOOh, the variety is amazing. How do they do it, the way songs segue into each other in ways I never imagined.
And I do like this very trance-like song.
|Hank Dogs - 18 Dogs|
(Feb 19, 2004 - 20:37)
|It's bloody and vicious the way old Irish songs are. I love the Appalachian feel, the low, gritty timbre -- but great production. Thanks, RP!|