|Belly - Slow Dog|
(Dec 15, 2008 - 20:56)
|The subject matter that this song was developed from is really disturbing. Don't look it up if you have a weak stomach or a tendency toward nightmares.|
|Roxy Music - More Than This|
(Dec 10, 2008 - 09:54)
|Less 'edge' than their earlier records, but a very refined and sophisticated sound. This works for me.|
|Rachael Yamagata - Accident|
(Dec 10, 2008 - 08:01)
|I have a couple of her records. I like her voice and her choice of material. She seems to suffer from a tendency to under-play her songs in the manner of modern jazz singers. Diana Kraal is the most prominent example of this, making every performance sound like a first read-through of a new lyric. Holly Cole used to be accused of excesses of reserve in interpretation and emotion, but Diana has taken the emotional temperature of her delivery down to a few notches above zero K.|
Rachel shows promise. I'll keep listening and look forward to her finding some songs she feels like acting excited about.
|Spirit - Morning Will Come|
(Dec 10, 2008 - 07:55)
|I won't dispute their talent as performers or the importance of their influence on other bands but to my ear Spirit has not aged as well as others. From that era, give me Traffic or CCR any day. I listened to them in the '70s (I'm 50) but Spirit sounds like self indulgent hippie music to me now.|
|Neko Case - Dirty Knife|
(Dec 08, 2008 - 12:14)
|One of the great pop music voices going. Her contributions to The New Pornographers totally transform that band.|
|Nick Drake - Day Is Done|
(Dec 04, 2008 - 10:39)
| Skorokoro wrote:|
is anyone else making music like this?
Sufjan Stevens, Jose Gonzales, Great Lakes Swimmers. Others.
|R.E.M. - Electrolite|
(Dec 04, 2008 - 10:33)
| lemmoth wrote:|
sounds a little like Night Swimming
Now that you mention it, yeah it does.
I like this band best just this way. Simple arrangement, nice melody and a loopy rhythm. Mandolin optional.
|Mike Doughty - I Hear The Bells|
(Dec 04, 2008 - 10:13)
| lukekingland wrote:|
*sniffle* I miss Soul Coughing.
S.C. = awesome live band. I like the rest of this album, but then I like his voice and oddball lyrics. I can see where this isn't for everyone but it is a good fit for Radio Paradise.
|Zero 7 - Futures|
(Dec 03, 2008 - 16:04)
|Great record from the beginning to the end. Not every critic loves this but I find it very pleasant and listenable. It creates a mood very effectively.|
|Sugarcubes - Coldsweat|
(Dec 03, 2008 - 15:56)
|Stands up pretty well for music that was avant garde 20 years ago. I like all of the Sugarcubes records, especially Bjork (and not much since).|
Oh, and a segue into Neko. Nice!
|Tinariwen - Cler Achel|
(Dec 03, 2008 - 12:20)
|These guys are badass in a good way. Great tunes and an amazing back story.|
BTW: I'd pay for a subscription that allowed me to view comments without the dancing bananas.
They are all over my last nerve and wearing it thin.
P.S. Problem solved. Hint: Ad****k Pl*s
|Neil Young - Like A Hurricane|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 19:48)
| alanthecowboy wrote:|
I DJ'd a wedding once where the 'embarrassing uncle' happened to be a piper. They warned me about him, and told me to drown him out if he walked in with the bagpipes. The time came, and I quickly realized that a 2000 Watt sound system is no match for a set of highland pipes. I turned off the music and enjoyed the show.
FWIW, I love this song, especially this version.
If they start on Amazing Grace just find your keys and go. They love that song and just won't let it stop.
|Richard Thompson - Turning of the Tide|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 19:45)
|Been following Richard Thompson since Shoot Out The Lights came out. That was one of the real jaw-on-the-floor records for me and still is. Amazing guitarist and lyricist.|
|Cat Power - Ramblin' (Wo)Man|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 16:38)
|Awesome voice. I discovered Moon Pix a couple of years ago and immediately bought all the rest. The Greatest is my favorite. I can't get enough of that album.|
|Lemon Jelly - Homage To Patagonia|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 15:38)
|Kinda groovy. I keep music like this, The Mermen, Palo Alto, The Bad Plus, Orbital, FSOL and other instrumental bands around to play when I'm working and voices would be distracting.|
|Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 14:15)
|In my opinion a very good record from one of the great bands of all time. Still, I honestly don't think that on its merits this deserves the attention, adulation and worship that it gets. As a cultural phenomenon, maybe, but not as an album.|
|Elbow - One Day Like This|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 12:55)
|There are few voices in pop music with this kind of character and range. Add great song writing and you've got one of my favorite recent discoveries since I heard Asleep in the Back on another internet radio station 2 years ago.|
|Patti Smith - Because The Night|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 10:28)
|A couple of years ago I was working in a high end department store and Patti Smith walked through in the middle of a busy day. Swaggered is more like it. If a person's walk can have intensity, purpose, conviction and energy, hers had it. Caught my eye from across the room and I immediately knew who it was. We frequently had celebrities in the store but I never saw anyone else leave total silence and awe in their wake.|
|Pearl Jam - Black|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 09:15)
|1991! Cripes. People born the year this excellent record came out are about to graduate high school. I feel like a very old man (born the year Buddy Holly died).|
|The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3|
(Dec 02, 2008 - 09:13)
|Great record but too sad for me to listen to some times.|
I really like trk. 2: The Island: - Come and See - The Landlord's Daughter - You'll Not Feel the Drowning.
Actually that's kinda grim as well but it's up next on the stereo here.
|Guess Who - No Time|
(Nov 30, 2008 - 16:29)
|Good call! A standout in its day and still great 35+ years later.|
|Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie|
(Nov 30, 2008 - 16:18)
|Fun record, and a crazy performer live. What ever happened to the nutty SOB, other than light rotation on CBC2?|
|Cat Power - Lord, Help The Poor & Needy|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 15:39)
|Gotta be 8+ for just about everything by Chan Marshall. |
She's just uncanny. When I discovered Moon Pix it literally haunted me for days. And I can't stop playing The Greatest for other people.
|Bonobo - Nitelight|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 15:13)
|Vocal sounds like Beth Gibbons of Portishead, and no that's not a pun unless it's theirs.|
Nope, the vocalist is:
Bajka (pronounced "Biker") is B. Pluwatsch (born December 25, 1978) is a poet and singer, currently based in Munich, Germany.
She is the daughter of J. Pluwatsch, a member of the German Krautrock band Embryo. She was born in India, and has lived in Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa. She attended schools in Goa, Bangalore, Lagos, Portugal, Seattle, Durban and Cape Town.according to Wikipedia
|Sting - Love is the Seventh Wave |
(Nov 28, 2008 - 15:03)
|I didn't hate this at the time and I don't now.|
Everything after this though, pretty much all hate...
But the post Kenny G. soprano sax now makes this sound weak and fey.
|Fleetwood Mac - Sara|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 14:49)
|We saw them in 1979 when they were touring to support this release. Got lost on the way to Cobo Hall & missed seeing Men at Work open. |
Always a favorite band and always will be.
|Bob Dylan - Love Sick|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 09:01)
|Love and Theft is a stupendous record, but I never 'got' this one. He's a bit over my earth bound head some times.|
|Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 08:34)
|This is a really strange album that I don't understand but for some reason I've been playing the heck out of it for 6 months.|
It must be That Voice.
I disagree in aesthetic terms, but 'Cat stuck in a drainpipe' made me spit-take coffee on my keyboard. Thanks for the first laugh of the day.
|Cowboy Junkies - Lay it Down|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 08:29)
|This band's excellent songwriting is overlooked. Their style is very distinctive but I'd love to hear an album of Cowboy Junkies covers from the likes of X, Kristin Hersh, Matthew Sweet, Freedy Johnston, Richard Thompson, etc.|
|Morcheeba - Over & Over|
(Nov 28, 2008 - 08:13)
|Somehow I got to see this band live twice. Once, the opener was Jim 'The West Texas Tom Waits' White. Very odd juxtaposition of two acts I like a lot.|
|Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter|
(Nov 25, 2008 - 10:47)
|I first heard this over 35 years ago and it still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.|
I've got speakers to the ceiling and a kilowatt of amps in here and it's still not LOUD enough!
|Roxy Music - Avalon|
(Nov 25, 2008 - 10:40)
| Thistle wrote:|
Bill, please play Dance Away. I haven't heard that song in years. Not sure what album it was off of either...
Manifesto, which also has Love is the Drug. Two or 3 superb songs, but overall not my favorite album of theirs.
And yes, this is a very silly cover.
|Roxy Music - Avalon|
(Nov 25, 2008 - 10:23)
|Bryan Ferry was born 30 years too late for his talent. The world never knew what to do with a 'rock' band that had a woodwinds player.|
Love this album. It's in my top 3 Roxy records.
|Cowboy Junkies - Lay it Down|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 18:22)
| Dave_Mack wrote:|
I was surprised with so many pages of comments that nobody mentioned the Velvet Underground. Certainly Margo sounds a lot prettier than Lou, but the vibe feels like down-tempo heroin music, which says VU to me. This is my favorite song by CJ, by the way. I really like the riff in the chorus.
You must have heard their version of Sweet Jane from Trinity Sessions. Margo makes it sound sexy rather than desperate, although she can do despair as well.
|Bird York - Haunting You|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 18:14)
| Zep wrote:|
I thought this said MULCHY and was wondering what mulch sounded like....
She doesn't sound earthy to me.
|John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 17:33)
| sirrus wrote:| Bleyfusz wrote:
Personally, I would choose not to meet most of the artist I admire. What you're telling confirms me.
Yes. Who would've expected John Lee Hooker to be a spunky, dirty old blues man?
My best friend's father owned a record store in Detroit and had his own label, Von Records, in the 50s and 60s. He recorded a number of early blues performers including Hooker. His wife had very disparaging things to say about Hooker's character and level of civilization, to put it politely. She was a very proper lady.
|Elvis Costello - American Gangster Time|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 17:17)
|WTF dudes?? I made a narrow and specific criticism in a comment, then came back here MUCH later to find that I'd been in a big fight without even contributing anything.|
For the record, I own everything EC has ever recorded. I've seen him live twice and consider him one of the most important and influential artists to come out of the late 70s.
I think he falls flat when he gets angry. It doesn't work for me.
As far as criticizing the USA, I do it daily and I totally support his right to say what he thinks in any form he chooses. I just don't find it to be entertaining music to my ear.
|Radiohead - Go to Sleep|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 17:06)
|<turns volume up to loudest point in days>|
Oh, yeah. I dig this a LOT.
|Bryan Ferry - Goin' Down|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 16:54)
|I like Bryan as a covers artist. His Dylan covers work far better than you'd think. Seen him live a couple of times & he's a great show.|
|Talking Heads - Burning Down The House|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 16:25)
|Saw them on this tour and it expanded my concept of what a live band can do. Outstanding record.|
(EDIT) this appears to be the live version from the film, which is much looser than the album version, as you'd expect.
|Los Straitjackets - Sing, Sing, Sing|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 16:15)
|Oh, that was Sing Sing Sing. I was sitting here thinking "hey! that's a little like a Krupa thing. Gotta pay more attention.|
|U2 - Desire|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 16:13)
| tobstar wrote:|
Poor song. Lets just sing the same word over and over and over
U2 are shockingly bad, it's just white people music.
Well they're Irish so, yeah, white, and nothing wrong with that.
|Ian Brown - Keep What Ya Got|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 16:04)
|Oh, and Oasis made some of the most stupendously powerful rock I've heard in decades on their first records but they were dicks when I saw them live and in subsequent interviews so I lost interest.|
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they don't miss me though.
|Ian Brown - Keep What Ya Got|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 16:02)
|I'd like this better if it didn't suffer by comparison to the absolutely stellar Stone Roses (first album).|
|Queens Of The Stone Age - I Never Came|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 15:59)
|Well I've never paid any attention to this band because I assumed from the name that I would hate them, but based on this song I should definitely give them some consideration. Like it a lot, and especially the vocal.|
|John Lurie - Manny & Lo|
(Nov 04, 2008 - 15:51)
| rexi wrote:|
probably, the same john lurie who plays in a lot of jarmush films anyway. as an actor that is. and who also headed a band called the lounge lizards. you'l know him when you see him...
He also appeared in a Jarmush film Down by Law with Tom Waits and Roberto Beni...Begin... that Life is Beautiful guy.
|Grant Lee Buffalo - SuperSloMotion|
(Oct 08, 2008 - 19:03)
|Grant in the same hour as Kristin Hersh! I saw them together in a small club in Ann Arbor a few years ago. Both great live performers.|
|Kristin Hersh - Echo|
(Oct 08, 2008 - 17:57)
| archwild wrote:|
I like this. It kind of sounds like a mellow garbage.
You mean garbage or Garbage? Big difference.
|U2 - New Year's Day|
(Oct 03, 2008 - 15:06)
| Ulises wrote:|
Wow! Whatever happened to this band?
They aged, and not well.
|Gomez - Machismo|
(Sep 26, 2008 - 17:46)
|I love just about everything this great band has ever done.|
|Suzanne Vega - It Makes Me Wonder|
(Sep 21, 2008 - 17:13)
|I'll be damned. According to Wikip. she's 2 weeks older than me (7/59). I'd have thought she was MUCH younger. Love her music, and she's very good live.|
|Unkle - Glow|
(Sep 21, 2008 - 17:05)
|This is very cool. How come I've never heard of this band?|
|Blind Boys of Alabama - Amazing Grace|
(Sep 17, 2008 - 07:23)
|You haven't lived - and wanted to immediately die - until you've heard a group of bagpipers trade off playing Amazing Grace for hours. They love that song for some reason. I hate it now, thanks to them.|
We used to sing Amazing Grace to the tune of HotRS in the mid '70s in Christian youth groups.
|Imogen Heap - Clear The Area|
(Sep 16, 2008 - 09:08)
|I heard Imo on SOMAFM and instantly liked her. Bought all the CDs and I love them. More Imogen!!|
|Thievery Corporation - Indra|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 20:41)
|Outstanding. This is the soundtrack to 40 plane flights for me. Always makes me remember watching mountains go by from 30,000 feet up.|
|The Beatles - Revolution 1|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 20:23)
| Panama_Floyd wrote:|
Maybe it's just because I'm getting old, but I actually like this one better than the later one on the B-side of...uh...whatever single it was on the B-side of.
The Beatles "Unplugged"?
Agreed. Us too. Couldn't have said it better.
|Golden Earring - Twilight Zone|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 20:08)
|My wife says the video for this was hilarious in a memorable B-movie kind of way.|
I wouldn't know. Stopped watching TV in 1975.
|Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 20:04)
| alcedo wrote:|
I find that DM is played surprisingly seldom at RP, or do I just miss the occasions when it happens?
|Vieux Farka Toure - Bullet the Blue Sky|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 19:39)
|My wife says I should try to see past my hatred/loathing/disgust of Bono. Okay. This is a really good track. I've been saying what U2 really needed was a definitive cover album. I like the songs. I hate Goggle-Eyes. This is very cool.|
(he's still NOT!)
|The New Pornographers - The Bones Of An Idol|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 19:01)
| RadioDoc wrote:|
Probably because her "producers" insist on burying her in ten tons of reverb, plus she shrieks more than sings when she's solo. She's a marginal performer but you'll never convince her rabid fans of that.
This song's melody, however sounds like something you'd play with your Tonette in third grade.
I play her CD Fox Confessor Brings the Flood about 3 - 5 times a week. Personally, I can't stand the production style of the NP albums although the songwriting and performances are among the best to be found anywhere. The NP CDs sound hard, flat, compressed, trebly and bassless to me. Like the greatest music heard through a bad car radio half a block away. To my ear, Neko's voice is better served by the more spare arrangements framing it on her solo CDs, although alt-country is not the direction to go to get my attention.
|Uncle Tupelo - Still Be Around|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 14:21)
|Don't know much about this band but I like the openness and frankness of their songs that I hear on RP.|
|U2 - Bad|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 14:16)
|Great cover shot. Very good song docked 3 points for Bono's typical over-singing. I'd really like to hear U2 songs covered by other singers.|
|Over The Rhine - Faithfully Dangerous|
(Sep 10, 2008 - 14:13)
|A few years ago when this CD (then called Good Dog Bad Dog The Home Recordings) had been out a while I talked to Karin Bergquist after a show about how much I loved it. I was surprised that she considered it substandard. I think the production values of the home-recorded tracks didn't meet their standards and they were looking forward to re-working the tracks. I loved the warm ambience and naturalness of those tracks. I've listened to the original versions A LOT. I hope they haven't 'fixed' them up too much!|
|Echo and the Bunnymen - In The Margins|
(Sep 08, 2008 - 17:27)
|Where the hell did this come from? I though I knew everything these guys had done. Must be gettin' old...|
(mumbles) born in the fifties...(mumbles)
|Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)|
(Sep 08, 2008 - 17:25)
|I was astonished when I heard they were recording together. Eagerly awaited the album. I've been a fan of Alison since seeing her in the mid-80s. The album is good but did not meet my high expectations for something transcendent. Two great talents. I hope they have more in them.|
|Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days|
(Sep 08, 2008 - 14:09)
|I was never a huge SG fan (I'm too old) but this song stands up to the best Rock Ballads of any era. It's just a tremendously effective piece. Love it!|
|Madrugada - Hands Up - I Love You|
(Sep 08, 2008 - 13:38)
| renegade_X wrote:|
SHIT!!!! I just looked into the guitarist to find that he died last year. That is truly sad. Kinda neat that he was buried with his guitar though. He was found dead with his guitar in hand, when I go I want to have my last moments playing as well just as he. RIP.
That sounds very Morphine-esque in several ways.
|Steely Dan - Aja|
(Sep 07, 2008 - 17:44)
|OUTSTANDING record that I still love despite wearing one copy plumb out. Genius never pales.|
|The New Pornographers - The Bones Of An Idol|
(Sep 07, 2008 - 11:55)
| bizon wrote:|
I'm quite surprised at all the comments about the band name. Why does anyone care? Stop and ask yourselves how many great bands over the years have or have had horrible names. I'm sure you can come up with more than a few.
American Music Club. Great band, awful name.
|The New Pornographers - The Bones Of An Idol|
(Sep 07, 2008 - 11:54)
|Love the band and the album. An this is my favorite song from it. I can hardly believe the talent that this group packs. More NP!! Especially with Neko singing.|
|Burning Spear - Farover|
(Sep 07, 2008 - 06:33)
| Pyro wrote:|
Reggae is musically boring. One chord, one rhythm. Lyrics are the saving grace, most of the time.
Except when the lyrics are preaching religion, which I find unwelcome in any sort of music. I like Dub a great deal because it's fun, but trad Reggae is just slow, mopey, simplistic and dull in all but the most competent hands.
|Imogen Heap - The Walk|
(Sep 06, 2008 - 08:59)
|SOMAFM turned me into a fan and I really enjoy Imo's CDs now (including Frou Frou).|
|Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street|
(Sep 06, 2008 - 08:42)
|This song was COLOSSAL for about 7 months 30 years ago. I really don't feel a strong need for a revival, though.|
|Crack the Sky - Ice|
(Sep 06, 2008 - 07:59)
| jpfueler wrote:|
this sounds really, really good on a '65 Fisher Amp rebuilt with Russian tubes and NOS GE tubes connected to a top end turntable and great speakers.
I wish everyone could hear quality vintage tube audio gear in good repair. The warmth and intimacy of the sound makes digital and solid state sound cold, artificial and hard by comparison. I have a basement full of hoarded quality tube gear that I love.
|Talking Heads - What A Day That Was|
(Sep 06, 2008 - 07:51)
|Yeah, this band is rather polarizing. If you 'were there' as I was, in college in teh late '70s this was really important music for the contrast it made with corporate pop radio. If you stumble on them today out of that context I can see why it's difficult to understand.|
Personally, my favorite TH album is Fear of Music, the first record I ever literally wore out by playing it too much.
|Elliott Smith - Waltz #2|
(Sep 06, 2008 - 07:13)
|Yeah, this goes well in a set with Nick Drake. Nice juxpe.. juxte.. juxpo... Good match|
|Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)|
(Sep 06, 2008 - 07:04)
|Floyd's previous 3 albums were such luminous icons of musical brilliance that I guess it's inevitable that this would be well received. What I can't understand is its enduring popularity. It's inferior to DSOM or WYWH. This is overlong, whiny, bereft of musical originality and excessively dark to no purpose. Jump off the bandwagon and see for yourself!|
|Neko Case - Buckets of Rain|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 20:32)
This afternoon I played Fox Confessor straight through, then played it all again.
|Fontaine - Running on Empty|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 20:29)
|This sounds a bit Cowboy Junkies-ish, in a good way. I could hear Neko Case singing this as well, only spookier.|
|Fiona Apple - I Know|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 20:26)
|This came out only 9 years ago? It seems like a completely different era. I associate her with Sarah McLaughlin, Tori Amos, P. J. Harvey, Liz Phair and other female musicians that I saw at around the same time.|
|Joseph Arthur - Can't Exist|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 20:16)
| Welly wrote:|
Is it just me or does he sound like Bono?
It's you. I'm still listening. If it resembled The Goggled One in the least it would be silent in here.
|OK Go - Hello My Treacherous Friends|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 20:13)
|The car on the cover looks like a Volvo 740 ca 1988. I had one of those. Great car.|
Good song, too. This is a good choice in a set with Beck in it.
|John Martyn - Glory Box|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 07:03)
|This sounds like John Martyn the '70s British retro-folkie dude. If so, I can't think of a less likely person to cover Portishead, but it works for me. I wonder if we could get Richard Thompson to cover this. OTOH, the combination of darkness on dark heaviness would probably implode the whole works into a black hole.|
|Alanis Morissette - Moratorium|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 06:43)
|The lyrics are oddly stilted, unnatural and awkward. I like the sound a lot but I can't take the sentiments seriously while she's calling for a 'full time out from all things commitment'. A what? 'Toils of liason?' Huh?|
|Widespread Panic - Fishing|
(Sep 05, 2008 - 06:38)
|I bought Widespread Panic's Don't Tell the Band because I heard Little Lilly on RP. I like this band a lot & I'm amazed I hadn't heard of them before. I played them for my 72 year old mom the other day and she was thrilled!|
|The Smashing Pumpkins - Crush|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 16:54)
|Corgan whine = <mute> as usual.|
Good song, bad singer. Can't get past that. I'll have to wait for the definitive SP tribute album to fully appreciate them.
|Flaming Lips - In The Morning Of The Magician|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 16:51)
|I don't get this band. The critics rave about them. They've never 'connected' with me for some reason. I even saw them live. I think Alex Chilton or Jon Butcher opened for them. It was late. I dozed off during the Flaming Lips. Maybe I'm too old for this, but Wayne Coyne's no spring chicken himself.|
|The Be Good Tanyas - Ootischenia|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 15:44)
|The Be Good Tanyas are a favorite around here. Numerous friends have heard me play their CDs and asked who they were. The album Chinatown is a favorite, and Blue Horse is pretty great as well.|
|Joni Mitchell - Dreamland|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 13:41)
|Marvelous record, but not my favorite song from it. Still, this is Joni at a very interesting point in her career.|
|Gomez - Ping One Down|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 13:06)
|Great band, live or recorded. Play this LOUD and see if you can sit still. I hope they have a huge hit in them on their next album. They would benefit from greater media exposure.|
|PJ Harvey - We Float|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 12:43)
|I loved this album obsessively when it came out. I still think it's the best thing she's done. This was the soundtrack/traveling music to several dozen plane flights for me. This album, Air's Moon Safari and Thievery Corporation now all remind me of watching mountains go by from 30,000 feet up.|
|Leo Kottke - World Turning|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 11:46)
|My favorite Kottke cut off of all his dozens of albums. I ALWAYS play this LOUD!!|
IIRC, David Z. produced this (Minnesota connection)
|Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 11:37)
|I love how open, honest, flawed and earnest The Replacements were at a time when slick corporate rock ruled. Wish I'd been able to see them live, but that's one that I missed.|
|Nick Drake - Fly|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 11:20)
|Timeless. When you need to get your mope on there's no better companion than Nick Drake.|
|Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 11:04)
|Another non-Brucephile but I have to admit this song is one flaming torch of Rock and Roll Awesomeness.|
A solid 10 just on guts alone.
|Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 09:45)
| rez wrote:|
blah blah blah....
Call me a heretic, but I can't make my mind up whether the most overrated person in music is Bob Dylan or Van Morrison.
Heretic! Seize Him!
|Kula Shaker - Tattva|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 09:40)
| Thistle wrote:|
Hmm.. I think a lot of you armchair music critics (most of whom don't actually play or write music in any real capacity) are failing to realize that Kula Shaker were ahead of their time in terms of sonics/production when they emerged. The lyrics don't do a lot for me, but if you know your music history a nod of the head is due their way for being a bit ahead of the curve.
Maybe the rest of the world wasn't ready for that curve they were ahead of to wrap all the way around back to 1968 and start the Psychedelic genre all over again. They did it well and were a lot of fun for a couple of years. According to their web site they have a 3rd album out and are working on a 4th. The photos show an interesting neo-Victorian look that I like. Luck to them!
|Air - Talisman|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 08:56)
| zakalwe wrote:|
Heh, and one of my "train" tunes. After a day at work, sitting in the train, my head against the window, watching the scenery roll by...
This is great travel music. Unfortunately I left my copy in the CD player of a rental car! Gotta get another copy...
|Kula Shaker - Tattva|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 08:48)
|This band was supposed to blow up huge and be the Next Big Thing. They dropped off the map after album #2. They did have a very fun live show and were obviously trying very hard. Too bad it couldn't have been them instead of Oasis who succeeded.|
|Cocteau Twins - Summerhead|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 08:45)
|One of very few bands that I have seen that was actually worse live than than in recordings. No fault in the performance, but the trebly, compressed and heavily reverb-ed sound they record does not translate well to a live environment. It was hopelessly muddled and indistinct. Very disappointing, as I love their recordings.|
|Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 06:36)
| burdell wrote:|
If I wanted to hear this song, I would listed to radio. We have 3 classic rock stations here and they all play this song once an hour. Please make it stop.
Classic Rock Radio is a curse. They'll strip mine your best memories and reprocess them as background music. Before you know what you've lost you'll be unable to listen to your favorite songs with pleasure. Turn that commercial stuff off while you still enjoy the music of your youth.
|The Shins - A Comet Appears|
(Sep 04, 2008 - 05:38)
|Beautiful composition with extremely strange lyrics. This whole album is really good.|
|Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 20:52)
|Oh goodness. Is it time to be nostalgic for this already? I didn't get the memo. Uh, catch me in another 5 years due to over exposure the first time around.|
|Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 20:50)
|I've listened to this CD scores of times. I still love it. Call it what you want but the mood is seamless and the vibe is cool.|
|Gomez - Rex Kramer|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 20:10)
|Great band live. So dynamic, energetic and just plain loud. This is my favorite album of theirs.|
|Diana Krall - Temptation|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 18:44)
|Great song. Holly Cole nails this one cold. Diana lays back too much to be involving for me. Still worth listening to but the vocal lacks excitement. Just doesn't sound very tempted.|
|Feist - Mushaboom|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 18:40)
|It takes guts to perform an unapologetic romantic song these days. This works for me still, after hearing it scores of times.|
|The Smashing Pumpkins - Today|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 18:14)
|One of the four worst voices in all of rock and roll. I'd rather hear Bob Hite, and that's pretty dire. Great guitar, though. |
|Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 17:09)
|I'm going to dock this excellent song 1 point down to a 9 just because of all of the bandwagon jumping Floyd fans who have uncritically over-rated their lesser later work. But this is awesome.|
|Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 17:00)
|This version of this song has been used in a number of movies and TV shows. It still grabs me after hearing it dozens of times. What a voice. What a loss.|
|PJ Harvey - The Wind|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 16:32)
|I like her a LOT, but I can see why she's not everyone's cup of tea.|
|Radiohead - High and Dry|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 15:40)
|I saw Radiohead open for Belly in about 1993 or so. We had no idea who they were. Then within a few months everyone did. Now I think I'm back to ignorance again.|
|Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 15:35)
|An essential classic. This raises the hair on the back of my neck every time.|
I don't always 'get' Dylan but this comes through loud and clear.
|Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 14:44)
| k_trout wrote:|
first time i was exposed to Elvis Costello was SNL = I thought it was one of the skits.
I was wrong.......
Listen and learn......
They played Radio Radio live against the wishes of the producers. It was many years before EC appeared on the show again. I remember seeing that when it happened. He looked PISSED!!
|Frou Frou - Let Go|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 13:48)
|Big crowded arrangements are a bold gamble but for me it works here, mostly on the strength of the vocal. I have this and all of Imo's other CDs.|
|Gomez - Rhythm & Blues Alibi|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 13:14)
|Gomez is another band that really shines live. If you like their recordings at all they'll blow you away in person.|
|Sonic Youth - Stones|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 11:13)
|Awesome band! I can't think of many others who have consistently grown more varied and interesting well into the second (third?) decade of their careers. Of many many live shows I have seen, Sonic Youth have always been outstanding.|
|The Stone Roses - Love Spreads|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 10:36)
|I'm surprised that I like this track. I didn't listen to this CD very much when it came out. It was overall inferior to their stupendous debut CD years earlier so I short changed listening to this out of disappointment. I'll have to drag that out for a few more spins.|
|Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 08:17)
|Great composition. Compared to later live recordings, the original studio record was a little 'tight'. later on they loosened up and swung a little, which made this more fun to listen to.|
|Tom Baxter - Skybound|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 06:38)
|Nice arrangement and performance of a rather slight song. I hope he has some better material because I really like the sound.|
Kinda sounds like the vocalist for Elbow, doesn't he?
|Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter|
(Sep 03, 2008 - 06:01)
|My favorite Stones song for at least 20 years. Hearing this raises the hair on the back of my neck.|
|Cowboy Junkies - Lay it Down|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 14:59)
|A wonderful, spooky and warm voice. This band is an under appreciated source of great song writing as well.|
|The Smashing Pumpkins - Glynis|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 14:54)
| eclectek wrote:|
Corgan could be singing the most beautiful song in the world and I wouldn't know it because I cannot get past his whiny voice. Shame on me.
Go easy on yourself. He really is that irritating to most people. That whiny vocal has ruined some of the best songwriting of his generation. I'm waiting for teh definitive SP cover record by someone who can sing.
|U2 - Desire|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 12:46)
|I generally dislike Yew Too for a number of reasons but I have to admit this is a pretty great song. Probably the one thing that Bono's chronic over singing isn't totally wrong for.|
|Queens Of The Stone Age - I Never Came|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 11:59)
|Is there anyone else to whom this vocal sounds uncannily like David Byrne (in a good way)?|
Is there anyone interested in this band who knows who David Byrne is?
|Rolling Stones - Country Honk|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 11:55)
| They sound like they're having a ball and that's the best homage that you can give to a musical genre. Makes me laugh every time.|
|Mazzy Star - All Your Sisters|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 11:52)
|Love this voice. Also see Hope Sandoval Bavarian Fruit Bread. Possibly even better than Mazzy Star.|
|Prince - When Doves Cry|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 11:08)
|The vocal squeals and synth twiddling never caught my ear at the time and I don't think they've aged well. I acknowledge that Prince has many dedicated fans. They (including my wife) refer to his instrumental virtuosity and large output as signs of his Greatness. And he certainly has had commercial success. But it still sounds like R&B/Disco/Dance Pop to me even at his best. Sure, he's the best at what he does but a championship winning Golden Retriever is still a dog.|
|The Police - Walking In Your Footsteps|
(Sep 02, 2008 - 09:08)
|Not my favorite track from that album. It does remind me that The Police were a very creative, advanced and individualistic band and that Sting has fallen a long long way from that pinnacle into the comfy valley of pop pablum.|
|U2 - Bad|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 19:49)
| meloman wrote:|
So overblown, so fatuous. I can't see why this band is rated as highly as it is...really. No offense, U2 fans.
Why does Bono wind up screaming every song at the top of his lungs?
Because he can't sing?
Well put. My thoughts exactly. They have many fans but I can't get past the histrionic delivery to enjoy the songs.
|The Cars - Moving In Stereo|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 19:27)
|I'm surprised to see such a high rating for this. Synths and vocal effects sound dated to me now.|
Still, I'd rather this than Boston if we have to have that era, but how about some Pretenders instead?
And 2 tracks later, "Message of Love!"
(looks over shoulder)
|The Beatles - Come Together|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 19:23)
|I was 10 when this came out, just about 9 years too young to fully appreciate how great it is. At that time I'm certain the Beatles were the greatest band ever. Now I'm pretty sure The Rolling Stones have surpassed them, having had an amazing creative output in the '70s.|
|Béla Fleck - Moonlight Sonata|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 19:14)
|Been a fan for years and seen him several times. This classical CD just didn't do it for me despite numerous playings. He plays the selections perfectly but with no flair or individuality. Which is strange because he's so creative and lively.|
Sounds very fine but I expected more.
|The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 19:06)
| westslope wrote:|
Interesting. I still like CBC for public affairs programming but rarely enjoy the music. Been a while since I tried CBC2 (I thought it was 3?)
CBC2 has a new music show at night that's excellent. Brave exposure of many indie bands.
|The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 18:54)
|Sounds a bit like Antony Hegarty (sp?) or maybe Jeff Buckley. Both in a good way. Or Chris Martin. This band gets airplay on CBC2 and I like them.|
|Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 18:41)
| Ahnyer_Keester wrote:|
Oh my nerd!! This takes me right back to my high school days. Wow. Haven't heard this in a long time. Summer time. My room with the stereo cranking WRIF 101 with Arthur Penthallow in the afternoon. And I had hair. :)
I still have those RIF memories, and the hair but it's white!
|The Beach Boys - Sail On Sailor|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 18:21)
|This great song is the only Beach Boys tune I'd give more than a 6. This stands far above the typical cars/girls/surfboards pop they're known for.|
|Massive Attack - Black Milk|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 17:40)
|I listened to this CD a LOT when it came out. It has stood the test of time for me. Great band and an awesome album.|
|Counting Crows - Round Here|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 10:30)
|It's a good song but was broadly overexposed when it was new. Personally I need this to go away for a while longer before I can enjoy it again. In a few years I'll feel like hearing Crash Test Dummies, this and Spin Doctors again.|
|Magyar Posse - Whirlpool Of Terror And Tension|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 10:04)
| rtrudeau wrote:|
If this hasn't been used in a movie, it should be.
In a movie with subtitles. A blonde drives a convertible on a winding coastal road. A satchel of jewels sits on the passenger seat.
|Ben Folds - Still Fighting It|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 09:57)
|Years ago I saw him play The Shelter, a legendary basement venue under the storied St. Andrews Hall in downtown Detroit. He was opening for Heather Nova, with his full band. Pennywise was playing upstairs, with full-house chaos, mayhem and noise. We were truly in fear of the wooden floor upstairs giving way and sending piles of pogoing Pennywise fans pouring through the ceiling. At one point a keg burst upstairs and sent beer flowing over the drum kit from above. Towels were deployed and the band played on. Finally Ben got disgusted with trying to play over the deafening racket upstairs. He grabbed a mic stand, climbed on top of the piano and proceeded to pound the ceiling and scream SHUT UP! SHUT!! UP!!!|
It was great spontaneous theater, and hilarious.
|Phil Keaggy - County Down|
(Aug 21, 2008 - 09:43)
|I remember him from my Jesus Freak days over 30 years ago. Nice to see he's still around.|
|Dave Alvin - Highway 61|
(Aug 15, 2008 - 17:31)
|I think the guitar work on this is outstanding. Also, this is one version where you can actually understand the very creative lyrics. Yes, Dylan's is definitive but this is very worthwhile.|
|The Smashing Pumpkins - Drown|
(Aug 15, 2008 - 17:13)
|I'll say it again: one of the five worst voices in all of popular music. He may be a genius but I just can't get past the wounded cat squalling.|
|Over the Rhine - Fever|
(Aug 14, 2008 - 07:48)
|They're great live. Karin Bergquist's voice gains some impact when you can watch her sing.|
|Massive Attack - Protection|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 14:55)
|The rest of the Massive Attack now sounds too hard edged to me but I still like the tracks voiced by Elizabeth Guthrie, Tracy Thorn and Beth Orton.|
|Del Amitri - Driving With The Brakes On|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 12:55)
|Very strange band. Write great songs. Sound like it's 1978 when they play them. Look that way when they play live, and apparently not in an ironic way. I've played this CD a LOT.|
|Neko Case - Maybe Sparrow|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 11:19)
|One of the great female pop voices. I like her work with The New Pornographers more than her solo stuff but it's all very listenable.|
|Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child (Wild One)|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 10:57)
|I'll be darned. He was born in the same hospital as me, 12 years earlier.|
That record was from 22 years ago when low rise jeans were not in fashion. Amazingly, he doesn't look a whole lot different today.
|The Decemberists - Sons & Daughters|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 10:38)
|This sounds oddly tossed off in the context of the rest of the album. I like the whole thing, and The Decemberists, a great deal.|
|Bob Marley - Lively Up Yourself|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 09:25)
|I never got the appeal of Reggae to non-stoned, non-oppressed people. This is OK but my daily requirement of Reggae has definitely been exceeded already and it's only noon. |
|Keren Ann - Lay Your Head Down|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 08:56)
|She gets played a bit on CBC2. Reminds me somewhat of Holly Golightly (the singer, not the character in Breakfast at Tiffany's). And that's a good thing.|
|Phish - First Tube|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 08:25)
|Great song for a workout playlist. Not that there's any overlap between gym rats and Phish fans. Except me.|
|U2 - Dancing Barefoot|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 07:53)
|+9 for the song, -7 for Bono = +2. Poor use of an awesome song. The original makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Bono just causes faint nausea.|
|Natalie Merchant - This House Is On Fire|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 07:32)
|Interesting segue to this from Orange Blossom dub. Well done.|
I love Natalie but this record was a disappointment after her previous great releases.
Rather than a female Eddie I'd say she's more of a modern Patty Smith.
|Orange Blossom - Desert Dub|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 07:28)
|I like this, and Dub generally. Dub has many of the best features of Reggae without the tedious religious preaching. I think I would check out more of this band. Nice grooves. I can see why it annoys some people though.|
|Cloud Cult - Journey Of The Featherless|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 06:06)
|A nice arrangement spoiled by a weak vocal performance of a mediocre song. I'll listen to more Cloud Cult but this track failed to make a fan of me.|
|John Lennon - Jealous Guy|
(Aug 13, 2008 - 05:58)
|Ditto that. Bryan Ferry does a great cover of this. It's a wonderful song but needs to be in the hands of a crooner, not a rocker.|
Prefer the Ferry version
|Pinback - Fortress|
(Aug 12, 2008 - 20:29)
|Pinback fan here. I've played this a lot & still like it. Nice groove & fine vocals.|
|Cloud Cult - Take Your Medicine|
(Aug 12, 2008 - 20:21)
|Okay, definitely above average song writing but I'm having trouble getting past the substandard vocal performance. But that's just me.|
|Talking Heads - And She Was|
(Aug 12, 2008 - 20:13)
|Least favorite Heads album. This is simplistic, slick and superficial.|
Play more Fear of Music.
|Gomez - Silhouettes|
(Jul 21, 2008 - 08:18)
|Gomez are an absolute blast live, and I've seen hundreds of bands. These guys really give you a great show.|