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Weekend Playlist

16 May 2011

“The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. You’re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free…” ~ Utah Phillips


Delaney & Bonnie | Motel Shot


MFSB | Love Is The Message


Herbert | Scale


Ohio Players | Skin Tight


United Soul | Music With Funkadelic


Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan | In Session


The Allman Brothers Band | Dreams


Whiskeytown | Pneumonia


The Insect Trust | The Insect Trust


Gene Ammons | Boss Tenor


Oscar Peteterson | Oscar Peterson Trio + 1 (Clark Terry)


Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster | Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster


Ben Webster | At Ease


Miles Davis | Kind Of Blue


Miles Davis | Filles de Kilamanjaro


Peace Orchestra | Peace Orchestra Reset


Fujiya & Miyagi | Lightbulbs


Utah Phillips | All Used Up


King Floyd | King Floyd


Eddie Hazel | Jams From The Heart


Donny Hathaway | Extension Of A Man

Weekend Playlist

14 June 2010

“I went to school, but they didn’t give you too much schooling because just as soon as you was big enough, you get to working in the fields. I guess I was a big boy for my age.” ~ Muddy Waters


Stooges | Fun House


Question Mark & The Mysterians | 96 Tears


The Elvin Bishop Band | Rock My Soul


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | Pall Mall – Boston, MA 1979
[album cover not pictured]


The Black Keys | Brothers


Muddy Waters | Electric Mud


The Allman Brothers Band | The Allman Brothers Band


Derek & The Dominos | Layla


Pacific Gas & Electric | Pacific Gas & Electric


The Rolling Stones | Let It Bleed


Radio Birdman | The Essential (1974-1978)


Pete Townshend | All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes


Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble | Soul To Soul


Canned Heat | Canned Heat Cookbook: Best Of


Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force | Planet Rock


Brian Eno | Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy


Ethel Merman | The Ethel Merman Disco Album


Peace Orchestra | Peace Orchestra Reset


Freestylers | Pressure Point


Wynton Marsalis | Baroque Music For Trumpets

Masterpiece: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

10 December 2009

[Today: David Bowie arrives on planet Earth…]

David Bowie has constantly shape-shifted during the course of his five decade career. From earnest folkie to coked-up alien to thin white duke to soundscape explorer, he has changed musical personalities with the frequency that other people change socks. But Bowie’s most interesting persona was easily Ziggy Stardust (the name was derived as a tribute to both Iggy Pop and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy), an alien who comes to Earth to offer hope to a planet that has just five years until extinction. Ziggy becomes a rock star, but ends up destroyed by his fans and fame. Released on June 6th, 1972, the album turned Bowie into a world-wide star, and remains his finest artistic statement.

Concept album is a phrase that sends shudders through even the most adventurous music fan, but Ziggy Stardust… is an album that doesn’t get hung up on overwrought conceits. The three main ideas of this album – impending armageddon, feelings of alienation, and the dark powers of fame – are hardly new to rock. By orbiting these concepts around a magnetic, theatrical character like Ziggy Stardust, Bowie created an album that looks and feels like a story, but is really about moods. Of course, it succeeds first and foremost not because of concepts or Martians, but because it’s a great batch of songs. Guitarist Mick Ronson is the secret weapon here – the licks he extracts from his guitar are the very spaceship that allows Ziggy to fly. As musical director, Ronson drilled The Spiders From Mars into a tight unit that credibly pulled off space-age rock. He is deserving of much more credit for the sound of this album than he’s generally accorded.

But Ronson can be forgiven by being overshadowed by Ziggy-era Bowie. At the time of the album’s release, Bowie had seemingly been on the verge of stardom for years – a photogenic talent who hadn’t put together the music to match his hype. That all changed with Ziggy Stardust… – ‘It Ain’t Easy’ ‘Moonage Daydream’ ‘Suffragette City’ and ‘Starman’ were just a few of the songs that served as de facto coronations of a new rock icon. By conceiving an album about an alien who becomes a star, David Bowie finally propelled himself to the very apex of stardom. And if that doesn’t spin your head, just wait until I tell you about the time he made an album with Stevie Ray Vaughan…

Listen: Moonage Daydream

Listen: Ziggy Stardust

Listen: Starman

Weekend Playlist

30 November 2009

“If I’m going to Hell, I’m going there playing the piano.” ~ Jerry Lee Lewis


The Zutons | Who Killed The Zutons?


Jerry Lee Lewis | 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits


Jeff Buckley | Grace [Legacy Edition]


Thin Lizzy | Johnny The Fox


Various Artists | Gather In The Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974


The Blasters | The Complete Slash Recordings


The Specials | Guilty ‘Til Proved Innocent!

Listen: Running Away


The Rolling Stones | LiveR Than You’ll Ever Be


Various Artists | Sweet Relief: A Benefit For Victoria Williams

Listen: Crazy Mary [Pearl Jam]


Stevie Ray Vaughan | Blues At Sunrise

Listen: Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)


Brian Wilson | Smile

Listen: Surf’s Up


Various Artists | Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues


Iron & Wine and Calexico | In The Reins

Listen: Dead Man’s Will


Iggy Pop & The Stoogs | Live In LA 73

Listen: New Orleans


The Black Keys | Rubber Factory

Listen: Girl Is On My Mind


GZA | Liquid Swords

Listen: Shadowboxin’


Various Artists | Locations [Global Underground]

Listen: Mushrooms [Marshall Jefferson Vs Noosa Heads]


XTC | Upsy Daisy Assortment


Johnny Cash | Country Style 1958
[album cover not pictured]


Van Halen | Tokyo, Japan – 6/22/78
[album cover not pictured]

Weekend Playlist

29 June 2009

Me, I’ve concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things.” – Lou Reed

Freddie King
Freddie King | Hide Away
[Album cover not pictured]

Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club, Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Shawn Phillips | Second Contribution
Shawn Phillips | Second Contribution

John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken
John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken

Instant Funk | Instant Funk
Instant Funk | Instant Funk

Soundgarden | Louder Than Love
Soundgarden | Louder Than Love

Rodriguez | Cold Fact
Rodriguez | Cold Fact

INXS | Shabooh Shoobah
INXS | Shabooh Shoobah

Various Artists | Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story
Various Artists | Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Calexico | The Black Light
Calexico | The Black Light

Jackson 5 | Greatest Hits
Jackson 5 | Greatest Hits

Miles Davis | 'Round About Midnight
Miles Davis | ‘Round About Midnight

Horace Silver | Silver's Blue
Horace Silver | Silver’s Blue

Donald Byrd | Mustang!
Donald Byrd | Mustang!

Alabama 3 | Outlaw
Alabama 3 | Outlaw

Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel
Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel

Basement Jaxx | Remedy
Basement Jaxx | Remedy

Radiohead | In Rainbows
Radiohead | In Rainbows

Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll
Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll

Gomez | Bring It On
Gomez | Bring It On

Ben Charest | Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack
Ben Charest | Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack

Various Artists | More Oar: A Tribute To The Skip Spence Album
Various Artists | More Oar

Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Sleeps With Angels
Neil Young | Sleeps With Angels

Minutemen | Post-Mersh Vol. 3
Minutemen | Post-Mersh Vol. 3

Barry & The Remains | Barry & The Remains
Barry & The Remains | Barry & The Remains

Various Artists | Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk
Various Artists | Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk

Gift Of Gab | Fourth Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up
Gift Of Gab | Fourth Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up

Culture | Trod On
Culture | Trod On

Led Zeppelin | Coda
Led Zeppelin | Coda

Stevie Ray Vaughan | SRV: The Boxed Set
Stevie Ray Vaughan | SRV (Box Set)

Black Sugar | Black Sugar
Black Sugar | Black Sugar

Weekend Playlist

13 April 2009

Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary of this blog, and while I’d planned to do a retrospective of some of my favorite and least favorite posts, I instead spent the day getting pummeled by the tax man. But the P and I still found time to run through a healthy pile of records. Here’s some of what we heard…

Ten Years After | A Space In Time
Ten Years After | A Space In Time

Beastie Boys | To The Five Boroughs
Beastie Boys | To The Five Boroughs

Black Keys | Chulahoma
Black Keys | Chulahoma

PJ Harvey | Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
PJ Harvey | Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

Les Claypool & The Holy Mackerel | Highball With The Devil
Les Claypool & The Holy Mackerel | Highball With The Devil

Beck | Odelay
Beck | Odelay

Ween | Quebec
Ween | Quebec

Prince | Purple Rain
Prince | Purple Rain

Stevie Ray Vaughan | In Step
Stevie Ray Vaughan | In Step

Tony Rice | Plays And Sings Bluegrass
Tony Rice | Plays And Sings Bluegrass

Various Artists | New Order: Back To Mine
Various Artists | New Order: Back To Mine

Josh Ritter | The Historical Conquests Of
Josh RItter | The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter

Max Romeo & The Upsetters | War Ina Babylon
Max Romeo | War Ina Babylon

Tricky | Maxinquaye
Tricky | Maxinquaye

John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken
John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken

Various Artists | Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970
Various Artists | Night Train To Nashville

Tony Joe White | The Train I'm On
Tony Joe White | The Train I’m On

Abyssinians | Satta Massagana
Abyssinians | Satta Massagana

Toots & The Maytals | Live
Toots & The Maytals | Live

Willie Colon | Cosa Nuestra
Willie Colon | Cosa Nuestra

Lil' Wayne | Tha Carter III
Lil’ Wayne | Tha Carter III

Jungle Brothers | Done By The Forces Of Nature
Jungle Brothers | Done By The Forces Of Nature

Willie Nelson | What A Wonderful World
Willie Nelson | What A Wonderful World

Taj Mahal | Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal | Taj Mahal

Charlie Musselwhite | Goin' Back Down South
Charlie Musselwhite | Goin’ Back Down South

Son House | Father Of The Folk Blues
Son House | Father Of The Folk Blues

Robert Nighthawk | Bricks In My Pillow
Robert Nighthawk | Bricks In My Pillow

Weekend Playlist

23 February 2009

Here’s a sampling of what was in our ears over the weekend…

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
Sex Pistols | Never Mind The Bollocks

Woody Guthrie | Dust Bowl Ballads
Woody Guthrie | Dust Bowl Ballads

Downliners Sect | The Rock Sect's In
Downliners Sect | The Rock Sect’s In

Prince | Purple Rain
Prince | Purple Rain

Blackalicious | Nia
Blackalicious | Nia

Fred Eaglesmith | Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline
Fred Eaglesmith | Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline

Tom Waits | Swordfishtrombones
Tom Waits | Swordfishtrombones

Willard Grant Conspiracy | Everything's Fine
Willard Grant Conspiracy | Everything’s Fine

Old & In The Way | Old & In The Way
Old & In The Way | Old & In The Way

Lifesavas | Spirit In Stone
Lifesavas | Spirit In Stone

Groove Armada | Lovebox
Groove Armada | Lovebox

Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime
Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime

Nick Lowe | Basher: The Best Of
Nick Lowe | Basher: The Best Of

The Smiths | Hatful Of Hollow
The Smiths | Hatful Of Hollow

Joe Walsh | Look What I Did: The JW Anthology
Joe Walsh | Look What I Did: The JW Anthology

Mother's Finest | Not Yer Mother's Funk: The Very Best Of
Mother’s Finest | Not Yer Mother’s Funk: The Very Best Of

Various Artists | The Rhino Disco Box
Various Artists | The Rhino Disco Box

Lightnin' Slim | Rooster Blues
Lightnin’ Slim | Rooster Blues

John Prine | John Prine
John Prine | John Prine

Cold War Kids | Robbers & Cowards
Cold War Kids | Robbers & Cowards

Little Barrie | We Are Little Barrie
Little Barrie | We Are Little Barrie

Mazzy Star | So Tonight That I Migh See
Mazzy Star | So Tonight That I Might See

Terry Reid | River
Terry Reid | River

Gene Clark | No Other
Gene Clark | No Other

Wings | Wings Greatest
Wings | Wings Greatest

Bryan Sutton | Bluegrass Guitar
Bryan Sutton | Bluegrass Guitar

Manu Chao | Proxima Estacion... Esperanza
Manu Chao | Proxima Estacion… Esperanza

Massive Attack | Mezzanine
Massive Attack | Mezzanine

Outkast | Stankonia
Outkast | Stankonia

Various Artists | Brainfreeze Breaks
Various Artists | Brainfreeze Breaks

DJ Shadow | Endtroducing...
DJ Shadow | Entroducing…

Neu! | Neu!
Neu! | Neu! 75

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble | The Sky Is Crying
Stevie Ray Vaughan | The Sky Is Crying

R.L. Burnside | Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
R.L. Burnside | Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down

Flying Burrito Bros | Gilded Palace Of Sin
Flying Burrito Brothers | Gilded Palace Of Sin

Sidestepper | 3AM (In Beats We Trust)
Sidestepper | 3AM (In Beats We Trust)

Dino Valente - Dino
Dino Valente | Dino Valente

John Legend | Get Lifted
John Legend | Get Lifted

Weekend Playlist

17 February 2009

Here’s some of the music that passed over our turntable during the long, rainy weekend that was…

Santogold | Santogold
Santogold _ Santogold

Yeasayer | All Hour Cymbals
Yeasayer _ All Hour Cymbals

New Order | Brotherhood
New Order _ Brotherhood

Radiohead | In Rainbows
Radiohead _ In Rainbows

My Morning Jacket | Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket _ Evil Urges

Primus | Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
Primus _ Sailing The Seas Of Cheese

Dr. Feelgood | Stupidity
Dr. Feelgood _ Stupidity

SRV | Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble _ Texas Flood

Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt | Live At Keystone
Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Bill Vitt _ Live At Keystone

Johnny Cash | The Sun Years
Johnny Cash _ The Sun Years

Long Ryders | Native Sons
The Long Ryders _ Native Sons

Skull Snaps | Skull Snaps
Skull Snaps _ Skull Snaps

Fred Locks | Black Star Liner
Fred Locks _ Black Star Liner

Duke Ellington | Blues In Orbit
Duke Ellington _ Blues In Orbit

Charles Mingus Sextet | East Coasting
Charles Mingus Sextet _ East Coasting

Blue Mitchell | Blue's Moods
Blue Mitchell _ Blue’s Moods

Chet Baker Quintet | Groovin' With The Chet Baker Quintet
The Chet Baker Quintet _ Groovin’ With The Chet Baker Quintet

Weekend Playlist

26 January 2009

Here’s some of what we heard during the weekend that was…

J.K. & Co. | Suddenly One Summer
J.K. & Co. _ Suddenly One Summer

Esther Phillips | Home Is Where The Hatred Is
Esther Phillips _ Home Is Where The Hatred Is: The Kudu Years 1971-1977

Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Sleeps With Angels
Neil Young & Crazy Horse _ Sleeps With Angels

Grandmaster Flash | The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash
Grandmaster Flash _ The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

Gomez | In Our Gun
Gomez _ In Our Gun

Deltron 3030 | Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 _ Deltron 3030

Gorillaz | Demon Days
Gorillaz _ Demon Days

Nitin Sawhney | Prophesy
Nitin Sawhney _ Prophesy

The Stooges | Heavy Liquid [6CD]
The Stooges _ Heavy Liquid

Various Artists | Even More Dazed & Confused
Various Artists _ Even More Dazed & Confused

Various Artists | Children Of Nuggets
Various Artists _ Children Of Nuggets

Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas
Various Artists _ Latin Funk Flavas

The Story Of UK Funk
Various Artists _ Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk

Stevie Ray Vaughan | The Boxed Set
Stevie Ray Vaughan _ The Boxed Set

David Crosby | If I Could Only Remember My Name
David Crosby _ If I Could Only Remember My Name

Steve Miller Band | The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents The Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller Band _ King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents The Steve Miller Band

Skip James | Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Skip James _ Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus
Bob Marley & The Wailers _ Exodus

Sweet | Desolation Boulevard
Sweet _ Desolation Boulevard

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Tosca _ J.A.C.

Kings Of Leon | Aha Shake Heartbreak
Kings Of Leon _ Aha Shake Heartbreak

Michelle Shocked | Captain Swing
Michelle Shocked _ Captain Swing

The Complete Live Recordings 1963-1971
Fred Neil _ The Sky Is Falling: The Complete Live Recordings 1963-1971

The P Speaks: Songs That Reflect Late November

23 November 2008

Autumn foliage

Somehow we’ve snuck 40 odd weeks into the year and Thanksgiving is upon us, again. dk and I were recently talking about “Thanksgiving Songs” – songs that are uniquely American, like this upcoming holiday. It’s hard to disassociate this holiday from childhood memories of this time of year, like getting up before dawn for the 8 hour drive (Ford Torino wagon, fake wood paneling) to our cousins’ house in Syracuse (where the giant wood console TV was always tuned to football) and post-feast dishwashing that required drill team precision.

Now that I’m approaching my 20th year in Northern California, Thanksgiving is a hike along the ridgeline, friendship and laughter, good pinot noir, tupperware fighting for space in the fridge, and a lovely four day break from the office. We have been blessed with friends who are excellent chefs and excellent hosts, so we rarely cook. (There was the infamous creamed onion and midnight turkey incident of 1992 at 21 Belcher Street, but we won’t go there now…) 

While I love Arlo and Alice’s Restaurant, there is other music that speaks to this time of year. Here are some candidates that might make you put a log on the fire and stare into the flames…

The Band | Twilight

Uncle Tupelo | Screen Door

Josh Ritter | Me & Jiggs

Fleet Foxes | Blue Ridge Mountains

Lucinda Williams | Big Red Sun Blues

Whiskeytown | Jacksonville Skyline

John Phillips | Malibu People

John Fahey | I Am The Resurrection

Allman Brothers | Blue Sky

M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2

Yo La Tengo | Night Falls On Hoboken

Hank Williams | Settin’ The Woods On Fire

Dave Alvin | Dark Eyes

Fred Neil | I’ve Got A Secret (Didn’t We Shake Sugaree)

Neko Case | Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan | Little Wing

My Morning Jacket | Steam Engine

Johnny Cash | Breaking Bread

The Long Ryders | Ivory Tower

Joe Ely | Gallo Del Cielo

Flying Burrito Brothers | Wheels

Willie Nelson | Moonlight In Vermont


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