Getting ready for the weekend–what’s on your agenda?

polite-umbrella-1Well so much for an early Spring. Freezing rain, snow, slush…seriously? Last week I saw some folks around my neighbourhood working in their gardens. My first thought was “a little early, don’t you think?”. Well, I’m sure by now they’re regretting their decision. My weekend will probably the usual errands to run, but I’m hoping to maybe take in a movie (42?) and will be heading out Sunday afternoon for some NBA action to see the Raptors take on Brooklyn. As for the Jays…don’t get me started…although I do have tickets for a few upcoming games in May so hopefully by then their fortunes will have turned. And as for my beloved Habs, with a playoff spot clinched, all I have to say to the rest of the Eastern conference is “bring it on!”

And tunes. Let’s not forget some good tunes for the weekend. Have forgone listening to the iPod in shuffle mode lately in favour of  whole albums or groups of songs by the same artist. But for the weekend I thought I’d get back to shuffle mode. So here we go, with a “shuffle songs” reset, are the first 15 songs to come up on the iPod as I head into the weekend:

The Friday 15:

1. A Little Is Enough–Pete Townshend

2. Tequila–Wes Montgomery (BONUS VIDEO:  click here)

3. Wreck This Heart–Bob Seger

4. 100 Days, 100 Nights–Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

5. Movin’ Out–Billy Joel

6. Time Stand Still–Rush

7. You Don’t Know Me At All–Bettye LaVette

8. Who Do You Love?–Bo Diddley

9. Boom–Flight of The Conchords

10. You Got The Silver–The Rolling Stones

11. Mr. Moonlight–The Beatles

12. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll–The Rolling Stones

13. Clocks–Coldplay

14. When Your Mind’s Made Up–Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová

15. Three Time Loser–Bonnie Raitt

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Happy Sunday. Here’s my playlist from this morning. #whatareyoulisteningto

Hope you like some of these:

1.Lovers’ Eyes–Mumford and Sons

2. Dancing In The Dark–John Legend

3. Us Against The World–Coldplay

4. Sweet Wanomi–Bill Withers

5. Hearts and Bones–Paul Simon

6. One More Night–Blue Rodeo

7. Right Down The Line–Bonnie Raitt

8. The Search–Pat Metheny Group

9. I’m Not Drowning–Steve Winwood

10. The Fever–Bruce Springsteen

Doin’ the iPod Shuffle: The Last 10 Songs Played on my iPod

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Doin’ the iPod shuffle: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

1. Peter Gunn Theme–The Blues Brothers

2. If You Call–Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

3. Surrender–Elvis Presley

4. Little Wing–Stevie Ray Vaughan

5. All Or Nothing At All–Frank Sinatra

6. Honey Where’s The Money Gone–Solomon Burke

7. Caravan–Wes Montgomery

8. Belfast Child–Simple Minds

9. Peace of Mind–Loggins and Messina

10. Something To Talk About–Bonnie Raitt

The “Monday mid-afternoon, it’s snowing, I’m tired, and just feel like going to bed” Shuffle Report

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The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Crappy day outside, and I’m not feeling great either. Everyone at home has been sick; now it’s my turn I guess. As I try to think of happier thoughts, here are the tunes that came up in the rotation this aft. Now where did I put those damn Ricola lozenges?

1. Me and You (Against The World)—Joe Jackson (Blaze of Glory) [Great late 80’s effort.]

2. Tangled and Dark—Bonnie Raitt (Luck of The Draw) [Solid track from the same album that gave us ‘Something To Talk About.]

3. Can’t Stop Loving You—Joan Armatrading (What’s Inside) [One of my favourite songwriters.]

4. Riviera Paradise—Stevie Ray Vaughan (The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2) [Love this slow groove instrumental.]

5. Nightrider—Electric Light Orchestra (Face The Music) [Not one of their bigger hits but a great track nonetheless.]

6. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town—Bruce Springsteen [Hey, with the snow that’s falling today, it certainly looks that way. And Bruce’s version of the song is the only one that matters anyway.]

7. You Like Me Too Much—The Beatles (Help!) [Stellar disc start to finish.]

8. Horse With No Name—America (History: America’s Greatest Hits) [70’s AM radio classic.]

9. The Tears of A Clown—Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (The Ultimate Collection) [One of the greatest of the Motown roster of stars.]

10. Kiss—Prince (The Hits 2) [Just a guitar, keyboard and drum machine. Killer.]

Concert fans take note: Wolfgang’s Vault is open for business

vault-door-wallpapers_13216_1280x1024This past summer I blogged about Wolfgang’s Vault. It’s a great website that houses a massive collection of licensed streaming live recording and now they’re about to make even more of these concerts available for downloading. According to Billboard, beginning November 3rd, the site will add more than 1,000 titles from 919 artists to the approximately 500 that are currently available for purchase. The additions will include more than 160 Grateful Dead concerts as well as titles from artists such as Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others.

The download prices will run $7.98 and $8.98 for MP3s and $11.98 and $12.98 for Flac recordings, which is a format similar to MP3, but higher quality (all prices in U.S. dollars). Wolfgang’s vault will also introduce a $48 annual membership which includes a $50 gift certificate, discounts on recordings and memorabilia and unlimited higher-end 192k streaming.

For those looking to bump up their collections with high-quality live recordings that would otherwise be unavailable from traditional outlets, this sounds like a really good deal.

Here’s a few classic live clips to get you in the shopping mood: