What are you listening to today?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Beautiful Tuesday afternoon, letting the iPod do it’s thing in shuffle mode.

The last 15:

1. Crawl–Barenaked Ladies

2. Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)–Los Lobos

3. Mary Shut The Garden Door–Donald Fagen

4. Swingtown–Steve Miller Band

5. Moorie–Great Divide

6. Rock and Roll Music–Chuck Berry

7. Easy Lover–Phil Collins & Phil Bailey

8. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)–The Beatles

9. Don’t Let The Darkness In Your Head–Blue Rodeo

10. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting–Elton John

11. The Boys of Summer–Don Henley

12. One Fine Morning–Lighthouse

13. Your Own Worst Enemy–Bruce Springsteen

14. Home Town–Joe Jackson

15. Trouble–Robert Palmer


Happy (Long Weekend) Sunday. Here’s my playlist for this morning. #whatareyoulisteningto

coffeeAnd because it’s a long weekend…a longer playlist.

1. Hypnotized–Fleetwood Mac

2. Blaze of Glory–Joe Jackson

3. Water of Love–Dire Straits

4. Contact High–Allen Stone

5. I May Not Be Your Kind–Garland Jeffreys

6. Laughing Down Crying–Daryl Hall

7. Minute By Minute–The Doobie Brothers

8. Call Me The Breeze–J.J. Cale

9. Hard To Thrill–J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton

10. Say You Will–Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

11. How Did We Get From Saying I Love You–Great Big Sea

12. Stolen Moments–John Hiatt

13. Up On This Hillside–Bruce Cockburn

14. New Frontier–Donald Fagen

15. Everything Is Broken–Bettye LaVette


From The Ticket Stub Vault: The Who

October 9, 1982 (Exhibition Stadium Toronto)

This was the second time I saw The Who, the first being two years earlier at The Montreal Forum. This 1982 tour was supposedly the farewell tour, but we all know that didn’t last. In fact, The Who returned to Toronto just two months later to play Maple Leaf Gardens for a show that was broadcast on CBC. I even taped it off the radio and still have those cassettes. 🙂

The opening act for the Exhibition Stadium show was Joe Jackson. Now I’m a huge JJ fan and have seen him twice since that 1982 appearance but this definitely was not his crowd. Who fans threw stuff at him, practically booed him off the stage. While I could listen to both Joe Jackson and The Who all day long, JJ’s style of music was not what the diehard Who fans wanted to hear. But Joe still performed a great set, as did The Who. I’m hoping to have another opportunity to see Pete and Roger onstage in Toronto but due to Pete’s ongoing problems with tinnitus it may not happen anytime soon.

Trivia alert!–JJ was a replacement for the originally planned opening act, but that band had to cancel because they were booked on Saturday Night Live that night. The band? The Clash. Damn you, Lorne Michaels.

Couldn’t find a live clip of the Exhibition show, but here’s a good clip from the Gardens show two months later. The song is Long Live Rock. Couldn’t agree more.

In 1982, Joe Jackson released the outstanding Night & Day album. The big single was this one. Trust me, you know it.

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


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.]

The “Sleep. My kingdom for some more sleep.” shuffle report


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.

It was one of those nights. Everyone has one of those nights. You go to bed at a decent hour, manage to fall asleep relatively quickly but alas, a peaceful night’s rest is not to be. For any number of reasons, you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, and as hard as you pray for a quick return to dreamland, the sleep gods just laugh at you. Eventually, you do manage to will yourself back to sleep, but then the alarm goes off an hour later. When that happens, the first word that usually comes to mind starts with ‘f’ and rhymes with truck.

So while I tried to stay awake on the subway ride to work, thinking happy thoughts about that cup of coffee I’m going to grab as soon as I get to the office and trying to focus so I don’t miss my stop (hey, it’s happened), I turned up the volume on the iPod just a little bit louder. Had some good tunes to keep me company:

1. One More Day—Cheap Trick (Rockford) [Highly recommend this latter-day release from the masters of power pop.]
2. Hi Hi Hi—Paul McCartney (Wingspan: Hits and History) [Great rocker from McCartney’s early solo work.]
3. Strong—Robbie Williams (The Ego Has Landed) [The guy is one of the biggest pop stars in the world but not in North America. Have never been able to figure that one out.]
4. Jamie G.—Joe Jackson (Laughter & Lust) [An oft-overlooked album from JJ’s catalogue that contains some decent cuts.]
5. Ray’s Blues—Ray Charles (The Birth of Soul) [Essential compilation of Ray’s career with Atlantic Records.]
6. Paper Thin—John Hiatt (Slow Turning) [Outstanding album from one my favourite artists.]
7. Outskirts—Blue Rodeo (Outskirts) [Have never grown tired of this album, 22 years after its release.]
8. Do You Want To Know A Secret—The Beatles (Please Please Me) [Sing it, George.]
9. It’s Just Talk—Pat Metheny Group (Still Life Talking) [Love Metheny’s work with the PMG.]
10. Run Rudolph Run—Chuck Berry (The Chess Box) [Hey, it’s that time of the year. Forget all the schmaltzy holiday music. Let Uncle Chuck show you how it’s done.]

Changes coming for iTunes?


From an article in the Financial Times:

Apple is working with the four largest record labels to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features with music downloads, in a move it hopes will change buying trends on its online iTunes store. The talks come as Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. The device could be launched alongside the new content deals, including those aimed at stimulating sales of CD-length music, according to people briefed on the project.

This is all very interesting of course, and I can just picture the tecchies camping out overnight to be the first in line to get their hands on the lastest Apple offering. At first blush, it may not garner as much as attention as the iPhone, but who knows? Christmas is still five months away, and a lot can change between now and then. Personally, I think Apple will be hard pressed to recreate the demand and frenzy that was generated by the introduction of the iPhone.

As for any development that will help stimulate online music sales, HMV and other similar bricks and mortars outlets better take note: might as well get out of selling music all together and focus more on games and movies, which they seem to be doing anyway.

I can’t remember the last time I bought a cd in a store. The main appeal I think of iTunes has always been the return of what is essentially the single. I can pick the songs I want, old or new. In fact, just over the weekend I bought a handful of old Joe Jackson tunes I was missing from my colllection, including a few from his 1984 album, Body and Soul. (“The Verdict“, “Cha Cha Loco” and the rollicking “Go For It.”)

Where do you get your music?

The “Just Because” Shuffle Report


Haven’t done one of these for a little while, so I figure I was due. Here are 10 tunes that kept me company on the way into work this morning.

1. Backstreets–Bruce Springsteen (Born To Run) [Nothing like a little Boss to start the day.]
2. I Thank You–Sam & Dave (The Best of Sam & Dave) [Classic ’60s soul.]
3. Summer’s End–Foo Fighters (Echoes, Silence Patience & Grace) [Love the Foos. Next release in the Fall reported to be a ‘best of’ with a couple of new tunes, one of which they played for Obama at the White House recently.]
4. Tears Are Not Enough–ABC (Absoultely ABC: The Best of ABC) [Always thought Martin Fry was a great frontman. Saw these guys live. Beter than you might think.]
5. Another Man’s Woman–Supertramp (Crisis? What Crisis?) [The follow-up to ‘Crime of The Century’. Pretty good album.]
6. Sweet Rosalyn–Sheryl Crow (Sheryl Crow) [Probably her best album.]
7. Feelin’ Good–Nina Simone (Verve Remixed) [Classic jazz remixed. Not all the songs in this series work, but this one definitely does. Forget Michael Buble; go back to the source.]
8. Stranger To Himself–Traffic (John Barleycorn Must Die) [Phenomenal early Steve Winwood work.]
9. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Acoustic Version)–Joe Jackson (Live 1980/86) [There’s three versions of this hit on the Live 1980/86 compilation, each one very different from the other, and all intruguing in their own way.]
10. She’s No Lady–Lyle Lovett (Pontiac) [Interesting mix. If she’s really going out with him, then she’s no lady? There’s a joke in there somewhere. Lyle hits Toronto in November. Still waiting for ticket info. Anyone want go?]