John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett: two men, two guitars and a boatload of amazing songs (I’m talking to you, Toronto and Ottawa)

Hiatt:lovettEach has amassed an incredible catalogue of music over the last 25+ years. Each is a remarkably gifted songwriter and performer. Lyle Lovett is a Texan who musical foundation lies in country but he also mixes in jazz, blues, and sly humour like no other. John Hiatt, a native of Indianapolis, is also no stranger to country influences but his music also weaves folk, blues and good old rock and roll and the result is…well…killer.

I’ve been a huge fan of both of these guys for years. I’ve seen Lyle Lovett once with his Large Band and I’ve seen John Hiatt a number of times, both solo and with his combo, most recently on the bill with Levon Helm at Toronto’s Massey Hall a few years ago. They’ve toured together in the past in an acoustic setting and they’re in the middle of another such tour right now in the States, and now comes word that this amazing pair is heading North.

Toronto’s Massey Hall (could you ask for a better setting?) will host the duo on Saturday February 1st while the next night will see them up the 401/417 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday October 25th @ 10 am.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the extended clip below of them performing in a showcase for KGSR Radio in Austin two years ago.


It’s Friday. How about some tunes?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Here’s what I’ve been listening to in shuffle mode today as the end of the work week approaches. Have a great weekend everyone. Hopefully the weather will co-operate wherever you are.

As of the time of this posting, here are the last 15 to come up in the rotation.

1. Only Us–Peter Gabriel

2. Lovers Jamboree–Nick Lowe

3. Business Time–Flight of The Conchords

4. Roll Away The Stone–Leon Russell

5. On Green Dolphin Street–Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson

6. Always On The Run–Lenny Kravitz

7. The Real Feeling–Ace

8. None But The Brave–Bruce Springsteen

9. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window–Joe Cocker

10. Memphis–Chuck Berry

11. Golden Sorrows–Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

12. Johnny Guitar–Pearl Jam

13. Lincoln Town–John Hiatt

14. Synchronicity I–The Police

15. Hey Bartender–The Blues Brothers

It’s Monday. What songs are helping you get the week started on the right foot?

ipodAfter listening to a variety of albums over the weekend, I thought it was time for a shuffle reset on the iPod. So it’s back to square one. Or should I say, number one. Here are the first 15 songs, of all the songs on my iPod, that came up in the rotation. Hopefully there’s something in there you’ll like.

1. Some Kind of Wonderful–Grand Funk Railroad

2. Love Rollercoaster–The Ohio Players

3. River Knows Your Name–John Hiatt

4. My Rival–Steely Dan

5. Waiting For The End of The World–Elvis Costello

6. They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)–The Spinners

7. Hold On, I’m Comin’–Sam & Dave

8. Anyway–Genesis

9. Stupidity–Solomon Burke

10. Radio Nowhere–Bruce Springsteen

11. Little Queenie–Chuck Berry

12. Somebody Knocking–Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation

13. Sour Suite–The Guess Who

14. Maybe That’s Something–Sheryl Crow

15. (I Believe) Our Time Is Gonna Come–REO Speedwagon



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


What are you listening to today? #nowplaying

ipodHere are the last 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

1. Oliver’s Army–Elvis Costello

2. Lord Of The Thighs–Aerosmith

3. The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks–Eagles

4. Mean Disposition–The Rolling Stones

5. Fascination–David Bowie

6. Man On The Corner–Genesis

7. Birds–Elton John

8. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours–Peter Frampton

9. What Do We Do Now–John Hiatt

10. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven–Phil Collins

Aaannnd we’re back!

_01-9374038e-c4e5-102f-a39e-0019b9d5c8dfPhew, that was one helluva commercial break, wasn’t it? So you may have noticed I’ve been away for a while. Why the extended vacation? I just found that I was suffering from life interruptus–just too much going on to devote any time to this thing. But as 2012 came to a close, I was talking to a couple of acquaintances about the history of sidetwo, and I thought maybe I’d try getting back to it. No promises, mind you–I’ll do my best as 2013 gets underway to post stuff, hopefully on a regular basis. If you like what you see, feel free to stay in touch, drop me a line, make suggestions.

So…let’s talk 2012. Everyone and their uncle puts out year-end “best of” lists that focus on the releases of the last 12 months. I’m taking a different approach. While my own list includes some of those, I also came upon all sorts of older music that while not actually new in 2012, these albums were new to me and my trusty iPod and would probably be on my own personal best-of list any year. Old stuff, new stuff… for me 2012 was a mixed bag, and that’s not a bad thing.

In no particular order, these are just some of the albums that were added to the rotation in 2012, new and old  (12 from ’12–get it?).

  1. Bruce Springsteen–Wrecking Ball (OK fine, this was my fave of the year. If you know me, you shouldn’t be surprised. After all, I did see him three times in 2012.)
  2. Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (An essential box set for fans of classic Philly soul.)
  3. Darry Hall–Laughing Down Crying (Just Hall, no Oates. A solid release from a pop veteran.)
  4. Emeli Sande–Our Version of Events (Disappointed I missed her opening set at the Coldplay concert. Great debut.)
  5. Rush–Clockwork Angels (The RnR HOF. About bloody time.)
  6. Alejandro Escovedo–Big Station (A great rock n roll record.)
  7. John Hiatt–Mystic Pinball (Another excellent release from one of the best American singer-songwriters out there.)
  8. Mumford and Sons–Babel (I can’t believe how huge these guys are.)
  9. The Gaslight Anthem–Handwritten (Another excellent band from New Jersey.)
  10. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors–Passenger Seat (Never heard of ’em? Here’s your chance.)
  11. Dave Matthews Band–Away From The World (These are the Dave’s I know, I know…)
  12. John Lee Hooker–The Definitive Collection (The coolest bluesman ever.)

Hope your 2012 was awesome and have a Happy 2013. 🙂

The “New iPod With More Room = More Music = More Fun!” 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.

Got a new Ipod for my birthday awhile back and have added a fair bit of music in recent weeks; some old some new-ish so there’s additional music to shuffle through. Plus I haven’t posted about a shuffle report in awhile, so here we go:
1. Too Bad—Doug and The Slugs (Slugcology 101) [They were a great party band.]

2. Skateaway—Dire Straits (Making Movies) [My favourite Dire Straits album.]

3. Don’t Stop By The Creek, Son—Johnny Copeland & Stevie Ray Vaughan (Solos, Sessions and Encores) [If you’re a SRV fan, this one’s worth adding to your collection.]

4. Such A Night—Dr. John (The Ultimate Dr. John) [New Orleans’ finest.]

5. So Far Away—Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms) [The band’s biggest seller.]

6. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)—Aerosmith >(O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits) [At a time when just about everyone thought they were done, 1987’s “Permanent Vacation” proved ‘em wrong.]

7. River Knows Your Name—John Hiatt (Walk On) >[His first of two albums for Capitol. A good album, but better stuff was to come once he switched labels.]

8. Ticket To Ride—The Beatles (Help!) [It’s The Beatles. What else is there to say?]

9. Arizona Dust—Blue Rodeo (The Things We Left Behind) [One of their best albums.]

10. Werewolves of London—Warren Zevon (A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of ) [Say it with me. “Ah-OOOO…”]