What are you listening to today? Me, I’m in a shufflin’ mood

ipod-classic-accessories-3I’ve added a bunch of stuff to the iPod lately, including the new discs from Paul McCartney (pretty good), Pearl Jam (really good) and a classic compilation from the Faces that I picked up for the awesome price of $4.99(!) at Sunrise Records in downtown Toronto (great store). So after listening to those discs and other complete albums  for a while I decided to flip the switch back to shuffle mode. At the time of this writing, here are the latest 15 that have come up in the rotation.

1. That’s The Way–Led Zeppelin

2. Clifton Springs–Steven Page

3. Holly Holy–Neil Diamond

4. I Fought The Law–The Clash

5. Sting Me–The Black Crowes

6. I’ll Survive–B.B. King

7. Little Bones–The Tragically Hip

8. Two Janes–Los Lobos

9. My Little Town–Simon & Garfunkel

10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You–Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

11. Love Is The Drug–Roxy Music

12. Busted–Ray Charles

13. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)–Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

14. Time Stand Still–Rush

15. See You–Foo Fighters




Check out this list of artists that never had a No. 1 hit

This comes from vh1.com:

What do Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who and James Brown have in common? Well besides being music legends, none of them ever topped the Billboard Top 40,  which factors in both sales and airplay and is viewed as the official ranking system in the US (as opposed to the genre charts). But still, it’s pretty insane that these musical monsters haven’t scaled this mountain and tasted Billboard glory.

Below are the first ten on the list. For the complete list, click here.

Artist: Bob Marley Close Call: “Roots, Rock, Reggae” hit #51 in 1976, “Exodus” hit #19 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1977

Artist: Bruce Springsteen Close Call: “Dancing In The Dark” hit #2 on May 26th 1984

Artist: Bob Dylan Close Call: “Like A Rolling Stone” hit #2 on August 14th 1965, “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” hit #2 on April 23rd 1966

Artist: James Brown Close Call: “I Got You (I Feel Good)” hit #3 on November 20th 1965

Artist: KISS Close Call: “Beth” hit #7 on September 25th 1976

Artist: Beastie Boys Close Call: “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Fight (To Party!)” hit #7 on January 24th 1987

Artist: Led Zeppelin Close Call: “Whole Lotta Love” hit #4 on December 6th 1969

Artist: Green Day Close Call: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” hit #2 on December 25 2005

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Close Call: “Under The Bridge” hit #2 on April 18th 1992

Artist: R.E.M.Close Call: “Losing My Religion” hit #4 on April 20th 1991

Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock among 2013 Kennedy Center honorees


KennedyFrom kennedy-center.org: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the five individuals who will receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 36th annual national celebration of the arts are: opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; actress Shirley MacLaine; and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS for the 36th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

I always look forward to the broadcast to see what performers will be there to pay tribute to the honorees.  I thought last year’s performances in honor of Led Zeppelin were great.  Who do you think should play this year?













Some fun for your Friday: isolated vocal tracks

microphone-in-studioYou know these songs, but I bet you’ve never listened to them like this before. The Huffington Post has compiled some isolated vocal tracks of such artists as Adele, Queen and Michael Jackson where the instrumentation is stripped away and all that’s left are the vocals, pure and simple. It’s great fun, and while not all on the list are gems (One Direction? really?) some of these will knock your socks off.

You can find the whole list here, but I’ve posted a few of my faves below:

My Saturday morning playlist. What are you listening to today?

springFinally. It’s finally starting to feel like maybe Spring will actually make an appearance soon. The last few days have felt more like late January than late March. Depressing weather. This morning the sun was shining, so I decided to take advantage of respite from the cold and head out for a walk. Stopped for a haircut along the way. Now I feel better. You’re wondering what I was listening to, right? Glad you asked. The last 15:
1. Born In The 50’s–The Police
2. Trampled Under Foot–Led Zeppelin (Celebration Day version)
4. Better Days–Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
5. Turn The Page–Bob Seger
6. Flesh And Blood–Solomon Burke
7. What If I Do?–Foo Fighters
8. 36 Inches High–Nick Lowe
9. Entangled–Genesis
10. Who Am I Telling You?–J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
11. Sound of Your Voice–Barenaked Ladies
12. Erase/Replace–Foo Fighters
13. Hollis and Morris–The Trews
14. Wicked Rain–Los Lobos
15. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves–Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin

Song of the Day: Love Reign O’er Me

When Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who were among the honorees to be feted by the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008, a number of musicians graced the stage to pay them tribute including Joss Stone, Dave Grohl and Rob Thomas. But it was soul singer Bettye LaVette who stole the show with her version of the ‘Quadrophenia’ track “Love Reign O’er Me”.

Eighteen months later, Lavette’s stirring and incredibly moving interpretation of that Who classic has finally been released as a bonus track on her new cd “Interpretations – The British Rock Songbook”. On this album Lavette just doesn’t simply cover songs by Led Zeppelin (“All My Love”), Pink Floyd (“Wish You Were Here”) and The Beatles (“The Word”) among others–she re-invents them, making an album of covers sound like fresh originals. But it’s The Who number that is the highlight. And it may sound like a cliché, but Lavette is one of a rare breed of singers who could sing the phone book and make you stand up and take notice. She’s that good.

Below is a video of her Kennedy Center performance. You can also listen to the entire album for free here although this link may not be up for long.

Song of the day: Boogie With Stu

Nothing like a bit of piano boogie to get your day started off on the right foot. Form the album that brought us the classic rock radio staple “Kashmir”, Led Zeppelin’s 1975 double-album “Physical Graffiti”.

Walked out of the house this morning, threw the iPod on and this was the first song that came on in shuffle mode. Made the walk to the subway that much more enjoyable.