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




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 Friday. What are you listening to?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Haven’t posted one of these in awhile, so here’s what I’ve been listening to in shuffle mode today as I get ready for a couple of days off. Enjoy, and hope everyone has a great weekend.

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

1. Alert Status Red–Matthew Good

2. Shine a Light–The Rolling Stones

3. That Lady (Parts 1 & 2)–The Isley Brothers

4. Afternoon-Pat Metheny Group

5. Perfect Stranger–Cheap Trick

6. Open All Night-Bruce Springsteen

7. You Really Got Me–The Kinks (One From The Road version)

8. Two of Us–The Beatles

9. Spy In The House of Love–Was (Not Was)

10. Bitch–The Rolling Stones

11. You Got Lucky–Tom Petty

12. Spar Wid Me–The English Beat

13. Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes–Los Lobos

14. V-2 Schneider–David Bowie

15. What Makes You Think You’re The One–Fleetwood Mac

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

The “Welcome to 2010” 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.

A new year, a new shuffle report. Haven’t done one of these in a while, so I figured the start of a new year is a great way to get back into the groove. As my thoughts turn from the joy of sleeping in to the anguish of having to now get up on time, I spent part of the last of my extended holi-days organizing the house, cleaning up…you know, the fun stuff. Right.

As for the tunes, here’s the first ten songs of the first of many shuffle reports to come. And now, time to set the alarm for tomorrow. Let’s see..how do I work this thing again? It’s been awhile…

1. When The Lights Go Out–Bruce Springsteen (Tracks) (Always a good sign when the first song of the year is a Springsteen song. Always a good sign.)

2. She Didn’t Know–The Tragically Hip (Up To Here) (From the album that broke them wide open.)

3. Adult Education–Hall & Oates (The Very Best Of) (I have always considered Daryl Hall to be one of the best pop vocalists around. Can’t believe he’s 63.)

4. Trick or Treat–Robert Cray (The Definitive Collection) (A great blues talent.)

5. Up Around The Bend–Creedence Clearwater Revival (Chronicle, Volume 1) (Bet you didn’t know that these guys have sold 26 million records in the U.S alone. 26 million.)

6. Broken Down–Eric Clapton (Reptile) (More mellow Clapton than bluesy Clapton, but a decent tune nonetheless).

7. Finish What Ya Started–Van Halen (OU812) (From the post-Dave-then-pre-Dave, Sammy Hagar days. Glad Dave’s back in the fold, but Wolfgang Van Halen is no match for original bassist Michael Anthony).

8. Foreplay/Long Time–Boston (Boston) (Think CCR sold a lot of albums? Boston has sold 31 million, mostly of which is this album, a staple of classic rock radio.)

9. I’ve Been Waiting On You–Al Green (I Can’t Stop) (Great return to form from soul master.)

10. The Valley–Los Lobos (The Town And The City) (A new album supposedly in 2010? Can’t wait.)

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 3

And the hits just keep on coming, as we climb from 30 to 21. Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, a couple of fine Canadian bands and…Neil Diamond? Say what? Yes, it’s true.

30. Why I Am–Dave Matthews Band (Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King)

While I have always like the DMB, I haven’t been this hooked on one of their tunes since What Would You Say.

29. Tears Dry On Their Own– Amy Winehouse (Back To Black)

Can she pull herself together long enough to release a third album? Only time will tell. I would love another album like this one.

28. Another Day (That Time Forgot)–Neil Diamond (Home Before Dark)

Neil goes back to basics, and releases one of the best albums of his entire career. With help from the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, this one packs a punch.

27. The Road To Gila Bend–Los Lobos (The Town And The City)

In my book, these guys can do no wrong. 2010 will hopefully see a follow-up to this 2006 release and if we’re lucky, a tour. Check ’em out if you have the chance.

26. Tired of Waiting–The Trews (House of Ill Fame)

I love this album. The fact that they’re Canadian is a bonus.

25. No One –Alicia Keys (As I Am)

It’s the yearning in her voice. A killer single.

24. No Hiding Place–Elvis Costello (Momofuku)

He cranked this one out in just a few days. A gem of an album and highly recommended.

23. The Revolution Starts Now–Steve Earle (The Revolution Starts Now)

Remember how Elvis Costello was once labelled the Angry Young Man? Forget It. Steve has him beat by a mile. An amazing and passionate songwriter.

22. Think About It–Flight of the Conchords (Flight of the Conchords)

New Zealand’s gift to both music and comedy. Too bad there won’t be a third season of their HBO hit, so let’s hope there’s still more music to come. Band meeting, anyone?

21. Young Leaves–Attack In Black (Marriage)

Just a great sing-along. And the rest of the album is pretty good, too.

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 1

Hey, if Rolling Stone can do it, why can’t I? Actually, while Rolling Stone asked a number of journalists and musicians to submit their own picks of the decade (both whole albums and songs) and then come up with a Top 100 list of each, I’m keeping it simple. 50 songs from some of my favourite discs of the decade. The order is somewhat arbitrary; a song in the bottom ten can easily be in the top ten and vice-versa. I like ’em all pretty much the same. But there can only be one #1, so that one was a little tougher to pick.

I could’ve picked way more than 50 but in the interest of publishing this sooner than later, I kept it to 50. I only have so much time on any given day to devote to this thing that is my blog. 🙂 Also (for the most part) I didn’t pick these because of some deep meaning, or because they’re in some way revolutionary. I’m not a critic. They’re just songs that have come out over the last ten years that I could listen to multiple times without getting bored.

So, let’s begin. Here are Nos. 50-41. Will post the rest in the coming days. I hope.

50. Rough Justice–The Rolling Stones (A Bigger Bang)

Forty years on and the boys still proved they had the mettle to turn out something that really rocked.

49. Monkey To Man–Elvis Costello (The Delivery Man)

Wish Spectacle would continue. Great show.

48. Why–David Baerwald (Here Comes The New Folk Underground)

Wish this guy would release more music. A criminally underrated singer-songwriter.

47. I’m Not Drowning–Steve Winwood (Nine Lives)

That voice never seems to change.  Love the groove on this one.

46. Kind of A Girl–Tinted Windows (Tinted Windows)

Throw Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins and Hanson in a blender and this is what you get. Terrific power pop.

45. Water or Gasoline–Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (Bark)

Canadian roots-rock never sounded this good.

44. Easy–Barenaked Ladies (Barenaked Ladies Are Me)

I love the Ladies, and while Ed Robertson sings lead on this one,  they’re never going to be the same without Steven Page. Sorry.

43. Good Morning Aztlan–Los Lobos (Good Morning Aztlan)

East L.A.’s finest.

42. Weighty Ghost–Wintersleep (Welcome To The Night Sky)

One of those songs that catches your ear the first time you hear it and doesn’t let go.

41. When Your Mind’s Made Up–Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (Once)

Just one of a number of great songs from this movie.