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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My Sunday morning Oscars playlist

oscar-nominationsHere are some of my favourites that have been nominated for Best Original Song (you’ll notice I wasn’t a big fan of the ’80s). Click on the song name for the movie trailer; click on the artist for the song:

1. Town Without PityGene Pitney (1961, Town Without Pity)

2. My Kind of TownFrank Sinatra (1964, Robin and The Seven Hoods)

3. The Bare NecessitiesPhil Harris (1967, Jungle Book)

4. Theme from ‘Shaft’Isaac Hayes (1971, Shaft)

5. Live and Let DiePaul McCartney (1973, Live and Let Die)

6. Gonna Fly NowBill Conti (1976, Rocky)

7. Streets of PhiladelphiaBruce Springsteen (1993, Philadelphia)

8. You’ve Got A Friend In MeRandy Newman (1995, Toy Story)

9. That Thing You Do!Adam Schlesinger (1996, That Thing You Do!)

10. When She Loved MeSarah McLachlan (1999, Toy Story 2)

11. Things Have ChangedBob Dylan (2000, Wonder Boys)

12. Lose YourselfEminen (2002, 8 Mile)

13. Falling Slowly— Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (2007, Once)

14. The Weary KindRyan Bingham (2009, Crazy Heart)

15. SkyfallAdele (2013, Skyfall)

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 2

Moving up the list, from 40 to 31. Good mix of tunes in this batch, from classic rockers to Oscar winners. Some you may know, others you may not. But all worth a listen. More music to come.

40. Going In The Right Direction–Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Unclassified)

He takes the pedal steel guitar to 11.

39. Take Your Mama–Scissor Sisters (Scissor Sisters)

Great fun. The Elton John influence is obvious.

38. In View–The Tragically Hip (World Container)

While overall I prefer their ’90s output over their more recent releases, I have to admit I love this cut.

37. Saving Grace–Tom Petty (Highway Companion)

Love the album title. Who wouldn’t want to have Tom Petty music along for a trip down the open road?

36. Always A Friend–Alejandro Escovedo (Real Animal)

Odds are you’re not that familiar with is work. Frankly I wasn’t either, at least until he shared a stage with Springsteen a while back. Now I know what I’ve been missing. Great stuff.

35. Walk Like You Don’t Mind–Blue Rodeo (Palace of Gold)

The boys added some new sonic touches to this disc, like strings and horns. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t. But this track is one the band’s hardest rockers. Couldn’t find a video of the album version, but this take from Jim Cuddy and pals will give you an idea. But check out the album version, then turn it up.

34. This Time You Got It–Cheap Trick (Rockford)

From their 2006 album, Rockford. Proof that you can go back to 1979 and survive. The power pop masters prove that they still got it, indeed.

33. The Pretender–Foo Fighters (Echo, Silence Patience & Grace)

I liked In Your Honor better, but this disc definitely has some strong tracks, especially the lead-off track.

32. Falling Slowly–Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (Once)

Oscar got it right this time.

31. Everybody Went Low–John Hiatt (The Tiki Bar Is Open)

There’s Hiatt the balladeer, and there’s Hiatt the rocker. This is a great example of the latter. No video for this one, but you can listen to it here.

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.

The “Hey, it’s warm out. Time for some ice cream!” shuffle report

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Since it was warm out, decided to take a stroll up to the neighbourhood B&R for some ice cream. Had something called Nutcracker Sweet–“Nut ice cream swirled with a sweet caramel ribbon and packed with macadamias, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds.” Suffice it to say, it was goooooooood. And of course, what’s a pleasant evening stroll without tunes? I couldn’t leave home without it. (Editors note: since the entire walk there and back only lasted the length of nine tunes, that’s all you get tonight, folks. I’m thinking though I gotta get me some more of that ice cream…)

1. Heavy Cloud No Rain–Sting (Ten Summoner’s Tales) [Great album, from start to finish.]
2. Last Train To Clarksville–George Benson (The George Benson Collection) [Yes, it’s the song by the Monkees. George released his jazzy take of this bubblegum classic 1968.]
3. Picasso’s Last Words–Paul McCartney (Band on The Run) [Drink to me, drink to my health. Indeed.]
4. Too Much Rain–Paul McCartney (Chaos and Creation in the Backyard) [A Macca twofer. Excellent.]
5. Thief In The Night–The Rolling Stones (Bridges To Babylon) [Love when Keith gets his slow blues groove on.]
6. Get Up Stand Up–Bob Marley (Legend) [Legend is right.]
7. When Your Mind’s Made Up–Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (Once) [Great movie. Great soundtrack]
8. Another Park, Another Sunday–The Doobie Brothers (Very Best Of) [One of my favourite Doobie Brothers tunes.]
9. Lover Lay Down–Dave Matthews Band (Under The Table & Dreaming) [Beautiful track.]