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




Concert News: Lilith Fair, Carrie and Carey

Some more concert news to tell you about. First up, as announced months ago, Sarah McLachlan is bringing back the hugely successful Lilith Fair in 2010 and while exact dates, ticket info and venues are still to be confirmed, McLachlan has now revealed a lengthy list of musical guests who will be joining her on the next incarnation of the tour. Among the top-flight talent to take part are: Chantal Kreviazuk, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, Indigo Girls, Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow. Planned Canadian stops for the tour include Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Country superstar Carrie Underwood will be launching a spring tour that will be bring her North for two dates: Tuesday, March 23rd at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and Wednesday, March 24th at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. For Hamilton, the fanclub presales start December 15th with the public sale starting Friday December 18 @ 10:00 a.m. on Prices range from $42-62. No word yet on the Ottawa sale but it will likely be through Capital Tickets, not Ticketmaster.

And mega-superstar Mariah Carey has announced she’ll be hitting the road for her first tour in over three years. Dubbed the “Angels Advocate” tour, the trek launches December 31st in New York and will make three Canadian stops: February 4th in Montreal, February 6th in Ottawa and February 9th in Toronto. No ticket prices available yet, but they’re supposed to go on sale December 19th for Montreal and Ottawa; December 21st for the Toronto show. But be prepared: based on the posted for the U.S. dates on sale so far, expect top-tier tickets for the Canadian date to hover in the $150-$175 neighbourhood.

The “I really hope this week goes well” 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’s Monday. Here’s hoping the week goes well for everyone. 🙂

Joining me on the subway ride this morning for a little distraction:

1. Taxman—Stevie Ray Vaughan (Greatest Hits) [Great Beatles cover from a phenonmenal bluesman.]

2. It Don’t Hurt—Sheryl Crow (The Globe Sessions) [Really nice tune.]

3. Streets of Philadelphia—Bruce Springsteen (The Essential Bruce Springsteen) [Great song from a great movie.]

4. Code of Silence (Live)—Bruce Springsteen (The Essential Bruce Springsteen) [A killer cut, co-written with the underrated Joe Grushecky].

5. Jesus In A Camper Van—Robbie Willams (The Ego Has Landed) [Throwaway but still fun pop from the Brit whose huge popularity overseas has never quite transferred to North America.]

6. I Love The Rain—Lenny Kravitz (It Is Time For A Love Revolution) [Released in 2008, it was his first decent outing in years. Worth checking out if you like his earlier stuff.]

7. Workin’ Them Angels—Rush (Snakes & Arrows) [You’re in one of two camps: you either love Rush, or you don’t. Ok..I don’t love them, but I do like them. Make that three camps.]

8. The House That Jack Built—Aretha Franklin (30 Greatest Hits) [A must own. Period.]

9. She—Elvis Costello (The Very Best of Elvis Costello) [Originally heard in the film Notting Hill. An interesting side to the former angry young man.]

10. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough—Michael Jackson (The Jacksons Story) [In my opinion, and it’s just my opinion, this is the greatest single of his career.]

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?]

My Favourite Dance: The iPod Shuffle

Not to sound like a commercial, but our house has always been an Apple house. We’ve gone through several Mac computers, and several iPods. But a couple of years ago, when my wife asked me if I was interested in owning an iPod, I said no. I figured the only way I’d be happy with one was if I could get one with a large enough capacity to hold most if not all of my favourite tunes, and at the time I just didn’t feel like spending the money. I was content to listen to my cd’s (the old fashioned way: one at a time) on the home stereo, the car stereo, my trusty cd Walkman or on the boombox on my desk at work.

Then she surprised me. She bought me a 30gb model for my birthday. Depending on song length, that model can hold up to 7500 songs. I’m not quite there, but not far off. I don’t use it to watch movies as I find it drains the battery quickly and the peaks and valleys of the audio can make it tough to watch on a noisy subway.

Fast forward to today–I never leave home without it. I bought this inexpensive wireless adapter to listen to it in the car and while not perfect, it works way better then some of the more expensive models I bought (and returned) at the Apple store. I also have a great set of speakers that I use at the office.

So do I still listen to my music one album at a time? Hardly ever. I love doin’ the Ipod Shuffle. It’s like Radio Free Dave, all Dave, all the time. My own personal radio station. I love the surprise element. I never know what song is going to come next. Sometimes the mixes are great, sometimes they can be a little jarring. But that’s the fun. As an example, here’s a list of the last 20 songs that I listened to in shuffle mode:
1. Pump It Up–Elvis Costello
2. What Love Can Do–Bruce Springsteen
3. Revolution Rock–The Clash
4. Suffragette City–David Bowie
5. It’s For You–Pat Metheny Group
6. Fantasy–Earth, Wind and Fire
7. Fly Away–Lenny Kravitz
8. I Can See For Miles–The Who
9. Breathe On Me–Ronnie Wood
10. Life On Mars–David Bowie
11. This Time Baby’s Gone For Good–Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes
12. Weather Channel–Sheryl Crow
13. Mystery Kids–Garland Jeffreys
14. The Wrong Thing To Do–Mudcrutch
15. Hey Julie–Fountains of Wayne
16. Darlington County–Bruce Springsteen
17. A Higher Place–Tom Petty
18. Don’t Count Me Out–Charlie
19. Another Nail In My Heart–Squeeze
20. Downstream–Supertramp

Do you own an iPod or similar portable music player? Do you always have it with you? Do you do the Shuffle?