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

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



Doin’ the iPod Shuffle: The Last 10 Songs Played on my iPod


Doin’ the iPod shuffle: 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.

1. Peter Gunn Theme–The Blues Brothers

2. If You Call–Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

3. Surrender–Elvis Presley

4. Little Wing–Stevie Ray Vaughan

5. All Or Nothing At All–Frank Sinatra

6. Honey Where’s The Money Gone–Solomon Burke

7. Caravan–Wes Montgomery

8. Belfast Child–Simple Minds

9. Peace of Mind–Loggins and Messina

10. Something To Talk About–Bonnie Raitt

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 4

We’re getting close, into the Top 20 now. Music from a soul legend, a New Jersey Boss, a bunch of power popsters, an Irish powerhouse and a Canadian talent that will be sorely missed are among those in this batch. There’s only ten more to go. Care to guess what’s No. 1?

20. Don’t Give Up On Me–Solomon Burke (Don’t Give Up On Me)

A new classic from a soul legend. Powerful stuff.

19. No Such Thing–John Mayer (Room for Squares)

From the album that kicked off a hugely successful career. And he’s a damn fine guitarist, too.

18. Are You Gonna Be My Girl–JET (Get Born)

A great blast of rock n roll from Down Under. Too bad their follow-ups haven’t been as strong.

17. Little Red Light–Fountains Of Wayne (Welcome Interstate Managers)

From the album that brought us Stacy’s Mom. Great power pop with a sense of humour. Love it.

16. Not Ready To Go–The Trews (House of Ill Fame)

See No. 26. And turn it up.

15. My City Of Ruins–Bruce Springsteen (The Rising)

Fact is he wrote it about his hometown, before 9/11 happened. But when we saw him sing it on the America: A Tribute To Heroes special, it proved to be an incredibly moving tribute, and a rallying cry to rise up.

14. Gypsy Biker–Bruce Springsteen (Magic)

The E-Street Band turns out another winner. On record, Gypsy Biker simply kicked ass. In concert, however, they took it to a whole new level. Like, the moon. The guitar duel is awesome.

13. New Wave–Against Me! (New Wave)

Saw these guys open up for Foo Fighters on the Foos last tour. And now they’re the opener for Billy Talent. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. But they rock like there’s no tomorrow. Great stuff.

12. Vertigo–U2 (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)

1, 2, 3, 14. Ok, so Bono can’t count. But it’s still got a good beat and you can dance to it.

11. Can’t Stop–Jacksoul (Sleepless)

This isn’t on here because of Haydain Neale’s recent passing, which is a tremendous loss to the Canadian musical community. This is on here because it’s a great song. Period.

The “I’m taking tomorrow off–woo hoo!” 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.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Nothing like the thoughts of a four-day weekend to put a spring in my step. Do you have any plans for the long weekend?

Here’s what I listedned to on the way into work this morning, while thoughts of sleeping in tomorrow swirled in my head. 🙂

1. The Boy In The Bubble–Paul Simon (Graceland) [“These are the days of miracle and wonder. This is the long distance call.” Great lyrics.]

2. The Long Run–The Eagles (The Long Run) [From 1979, the last time The Eagles were relevant. Still like the old tunes though.]

3. None of Us Are Free–Solomon Burke (Don’t Give Up On Me) [Like soul music? I mean, soooooooul music? Get this album. You won’t be disappointed.]

4. Bad Karma–Warren Zevon (Sentimental Hygiene) [A great album, with Zevon backed by R.E.M. plus a variety of cameos. If you only know Zevon from songs like Werewolves of London, this one’s worth picking up.]

5. Johnny 99–Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska) [While I love the stark version off of Nebraska, the full-band version in the attached clip really kicks-ass.]

6. Get It Right The First Time–Billy Joel (The Stranger) [Great cut from a classic pop album.]

7. Big League –Tom Cochrane & Red Rider (The Symphony Sessions) [A Canadian song about hockey. All that’s missing is a large double-double.]

8. Rainin’ In My Heart–Slim Harpo (Rainin’ In My Heart) [Excellent Louisiana blues.]

9. Get Me Outta Here–Jet (Get Born) [Some gritty rock ‘n’ roll from Down Under.]

10. Star Star–The Rolling Stones (Goats Head Soup) [A nasty little ditty. Love it.]