Happy Sunday. Here’s my playlist from this morning. #whatareyoulisteningto

Hope you like some of these:

1.Lovers’ Eyes–Mumford and Sons

2. Dancing In The Dark–John Legend

3. Us Against The World–Coldplay

4. Sweet Wanomi–Bill Withers

5. Hearts and Bones–Paul Simon

6. One More Night–Blue Rodeo

7. Right Down The Line–Bonnie Raitt

8. The Search–Pat Metheny Group

9. I’m Not Drowning–Steve Winwood

10. The Fever–Bruce Springsteen

UPDATE (New Single): Slowhand’s back! Eric Clapton new album (tentatively) due March 12th

imagesJust ahead of his tour that launches March 14th (No Canadian dates. Yet.) comes news that EC will be releasing a new album on his own label, Bushbranch Records. The title: Old Sock.

The album is being distributed by Surfdog, home to Brian Setzer, Joss Stone and Dave Stewart among others. The website says the album is tentatively scheduled for a March 12th release.

The album will feature two new tracks – “Every Little” and “Gotta Get Over” – and covers of some of Clapton’s favourite songs. Some friends also dropped by during the recording: JJ CaleChaka Khan, Steve Winwood and Paul McCartney.

****UPDATE**** Listen to “Gotta Get Over” here.

In case you missed it , here’s a clip of EC at the 121212 concert in December performing the Derek and the Dominos classic “Got To Get Better In A Little While”:

Lineup for Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Announced

The summer concert lineup in Toronto got it’s annual boost today with the announcement of a whack of shows scheduled for the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The Amphiteatre is a pretty good venue, although getting there, especially during the CNE at the end of August, can be a bit of a pain. But nothing beats seeing your favourite band at an outdoor venue on a warm summer night. Here’s the lineup thus far, with more shows to be announced:

Dave Matthews Band with The Felice Brothers – June 1
Sugarland with George Canyon and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers – June 4
Jethro Tull with Procol Harum – June 18
Scorpions – June 27
Steve Miller Band- June 30
Iron Maiden with Dream Theater – July 3
Santana with Steve Winwood – July 11
Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin
– July 22
Kings of Leon – July 28
Canadian Carnage featuring Slayer and Megadeth with Testament – July 29
Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft – Aug 7
John Mayer – Aug 10
Great Big Sea – Aug 20
UPROAR 2010 featuring Disturbed with Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour – Aug 24
Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young – Sept 5
Blue Rodeo– date tba
City and Colour with Tegan and Sara and special guests – date tba

Tickets for Dave Matthews Band, Sugarland, Jethro Tull & Slayer/Megadeth are already on sale. Onsale dates for the rest are TBA.

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.

“Hello Cleveland!”

Concert%20CrowdAs much as I enjoy listening to, discussing and sharing music, I’ve always felt that there’s nothing like seeing your favourite artist in concert for the first, second or in the case of Bruce Springsteen, the 10th time. There’s the thrill when you first find out your fave is coming to town, the anticipation of waiting for the tickets to go on sale, and then… the utter disappointment when you get screwed by Ticketmaster when the website says ‘sold out’ at 10:01. But, if you are fortunate enough to score those prime seats, the memories of a great (or bad) show stick with you forever.

Geek that I am, I’ve kept (almost) all of my ticket stubs, going back to 1977. I thought I’d use this blog as a good opportunity to share some of those concert memories with you, and I’d like to hear about yours. I won’t necessarily focus on the best shows I’ve seen; in fact the bad ones are sometimes more fun to write about.

So while the collection of stubs goes back to ’77, the first concert I ever went to was actually in the summer of 1976. My uncle took my older brothers and me to see Joe Cocker. (Ironically, I saw Joe Cocker again in the ‘90’s and I don’t have the stub for that one either.) I remember that I only knew one song, “You Are So Beautiful”, which was a hit single at the time.  Otherwise, I was pretty bored but I would chalk that up to age. I’m sure my uncle and my brothers (who were 17 and 19 at the time) enjoyed it. I would compare it to me dragging one of my kids today to see someone like John Hiatt. I would love it. My kids? Not so much. However, once Joe Cocker released his “Greatest Hits” album the following year I became a big fan of his, and still am today. Guess I matured.

Last week Joe turned 65 and he will be touring throughout the summer. Below is a live clip from 2002 filmed at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert. Check out the backing band, which includes Brian May from Queen on guitar and Phil Collins on drums.

Next time I’ll talk about the concert associated with the oldest ticket stub in my collection. The date was July 12, 1977. The band? I’ll give you a hint: They may be from New York, but they’re partial to Detroit…Rock City.

“The Shuffle Report”

Here just for fun are the last 10 songs I’ve listened to in shuffle mode on my iPod at the time I wrote today’s post (no editing):

1. Spanish Dancer–Steve Winwood (Arc of A Diver)*

2. Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man)–Grand Funk Railroad (Grand Funk Hits)

3. Satisfy My Soul–Bob Marley (Legend)**

4. Burning Down The House–Talking Heads (Stop Making Sense–Live)

5. Celebration Day–Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin III)

6. You’re So Fine–Little Walter (His Best)

7. Every Night and Every Day–Cheap Trick (Rockford)

8. You Got Another Thing Comin’–Judas Priest (The Essential Judas Priest)

9. Freedom For The Stallion–Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint (The River In Reverse)

10. Goodbye Girl–Squeeze (Singles, 45’s and Under)

* One of my favourite album covers of all-time. Great artwork.

**The first compact disc I ever purchased, back in 1988.