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

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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

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

No, it’s not April Fool’s–Buyer pays almost $300K for a signed Beatles album. Worth it?

lfAccording to a report in Rolling Stone, an unnamed mega-Beatles fan (or just someone with way too much money on their hands)  purchased a signed copy of  The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  at an auction for $290,500 over the weekend. The original estimate? $30,000. 

This particular copy of the album is on the  U.K. Parlophone label and has all four Beatles autographs on the jacket. Gary Shrum, consignment director of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which ran the sale, said that the bidding had “taken on a life of its own,” perhaps because of the particularly high quality of the autograph.

The previous record price for a signed Beatles album cover was $150,000, which bought a copy of the band’s 1964 album Meet the Beatles.

Here are some trivia tidbits about the album:

  • The concept behind the album cover collage was the burial of the old I-Want-to-Hold-Your-Hand Beatles. The celebrities looking over the flower bouquet Beatles logo are mourners.
  • 1930s movie sex symbol Mae West refused to have her image included in the album cover collage. After the group wrote her a personal letter, she changed her mind.
  • This was the first album to have song lyrics printed on the back cover.
  • While some critics claimed that the lyrics of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” were about heroin addiction (i.e. “Henry the Horse”), when in fact the lyrics came almost word for word from an old circus poster that John Lennon had bought from an antique store.
  • The final track on the album, “Inner Groove”, included a high-pitched tone that only dogs could hear.
  • According to John Lennon, the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” had nothing to do with LSD. It was inspired by a drawing by Lennon’s son Julian of a nursery school classmate named Lucy. In a 2004 Daily Mirror interview, Paul McCartney acknowledged that drugs influenced the lyrics of some of the Beatles’ songs, including “Lucy in the Sky.”
  • “Within You Without You” was the only track with only one Beatle performing, George Harrison and his sitar.

This ain’t the Beatles, but it’ll do. Elton John and John Lennon covering “Lucy” in 1974:

Sir Paul announces ‘Out There’ world tour; John Mayer back on the road w/Toronto date (***UPDATE***); new song

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From Paul McCartney’s website:

Paul has announced his first live dates of 2013, which will be part of an all new tour called ‘Out There!’. The tour will see Paul and his band travel the world throughout the year, even visiting some places they’ve never been before. Further announcements and dates will be added in the coming weeks.

First 2013 live dates announced with more to follow in the coming weeks:

22nd June: Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium
27th June: Vienna, Austria – Happel Stadium

Expect McCartney’s set list to include music from his entire career, from Beatles to Wings to solo work.

McCartney is also working on a follow-up to last year’s Kisses On the Bottom disc. He’s already recorded some tracks with Mark Ronson.

I had the opportunity to see McCartney at Toronto’s ACC in 2005 and it was an unbelievable show. Three+ hours and the setlist covered all the bases, not to mention an incredible lights and effects show. If you’ve never seen him live, I highly recommend you try and catch him on the upcoming tour.

Check out his killer set from the 12-12-12 Sandy relief show:

(**BEATLES TRIVIA ALERT**: 50 years ago today, March 22nd 1963, The Beatles released their first album, Please Please Me.)

john-mayer-650-430In other tour news, John Mayer has announced his first tour in three years following his extended break from the road due to throat issues. The tour launches July 5th in Milwaukee but Mayer will be playing a couple of shows at the end of April (one of which will be at the New Orleans Jazz Fest) as a warm-up. Opening up for Mayer on the tour will be American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. There will be one Cdn. stop on the tour: August 14th at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

****UPDATE: Tickets go on sale March 30th.****

Read an excerpt from Billboard magazine’s new interview with Mayer here.

Last month, CBS’ Sunday Morning had a story on Mayer. Check it out below:

Want to hear the new song, “Dear Marie”? Scroll to the 11:40 mark of this video:

Some of my favourite George Harrison songs.

george-harrison_001George Harrison would  have been 70 today. These are some of my faves from the “Quiet Beatle”, in no particular order. Enjoy.

1.What Is Life

2. Dark Horse

3. All Those Years Ago

4. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)

5. Crackerbox Palace

6. Any Road

7.My Sweet Lord

8. I’ve Got My Mind Set On You

9. You

10. P2 Vatican Blues

Check out Al Pacino (rockin’ the ‘fro) as Phil Spector. The HBO film is set to premiere March 24th.

Al PacinoPhil SpectorAccording to the HBO website,  “Phil Spector” takes a look at the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector  and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Phil Spector and Helen Mirren, left), who represented Spector (below) during his first trial for murder. The movie is written and directed by David Mamet (“Glengarry Glen Ross”).

Spector was an originator of the “Wall of Sound” production technique and a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound and produced over 25 Top 40 hits in the ’60s for groups such as  The Ronettes (“Be My Baby“) and The Crystals (“Da Doo Ron Ron“). He later worked with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones and also produced The Beatles’ album Let It Be. The 1965 song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”, produced and co-written by Spector for The Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century.

In 2009, Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home. He is serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life.

Here’s a look at the trailer: