It’s Friday. How about some tunes?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Here’s what I’ve been listening to in shuffle mode today as the end of the work week approaches. Have a great weekend everyone. Hopefully the weather will co-operate wherever you are.

As of the time of this posting, here are the last 15 to come up in the rotation.

1. Only Us–Peter Gabriel

2. Lovers Jamboree–Nick Lowe

3. Business Time–Flight of The Conchords

4. Roll Away The Stone–Leon Russell

5. On Green Dolphin Street–Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson

6. Always On The Run–Lenny Kravitz

7. The Real Feeling–Ace

8. None But The Brave–Bruce Springsteen

9. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window–Joe Cocker

10. Memphis–Chuck Berry

11. Golden Sorrows–Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

12. Johnny Guitar–Pearl Jam

13. Lincoln Town–John Hiatt

14. Synchronicity I–The Police

15. Hey Bartender–The Blues Brothers

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

Time for one-hit wonder Wednesday: Godley and Creme’s “Cry”

Godley--Creme-Changing-Faces---289053Released in 1985, “Cry” was the only time that the duo of (Kevin)Godley and (Lol)Creme had a hit on the U.S. charts. As members of the pop band 10cc, they had hits like “Rubber Bullets“, “The Wall Street Shuffle” and “I’m Not In Love“. Godley and Creme left the band in 1976, and 10cc went on to score a couple of more chart hits with “The Things We Do For Love” and “Dreadlock Holiday“. Godley and Creme had a few minor successes in the UK but it was 1985’s “The History Mix, Volume 1” that brought them the most attention. “Cry” hit the Top 20 in the U.S., helped by an attention-grabbing music video which the duo directed that showed faces morphing into each other while lip-synching the song. (Godley and Creme are among the faces in the video as well.)

And it was in the area of music videos that the duo acheived their greatest success. The duo directed memorable videos by The Police (“Every Breath You Take“, “Wrapped Around Your Finger“) Duran Duran (“Girls on Film“), Herbie Hancock (“Rockit“) and George Harrison (“When We Was Fab“), among others.

Unfortunately, their partnership ended in 1988 but they left an enduring legacy of memorable music and videos.

Here’s “Cry”:

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

ipodDoin’ 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. Will It Go Round In Circles–Billy Preston

2. Everybody Has The Blues–James Taylor

3. Mixed Emotions–The Rolling Stones

4. Invisible Sun–The Police

5. Out In The Street–Bruce Springsteen

6. Where To Now St. Peter?–Elton John

7. Sulky Girl–Elvis Costello

8. Tell Mama–Etta James

9. Young Lust–Aerosmith

10. Keep On Truckin’–Eddie Kendricks

The British Are Coming–Paul McCartney; Sting hitting the road. Also: frontman of classic rock band seeks guitarist to make beautiful music together.

Bunch of good stuff to report on today. First up is news that Sir Paul McCartney will be hitting the road this year. Tour details are just starting to trickle in, with only five dates announced so far:

Sunday 28th March Jobing.com Arena, Glendale AZ
Tuesday 30th March Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday 31st March Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Saturday 3rd April Sun Life Stadium, Miami FL
Monday 5th April Coliseo De Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

McCartney hasn’t played the Hollywood Bowl since 1993. The Beatles of course played the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965 and those shows were recorded for a live album that finally saw the light of day 13 years later. A posting on McCartney’s website says more dates will be announced soon. Hopefully there will be some Canadian dates in the mix.

Here’s a great clip from the Good Evening New York City DVD.:

And while we wait for word on Canadian dates for McCartney, Sting has announced he will be heading out on a world tour, backed by the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The tour launches June 2nd in Vancouver. According to his website, Sting’s greatest hits will be reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations created especially for this tour. Selections will include fan-favorites such as ‘Roxanne’, ‘Next To You’, ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’, to notable songs from Sting’s enduring solo career – ‘Englishman in New York’, ‘Fragile’, ‘Russians’, ‘If I Ever Lose My Faith in You’, ‘Fields of Gold’, and ‘Desert Rose.’ Toronto and Montreal are on the tour itinerary but dates have not yet been announced. Sting will also have a four piece band with him onstage. Could make for an interesting evening. Did you catch Sting on the recent Hope for Haiti telethon? I thought it was a pretty good performance.

And from the “this definitely has possibilities” file: With the future of The Who in doubt due to Pete Townshend’s problems with tinnitus, Roger Daltrey has stated that he would love to work with Jimmy Page. Daltrey has told the BBC that he’s a huge fan of Page’s and would love to form some kind of supergroup with the famed guitarist, maybe some kind of blues project.

Page’s bandmate John Paul Jones is part of another supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, along with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. And while Daltrey may have to wait and see if Page wants to do something with him, Daltrey will be hitting the road with another legendary guitarist. He’ll be touring with Eric Clapton for about a dozen shows in the U.S. starting Feb. 25th. But Daltrey and Page? An evening of Who Tunes, Zep tunes and classic blues tunes? Count me in.

The “no real reason for this other than I felt like it” shuffle report

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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.

Usually I have some sort of quaint tie-in to go along with posting my 10-song list. You know, songs I listened to while I “took the time to walk with my son to school”, or was “stuck in rush hour traffic on the way home from the airport” or even the songs I listened to when I was “cleaning up from dinner then folded laundry.”

The reason for today’s list isn’t as quaint. It’s just the tunes I heard while riding on the subway today. But less than quaint doesn’t mean I want to share it any less with you. That’s the point of blogging after all, isn’t it? If I can I can open just one’s person eyes to a song or album or artist that I enjoy that maybe they’ve never listened to before then I fell like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile, and that’s my objective. So while riding the subway is a rather mundane activity, I hope you still find something that interests you in the list. Presenting today’s list.

1. The Big Ranch–Los Lobos (Good Morning Aztlan) [Great way to start the day.]
2. The Bed’s Too Big Without You–The Police (Reggatta de Blanc) [A lesser known Police track, but still killer.]
3. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio–Joni Mitchell (Hits) [For those casual Joni Mitchell fans who are looking to add some Joni to their collection, the “Hits” cd is a great place to start.]
4. So Close–Hall & Oates (Change of Season) [I’ve always liked Hall & Oates. No denying the string of hits they produced. This wasn’t one of their biggest, but it’s a good track nonetheless.]
5. Sweet Maxine–The Doobie Borthers (Very Best of) [Like No. 2 on today’s list, a lesser-known but no less worthwhile tune.]
6. Tramp–Otis Redding (The Ultimate Otis Redding) [Otis. A must for any collection.]
7. Confessin’ The Blues–Little Walter (His Best) [If you like blues harmonica, this cd is for you.]
8. Feelin’ Stronger Every Day–Chicago (The Best of Chicago) [While I have ignored anything post-1978 by these guys, I always enjoyed their earlier output from when they were really cookin’. This is one of my faves.]
9. Have You Heard–Pat Metheny Group (Letter From Home) [Great effort from one of my favourite guitarists in any genre.]
10. Hella Good–No Doubt (The Singles: 1992-2003) [I like a few No Doubt tunes. I saw them open up for the Stones. Yes, the Stones. They were suprisingly good in a cavernous setting like the Rogers Centre.]

The “Stuck In Rush Hour Traffic on the Way Home From the Airport” Shuffle Report

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Late this afternoon, I had to make an airport run to pick up my nephew who’s visiting from the States. Great having him here, but the drive back from the airport in heavy duty traffic was less than fun. Waaaaaaaaay less than fun. But at least the iPod was along for the ride. Below is a sampling of the tunes enjoyed by the driver. The nephew was indifferent. As were my own kids. Oh well.

1. Goin’ Away Baby–Eric Clapton (From The Cradle) [Excellent all-blues outing from Slowhand.]
2. Bombs Away–The Police (Zenyatta Mondatta) [Love this album.]
3. Think–James Brown (20 All-Time Greatest Hits) [Must own #1.]
4. Sleepwalking–Gerry Rafferty (Sleepwalking) [I did not expect to find any kind of video of this on YouTube. Seriously, I thought I was the only one who ever gave Gerry Rafferty a single thought post-Baker Street.]
5. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)–Bruce Springsteen (Live 1975-85) [Do I really need to opine on Springsteen?]
6. Spirit In The Dark–Aretha Franklin (30 Greatest Hits) [Must own #2.]
7. Heard It In A Love Song–The Marshall Tucker Band (Anthology) [Good ol’ country.]
8. Something’s Missing (Live)–John Mayer (Try!) [Some people can’t stand the guy. Me? I like him.]
9. Don’t Cry Sister–J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton (The Road To Escondido) [Great effort from two masters.]
10. Broken–Jack Johnson (Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the film Curious George) [Great music from a mediocre kids film.]