What are you listening to today? Me, I’m in a shufflin’ mood

ipod-classic-accessories-3I’ve added a bunch of stuff to the iPod lately, including the new discs from Paul McCartney (pretty good), Pearl Jam (really good) and a classic compilation from the Faces that I picked up for the awesome price of $4.99(!) at Sunrise Records in downtown Toronto (great store). So after listening to those discs and other complete albums  for a while I decided to flip the switch back to shuffle mode. At the time of this writing, here are the latest 15 that have come up in the rotation.

1. That’s The Way–Led Zeppelin

2. Clifton Springs–Steven Page

3. Holly Holy–Neil Diamond

4. I Fought The Law–The Clash

5. Sting Me–The Black Crowes

6. I’ll Survive–B.B. King

7. Little Bones–The Tragically Hip

8. Two Janes–Los Lobos

9. My Little Town–Simon & Garfunkel

10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You–Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

11. Love Is The Drug–Roxy Music

12. Busted–Ray Charles

13. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)–Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

14. Time Stand Still–Rush

15. See You–Foo Fighters




It’s Friday. That’s my 2nd favourite F word. How about some F songs?

ipod-classic-accessories-3To be filed under ‘why not’:  I took a rough count of the number of songs that begin with “F” on my iPod: 328. That includes songs that start with “The” as in “The Fever”. Listing all of them and adding links so you can have have a listen would be somewhat of a ridiculous undertaking, so instead I have provided a sampling. I chose them based on alphabetical order, moving down the alphabet and choosing the first two (if there are two) for each letter that’s the second letter in the song title. Hope that makes sense. It’s an interesting mix of tracks.

1. F The CC–Steve Earle (Note: really funny, but NSFW)

2. F.I.N.E.–Aerosmith

3. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)–Otis Redding

4. Face Dances Part Two–Pete Townshend

5. Fear For Your Future–Ronnie Wood

6. Fear of Falling–Robbie Robertson

7. Fiddler’s Green–The Tragically Hip

8. Fields of Gold–Sting

9. The Flag–Barenaked Ladies

10. Flamethrower–J. Geils Band

11. FM–Steely Dan

12. Folds In Your Hands–Passion Pit

13. Follow–Susan Tedeschi (just a sample for this one)

14. Fractured Mirror–Ace Frehley

15. Fragile Bird–City and Colour

16. Ft. Worth Blues–Steve Earle

17. F*ck You (NSFW)–Cee Lo Green

18. Full Moon–The Kinks

First comes the RnR HOF, and now this–RUSH gets a stamp, along w/Beau Dommage, The Hip and The Guess Who

Rush-stampThis comes from rush.com:

Ottawa (ON) – Just in time for the celebration of Canadian music and musicians at the JUNO awards next week, Canada Post is proud to give Canadians a preview of this edition of the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series, to be released in July, featuring for the first time, Canadian bands. Beau Dommage, Rush, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip will be spotlighted in this fourth issue in a series created to honour musical legends.

“This year’s series features Canadian bands that have shaped the music industry in Canada,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post. “Each band has achieved national acclaim, along with international radio air-time and extensive tours.”

Beau Dommage
Formed in 1973, Beau Dommage played a significant role in defining Quebec’s music in the 1970s. Considered the Beatles of Quebec and French music, the group released their first self-titled album in 1974, and broke sales records at the time. The following year “Où est passée la noce?” went platinum (100,000 units sold) on the first day of sales. Following successful tours in Europe and throughout Canada and Quebec between 1975 and 1978, Beau Dommage broke up in 1978, but reunited in 1994 to release their second self-titled album and tour Quebec the following year. In 2005, Beau Dommage appeared at the FrancoFolies in Montréal and were honoured by their musical peers.

Rush has sold in excess of 40 million records worldwide, placing them third – behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – for the most Gold and Platinum records by a rock band. Since their debut album in 1974, the Toronto group’s musical style has changed from British blues rock, utilizing synthesizers, sequencers, and electronic percussion. The band recently returned to its rock and roll roots. Rush will be the first Canadian band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2013, making them part of an elite-few Canadian artists to be so honoured.

The Guess Who
The Guess Who got its start in Winnipeg in 1962 when singer/songwriter Chad Allen joined forces with Jim Kale, Randy Bachman, Garry Peterson and Bob Ashley to form Chad Allen and the Reflections. In 1965, the band’s single, “Shakin’ All Over,” was released to radio stations in a plain white record jacket with only the words “Guess Who?” written on it. Intended to peak curiosity, the name immediately caught on. The rest, as they say, is history. Over the course of their career, The Guess Who have recorded 14 Top 40 hit singles, sold millions of albums, won two JUNO Awards and been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. In 2002, the band received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. While membership in the group has changed over the years, they continue to record and perform to sold-out audiences across the globe.

The Tragically Hip
Formed in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario, The Tragically Hip sought inspiration for their name from the Michael Nesmith movie, “Elephant Parts.” They have released 12 studio albums, two live albums, one extended play (EP), and 54 singles. The Tragically Hip has been the recipient of numerous awards, including 14 JUNO Awards and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. They have sold millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim.

The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series will be available from Canada Post retail outlets starting July 19 or online at canadapost.ca/shop.

The “Welcome to 2010” 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.

A new year, a new shuffle report. Haven’t done one of these in a while, so I figured the start of a new year is a great way to get back into the groove. As my thoughts turn from the joy of sleeping in to the anguish of having to now get up on time, I spent part of the last of my extended holi-days organizing the house, cleaning up…you know, the fun stuff. Right.

As for the tunes, here’s the first ten songs of the first of many shuffle reports to come. And now, time to set the alarm for tomorrow. Let’s see..how do I work this thing again? It’s been awhile…

1. When The Lights Go Out–Bruce Springsteen (Tracks) (Always a good sign when the first song of the year is a Springsteen song. Always a good sign.)

2. She Didn’t Know–The Tragically Hip (Up To Here) (From the album that broke them wide open.)

3. Adult Education–Hall & Oates (The Very Best Of) (I have always considered Daryl Hall to be one of the best pop vocalists around. Can’t believe he’s 63.)

4. Trick or Treat–Robert Cray (The Definitive Collection) (A great blues talent.)

5. Up Around The Bend–Creedence Clearwater Revival (Chronicle, Volume 1) (Bet you didn’t know that these guys have sold 26 million records in the U.S alone. 26 million.)

6. Broken Down–Eric Clapton (Reptile) (More mellow Clapton than bluesy Clapton, but a decent tune nonetheless).

7. Finish What Ya Started–Van Halen (OU812) (From the post-Dave-then-pre-Dave, Sammy Hagar days. Glad Dave’s back in the fold, but Wolfgang Van Halen is no match for original bassist Michael Anthony).

8. Foreplay/Long Time–Boston (Boston) (Think CCR sold a lot of albums? Boston has sold 31 million, mostly of which is this album, a staple of classic rock radio.)

9. I’ve Been Waiting On You–Al Green (I Can’t Stop) (Great return to form from soul master.)

10. The Valley–Los Lobos (The Town And The City) (A new album supposedly in 2010? Can’t wait.)

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 2

Moving up the list, from 40 to 31. Good mix of tunes in this batch, from classic rockers to Oscar winners. Some you may know, others you may not. But all worth a listen. More music to come.

40. Going In The Right Direction–Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Unclassified)

He takes the pedal steel guitar to 11.

39. Take Your Mama–Scissor Sisters (Scissor Sisters)

Great fun. The Elton John influence is obvious.

38. In View–The Tragically Hip (World Container)

While overall I prefer their ’90s output over their more recent releases, I have to admit I love this cut.

37. Saving Grace–Tom Petty (Highway Companion)

Love the album title. Who wouldn’t want to have Tom Petty music along for a trip down the open road?

36. Always A Friend–Alejandro Escovedo (Real Animal)

Odds are you’re not that familiar with is work. Frankly I wasn’t either, at least until he shared a stage with Springsteen a while back. Now I know what I’ve been missing. Great stuff.

35. Walk Like You Don’t Mind–Blue Rodeo (Palace of Gold)

The boys added some new sonic touches to this disc, like strings and horns. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t. But this track is one the band’s hardest rockers. Couldn’t find a video of the album version, but this take from Jim Cuddy and pals will give you an idea. But check out the album version, then turn it up.

34. This Time You Got It–Cheap Trick (Rockford)

From their 2006 album, Rockford. Proof that you can go back to 1979 and survive. The power pop masters prove that they still got it, indeed.

33. The Pretender–Foo Fighters (Echo, Silence Patience & Grace)

I liked In Your Honor better, but this disc definitely has some strong tracks, especially the lead-off track.

32. Falling Slowly–Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (Once)

Oscar got it right this time.

31. Everybody Went Low–John Hiatt (The Tiki Bar Is Open)

There’s Hiatt the balladeer, and there’s Hiatt the rocker. This is a great example of the latter. No video for this one, but you can listen to it here.