Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I will be taking the next two days off. Tomorrow, for obvious reasons, and today, so I can work a bit on my year-end list of favorite records. But first, I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving, especially if you are traveling.
I'd also like to say thank you for all of your support. This is a smart bunch of people, who seem to get it most of the time. You've offered great insight, you've sparred well, and you've treated all involved with respect. Bouts of crankiness aside, I am thankful you exist on the other end.
Our friend BBJ has a terrific playlist lined up for Friday, so stay tuned.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:57 AM
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
This is the "raw mic feed" from Adele's SNL performance this weekend.
Here are some quotes I've read about Adele this weekend.
"She is God."
"She's this generation's Elvis, Beatles and Michael Jackson."
"She is this generation's Streisand."
"Most singers could not pull this off."
"Really? Not sure what I'm missing here. I listened and watched closely. Help me."
"OK...she really is desperately overrated, as a vocalist and writer. Yeah we get it, dumped. Go party, get shagged and get over yourself. You can't build a career on one sad spunkmonkey...."
"The singer debuted “Hello” and “When You Were Young” on live TV. Needless to say, both performances were impeccable. Her voice was powerful, her presence was commanding, the audience was stunned. Everyone started crying."
Your turn, and please, if your plan is to leave one of those "oh who cares, if you don't like her, don't listen to her, to each his own" type comments, utilize those 18 seconds in another way. Remember, Adele is God.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:07 AM
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Genitalia Of A Fool- Glenn Tilbrook
Make The World Go Away- Bobby Bare Jr.
The Left Hand & The Right Hand- Chuck Prophet
Walk A Thin Line- Fleetwood Mac
Ain't Nobody Home- Howard Tate
Dinosaur- King Crimson
I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine- Beth Orton
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 3:42 AM
Friday, November 20, 2015
Better late than never?
I have plans for a country rock mix, which I'll have ready for next week.
A couple nights ago I got an email from Sal, wondering if I'd heard The Scruffs, another Ardent band everyone thought was going places, but didn't and fell apart.
I was surpised there was more from that Memphis studio I still hadn't heard.
They were really good, and the record sounds like "Big Star 77". Power pop with a punky edge.
One of the songs I recognized as a version fromTommy Hough, Memphis musician and songwriter who contributed vocals to "Big Star's Third". He was also in a short lived project with John Tiven, "producer" of Alex's "Bachs Bottom". They recorded as Prix, and claimed Alex Chilton as a member with Chris Bell's involvement in recordings that never saw the light of day. Until recently.
Big Star Stuff compiles Prix with all the bonus odds n ends to make something like a Big Star experience.
All songs involve Chris, Alex, Andy, and/or Jody.
It starts off with the 45 version of "O My Soul", ripped from a single autographed by and purchased from Andy Hummel, and ends with "I Am The Cosmos", from "Columbia" 1993, and "Dony", from "In Space" (2005). The "stereo" mix of "Got Kinda Lost" was created by me from a bootleg purchased from Sal.
Ignore threatening warnings from Chrome.
Enjoy!- Buzz Baby Jesus
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I just read that the upcoming issue of Mojo magazine will include The 50 Best Records of 2015.
I'm struggling to come up with 15. And of those I did come up with, I just about like half of them. That's right, 7.5 of the records on my year-end list are there because I don't hate them, not because I love them.
So many disappointments this year from artists I've always looked forward to hearing.
Dan Auerbach's new project with Richard Swift, The Arcs got old real fast. It's all affected vocals and production. It works on the first tune, but got me twitching by the fifth tune.
Ron Sexsmith's "Carousel One" received favorable reviews when it was released in March and like most of Sexsmith's records contains more than a few fantastic tunes. But, something feels wrong. Sexsmith's delivery has always been melancholy, even on his upbeat tunes. Here, both he and the musicians sound sleepy. It taxis, but never takes off.
And what's the big deal with this new Adele tune? Hasn't the "Hello. It's me. How've ya been? Is your sister Muriel seeing anyone?" thing been done to death? And isn't it musically identical to about 5 other Adele tunes? What am I missing? I don't mind Adele. This isn't that. I just don't see the appeal of this very mediocre new single.
And speaking of "Hello, It's Me," I'm still not over the misery brought on by Todd Rundgren's "Global" and with each review of praise, my head spins and my pressure rises. And I love the man.
Speaking of misery, how about that tossed off piece of wanking from Wilco. Talk about disappointing. "Star Wars" confounds.
And speaking of confounding, how can someone with even a modicum of respect for music, get behind Andra Day?
This is from Rolling Stone:
Why You Should Pay Attention: Don't be fooled by the images of Andra Day in doo-rags and vintage furs like a post-millennial Billie Holiday. Far from a retro artist, her music spans from "Forever Mine," which is inspired by the Flamingos' doo-wop classic "I Only Have Eyes For You," to the soaring empowerment anthem "Rise Up," which she performed last month on the BET Awards. "I'm not going to put myself in a box," she says. "Whichever chord progressions move me, whether it's rock, jazz, doo-wop or soul, I'm going to put it together and not be worried about whether people can put it in a lane or not."
"Far from a retro artist?" Someone actually wrote that. It must have been based on something, maybe Andra Day said, "I'm far from a retro artist." It is certainly not based on the music because the record "Cheers To The Fall" is nothing but retro. Worse though, it sounds like a Rutles parody of Amy Winehouse. It is a painful listen, not because Andra Day can't sing, or because the people involved--?uestlove, Raphael Saadiq, the Dap Kings--can't play. It is because it's an AMY WINEHOUSE RECORD!
Day even covers Winehouse.
I know. It's me. Blah blah.
The 15 records I like will be coming soon.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:11 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The Rails are James Walbourne and Kami Thompson. They are married. James once played with the Pretenders. Kami is still the daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson. I loved their debut album "Fair Warning" so much, it was my favorite record of both of 2013 and 2014, though I didn't realize this until after I posted my year-end lists.
They are back with an acoustic E.P. titled "Australia" featuring originals and covers. One of the covers is "Low Expectations," a song written by Edwyn Collins. Give it a listen. The entire E.P. is fantastic, but this cover really is the one for me.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:19 AM