Monday, May 23, 2016


The comedian Richard Lewis had a bit about Halley's Comet. He wondered why we had been pronouncing it "HAY-lee's Comet" for years and then suddenly one day, it became "HAH-lee's Comet." He also wondered if that would happen elsewhere in his life, like one day walking into his favorite pizza joint and asking for a slice of pizza with pepperoni, only to hear the clerk ask, "You mean, a sleece of pooza with pippereeni."

Well guess what? None of my links work anymore! Every Weekend Mix and SOTW link is unavailable. Why? Because the people I pay every month moved everything. Why? To make things better. Did they warn me? Sort of. They said, "We're moving everything to a new server and nothing will change." They lied.

So, here's what will happen. From here on out, all links will have no issues. But, if you decide to check out a soul mix I made in 2011 and you receive an error, leave a comment, and I will update links as needed. Updating 8 years worth of links will no doubt kill me.

Thank you.

Huff a god iffneeng.

"Parachute Woman VS. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"

Much like real life, voter turnout has dropped. Though it's fair to call "Wild Horses" the winner in round three of "Beggars Banquet" VS. "Sticky Fingers." I think this will become much more interesting as both albums become very strong as they play on. But not before tracks 4, which for me, are the weakest tracks on these records.

"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" never worked for me. I find the jam boring. I cringe just a bit every time Charlie answers with snare knocks when Mick sings "KNOCKING!" I don't like it and almost always skip it. Been skipping it for years.

"Parachute Woman" is thankfully only 2:21 long, so I can deal with what is basically nothing, with grating production and a grating Mick vocal.

I realize neither of these songs are as bad as I am making them sound, but what surrounds them on both albums is otherworldly, so their weaknesses really stand out to my ears.

If I had to pick the lesser of two evils, I would vote for "Parachute Woman."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Songs Of The Week, 2016: 5/14-5/20

Born To Be A Dancer- Kaiser Chiefs
Jesus Is Going To Make Up (My Dyin' Bed)- Pops Staples
Mind Riot-Soundgarden
She Hates To Go Home- Marshall Crenshaw
Crazy Little Thing- Captain Beefheart
Second Choice- Any Trouble
Dr. Feelgood- The Mavericks


Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekend Mix: Further Exiled

I commented that "Sympathy For The Devil" would not make any Rolling Stones compilation I put together, and as I typed that I knew it was inevitable that would be the Weekend Mix..
Immediately "Exile On Main Street" came to mind. It's the last great Stones album, but how would it fare next to the 3 previous, "Beggar's Banquet", "Let it Bleed", and "Sticky Fingers"?
Especially if you go song by song.

Mick Jagger has indicated that it's not his favorite. He didn't think of it as a proper album, as it came from different sessions and lacked cohesion. He once described it as sounding "lousy" with "no concerted effort of intention," adding "at the time, Jimmy Miller was not functioning properly. I had to finish the whole record myself, because otherwise there were just these drunks and junkies."

It has a side's worth of filler, or "bonus tracks", nevermind the "new" ones. I have whittled it down to a single record. I kept the sequence intact, with one exception, "Happy" was a better side opener than "Loving Cup". I like not having to sit through "I Just Want To See His Face".

Sometimes less is more.

Rock On!


Further Exiled

I wonder which lp will win Sal's survey?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

UPDATE-Track #3: Get In The Ring:#1: Beggars Banquet VS. Sticky Fingers

Looks like "No Expectations" will take Round Two.


Track Three

Dear Doctor or Wild Horses?

There isn't much I could say here. "Wild Horses" is a personal fave of all time, by anyone, and as much as I love "Dear Doctor," this is my no brainer.

(Original post below. New comments in comment section.)

There is a Facebook group for XTC fans and recently, there was a discussion about which of two records was better. After some crazy debating, one member decided to pit the albums against each other, song for song. It was brilliant. Fans voted daily. Track One, which is better? Day Two, Track Two, and so on.

Seems to me, this should have been happening here all these years. I mean, what a great group of readers to play with, no? How did I not think of this at least once in eight years?

Well, better late than never.

Here's what I think will work for us.

As opposed to posting each song daily, I will update the original post after a sufficient amount of comments/votes have been made on the first song. So, if you can, refrain from jumping the gun and voting for any of the tracks other than what is posted.

The first contestants:


Which is a better album?

Track One:

Sympathy For The Devil or Brown Sugar?

(I will leave my vote in the comments section to get things started.)

Hope everyone has fun.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Where Are The Bands With The Lead Guitar Players?

I started posting my favorite guitar solos last week and something occurred to me. Aside from "guitar player" records--you know, the Joe Bonamassas and Gary Clark Jrs., artists meant to specifically show off the guitar playing--are there any bands in the last 20 years with a lead guitarist taking solos worth mentioning? I can't think of any.

The first two of my posts were Prince and XTC, arguably two artists not known specifically for having songs with guitar solos, though Prince and both Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory of XTC are excellent players.  Today's choice is from one of my favorite bands, led by one of my favorite singers and writers, Phil Lynott and featuring two of my favorite guitar players, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. This live version of a song originally found on Thin Lizzy's "Night Life" record, has two solos, both of which have moved me since the very first day I bought the "Live & Dangerous" album in J&R Music World in 1978. The dual guitar attack of Thin Lizzy is a trademark sound, but again, this isn't a lead guitarist with a record. It's a band with lead guitarists.

I'd love to hear some of your suggestions. But please, if you can show some willpower, nothing before 1990. Tell me about some great guitar solos on record since 1990.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Songs Of The Week, 2016: 5/7-5/13

Better Days- Bruce Springsteen
Never My Love- Ken Stringfellow
Dead Man Walking (Acoustic)- David Bowie
Dreamworld- The End
Life Is Good- Los Lobos
Do You Love Me- Kiss
One More Day, One More Night- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers