Sunday, February 25, 2024

Songs Of The Week, 2024: 2/17-2/23


Cross Your Fingers- The Black Crowes
Smoking Cigarettes- Golden Earring
Shallow Grave- Elvis Costello
Calico County- Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses)
Lucky Number- Lene Lovich
Looking Around- Yes
Singing The Blues On Reds- Patto


Cross Your Fingers- The Black Crowes
The first new original single from the Brothers Robinson in 15 years sounded too much like "Jealous Again" to truly get my juices back in Crowes mode. But this second single kicked my ass back into gear. It put me on a B.C. kick and made me take out the wonderful and underrated "Croweology," which is where you'll find the only recorded version of today's beautiful Song Of The Day.

Smoking Cigarettes- Golden Earring

A friend asked if I could suggest the five best Golden Earring records. I did and they all came before 1974. This is from "Winter Harvest," what I think is their best.

Shallow Grave- Elvis Costello

I listened to the Macca/Costello demos last week and this track was not included on the album, but as a bonus track on a limited edition cassette! (Bastards.) Here's the finished product.

Calico County- Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses)

"The Low Highway" is my favorite Steve Earle. I know it should be two or three others, but I play this album the most.

Lucky Number- Lene Lovich

"I-yee-I-yee-I-yee-I-yee-I. Eh, oh, EH-oh." You're welcome.

Looking Around- Yes
Do me a favor, please. If you hate prog rock, and long songs, and have made a career out of trashing "Tales From Topographic Oceans," at least listen to Yes' debut from 1969. Do it for me. "Do it for Johnny!"

Singing The Blues On Reds- Patto

We'll let the brilliant insanity of Patto close things out. What a groove!



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That is all.

In the words of Virgil Sollozzo, "Now, you can go."

Saturday, February 24, 2024

BW's Saturday #7


Thursday, February 22, 2024

XT Steve

Here is the second of five tracks from the upcoming Steve Conte album that were co-written with Andy Partridge.

I want to love this record, but neither this track or the first single, "Fourth Of July" have killed me. I am also thinking that I want to hear more Andy than Steve and I don't. And I am also thinking if Andy Partridge had nothing to do with either, I might be thinking, "First two Steve Conte tracks sound really good."


"The Concrete Jungle" comes out on Record Store Day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Every Year About This Time...



...the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame are announced and the same tired discussions pick up exactly where they left off. 

Why call it the "rock and roll" hall of fame if it "allows" hip hop, among other genres many do not care for? 

Well, what would you like to call it? I think The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is a fine name.

I also think Public Enemy's "Shut 'Em Down" and "Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man" rock pretty hard, as does Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor," and Kool & The Gang's "Jungle Boogie," Beastie Boys' "So Whatcha Want," and Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend." Ever hear Bill Monroe's "Scotland?" It's badass. So is "Melting Pot" by Booker T. & The MGs. 

The name, The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, is all purpose. Let's move on, or if I may, let's rock and roll.

Next up? How could they let (insert the artist you hate) in and not (insert the artist you love)?

Well, I'll say this. Rather than discuss why you are completely flummoxed by this year's nominees, how about offering up your 14 nominees with your reasons. And don't forget to base your choices on the original criteria, which is this:

Leaders in the music industry joined together in 1983 to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. One of the Foundation’s many functions is to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

Nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame is not about popularity, records sales, which label the group is on, or anything other than the process below. The love for, the evaluation of, and the impact of any artist are subjective questions to be answered by the nominators and the voters. Unlike baseball, football, basketball or hockey, statistics are not relevant. Please read below:

The entire nomination and induction process is coordinated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in New York City. Individuals can be inducted in four categories: Performer, Early Influence, Non-Performer and Side-Men. The only formal criteria for the performance category is that an artist has to have had their first record 25 years ago. That said, candidates are reviewed and discussed relative to their impact on this music that we broadly call rock and roll. The innovation and influence of these artists is also critical. Gold records, number one hits, and million sellers are really not appropriate standards for evaluation. 

Based on all of that, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to find worthy nominees, at least that's how I feel.

I recorded my annual guest spot on the Showbiz Sandbox podcast where I talk about discuss lose complete control and deliver an unhinged rant like some feral lunatic on this year's nominees, so there will be no spoilers here. You'll just have to listen to it once it is released and you must promise to still be my friend when it's over.





Monday, February 19, 2024

Defiance Pt. 2




It looks like April 19th will be the day for Ian Hunter's new record, "Defiance Pt. 2."

For this outing, the all-stars appearing include Lucinda Williams, Benmont Tench, Waddy Wachtel, the living Stone Temple Pilots, the not living Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins, and on this first track, Brian May and Joe Elliott.

"Defiance Pt.2" also has the subtitle "Fiction," though I don't recall the first part having one.

I do like this first single.