My Favorite Music Steaming Service(s)

I agree with the post linked here… Spotify: Spotify Is the Best Streaming Music Service: “As countless Rdio fans sit back helplessly as their accounts go dark, it’s time to be blunt. Spotify continues to outpace its growing army of competitors, and if you’re going to spend money on a streaming music service, you should sign up for Spotify Premium. Or save a few bucks and get the free version, because it’s pretty damn great, …

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Hey Bullfrog

The ability to change our minds is one of the greatest human blessings. To see an issue or a situation, take into account the data presented, be reminded of our past history of decisions, and ultimately come to a conclusion is a wonderful adaptation our mammalian brains have come up with to help us deal with the insanity of existing in this overwhelming universe. “Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles What makes …

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Wilco’s Star Wars and My Personal Helicon

Only Wilco could make something this eruptive feel so comfy, like a steel-wool security blanket. Source: Wilco’s New Album: Star Wars | Rolling Stone I’ve been enjoying the heck out of this album over the past week. I was skeptical at first … it being a “free” and “surprise” album with a cutesy yet askew title that Wilco just dropped on us all last week. After listening to it in the office throughout the week then …

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“What Lies Ahead I Have No Way of Knowing”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 1993 Greatest Hits album was the first CD I ever bought with my own money (big day). I was in full blown “Grunge Sam” mode at the time listening to mostly Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Alice In Chains etc, but this Tom Petty CD was always on the player. In 1994 when Wildflowers came out, I had to go buy it. I’m glad I did… just relistened …

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Sweet Carolina

“I bought a borrowed suit and learned to dance I was spending money like the way it likes to rain Man I ended up with pockets full of cane Oh my sweet Carolina What compels me to go Oh my sweet disposition…” via Ryan Adams – Oh My Sweet Carolina – Live On Letterman – YouTube.

New Album with Old Music

Looks like a beautiful collection of ancient Mesopotamian poetry set to the original lyrics (relatively, of course) with close-to-original instruments. I’ve always wondered what the Hymn to Nikkal (the world’s oldest song that we’ve recovered) might have sounded like. Of course, we don’t really know what ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian, or even Attic Greek really sounded like, but we do know that these languages were inherently more “musical” than English. What did ancient Babylonian songs …

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Who Is Paul McCartney?

I hope that many of these tweets are people just trolling us old folks… Kanye West’s emotionally charged new single, “Only,” is dedicated to his late mother and 18-month-old daughter. It’s become an instant hit, with a little help from another musical genius, Paul McCartney, on keyboards. Based on their tweets, it appears that some of West’s younger fans don’t’ know who the Beatles legend is. via Who's That Guy Paul McCartney? Some Kanye West …

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My Interstellar Review (Spoiler Free!)

I was excited to see Interstellar last weekend. I’ve always been impressed with Director Christopher Nolan’s movies and the artistic vision he has brought to everything from Batman to Inception. It’s hard to write a full review of something as expansive as Interstellar, especially since I’m not a film critic and there are a number of supposed plot twists, surprises, and a “big reveal” at the end that I’m guessing was supposed to move viewers …

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Jeff Tweedy Had a Nice Full Head of Hair

Uncle Tupelo Live On Conan "The Long Cut" – YouTube….and Ken Coomer (drummer) is rocking a Music Farm (Charleston, SC music venue) tshirt in this Uncle Tupelo gem…

My Favorite Albums

My friend Royce challenged me to list my favorite albums on Facebook. I love music, so this is hard. But here we go… – Nirvana: Nevermind (the album that made me like music and changed my life and my generation.) – The Beatles: (The White Album) (sure, Abbey Road is a/the masterpiece, but I’ve always loved the chaotic underbelly of the Beatles…for me, this is pure music perfection.) – Willie Nelson: Spirit (the best Willie …

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Smells Like Teen Spirit

The album Nevermind was released by Nirvana / Geffen 23 years ago in 1991 (I was 13). I remember this intensely because the day the album was released I was riding with my mom to the local discount superstore (Roses in Marion, SC) and I was intent on buying an Eric Clapton tape. On the way, mom switched on the radio and I’ll never forget hearing the first few riffs of Smells Like Teen Spirit by …

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U2’s New Album

I was a huge fan of U2’s Achtung Baby, Zooropoa and Pop albums. They are still three of my “desert island” albums that I go to when I need a good listen while grinding out some work. I own a number of b-sides, collectibles, and even vinyl versions of U2 albums that I’ve collected over the the years because of what their music in the 90’s meant to me. However, I was pretty disappointed in …

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No Depression Legacy Edition

Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression is one of my favorite albums of all time. So excited to see this release… Released in 1990, No Depression, is a genuine milestone in American rock n roll, a still striking fusion of traditional folk and country with post punk innovation and hardcore ferocity. Amazon Link

R.I.P. Lou Reed

“Oh, it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spend it with you Oh, such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on” Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. via Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71 | Rolling …

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What if Kurt Cobain Hadn’t Committed Suicide?

One of those questions I ponder frequently (having been a tween of the early 90’s and having frequently used his music as benchmarks in my life): Nirvana – The In Utero Concert 1993 – Full Length Film Mrs Loosemore has taught me that it’s good to have a list of things not understandable.

1996 Wilco

Forget Ryan Seacrest, this is a great listen to ring in 2013 (especially Box Full of Letters starting around min 24):

Willie and Trigger

It’s amazing to think that one instrument has pretty much provided the soundtrack of my life: Trigger: Texas Monthly December 2012: “Without Willie, there would be no Trigger. And it’s only a slight exaggeration to say that without Trigger, there would be no Willie. Willie likes to say that his guitar will probably wear out just about the same time he does. But instead of slowing down, as most people do when they approach their …

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps Bass

Densely packed and wonderful song, but isolating the bass track really shows Paul’s creativity and ability to add such an ominous feel to what would otherwise be a syrupy song. Sorta like how McCartney changes the feel of I’m a Loser with the bass (can’t find an original of just Paul’s bass).

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