Wednesday, July 26, 2017

50 Reasons to Still Listen to "New" Music

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I am continuously frustrated by claims that today’s new music sucks or that rock and roll is dead. Such proclamations are often spouted by people so stuck on their favorites from 25 years ago that they are afraid to let anything new seep through. In response to a recent Facebook post from a friend who said he “quit following any kind of new artists in the late ‘90s,” I put together this list of 50 reasons to still listen to “new” music (i.e. albums released by acts who formed since 2000):

1. Ryan Adams “Heartbreaker” (2000)
2. Adele “21” (2011)
3. Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color” (2015)
4. Animal Collective “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (2009)
5. Arcade Fire “Funeral” (2004)
6. Arctic Monkeys “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006)
7. The Black Keys “Brothers” (2010)
8. Bloc Party “Silent Alarm” (2005)
9. Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” (2008)
10. Bright Eyes “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” (2005)

11. Coldplay “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (2002)
12. Lana Del Rey “Born to Die” (2012)
13. Duffy “Rockferry” (2008)
14. Florence + the Machine “Lungs” (2009)
15. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (2008)
16. Franz Ferdinand “Franz Ferdinand” (2004)
17. Gorillaz “Demon Days” (2005)
18. Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” (2002)
19. Keane “Hopes and Fears” (2004)
20. Alicia Keys “Songs in A Minor” (2001)

21. The Killers “Hot Fuss” (2004)
22. Kings of Leon “Only by the Night” (2008)
23. Lady Gaga “The Fame” (2008)
24. Kaiser Chiefs “Employment” (2005)
25. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015)
26. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver” (2007)
27. The Libertines “Up the Bracket” (2002)
28. Linkin Park “Hybrid Theory” (2000)
29. M.I.A. “Kala” (2007)
30. Mika “Life in Cartoon Motion” (2007)

31. Mumford & Sons “Babel” 2012)
32. Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer Different Park” (2013)
33. My Morning Jacket “Z” (2005)
34. The National “High Violet” (2010)
35. Frank Ocean “Channel Orange” (2012)
36. Pink “M!ssundaztood” (2001)
37. Scissor Sisters “Scissor Sisters” (2004)
38. The Shins “Chutes Too Narrow” (2003)
39. Sam Smith “In the Lonely Hour” (2014)
40. Streets “A Grand Don’t Come for Free” (2004)

41. The Strokes “Is This It” (2001)
42. Sufjan Stevens “Illiois” (2005)
43. TV on the Radio “Dear Science” (2008)
44. Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend” (2008)
45. The Vines “Highly Evolved” (2002)
46. The War on Drugs “Lost in the Dream” (2014)
47. Kanye West “The College Dropout” (2004)
48. Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” (2006)
49. The XX “XX” (2009)
50. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Fever to Tell” (2003)


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Eagles et al: Top 70 Songs

1972 lineup: l to r: Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey

1994 lineup: l to r: Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder

Happy birthday, Don Henley! Born on July 22, 1947, he turned 70 this year. He is known both for his solo career and as a singer and drummer with the Eagles. In honor of his birthday, here are the top 70 songs by the Eagles, including contributions from each individual member (Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Felder, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon).

1. Eagles…Hotel California (1976)
2. Eagles…Take It Easy (1972)
3. Don Henley…The Boys of Summer (1984)
4. Eagles…Lyin’ Eyes (1975)
5. Eagles…Desperado (1973)
6. Eagles…Best of My Love (1974)
7. Don Henley…The End of the Innocence (1989)
8. Eagles…One of These Nights (1975)
9. Eagles…Take It to the Limit (1975)
10. Eagles…Heartache Tonight (1979)

11. Eagles...New Kid in Town (1976)
12. Eagles…Life in the Fast Lane (1976)
13. Don Henley…The Heart of the Matter (1989)
14. Joe Walsh…Rocky Mountain Way (1973)
15. Eagles…I Can’t Tell You Why (1979)
16. Don Henley with Stevie Nicks…Leather and Lace (1981)
17. Joe Walsh…Life’s Been Good (1978)
18. Don Henley with Patty Smyth…Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (1992)
19. Eagles…The Long Run (1979)
20. Don Henley…Dirty Laundry (1982)

21. Eagles…Peaceful, Easy Feeling (1972)
22. Eagles…Tequila Sunrise (1973)
23. James Gang (featuring Joe Walsh)…Walk Away (1971)
24. Eagles…Witchy Woman (1972)
25. Eagles…Seven Bridges Road (live) (1980)
26. Eagles…Already Gone (1974)
27. Firefall (with Timothy B. Schmit on background vocals)…Just Remember I Love You (1977)
28. Joe Walsh…All Night Long (1980)
29. Glenn Frey…Smuggler’s Blues (1984)
30. James Gang (with Joe Walsh on vocals)…Funk #49 (1970)

31. Don Henley…Sunset Grill (1984)
32. Glenn Frey…The Heat Is On (1984)
33. Glenn Frey…You Belong to the City (1985)
34. Don Henley…All She Wants to Do Is Dance (1984)
35. Don Henley...Not Enough Love in the World (1984)
36. Joe Walsh..A Life of Illusion (1981)
37. Eagles…Please Come Home for Christmas (1978)
38. Eagles…Get Over It (1994)
39. Don Henley…The Last Worthless Evening (1989)
40. Glenn Frey…The One You Love (1982)

41. Randy Meisner…Hearts on Fire (1980)
42. Eagles…Victim of Love (1976)
43. Glenn Frey…True Love (1988)
44. Don Felder…Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride) (1981)
45. Eagles…The Last Resort (1986)
46. Don Henley…New York Minute (1989)
47. Eagles…Love Will Keep Us Alive (1994)
48. Glenn Frey…Sexy Girl (1984)
49. Don Henley…I Can’t Stand Still (1982)
50. Randy Meisner…Deep Inside My Heart (1980)

51. Don Henley…Taking You Home (2000)
52. Don Henley…Through Your Hands (1996)
53. Glenn Frey…I Found Somebody (1982)
54. Eagles…James Dean (1974)
55. Eagles…Hole in the World (2003)
56. Poco (with Timothy B. Schmit on vocals)…Keep on Tryin’ (1975)
57. Don Henley…How Bad Do You Want It? (1989)
58. Eagles…In the City (1979)
59. Glenn Frey…Part of You, Part of Me (1991)
60. Randy Meisner…Never Been in Love (1982)

61. Glenn Frey…All Those Lies (1982)
62. Eagles…Learn to Be Still (1994)
63. Timothy B. Schmit…Boys Night Out (1987)
64. Eagles…Outlaw Man (1973)
65. Joe Walsh…Things (1981)
66. Joe Walsh…Rivers of the Hidden Funk (1981)
67. Eagles…How Long (2007)
68. Joe Walsh…Space Age Whiz Kids (1983)
69. Don Henley…Johnny Can’t Read (1982)
70. Eagles…Those Shoes (1979)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In Concert: Michael Franti & Spearhead

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Venue: Grinders at Crossroads; Kansas City, MO

Opening Act: Kawehi

Wow. Wow. Wow. I posted earlier this week about the dilemma of whether to see Robert Cray or Michael Franti tonight. I chose the latter and, boy, did I choose right.

I've seen maybe 40-50 shows in my life - more than some people, a lot less than others. This, however, was a transformative experience. I've never seen a performer more dedicated to making a connection with the audience. He had maybe an 8YO kid up on stage with him about 2 songs in singing and dancing. I figured it would be the highlight of the show. Boy, was I wrong. There was much more to come.

He told plenty of stories which evoked both tears and laughter. He wandered out into the audience for about a six-song set and then came back out again several more times during other songs.

He often asked the crowd to raise their hands in the air, jump up and down, hug someone, or introduce yourself to a stranger. At one point he pulled nearly a dozen kids on stage to sing and dance with him.

Oh, and this was all done as he sang songs with a very distinct "let's all love one another and get along" hippie vibe.

After the show, as the crew packed up the stage, Franti hung around talking to fans and taking selfies. When I left he was still at it and I imagine he doesn't leave until anyone who wants to hug him, take a picture, or share a story gets their chance.

Sorry all other performers I'll see in the future. Michael Franti has set a new bar which none of you may ever reach.

The Set List (based on Columbia show day before):

1. Light Up Ya Lighter 5
2. Hey Hey Hey (No Matter How Life is Today) 7
3. Yell Fire! 5
4. Hello Bonjour (w/ I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For) 5. The Sound of Sunshine 7
6. Stay Human (Family Affair) 3
7. I Got Love for You 9
8. Crazy for You 9
9. Good to Be Alive Today 9
10. Summertime Is in Our Hands 9
11. Get Myself to Saturday 9
12. We Are All Earthlings 9
13. Hey World (Don't Give Up Version) 6
14. Enjoy Every Second (new song) 15. Life Is Better With You 8
16. I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like) 8
17. 11:59 8
18. I Don't Belong (new song) 19. Say Hey (I Love You) 6
20. My Lord 9

Discography:

1 Home (1994)
2 Chocolate Supa Highway (1997)
3 Stay Human (2001)
4 Everyone Deserves Music (2003)
5 Yell Fire (2006)
6 All Rebel Rockers (2008)
7 The Sound of Sunshine (2010)
8 All People (2013)
9 Soulrocker (2016)


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Goldmine Rock Era Hall of Fame

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Goldmine magazine initiated its Rock Era Hall of Fame with its May 4, 2012 issue. Every two weeks they induct ten more acts. The most recent class (volume 97) was inducted on July 1, 2017. Criteria includes a 25-year waiting period, chart success, influence, and common sense. Here are the inductees so far with the magazine’s volume number indicated in parentheses. You can click on the number to go to that volume’s induction class, which includes bios and/or lists of significant songs by the act. Click on the act itself to go to its DMDB Music Encyclopedia entry.


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  • Billy Idol (24)
  • Julio Iglesias (62)
  • The Impressions (19)
  • INXS (12)
  • Iron Maiden (25)
  • The Isley Brothers (8)

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  • Bert Kaempfert (31)
  • Kansas (35)
  • Carol Kaye (74)
  • KC & The Sunshine Band (36)
  • Tom Kelly (96)
  • Jim Keltner (79)
  • Bobby Keys (82)
  • Chaka Khan (30) with Rufus
  • B.B. King (20)
  • Ben E. King (29)
  • Carole King (11)
  • King Crimson (58)
  • The Kingston Trio (22)
  • The Kinks (8)
  • Kiss (15)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips (15)
  • Kool & The Gang (16)
  • Danny Kortchmar (82)
  • Kraftwerk (72)
  • Bernie Kundell (74)
  • Russ Kunkel (82)
  • Bill Kurasch (74)

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  • Billy Ocean (35)
  • Sinead O’Connor (40)
  • The Offspring (48)
  • The Ohio Players (37)
  • The O’Jays (22)
  • Andrew Loog Oldham (83)
  • Roy Orbison (7)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (43)
  • Tony Orlando (30) with Dawn
  • Joe Osborn (76)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (24)
  • Donny Osmond (26)
  • The Osmonds (28)
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan (44)
  • Buck Owens & The Buckaroos (72)

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  • Patti Page (30)
  • Earl Palmer (75)
  • Robert Palmer (23)
  • Parliament/Funkadelic (56)
  • Colonel Tom Parker (83)
  • The Alan Parsons Project (37)
  • Dolly Parton (16)
  • The Patti Smith Group (64)
  • Les Paul (52)
  • Peaches & Herb (67)
  • Teddy Pendergrass (72)
  • Freddie Perren (93)
  • Peter & Gordon (56)
  • Peter, Paul & Mary (24)
  • The Pet Shop Boys (19)
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (6)
  • Wilson Pickett (21)
  • Pink Floyd (5)
  • Bill Pitman (76)
  • Gene Pitney (25)
  • Pixies (41)
  • The Platters (16)
  • Ray Pohlman (75)
  • The Pointer Sisters (24)
  • Poison (20)
  • The Police (3)
  • Doc Pomus (92)
  • Brian Poole & the Tremeloes (68)
  • Iggy Pop (31)
  • Elvis Presley (1)
  • Billy Preston (41)
  • The Pretenders (20)
  • Lloyd Price (26)
  • Charley Pride (62)
  • Prince (2)
  • Procol Harum (40)
  • Public Enemy (32)

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  • UB40 (21)
  • Ultravox (66)
  • Uriah Heep (70)
  • Utopia (53)
  • U2 (1)

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  • Frankie Valli (52)
  • Luther Vandross (17)
  • Van Halen (4)
  • Frankie Vaughan (46)
  • Sarah Vaughan (33)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (47)
  • Billy Vaughn (20)
  • Bobby Vee (28)
  • The Velvet Underground (19)
  • The Ventures (29)
  • Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (38)
  • Bobby Vinton (23)
  • The Vogues (69)

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