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25 Oct

The Listen List

If yo shoes don’t groove, then you don’t move…what’s got my shoes groovin’ this week.


1.  “Bad As Me” by Tom Waits – It’s been about 7 dry years without a new Wait’s disc. I’m savoring every bite because who knows when the next one will be.

2.  “Biophilia” by Bjork – All the pre-reviews were saying this was a return to form like around the “Post” days. I think not. Although more accessible than “Medulla,” I find it more along those lines. It is taking me a while to get into this disc, but the more I hear it, the more I appreciate and like it.

3.  “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson – I’m a sucker for the Clarkson pop. This one is a nice cross between her dark “My December” and the killer pop of “All I Ever Wanted.”

4.  “The Golden Age of Wireless” and “The Flat Earth” by Thomas Dolby – Just discovered extended, remastered editions of these two gems (faves of mine from the 80s) came out in Europe in 2009. Loving them all over again.

5.  “The Best Imitation of Myself” by Ben Folds – An odd “best of” that includes his days with Ben Folds Five. Lots of great extras in the deluxe edition, but the main disc leaves out a lot of his real best while putting in some selections. Still, one of my favorite artists.


1.  “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” by Alice Cooper – Nice rock tune from his latest, just in time for Halloween.

2.  “Smoke” by Ben Folds and the West Australian Symphony – Really nice live version of this song with an excellent orchestra arrangement.

3.  “Hell Broke Luce” by Tom Wait – Crunchy, devilish song spit by Tom. Brilliant.

4.  “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae – Heard this in a store and couldn’t get it out of my head, which in this case is a good thing.

5.  “Mockingbird” by Rob Thomas – Fast making its way on my list of favorite songs of all-time.

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