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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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08 Oct

The Listen List

Shakin’ up the eardrums this week:


1. “Beauty Queen Sister” by Indigo Girls – I find their consistency remarkable. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and have all their discs. There really isn’t a dog in the bunch. I like some better than others, but overall they just continue to make really good albums.

2. “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper – Huge fan of the original, so had to get the sequel. I think this is his best disc in mega years. It has all the elements that make the first one so great – a little creepiness, some big-ass arrangements, some vaudeville, and some good tunes.

3. “Mockingbird Time” by The Jayhawks – welcome back Olsen & Louris! Love those voices together.

4. “Modern Art” by Matthew Sweet – he always has moments of greatness and there are a couple here, but overall disappointing from the guy who made of my favorites discs, “Girlfriend.”

5. “The Best of” by DeBarge – say what you will about this sassy family and their 80’s Diane Warren hits, but their first two albums had tasty slices of smooth R&B.   “All This Love,” “Time Will Reveal?” C’mon!  Love ’em.



1. “Hide Your Colors” by The Jayhawks – for me, they haven’t lost their touch.

2. “In Real Life” by Demi Lovato – Bleu co-wrote and produced this great tune. The second half of her album has this song and others that move her toward a new maturity.

3. “Fall From Grace” by Meat Loaf – second track off of his forthcoming album that is already released down under. Another stunner from Bleu. Hope the US release of the album gets attention.

4. “Ready 2 Go” by Martin Solveig/Kele – this has been my summer jam! He has a series of video/webisodes for his new album and they are comical and interesting.

5. Any Beatles Song – I’ve got them all on my Nano and have been shufflin’ away this week.

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22 May

The Listen List

The haps in my head this week:


1.  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – Audio Book  (yes, not music, but I had to do a road trip and grabbed this. Glad I did. Now I’ll have to watch the film version.)

2.  “Stone Rollin'” by Raphael Saadiq  (excellent retro soul)


3.  “Beauty and the Beat – 30th Anniversary Edition” by the Go-Go’s  (one of my top favorites from the 80’s and it is still fresh and vibrant as ever – plus a pretty descent disc of a 1981 concert)

4.  “In My Dreams” by Stevie Nicks  (sounding more Fleetwood Mac-ish than she has in years)

5.  “Robyn” by Robyn


1.  “Our Lips Are Sealed” by the Go-Go’s  (I played “We Got the Beat” on steady repeat back in the day, but over time this chugging song is really the crown jewel of the album)

2.  “Heart Attack” by Raphael Saadiq

3.  “The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade

4.  “In for the Kill” by La Roux

5.  “I’ll Hold You” by Frankie & Johnny  (another brilliant slice of northern soul)

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08 May

The Listen List

What’s spinnin’ in my ears this week:


1.  “The Northern Soul Scene” by Various Artists  (My latest obsession is northern soul and the compilation collection is growing…)

2.  “Hard Bargain” by Emmylou Harris

3.  “Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes

4.  “Best of Both Worlds” by Van Halen  (when spring is here and the car windows are down, I gots to crank me some Van Halen/Van Hagar)

5.  “Ultimate Collection” by Sade  (she is the original Smooth Operator)


1.  “Feels So Good” by Van Halen  (Just like most folks, I had forgotten this song – a joyful keyboard-driven ditty)

2.  “Nothing But a Heartache” by The Flirtations  (Northern Soul at its best)

3.  “I Love Belarus” by “Anastasia Vinnikova  (A Eurovision 2011 contest entry – with many of the entries this year very mainstream, this stands out at pure Eurovision, country love, pretty awful, but gotta-luv-it slice o’ cheese – this is what makes Eurovision a giant trainwreck you can’t help but watch)

4.  “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac  (the “Rumours” themed Glee had me on the FM bandwagon)

5.  “So Far Away” by Carole King

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25 Apr

The Listen List

What’s spinnin’ in my ears this week:


1. “Patchwork” & “The Delta Sweete” by Bobbie Gentry (a great songwriter and highly under-appreciated artist)

2. “Hatful of Rain: The Best of Del Amitri” by Del Amitri

3. “Some Guys Have All the Luck” by Rod Stewart (a nice best-of set I got in the UK)

4. “The Best of Cilla Black” by Cilla Black

5. “Rain” by Joe Jackson


1. “The Ice Cream Man” by Lisa Hartman (yes, the TV vixen on her debut album – a deliciously awful slice of cheesy 70’s pop that is totally my style)

2. “Courtyard” by Bobbie Gentry (so quiet, so beautiful)

3. “Somebody Like Me” by Bobbie Gentry (terrific bit of blue-eyed soul)

4. “Bright Lights Bigger City” by Cee-Lo Green

5. “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown w/Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes (out of my element here, but something about the weird sound effect and the super fast rap fascinates me)

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