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12/14/2019

Open Thread: What Are You Listening To?

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:36 pm



[guest post by Dana]

It’s a rainy day here, and the music is on. After reading a few comments on the Weekend Open Thread about The Who’s new release, I thought an open thread about what everyone is listening to these days would be fun. Whether it’s new or old stuff, share it with us – and include a link so readers can give a listen.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

Van Morrison’s 1974 Veedon Fleece (favorite song “You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River” at the 16:10 mark). Incredible songwriting.

The National “About Today”. Gorgeous.

Rolling Stones 1971 Let It Bleed (favorite song “Gimme Shelter”)

Nina Simone, any song, anytime, anywhere.

And since I’m going to the ballet tomorrow to watch a performance of Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky.

What are you listening to??

–Dana

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I have recently subscribed to a classical music streaming app called Primephonic, so I have been listening to a lot of different music. My current obsession is “Das Lied von der Erde” by Mahler. I have downloaded a live version with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and a version in which the vocalists are accompanied by piano only, the way Mahler originally wrote it. The selection is fantastic and it’s like being a kid in a candy store for a few bucks a month.

UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: In my limited free time (yes, it’s limited; there is a reason I blog so little these days although it’s coming to an end; I’ll tell you the enforced kitchen remodel story one day; all I’ll say now is wow the damage a small water leak can cause!) I have been listening to German lieder while reading word-for-word translations in this book, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite books I have ever acquired. It’s a great and fun way to work on your German if you’re so inclined (this book has French songs too, which has gotten me into Faure songs, which is a whole other story), and a fun aid to memorizing the poems/lyrics of the songs. I think I have “Gute Nacht” (the first song of Winterreise) entirely memorized, as well as “Auf ein altes Bild” by Hugo Wolf, and am working on several others. What a helpful acquisition this book was!

95 Responses to “Open Thread: What Are You Listening To?”

  1. Anyone listening to really new stuff??

    Dana (643cd6)

  2. Music pretty much ended when MTV was born, AFAIC. There were a few holdouts, like the Japanese soldiers on isolated jungle islands who refused to surrender, but it was basically a mass extinction.

    Just finished listening to Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia.

    After listening to some rock and roll dinosaurs, I think now I’m in the mood for Steely Dan, The Caves of Altamira…

    Dave (1bb933)

  3. I enjoy listening to classic television themes. My latest kick, since I’ve been binge-watching Cheers on Netflix, is the music of composers Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo who co-wrote the cheers theme. It really captures the pathos of a group of people who spend most of their waking hours at work or at a bar.

    Portnoy and Hart-Angelo also co-wrote the theme for a lesser-known sitcom from the 80s, Mr. Belvedere. The character of Lynn Aloysius Belvedere dated back to 1947 and the novel “Belvedere” by Gwen Davenport, made into a movie called “Sitting Pretty,” but it took over 30 years to adapt the character into something suitable for TV.
    Lastly, it’s not a television theme, but I’ve always had a soft spot for “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan, which has to be one of the most beautiful and depressing songs ever to climb the Billboard charts.

    Gryph (08c844)

  4. Recently [and thanks to the PBS documentary as well] been revisiting the sounds [and sights] of all things Woodstock— LP and the film. Still superb. Holidays we season w/a little Como [a Pitsburgh area boy] as an appetizer, der Bingle for the main course w/a pinch of Andy Williams for flavoring. New Year’s: it’s Sinatra’s day– ‘we just live in it.’ ;-).

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  5. I recently watched the documentary Echoes of the Canyon, which is about the beginning of the migration of up and coming musicians to Laurel Canyon. Some great music: Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, etc. Jakob Dylan is a great interviewer, always giving the songwriters time to think before sharing, and lets the conversations breathe.

    Dana (643cd6)

  6. @1 My cleaning/do chores music at the moment is The Pretty Reckless which is 2009-present, so pretty current. For my more general music I’ve been in more of an Enigma mood, so more mid/late 90s.

    Nic (896fdf)

  7. I love “Fair Play” on Vendon Fleece.

    A paperback book
    As we walk down the street
    Fills my mind with tales of mystery
    And imagination.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  8. I’m going to try and write up a post about my favorite Christmas albums. I just realized that I have over 80 of them, including just purchasing the Ray Charles Christmas Album yesterday.

    Sneak peek: the Slim Whitman Christmas album is really, really good. Seriously.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  9. I recently watched the documentary Echoes of the Canyon, which is about the beginning of the migration of up and coming musicians to Laurel Canyon.

    Heh. I wonder if that explains this odd reference that I never understood in the old Neil Young song, Revolution Blues:

    Well, I’m a barrel of laughs with my carbine on
    I keep ’em hopping ’til my ammunition’s gone
    But I’m still not happy
    I feel like there’s something wrong

    I got the revolution blues
    I see bloody fountains
    And ten million dune buggies
    Coming down the mountains
    Well, I hear that Laurel Canyon
    Is full of famous stars
    But I hate them worse than lepers
    And I’ll kill them in their cars

    Dave (1bb933)

  10. JVW,

    That’s another great song on the album. One of the best poet/songwriters. Cohen, Dylan, Joni, Tom Waits and Van the Man. Of course a melancholy Irish soul inspires.

    We’re goin’ out in the country to get down to the real soul, people, talkin about the real soul…
    Blake and the Eternals oh standin’ with the Sisters of Mercy
    Looking for the Veedon Fleece, yeah
    William Blake and the Eternals oh standin’ with the Sisters of Mercy
    Looking for the Veedon Fleece

    Dana (643cd6)

  11. You might be onto something, Dave. Neil Young wasn’t in the documentary but he was certainly talked about though. And at the end, when credits roll, he makes an unexpected and sly appearance.

    Dana (643cd6)

  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY
    Jimi does Bob better than Bob

    mg (8f83ac)

  13. Totally agree, mg.

    Dana (643cd6)

  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaCjPdtDBxo
    If one has a chance to see Joe, GO.

    mg (8f83ac)

  15. I’m listening to some old stuff: 12th-century songs from Aquitanian monasteries. Congaudet Hodie is a beautiful, minimalist Christmas song.

    Haiku ridiculed Gary Barlow, but he’s got a voice that can make almost anything sound good, and he’s a talented songwriter. I like many that he wrote for or with his band, and his solo called “6th Avneue,” and this duet written to sing with Agnetha Fältskog. The YouTube comments are mostly in praise of Agnetha, but someone who can write the song and sing it too has a higher level of talent.

    Kidz is not one of my favorite songs — it’s more of a Robbie Williams song. But the video is funny, especially if you already know something about the five personalities (and the band’s logo).

    Radegunda (36778b)

  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq0fUa0vW_E
    Thanks for the thread, Dana.

    mg (8f83ac)

  17. I’m listening to collected works of John Coltrane. One of my favorite albums is “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman” Here is one.

    felipe (023cc9)

  18. For a very long time now, I only listen to music in my car and not much of that either. Whatever’s on the radio, might pop in a Greek CD for one or two songs. But I was singing Mademoiselle from Armentieres to myself before I opened the computer. 😉

    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
    She hasn’t been kissed in forty years,
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo.

    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    She had four chins, her knees would knock,
    And her face would stop a cuckoo clock,
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. Beautiful. Thanks, felipe.

    mg (8f83ac)

  20. Jimi does Bob better than Bob

    Heh. I had a friend in college who was a Hendrix fanatic. He also happened to dislike Bob Dylan.

    One time, his roommate and I were listening to the Dylan version of All Along the Watchtower, and he came into the room and raged about how dare Bob Dylan disrespect Hendrix’s song with his terrible cover version.

    He wasn’t very happy when we explained it to him, but the rest of us had a good laugh.

    Dave (1bb933)

  21. The Stones are listening to Muddy Waters.

    felipe (023cc9)

  22. You are welcome, mg. Thanks for walking the line.

    felipe (023cc9)

  23. Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star

    Thanks for the Dance (Leonard Cohen)

    Forget Me Now (POLIÇA)

    Passagio (Ludovico Einaudi)

    Floodland (The Sisters of Mercy)

    Sound and Fury (Sturgill Simpson)

    Kick Out the Jams (MC5)

    Leviticus (7fcc89)

  24. Crooked River Burning (Aaron Lee Tasjan)

    Dublin Blues (Guy Clark)

    Ginger (Brockhampton)

    Leviticus (7fcc89)

  25. Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    You didn’t have to know her long
    To know the reason men go wrong,
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo.

    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    She’s the hardest working girl in town,
    Makes her living upside down,
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo.

    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parley-voo?
    Went in her bed and she sure was fun,
    Working her a__ like a Maxim gun,
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  26. And then the heartbreaking verse that ended the credits to They Shall Not Grow Old:

    You might forget the gas and shells, Parley-voo.
    You might forget the gas and shells, Parley-voo.
    You might forget the groans and yells,
    But you’ll never forget the Mademoiselles,
    Hinky, dinky, parley-voo.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  27. We weren’t allowed to sing *those* lyrics at my sixth-grade school play, not even fifty years ago, JVW.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. @3. Unless you’re a Gilligan’s Island man, The Best: Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn – Jerry Goldsmith’s Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Earle Hagen’s I Spy and Lalo Schifrin’s Mission: Impossible.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  29. DCSCA (797bc0) — 12/14/2019 @ 4:02 pm

    Make mine, Hoyt Curtin’s Jonny Quest!

    felipe (023cc9)

  30. “ Music pretty much ended when MTV was born, AFAIC.”

    Ok, boomer.

    kaf (c408bb)

  31. Heh. I feel old too. I’m curious about Leviticus’s list because he’s much younger than me. I’m only familiar with 3 on the list.

    Dana (643cd6)

  32. I’ve been on a Hall and Oates thing lately. There’s also this more contemporary group called Metric that got in my head when they opened for another band at UT Austin and I always seem to have them in rotation.

    Dustin (cafb36)

  33. https://www.audible.com/pd/1-in-Customer-Service-Audiobook/B07YL79YNK

    The first 2 were enjoyable and Adam Baldwin does an excellent job narrating.

    NJRob (ff0264)

  34. Great thread. I think conservatives have better musical taste than librals. I’m not listening to anything good. I’m a little lost in the digital age. I need to invest in some good speakers.

    Re: Neil young’s revolution blues, I believe that whole song is a reaction to the Manson murders, and the line about dunebuggies references an actual plan of Mansons to assemble a “dune buggy attack battalion.” There is a book about it.

    My absolute fave live performance of Neils is a live thing he did at the Bottom line in NY in 1974. The version of Revolution Blues he did there is *fantastic*. he was at the top of his game then imo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGo7WT191kA

    (a little bit of crowd noise, but not too bad).

    JRH (52aed3)

  35. @30. Meh- we’ll fudge-in an addition for a cartoon. 😉

    Good pick.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  36. @35. Perhaps seems that way as they favor liberal created music; don’t see many listing Lawrence Welk, Mantovani or the Ray Conniff Singers. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  37. Let It Bleed is a turning point album. Founding guitarist Brian Jones, who came up with the name The Rolling Stones, the psychedelic outfits and bad boy image of the band, passed away early in the recording. He had gotten drunk, fell into a pool and drowned. Hence, the cover depicts a cake topped with toy soldier band members, one of them knocked over. Jones appears on just a few tracks, playing mandolin in the background. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had to take up the slack, making this the first album on which they were lead contributors.

    As an aside, did you know the Rolling Stones’ first top 10 hit was actually written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney? Yeah, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones collaborated, played off each other. Thus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band was responded to by Their Satanic Majesties Request, and Let it Be was responded to by Let It Bleed.

    Around this time, the British parliament passed a new tax of 98% on incomes of over $1 million. Jagger and Richards weren’t about to pay that, so the band became ex-patriots, or tax exiles if you will. They built a mobile recording studio and moved to the French Riviera.

    There, with new lead guitarist Mick Taylor, they recorded some of the best albums. Sticky Fingers was the first to feature the famous tongue logo, an affront to the British parliament no doubt, , with cover art by Andy Warhol. Then they released what I consider the greatest rock and roll album of all time, Exile on Main St.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqk1kdjk5o0&list=PLm-UOpuHGjdXP4P5ezSgy94YcZtbowvPY

    If you want it down and dirty, this is the album for you.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  38. Here’re the next ten on my Top Rated shuffle, which I’ll be listening to while pumping iron.
    1. Eminence Front, The Who
    2. Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    3. Cowboy Song, Thin Lizzo
    4. Fight For Your Right to Party
    5. Mother Freedom, Bread
    6. Alive, Pearl Jam
    7. One, U2
    8. Building a Mystery, Sarah Mc Lachlan
    9. Gone Shootin’, AC/DC
    10. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

    Paul Montagu (561c44)

  39. Oh yeah, Pearl Jam.

    Nice, Felipe: John Coltrane.

    Good info, Gawain’s Ghost. I’ve seen them a number of times since the early 70’s and have to say, in the Led Zeppelin v. Rolling Stones greatest rock band question, I vote Stones. (I’ve seen Led Zeppelin too, so first-hand experience in the decision making.)

    Dana (643cd6)

  40. You should add Stranglehold by Ted Nugent to you list, Paul. It’s the ultimate workout song.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  41. I love a-ha’s Move to Memphis. And the little shuffle that Morten does.

    The whole concert that it came from is pretty good, starting with “The Sun Always Shines on TV.”

    Radegunda (36778b)

  42. In this order:
    Joni Mitchell – River
    Joni Mitchell – Hejira
    Joni Mitchell – Refuge of the Road
    Mahler’s 5th – Adagietto
    Angry Samoans – Ballad of Jerry Curlan
    Dayglo Abortions – Hide the Hamster
    Dayglo Abortions – America Eats Her Young
    Coltrane – long My Favorite Things concert in Belgium
    Coltrane – India version #4, Live at the Village Vanguard (Elvin Jones battles the universe for about 12 years and for that short period wins)
    Renee Fleming – Song to the Moon
    Daniel Lanois – The Maker

    Then into the endless Youtube relational database

    Lazlo Toth (cbb623)

  43. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9gK2fOq4MY
    This must be the place
    thank you, Patterico.

    mg (8f83ac)

  44. This CD
    https://www.amazon.com/Weinberg-Chamber-Kremer-Dirvanauskaite-Avdeeva/dp/B07VQ9Z14Z/

    Three Pieces for Violin and Piano; Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano; Sonata for Violin and Piano

    Kishnevi (2f404f)

  45. Memorial Beach .

    Radegunda (36778b)

  46. Renee Fleming – Song to the Moon

    If you like that, you’d probably want to hear the entire opera (Dvorak’s Rusalka, for those who don’t know)

    Kishnevi (2f404f)

  47. 7th anniversary of newtown massacre what music would those children be listening to now if they were still alive? maybe mill valley.

    asset (325e81)

  48. 47: I saw Rusalka this past June. I love Dvorak, and “Song to the Moon” is one of the greatest songs.
    Another favorite opera moment as the famous duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. (Haven’t seen the whole opera.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2MwnHpLV48

    Radegunda (36778b)

  49. Referencing ‘moon’ brings to mind a long forgotten fragment of trivia and a magnificent piece of music revived by the CNN documentary, Apollo 11 aired this year. Among the tunes carried aboard the spacecraft to Luna by the astronauts in 1969 was a cut from John Stewart’s ‘California Bloodlines’ titled, Mother Country, which the crew played as they coasted home to Earth.

    If you haven’t seen the CNN doc- do so; Stewart’s tune was perfectly placed in the film. You’ll feel better about America, about your old-fart-of-a-neighbor who lives down the street– and even little Greta’s concerns.

    The context then– and now–can still raise pride– and well up a tear. Worth a listen:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z5G2XZy1_8

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  50. Ok, boomer.

    Get off my lawn!

    Dave (1bb933)

  51. Gimme Shelter might be the best of all the Stones’ songs. So textured. And I love the build-up.

    I agree with you about the Stones being the best rock band ever, Dana.

    Gawain’s Ghost, I have to disagree with you about Exile on Main Street being their best album. For me, it’s Beggar’s Banquet.

    norcal (47a1ac)

  52. @52. There’s several ways to measure that. The Stones clearly win on sheer longevity but there’s an old adage about music achieving ‘immortality’ when it transitions into becoming “elevator muzac” fare. On that score, the McCartney-Lennon works by the Beatles win hands down. As for rock ‘n’ roll destined for eternity– Chuck Berry wins hands down: his recording of Johnny B. Goode is on the ‘gold records’ attached to Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft launched 42 years ago, currently traversing interstellar space.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  53. Ok, boomer.

    Don’t forget the hashtag. #Ok, boomer.

    nk (dbc370)

  54. Yesterday was a day for writing, so I listened to some blues – Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Tampa Red … the good stuff. Sundays are reserved for Bach.

    John B Boddie (0fa0b7)

  55. Founding guitarist Brian Jones, who came up with the name The Rolling Stones, the psychedelic outfits and bad boy image of the band, passed away early in the recording.“

    Didn’t matter, he’d already been kicked out of the band.

    Such an interesting character, a musical savant who could pick up just about any instrument and figure out how to play it. In the early days he stayed in separate hotels from the rest of the band and as business manager secretly took a bigger cut for himself.

    Drugs took him down hard.

    harkin (15bd84)

  56. Beggar’s Banquet is a good album, but Exile on Main St. covers their repertoire and their roots, with songs ranging from rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, gospel, soul, even a little jazz. It was their first and only double lp, an extraordinary achievement and I think their best work.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  57. Right now I’m now listening to a band that had more #1 hits than Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – *combined*.

    Anybody know who that is?

    Dave (1bb933)

  58. Yeah, the Funk Bros.

    felipe (023cc9)

  59. Funk bros

    felipe (023cc9)

  60. In other news, Eastwood’s new movie Richard Jewell did poorly at the box-office despite opening day audiences giving it an “A” cinemaScore. It comes in at #47 for the top 50 worst openings ever.

    I guess all the negative publicity had the desired affect. With the newest Star Wars Abomination* coming out next week, there will be little oxygen left.

    *Get off my lawn, Disney!

    felipe (023cc9)

  61. Sundays are reserved for Bach.

    The Sunday post is up, by the way, John.

    Patterico (d0f333)

  62. UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I have recently subscribed to a classical music streaming app called Primephonic, so I have been listening to a lot of different music. My current obsession is “Das Lied von der Erde” by Mahler. I have downloaded a live version with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and a version in which the vocalists are accompanied by piano only, the way Mahler originally wrote it. The selection is fantastic and it’s like being a kid in a candy store for a few bucks a month.

    Patterico (d0f333)

  63. Renee Fleming – Song to the Moon

    If you like that, you’d probably want to hear the entire opera (Dvorak’s Rusalka, for those who don’t know)

    Oh! Isn’t it fantastic? I showed it to our daughter when she was a little and a big fan of the Little Mermaid. I think she liked it.

    Patterico (d0f333)

  64. This CD
    https://www.amazon.com/Weinberg-Chamber-Kremer-Dirvanauskaite-Avdeeva/dp/B07VQ9Z14Z/

    Three Pieces for Violin and Piano; Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano; Sonata for Violin and Piano

    kish, tell me more about that!

    Patterico (d0f333)

  65. While I wait for you to tell me about it, I am downloading that exact album on Primephonic, kish.

    What did I tell you about their selection? Amazing!

    Patterico (d0f333)

  66. UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: In my limited free time (yes, it’s limited; there is a reason I blog so little these days although it’s coming to an end; I’ll tell you the enforced kitchen remodel story one day; all I’ll say now is wow the damage a small water leak can cause!) I have been listening to German lieder while reading word-for-word translations in this book, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite books I have ever acquired. It’s a great and fun way to work on your German if you’re so inclined (this book has French songs too, which has gotten me into Faure songs, which is a whole other story), and a fun aid to memorizing the poems/lyrics of the songs. I think I have “Gute Nacht” (the first song of Winterreise) entirely memorized, as well as “Auf ein altes Bild” by Hugo Wolf, and am working on several others. What a helpful acquisition this book was!

    Patterico (d0f333)

  67. #1 Anyone listening to really new stuff??

    Dana (643cd6) — 12/14/2019 @ 12:36 pm

    :waves:

    Been listening to the new TOOL album, mainly for background streaming music while I work.

    Gary Clark Jr.

    Billie Eilish.

    Five Finger Death Punch.

    Shaman’s Harvest.

    …I’m sure you’re seeing a general theme.

    Disturbed.

    But, lately I’ve been listening to Halestorm. They’re a modern take on the Arena Ballads reminiscent of the 80s.

    I also try to go to one or two major music festival each year, and the one I’m really liking these last few years is The Memphis in May Beale Street Musical Festival (held the 1st weekend of May). It’s a multi-genres festival with mix of old/new bands.

    I reignited my love of the Floggy Mollys when I saw them live…

    I discovered new and interesting bands, like Rodrigo and Gabriela (just two acustic guitars…no lyrics).

    Enjoyed shows from Snoop Dogs to Ed Sheeran to ZZ Top.

    whembly (c30c83)

  68. Renee Fleming – Song to the Moon”

    Good stuff
    __ _

    You might like this:

    Valerie Masterson: The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze from The Mikado.

    https://youtu.be/EcNtTm5XEfY

    The moon gets a shout-out too.
    _

    harkin (15bd84)

  69. Apologies Dana. I’m not really into any of the “new stuff” that’s not stuffy EDM.

    On the other hand, these guys were some of the funkiest funk meisters to ever come out of Scotland. They had the distinction of writing and recording one of the most recognizable instrumental tunes of the entire rock and roll era.

    Gryph (08c844)

  70. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7E_jz3jHQc&list=PLNbd4bBrRHbboy3bPtRRQBJXjFoYnfzI6
    Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the sessions they have been part of make them legendary in my mind.

    mg (8cbc69)

  71. Muscle Shoals and Aretha after Columbia dumped her:

    https://youtu.be/RbA931UxX68

    harkin (3f8db9)

  72. great clip. thanks, harkin

    mg (8cbc69)

  73. You know who’s old? Sissy Spacek, that’s who. She was already 27 in Carrie.

    nk (dbc370)

  74. 76. But she still looks good, as manifested in last year’s movie The Old Man and the Gun.

    norcal (47a1ac)

  75. Thanks for the tip about Primephonic, P. Looks terrific. And if anyone is interested, they have a deal where you can sign up for a free two-week trial.

    Dana (643cd6)

  76. I’m listening to the _A State of Trance_ yearmixes from the early 00s as part of listening to all 19 of them in the runup to this year’s.

    aphrael (971fba)

  77. Whembly — last year I did three festivals: Coachella (which i’ve done every year except 2 since 2005), Outside Lands, and Dreamstate. I loved all three of them, although the experiences were wildly different.

    My favorite new-to-me musicians of the year are Jambinai (Korean post-rock), Jan Blomqvist (progressive house), and Dermot Kennedy (folk rock).

    aphrael (971fba)

  78. I would like to recommend a film, If I Leave Here Tomorrow. It’s a documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of my favorite southern bands. Interviews, concert footage, and a great soundtrack brought back a lot of memories. Plus, I learned a lot I did not know, like that Ronnie Van Zandt did not wear shoes on stage; he performed barefoot.

    For example, when the band was coming up with material for Second Helping, they were living in a country house beside a river. The guitarists were inside working on a melody, while Ronnie Van Zandt was outside on a boat fishing, taking a break. He could hear the music coming from the house, and the lyrics came to him. He just made them up on a boat. That song became “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye5BuYf8q4o

    The thing about the British Invasion was that those bands were heavily influenced and inspired by American music, particularly Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, and of course early Elvis Presley, among others. But American music had become corporatized, sanitized by radio management, so what these British bands really did was return American music to America, made it popular again.

    When Lynyrd Skynyrd made it big and went on tour they were scheduled to open for the Rolling Stones in London. Think of it as southern revenge. They were like you want to hear real American music? This is it.

    The way the venue was set up there was a stage with a large extension in the shape of a tongue, which was reserved exclusively for the Rolling Stones. Lynyrd Skynyrd was told explicitly, you can do whatever you want on stage, but the Tongue is off limits. (Like Americans take instructions from Brits.)

    So, when Lynyrd Skynyrd launched into the final jam out at the end of “Free Bird,”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kphg_kWMwE

    Ronnie Van Zandt led the guitar players out on to the Tongue. This was like rock and roll sacrilege, but the crowd went wild. Great concert footage in the documentary.

    Triumphant, they returned home and began working on their next album, Street Survivors, and launched another tour. Except this one they called the “torture tour.” Lynyrd Skynyrd had always been sober when they went into the studio, but they were always drunk on the road. Jim Beam was their poison. And this tour they had decided to play with no alcohol involved.

    I had tickets for their concert in San Antonio that year. I had the tickets and was so looking forward to that concert. It would have been epic. But they died in a plane crash the week before.

    That was depressing. It broke my heart, because it didn’t make any sense that such a great band could suffer such a horrible end.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  79. Right on, right on, right on, Gawain’s Ghost.

    mg (8cbc69)

  80. #2; have listened to “Quadrophenia” more times than I can count. Will probably do so again forever. Best rock album ever.

    I like “Tommy” , but a deaf, and blind kid who plays pinball is out there. A teenager on the cusp of manhood who doesn’t really know what he’s doing or how he fits in, that’s universal.

    Bugg (ebf485)

  81. Jimi does Bob better than Bob

    Damn straight. Speaking of Jimi, the one is one of my favorites. Love the riffs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yurMjZsosoI

    Paul Montagu (40272b)

  82. 70-seen FFDP and Halestorm a few times. Very much in the vein of hard 70s/80s rock. Volbeat-same idea. All good.

    Bugg (47841b)

  83. Thanks for the tip about Primephonic, P. Looks terrific. And if anyone is interested, they have a deal where you can sign up for a free two-week trial.

    I’m saving a couple of bucks a month because I waited for an emailed deal where I pay up front for six months. I think it was $5.99 a month that way.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  84. If I Leave Here Tomorrow is great.

    It’s been in my DVR archives for a while and I just haven’t deleted yet even though I’ve watched it twice.

    harkin (15bd84)

  85. Also – while I like the performance of Freebird at Knebworth (the ‘tongue’ show), I’d put their rendition of JJ Cale’s Call Me The Breeze as one of their best ever.

    https://youtu.be/EsIqEq9OFxE

    harkin (15bd84)

  86. “like that Ronnie Van Zandt did not wear shoes on stage; he performed barefoot.”
    Gawain’s Ghost (b25cd1) — 12/16/2019 @ 2:12 am

    That tasty tidbit is also a RVZ quote in the liner notes of One More from the Road.

    Been enjoying that clip for years, here’s another where the venue is interesting. The crowd, the battle flags…in Oakland!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxIWDmmqZzY

    Matador (39e0cd)

  87. I’ll tell you the enforced kitchen remodel story one day

    I had one of those. Mold caused by torrential rains and not dealing with them. It turns out you can’t replace part of a kitchen.

    Kevin M (19357e)

  88. I like “Tommy” , but a deaf, and blind kid who plays pinball is out there.

    Is it?

    A teenager on the cusp of manhood who doesn’t really know what he’s doing or how he fits in, that’s universal.

    In the early 70’s, between Tommy and Quadrophenia, Townshend wrote a third “concept” album (Lifehouse), this one with a SciFi theme, a post-apocalyptic world where the environment is so trashed that people live in hi-tech hazmat suits plugged into a “Grid” of computers that can simulate any experience, so nobody has to venture outside. (Sound familiar?)

    The project became such an obsession, and such a muddled mess, that Townshend and the band eventually gave up on it and repurposed much of the material into a more conventional single album (Who’s Next) with some of their most iconic songs (Baba O’Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again, etc).

    Dave (1bb933)

  89. Started out the day with the Marshall Tucker Band
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-48Za7VZR_c

    mg (8cbc69)

  90. Outside Lands is amazing. The weather and the setting are both to die for.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  91. Every year I have a huge debate with myself about Outside Lands, because on the one hand it’s a music festival walking distance from my house and if i’m around and not going i’ll be grumpy, but on the other hand it’s almost as expensive as coachella and i dont’ have nearly as good a time there as i do at coachella, so it’s not necessarily a good use of money.

    But Paul Simon was the closing headliner Sunday night, and that made the decision for me. I was right up next to the front bar. :)

    aphrael (971fba)

  92. I don’t deliberately (go out of my way to) listen to music, especially recorded music, but someone I know the melodies and much of the lyrics, of many songs. (in most cases I have the lyrics right)

    Sammy Finkelman (5c3ef7)


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