I've been a bit of slacker the past few days but wouldn't have felt right if I went another day without paying tribute to a pair of artists we lost this week.
I've been a fan since their "Whole Oates" debut.
Their first hit was also a hit for the R&B band Tavares.
This is still my personal favorite, produced by Todd Rundgren with Utopia as the backing band.
Here's some more of my personal favorites from the duo
She is an amazingly talented musician, a wonderfully witty songwriter with lyrics that have made me laugh out loud and fill up with tears. I've played her on every radio station I've worked at since her Todd Rundgren produced debut and it really annoys me that most people have no knowledge of her other than her one novelty hit... which happens to be a damn good song. The one time we were able to link schedules for her to come in and record a Loft Session, I had to be out of the DC studios and in NY so we have never met in person, but she has an open invitation to record as many Loft Sessions as she wants, so I'm sure our paths will eventually cross. I will tell her I love her in person one day, but not in that way! After all, next week is my 31st wedding anniversary... I'm definitely damaged goods.
Jill has a new release, here's the description from her website "
I'm surprised it took me this long to use one of the most over-used terms in radio as a blog title, maybe tomorrow we can get the LED out after some work force blocks and look forward to a killer block party weekend! Hey, I'll be here all week - try the veal.
I am loving this album from The Civil Wars.
Ryan Adams' Record Store Day EP
Can you name a better "Rock" singer than Paul Rodgers? I can't.
I've spent the weekend on a semi-massive "honey-do" list, as well as some long overdue clutter removal on my basement desk. While I try to listen to everything it is getting harder and harder to keep up with the steady stream of new releases, not to mention the archival and bootleg stuff that shows up daily. Here's a batch of stuff I uncovered this weekend, some new, some old and one just because. I need to start with a new release from one of my prog heroes Van Der Graaf Generator.
For more info on this one go to: http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2011/04/11/qa-with-the-goldberg-sisters-adam-goldberg/
Finally got around to the new Low... WOW!
The new Colin Devlin album, his solo debut, is finally coming out. We've been playing it on the air since Colin sent me a copy in late 2008, and I can't believe it has taken this long to be released. This is really a great album.
From the 3 disc expanded, super duper version of one of their best. This is a great live medley!
Finally I pulled out this completely overlooked gem from former Guadalcanal Diary singer, Murray Attaway.
The first rock band I ever experienced in concert was Chicago Transit Authority. Yes, they were still using that name, although they would soon shorten it at the request of the actual CTA. I got a chance to see them for three sets at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City and the opening act was The Five Stairsteps who would soon hit it big with the classic "O-O-H Child." In later years they were primarily a AM radio singles band and although some tunes clicked with me I pretty much lost interest in band after Chicago VII. When Chicago started out they were a very aggressive rock band with horns, great vocals and a massive sound. Terry Kath was a flat-out amazing guitar player and as a young drummer I was mesmerized by the playing of Danny Seraphine, who had legitimate jazz chops. I still pull the old albums out once in a while and today was one of those days.
Due to an extremely hectic week I've been unable to find the time to post here. However, I was fortunate enough to spend a fair amount of time up close and personal with the legendary Booker T, and over a crystal clear ISDN connection with Robert Plant. We were putting together the next two episodes of a new show I've been doing called "Playin' Records With Mike." It's a no-bullshit show where an artist and I sit down and simply play records. Remember the days of getting together with your friends and playing records, turning each other on to new stuff, rare stuff, your latest found musical treasures? Well, Mr. Jones and Mr. Plant could not have been any nicer and both men seemed to thoroughly enjoy talking about and playing music they love. I learned a great deal from them both and I'll make sure to let you know when these episodes will air. In the meantime, here's a few choice selections from Booker T and Robert Plant.