Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin: “Respect” (1967)

After a variety of media reports of ill health that swirled this week, it can be confirmed that Aretha Franklin, known as "The Queen of Soul," passed away at her Detroit home this morning at the age of 76. There are far better writers than can do a far better job of telling her life … Continue reading Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin: “Respect” (1967)

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Ten Albums: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)

Our Ten Albums list continues, and we have our first controversy: #4* - The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965) So, why the asterisk?  Well... I've limited myself to one album per artist, which is going to necessarily leave out some thing terrific.  I've also spent time on this blog writing about Revolver, an album that I … Continue reading Ten Albums: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)

Ten Albums: The Who, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971)

Ordinarily. I wouldn't allow a Greatest Hits compilation on a list like this. This isn't an ordinary LP, though, nor is the story of how it got here. #5. The Who - Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971) There were several groups that I'd call myself "late to the party" in discovering. Led Zeppelin was … Continue reading Ten Albums: The Who, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971)

Ten Albums: Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966)

(Above: Paul Simon sports the puffy shirt years before Jerry Seinfeld.) Our series of Ten Albums continues today. #6 - Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966) Right around the time I turned 14 was when I made the second major raid on my parents' abandoned music collection. I've written much about taking … Continue reading Ten Albums: Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966)

Ten Albums: Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980)

Continuing up the list of the Top Ten Albums, as determined by a very unscientific study (n=1) by yours truly.... #7. Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980) In a post I wrote in the early days of this blog about the song "Skateaway," I indicated that I wasn't sure where to put this album in terms … Continue reading Ten Albums: Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980)

Ten Albums: They Might Be Giants, Flood (1990)

Continuing the Ten Albums list as inspired by Facebook posts.... #8. They Might Be Giants, Flood (1990) I first stumbled on They Might Be Giants in my first year in college radio.  In the spring of 1988 I was hanging out at the radio station late one night - as we often did - and … Continue reading Ten Albums: They Might Be Giants, Flood (1990)

Ten Albums: R.E.M., Document (1987)

(Above: File under "fire.") We're continuing the Facebook-inspired meme of "post ten albums that mean something to you but don't say anything about them," except that I'm saying something about each of them. Born to be wild. #9 - R.E.M., Document (1987) By now it's probably very clear to readers of this blog that the … Continue reading Ten Albums: R.E.M., Document (1987)

Ten Albums: Too Much Joy, Cereal Killers (1991)

(Above: You don't have this one?) There's been this thing going around on Facebook where people are posting up their ten favorite albums, or ten albums that meant something to them, or so on. You've probably seen this: you get tagged, you make the post, you tag someone else. I got tagged in one last … Continue reading Ten Albums: Too Much Joy, Cereal Killers (1991)

Mixtape review: “WJTW Backs Of the Racks” (1989)

  (Above: You really shouldn't store your cassettes in the middle like that, especially not for almost thirty years.) I was digging through a box of cassettes at home this week and found a cassette that I have alluded to in the past, said that "I should write about," and never did - until now. … Continue reading Mixtape review: “WJTW Backs Of the Racks” (1989)

Stuck inside of Mobil, or How I Missed Live Aid: Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine” (1985)

(Above: Had I seen Live Aid, I would have no doubt seen this image.) I didn't watch Live Aid. Every year around this time - July 13 - someone brings up the anniversary of Live Aid, the benefit concert that took place in London and Philadelphia on that date in 1985.  It was a huge … Continue reading Stuck inside of Mobil, or How I Missed Live Aid: Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine” (1985)