Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Track of the Week: Wishes and Stars by Harper Simon

I don't have a television anymore. Now, I'm not one of those high and mighty television haters or anything. When I moved from El Paso to Portland I could only take what fit in my car. I had to decide between my cat or t.v. and, well, the t.v. refused to cuddle with me. So I took the cat. (And he is awesome)

Then I moved to Korea and I again do not have a t.v. So I ask people what shows I can download and watch here. I end up having huge marathons of these shows. One day, my girlfriend recommended I watch Girls, the Lena Dunham-penned, HBO drama/comedy ("dramedy?") focusing on the lives of a small group of girls in their mid-late 20s. I actually loved watching it, but what first got me hooked was the music. And from the first season soundtrack is where this week's Track of the Week comes from.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Track of the Week: High School Lover by Cayucas

I have not blogged much recently. Thank you, work and life commitments! However, I have been making a concerted effort to listen to new music. A couple of blogs have helped me out in that endeavor, as has NPR's music offerings, Tiny Desk Concerts and All Songs Considered. One of the songs I heard will be this week's track of the week. It happens to be "High School Lover" by Cayucas off their newest, and first, LP, Bigfoot .

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Track of the Week: I Stand Alone by Theophilus London

Theophilus London. Perhaps you have seen the rapper/producer/style icon in commercials for Bing, or heard of him on NPR, or at SXSW, or read about him on numerous blogs, or some girl, who would eventually become your girlfriend, kept telling you to listen to him even though you kept telling her you simply are bored with hip-hop because most of the last decade has been terrible but she won't stop bothering you about it. Well I am here to tell you that the man is for real. Last Fall I had the great pleasure to see Theophilus London in concert in Seattle. I wrote about the trip to Seattle and the concert on my personal blog. One of the best songs he performed that night was "I Stand Alone," released as a single in 2011 and on the LP Timez Are Weird These Days.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Track of the Week: Orange Skies by Love

"Orange Skies" became one of my favorite songs over the past year. I love playing it myself on the guitar particularly. It was written by Bryan MacLean and is found on the Love album Da Capo from 1967. Love would probably be widely known as one of the greatest bands of the 1960s if not for Arthur Lee's refusal to tour and the bands eventual drug problems. Forever Changes generally is regarded as one of the best albums of the period, though not by the general public. And other than the last track, an overambitious song that runs on for much, much too long, Da Capo certainly deserves to be held nearly as high.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Track of the Week: Christmas Time Is Here by Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne makes some of the best soul music today. On Tuesday he released a recording for free on his label's website. "Christmas Time Is Here" was originally recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio for the Peanuts Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, in 1965.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Track of the Week: Frankie Teardrop by Suicide

This week's track features the most frightening song ever recorded, by far. Of course, when your band's name is Suicide, you would imagine the songs would be scary. One of the most influential bands of the 1970s, Suicide's first record provided a sense of where music could go.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Track of the Week: I Walked with a Zombie by Roky Erickson & the Aliens

Sorry I have not written in quite some time. I have moved, first to El Paso, Texas and then to Tigard, OR. It is beautiful out here. As we approach Halloween, I have decided this week's track will feature "I Walked with a Zombie."

Monday, August 15, 2011

Track of the Week: High School by The MC5

Cover of "Back in the Usa"Cover of Back in the UsaThis week's track takes us back to 1970. The MC5 released their second record, Back in the USA. This was also their first studio album, as Kick Out the Jams was a live recording. The song itself is very straight-forward basic rock 'n' roll. A song about high school. The most basic rock 'n' roll you can get. I went to watch Rock 'n' Roll High School at the Plaza Classic Film Festival last week and I was pleasantly surprised to remember how much I liked "High School!"