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Musical palate cleanser, what a day edition

I mean, seriously… May 16, 1966 – greatest day in the history of American popular music, or greatest day evah?

Once upon a time, there were things called “records”, which you played on “record players” and (eventually) on “stereos.” To find “records,” you could play on your “record player,” you went down to a place called a “record store.” And, if you consult Rolling Stone and Billboard, you will discover that May 16, 1966 was a helluva day at America’s record stores.

Fifty years ago, two magnificent pieces of art became available generally for the first time.

Pet Sounds is probably the more influential of the two a) because it lit a fire under The Beatles and inspired them to record Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and b) because Blonde on Blonde has to be seen as part of The Master’s Great Trilogy that also includes Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, a nine-month explosion of creativity that never will cease to amaze me, and that nearly killed the musician.

Lawdy, mama.  I’m not even going to try to rank those two against each other.  I’m not worthy.

Geez, fifty years later, and “Caroline No” still rips me up every time I hear it.



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Musical palate cleanser, perfect pop edition

Have you ever thought about how hard it has to be to craft a great pop music song?  Catchy melody, lyrics that resonate, a memorable hook, all in less than three minutes – if it were all that easy, anyone could do it.

Here’s one of my all time favorites:  Dusty Springfield’s “Don’t Forget About Me”, from her classic Dusty in Memphis.

My crappy computer speakers don’t really do this baby justice.  It’s impeccably recorded.  There’s so much great going on here, from the propulsive bass line and the slinky guitar work to the way the horns and back up singers lift the chorus.  And of course topping off the whole thing are Dusty’s incomparable, throaty vocals.  Really, the whole thing is just perfect.

See what I mean?


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Musical palate cleanser, two arms and an attitude edition

The other musical stars from Purple Rain, Morris Day and The Time:

How did those guys lose, anyway?


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Musical palate cleanser, decadent and depraved edition

Here’s the Audiobook version of Hunter Thompson’s classic piece “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”:


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Musical palate cleanser, lie to me edition

In honor of Bo Davis compounding his Joker Phillips mistake into a guaranteed departure by “being dishonest” about it, here’s the sixteen-year old (!) Jonny Lang bringing it with “Lie To Me”.

Oh, and don’t cry for Tuscaloosa, peeps.  Saban’s reportedly already found a replacement and as far as any potential problems with the NCAA go, “In similar cases, a coach’s resignation could be enough to avoid future punishment for the violation for ‘impermissible contact.'”


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A twofer MPC

I have a version of “Honky Tonk Women” performed by Prince on my iPod and hoped I could find the clip on YouTube to share yesterday.  Alas, no such luck.  Fortunately, it turned up on my Twitter feed this morning, so you lucky ducks get to hear it after all.  Enjoy.

Bad.  Ass.


UPDATE:  ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on Prince’s guitar playing?  Yeah, you might want to read that.


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Musical palate cleanser, U 2? edition

Man, the first four months of 2016 have been a total bummer.

Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.

You know you’re somebody when the New York Times refers to you by one name.

The obituary is astounding to read – “prolific” and “virtuoso” are words that we see tossed out all the time undeservedly, but in this case barely do the man justice.

Then, there’s this.

Prince was responsible for so much great music, I hardly know where to begin, but even if I did, there’s not exactly a lot of material on YouTube to reference, given his largely successful effort to control his work product (and good for him in that regard).

Start with this, though, for an indication of how underrated he was as a guitarist.

The first 3:25 is a slow buildup to what comes, and when it does, wow.

For more of the same, here’s his “press conference” before his appearance at the Superbowl.  So, yeah, he could rock a little.

I’ve about worn my copy of 1999 out.  It’s the album – and the video image – I’ll always remember him by.

Parties weren’t meant to last, indeed.  Shit.

There’s a bunch more here.  (In particular, make sure to play the remarkable “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man”.)

I can’t really do this justice.  Just go listen, okay?





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