Monthly Archives: February 2015

Turn Off The Lights

I may have mentioned that “At Last” and Let’s Get It On” as the perfect love songs but when it comes to getting down there was no one like Teddy Pendergrass when he sings the bedroom ballad, “Turn Off The Lights” .  Press play, enjoy and have a lovely Valentine’s Day. You know before you turn […]

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Kimono My House

Eight years before Sparks made a slight dent in the US pop charts with I Predict and Cool Places, they made a huge splash in Europe with the album “Kimono My House”.  Forty years later this glam rock album that still sounds ahead of it’s time, is being celebrated in LA this weekend with a 2 night […]

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Where are the new love songs

Love songs are kind of like Christmas songs.  Just like artists will always try to improve on “White Christmas” or “The Christmas Song” and will never succeed, there will always be artists trying to improve upon “At Last” or “Let’s Get It On”.  I can play Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks or Cocteau Twins “Treasure” or Jeff […]

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New Music Tuesday

I think we may already have a front runner for a Grammy Best New Artist nomination as Rhiannon Giddens strikes out on her own with Tomorrow Is My Turn.  She already won a a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 with her band Carolina Chocolate Drops but thanks to her work with T-Bone Burnett […]

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Bob Dylan: Roastmaster General

As of this writing the Grammys have not happened yet.  I’m sure whatever happened will be long forgotten and what will be discussed and dissected for many years to come will be Bob Dylan’s 30(?!) minute speech he gave as acceptance for being the 2015 Musician of the Year.   I think Dylan took advantage […]

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Hear the 2015 Album Of the Year Nominees

  I know everyone I know tries to see most of the nominations for Academy Awards but there seems less of a desire to hear complete albums.  I know that’s more true than ever now the concept of making a complete fully formed album is less relevant in this day of choosing just the songs […]

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Live shows during Grammy week

With the Grammys here in LA. Artists are taking advantage of being in town and playing some local shows. If you’ve got $1500 burning in your pocket, may I recomened the  MusiCares Person of the Year show with Bob Dylan on Friday. When you look at the lineup it’s almost tempting to pony up the […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

The Grammys are on Sunday and while all eyes will be on Taylor Swift and her enthusiasm for other artists performing on stage like Rhianna, Kanye and McCartney (think of them like the new Crosby, Stills and Nash), it’s also a time to look back.  The Recording Academy has this year decided to bestow The […]

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Dylan and Lennox

At first glance you wouldn’t think Bob Dylan and Annie Lennox have anything in common.  Bob was a Folk Troubadour.  Annie was a New Wave Pop Star.  But both have reinvented themselves many times over, each new version just as intriguing.  This week, Bob Dylan will be honored as the MusicCares, Person Of The Year and […]

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Super Bowl XLIX Music Use Controversies

We all saw Katy’s and Missy’s halftime show.  If this was battle of the bands I would give it to Missy.  That might seem controversial but not as controversial as these three songs used during the Super Bowl. Harry Chapin “Cats In The Cradle” for Nissan. Not sure what Nissan was thinking as Harry Chapin died […]

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