Monthly Archives: December 2016

New Music Friday: Christmas Edition

No surprise that Pentatonix and Neil Diamond have new Christmas albums out but here are a few alternative selections to add to your library. Don’t Waste Your Wishes The Killers The band releases a new Christmas single each year.  This is their compilation from 2006-2016 Joseph, Better You Than Me (feat. Elton John, Neil Tennant) […]

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Get Out

The Radio Christmas Shows are over and done with so now comes the really good stuff and it all goes down at Largo. Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?) Every year at Largo, the lovely Harry Shearer and the even lovelier Judith Owen do their own […]

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Linda Ronstadt Tribute

Brandy Clark: I’d like to thank Linda Ronstadt, wherever you are J.D. Souther: I know where she is That quick exchange at the Ace Hotel this past Sunday reminded everyone that Linda is, thankfully, still among us, although due to her affliction with Parkinson’s Disease she can no longer sing. The amazing thing about Linda […]

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2 For 2uesday

Only two more 2uesdays left before Christmas so I’ll supply two new Christmas songs for you the next two 2uesdays.  You’re welcome! Best Coast might not have released a new album in 2016 but you can still enjoy their mighty fine California Nights album and now you can hear their Christmas contribution to the Amazon […]

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Married Couples in bands

Rock and roll is littered with bands that are composed of ex-wives and husbands. There are only a few that seem to have survived the odds to keep a relationship and a band going at the same time.   This weekend I saw one such band, The Handsome Family.  You would think upon first listening to […]

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New Music Friday: The Musical

I admit that I am a totally out of the closet musical lover.  From Oklahoma to Chicago to Book Of Mormon, I’m all in. Three new musical albums have recently been released and again, I’m all in. I watched Hairspray last night and despite some unfortunate casting *cough* Ariana Grande*cough* I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I […]

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KROQ AND ALT 98.7 radio shows

What has happened to the World Famous KROQ? Six months ago they were in a virtual tie with ALT 98.7.  KROQ had  2.075 million cumulative listeners and a 2.9% share of the LA market. ALT 98.7 had 2.024 million and a 3.0% share. Today, KROQ is 19th in the market with a 1.774  cume and 2.2 share. […]

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Grammy Nominations 2017

Beyoncé vs. Adele are up against each other for Record, Song, and Album of the Year as well as Pop Solo Performance.  Beyoncé actually got a nomination for rock performance with Jack White for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” but will probably lose to Bowie. Perhaps they’ll cancel each other out and Sturgill Simpson will win for […]

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2 for 2uesday

Strand of Oaks is heavily courting the NPR audience on their first single “Radio Kids”. Public radio stations should gobble this up as the grunge guitars wail and the lyrics reflect heavy on the nostalgia factor with the refrain “play it on the radio” [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Speaking of 90s nostalgia, […]

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Happy Birthday Little Richard

We’ve lost so many musicians this year so let’s celebrate Little Richard He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy […]

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