A Real Rhapsody playlist blog of questionable quality

Friday, July 28, 2006

Yet Another Just Added Rhapsody Mountain

There was yet another overflowing, far-ranging, musically intriguing Just Added list in Rhapsody earlier this week. Hundreds of the albums are odd greatest hits and live recordings (of widely varying sound quality) from the mysterious Swiss entity named Carinco Ag. Also, a whole lot of soul, ska, and dub on the Charly record label.

Here's some early results of my sifting the latest batch. Highlights include a solid Yiddish classic from Connie Francis, a rare tale of hermaphrodite love from Count Lasher, and the Nova Scotia country croon of Hank Snow.

Yet Another Just Added Rhapsody Mountain

Shein Vi De Levone - Connie Francis
Mufridite - Williams and Count Lasher
King Tubby's Rock Steady Dub - Augustus Pablo Meets King Tubby
We Met Down in the Hills of Old Wyoming - Hank Snow

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ozma-Gluey Porch Treatments Sampler Playlist

We seldom let a Melvins addition to Rhapsody pass unnoticed, and today is no exception. One day last week the Boner Records release combining Ozma and Gluey Porch Treatments was added. With 10 Songs (represented in Rhapsody as the recompiled 26 Songs) and Bullhead, the early Melvins selection in Rhapsody is quite robust.

Here's a happy little sampler to mark the occasion.

Ozma-Gluey Porch Treatments Sampler Playlist

Let God Be Your Gardener
Love Thing
Echo Head/Don't Piece Me
Exact Paperbacks
Glow God
As Was It

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Live Phish Sequence Mas Fina

Not too crazy about the recent Live in Brooklyn release, here's what I think is the best live Phish sequence available in Rhapsody (recently re-added after being brutally deleted some time ago).

Second set of the opening show of the last, pseudo-homecoming weekend of a long Fall tour 1998. Band stoked for an outdoor New Year's run in Hawaii (thus the Wipeout and subsequent rampant teases) that would later be kiboshed by permit troubles before becoming a reality. A rare and feisty, if short, drum solo in Wipeout. They're playing loud, slightly messy rock with vintage breakneck segues eventually sublimating into a trio of early classics: Dog Log, Sanity, and Buffalo Bill.

This was also a golden age when Mike's bass was mixed crisply and prominently for all solar plexuses to enjoy and rattle in sympathy with. While never a card-carrying member of People for a Louder Mike, I had no complaints that night.

Did I maybe care a little too much about these things for a time? I freely admit I did, but it was quite a bit of fun along the way.

A Live Phish Sequence Mas Fina

Buried Alive
Chalkdust Torture
Mirror In The Bathroom
Chalkdust Torture
Dog Log
Buffalo Bill

P.S. The Mike's > Hydrogen > Weekapaug sequence that follows this is also supoib, for anyone who cares to get that far.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Weekend Just Added Rhapsody Mountain

It was an overflowing, far-ranging colossal Just Added list in Rhapsody over the weekend. Here's an initial mixed bag of the finer loot I could identify.

Weekend Just Added Rhapsody Mountain

Ain't That Loving You - The Beau Brummels
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby - The Smiths
Theme From Magnum PI - Mike Post
Tip Toe Thru The Tulips - Tiny Tim
I'm A Mighty Tight Woman - Sippie Wallace
Smile - Trini Lopez
You Are The Sunshine of My Life - Frank Sinatra

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Free Your Mind... Free At Last

The missing chunk of the early Funkadelic catalog was added to Rhapsody quite recently, namely Free Your Mind... (and the switching of the track Maggot Brain on Maggot Brain from pay-only to subscription-ready).

A week or more later, Funky Dollar Bill is the song that keeps jumping up in my mind in those scattered moments it's not filled with another song or actual human thought.

Funky Dollar Bill - Funkadelic

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Byrd From West Virginia

Now here's something you don't see every day.

The country rock band I See Hawks in L.A. will be opening for Drunk Stuntmen at the Elevens in Northampton, MA tomorrow, July 14. They have some albums in Rhapsody, including a new release named California Country.

It's pretty straightforward stuffs, except for this very solid ode to West Virginia senator Robert C. Byrd. I love it. In the prelude to the current war, transcripts of Senator Byrd's speeches were some of the only signs of sanity emanating from Washington.

It just warms the ol' cockles to hear him acknowledged so well in verse.

Byrd From West Virginia - I See Hawks In L.A.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Criminal Minded Just Added Sampler

There was a whole heap of fascinating stuffs on the Rhapsody Just Added list in the last day or so. While I sift through the rest, here's some of the best news: the addition of Criminal Minded, the 1987 debut full-length from Boogie Down Productions.

It's lean, mean, and full of South Bronx hip hop classics. I won't pretend to offer any historical insights on the subject but interestingly, through a miracle of pedestrian serendipity in the summer of 1991, BDP is the only show I've ever seen in Central Park.

Fresh for '86, suckas!

Criminal Minded Sampler Playlist

South Bronx
Remix For P Is Free
Bridge Is Over
Super Hoe

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

No Particular Place To Fresh Catch Playlist

How this particular foursome came together in my Rhapsody Play tab is a divine mystery, but their combined impact cannot be denied. So here you go.

No Particular Place To Fresh Catch Playlist

Manteca - Gil Evans
High Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker
Pack Jam - Jonzun Crew
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich

Friday, July 07, 2006

AWOL Friday Fresh Catch Playlist

I'm doing alot of work on a secondary partition these days, and the copy of Rhapsody over there refuses to synch up with the library from this side. So, I'm relegated to listening to whole albums or radio through the browser player. Such a state isn't quite conducive to regualr bloggerating.

Nevertheless, I have been noting some notable recent additions to the Rhapsody catalog and enjoying some seasonal classics.

Of note, Ovidi Montllor was one of those albums on the Just Added list you give a spin just for the curious name and album cover. He turns out to be a fascinating, if occasionally clunky, legendary proponent of Catalan music fused with a measured dose of arty psychedelia. Certainly worthy of investigation.

Friday Fresh Catch Playlist

Fired! - Evan Lurie
Visc El Que Veig - Ovidi Montllor
San Tropez - Pink Floyd
Grazing In The Grass - The Friends of Distinction
Make It With You - Rahsaan Roland Kirk