A Real Rhapsody playlist blog of questionable quality

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Threefer Thursday Rethought Thursday Playlist

Here's a first here at Ribaldry & Schmaltz: a brief playlist of songs I do not recommend you listen to, and yet I would feel remiss in not acknowledging their existence.

First, I have indeed gone on record claiming that one of the biggest holes in Rhapsody is the place where a Frank Sinatra version of 'Send In The Clowns' should be. Well, now such a creature is wandering free in Rhapsody, but it's an uninspired, particularly hypotensive live version from the Carinco Ag carpet-bombing. One of the four minutes are overtaken with Frank putting off having to sing the song.

Second, around the same time there was added to Rhapsody the song that made Divine a gold record holder in Holland: Shoot Your Shot.

At the end of the third track, from an album that sounds like a live audience recording from the United Kingdom, Divine answers the question "What does shit taste like?". Or does she?

Am I wrong?

Threefer Thursday Rethought Playlist

Send In The Clowns - Frank Sinatra
Shoot Your Shot - Divine
Alphabet Rap - Divine

Friday, August 25, 2006

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist

I spent quite a bit of yesterday soaking up the pioneering bleeps and bloops of the Perrey & Kingsley box set. Today out to lunch, we meet at Winchester Cathedral, then head right back to camp for bug juice with Perrey & Kingsley. Yes, it's another fine instrumental version of "Hello Mother", this time disguised behind the title "Countdown At 6".

In other news, this recently added Paul Desmond album of Simon & Garfunkel songs is well worth grooving out to in its entirety.

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist

Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
Coundown At 6 - Perrey & Kingsley
Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
Remember Walkin' In The Sand - The Shangri-Las
America - Paul Desmond

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Summer Ska Camp Playlist

It's time for Junior to put on that pork pie hat, hop on the Vespa, and head down the road to summer Ska camp. Don't forget to write. Watch out for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis...

Summer Ska Camp Playlist

Hello Mother - The Skatalites
Mademoiselle - Clancy Eccles & Friends
Black Black Minds - The Travellers
Carry Go Bring Home - Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Don't Let Me Down - Bob and Marcia

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Soulful Fresh Catch Wednesday Playlist

Today, a fresh catch of deep, soulful proportions: the early seventies Texas high school jazz band thunder soul of the Kashmere Stage Band, the classic Ethiopian jazz of Mahmoud Ahmed, some descendant toddler afrobeat from the Backyardigans, and a little peace and love in the ghetto from the first Black Uhuru album.

Soulful Fresh Catch Wednesday Playlist

Do Your Thing - Kashmere Stage Band
Sidetegnash Negn - Mahmoud Ahmed
Rad Moves - The Backyardigans
Willow Tree - Black Uhuru

Friday, August 11, 2006

Way Upstate New York Classic Rock Radio Sampler

Last Friday out to lunch, we were on a road trip through the endless cornscapes of northern New York State to the shores of that greatest of lakes, Ontario. It was he perfect opportunity to savor the regional classic rock dialect.

For a radio format so static and pre-programmed, it's fascinating to hear the small but significant deviations that define a geographic gestalt.

Way Upstate New York Classic Rock Radio Sampler

Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet
Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult
Double Vision - Foreigner
Hair Of The Dog - Nazareth

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sebadoh III Just Added Sampler Playlist

I'm no indie rock scholar, but I like me some Sebadoh III. It looks like this album was just remastered, re-released, and added to Rhapsody to mark its 15th anniversary. It includes a second disc of goodies of varying allure, represented here by Gimmie Indie Rock and the oddball Showtape '91.

Of note, As The World Dies The Eyes Of God Grow Bigger is one of my favorite finely-realized modern rock epics, in ranks with Ween's Buenos Tardes Amigo and Beck's Satan Gave Me A Taco. Who has some more examples?

Sebadoh III Sampler Playlist

Violet Execution
Perverted World
Supernatural Force
God Told Me
Gimmie Indie Rock
As The World Dies The Eyes Of God Grow Bigger
Showtape '91

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Bobby Short - Official R&S Poster Boy Playlist

I think it's time we crown Bobby Short the official poster boy of Ribaldry & Schmaltz. No one has a tone and delivery that embodies our core values more completely.

50 by Bobby Short was one of the albums in the recent tsunami of additions in Rhapsody. Here's a distilled sampler of that relevatory document.

Bobby Short - R&S Poster Boy Playlist

Gimme A Pigfoot
And Her Mother Came Too
I've Got Five Dollars
Lydia The Tattooed Lady
Sweet So And So
Romance In The Dark
I Can't Get Started
Losing My Mind