A Real Rhapsody playlist blog of questionable quality

Friday, June 27, 2008

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist

There was plenty of compelling nonsense and mayhem on the Rhapsody Just Added list this week, suitable for some Friday out to lunch listening.

First, there were a heap of previously unavailable Harry Nilsson albums that came in to Rhapsody, including Pussy Cats, one of the recorded documents of John Lennon's Lost Weekend of 1974. Among the many, many bizarre things about this album, the credits report that both Keith Moon and Ringo Starr played the drums somewhere in there. We here at R&S were a bit into the Walkmen's cover of this whole album not too long ago, so now you can go back to investigate the original without leaving Rhapsody.

In pretty much the same mode, George Jones and Johnny Paycheck got loaded and cut a "rock and roll" album(?!) called Double Trouble in 1980(?!!!).

Finally, our minds will simply implode trying to make sense of the black hole of irony and nihilism that is the Harvard Opportunes' opulent arrangement of one of the most reviled songs ever recorded.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Obama Intro - Tony Yayo
All My Life - Harry Nilsson
When You're Ugly Like Us (You Just Naturally Got To Be Cool) - George Jones/Johnny Paycheck
We Built This City - The Harvard Opportunes

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Amalia Rodrigues Live at Max's Kansas City Playlist

Among the many fine Amalia Rodrigues albums that came into Rhapsody last week were some endearingly dodgy-sounding live shows. While listening to No Cafe Luso, I kept expecting someone near the mic to ask for their Pernod, or for Ms. Rodrigues to announce about the next song: "It's also the first song we ever wrote that had an augmented chord."

And thus the Amalia Rodrigues Live at Max's Kansas City Playlist was born.

Amalia Rodrigues Live at Max's Kansas City Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Amalia Rodrigues Live at Max's Kansas City Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Fado Marujo (O Marujo Portugues) - Amalia Rodrigues
Femme Fatale - Velvet Underground
Fado Dos Fados - Amalia Rodrigues
Sweet Jane - Velvet Underground

Friday, June 20, 2008

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist

So, it's just been a pretty great week all around on the Rhapsody Just Added list, beyond what we've highlighted already. Ça Plane Pour Moi is back. The Rhapvailable Amalia Rodrigues doubled. There were some fine Tom Ze remasters. And we'll march right into the weekend with the Rebirth Brass Band 25th Anniversary album.

Coimbra may not seem all that out to lunch, but it's a peppy fado song with a saxophone, so there you go.

Happy Friday, peoples!

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Out To Lunch Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Ça Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
Toc - Tom Ze
Coimbra - Amalia Rodrigues
Remember When - Rebirth Brass Band

Update: Looking a little deeper at Encontro, the Amalia Rodrigues album that holds Coimbra from the playlist above, it turns out that the saxophone is played by none other than Don Byas, a collaboration that goes a ways toward explaining the instrumentation departure for a fado record.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Big Day Playlist

If there's one comment that the vast community of Rhapsody blog nerds have posted to each other most over the years, it would have to be: "Sure, it's nice that [Insert Band Name] is in Rhapsody now, but when, oh WHEN, will we be able to hear 'Charlton Heston' by Stump?!"

Oh yeah, and I guess most of the Hüsker Dü catalog finally came in to Rhapsody yesterday, too, whoever they are.

The Big Day Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

The Big Day Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Charlton Heston - Stump
The Politics of Dancing - Re-Flex
Indecision Time - Hüsker Dü
Divide And Conquer - Hüsker Dü
Dead Set On Destruction - Hüsker Dü

Monday, June 16, 2008

Just Added Gems Monday Playlist

A large, freaky neighborhood of real estate in my brain is devoted to maintaining a list of "important" songs that aren't available in the Rhapsody catalog. Periodically one of these gems will come in on the Just Added list, or just suddenly appear when I'm searching for something else. Well, today we can reassign the brain cells that were pining away for Sex Crime (1984) by the Eurythmics, since Live 1983-1989 came in last week. Now maybe there'll be more storage space for the Joboxers and Who Killed Bambi.

Also of note on the Just Added list last week was the historically fascinating "lost" 1979 Cowsills album Cocaine Drain.

Just Added Gem Monday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Just Added Gem Monday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Sex Crime (1984) - Eurythmics
Cocaine Drain - The Cowsills

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tempting Fate Tuesday Playlist

Hey, let's tempt fate two days in a row. From the same era as High Voltage and Let There Be Rock, Aerosmith's Draw The Line, Rocks, and Live! Bootleg are unexpectedly turned on in the Rhapsody this morning.

I whined about not being able to listen to Kings and Queens in Rhapsody in my second post ever for Ribaldry and Schmaltz over three years ago, so we can put that dream to bed today. It's no Whole Lotta Rosie, but it'll have to do today, I guess.

Tempting Fate Tuesday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Tempting Fate Tuesday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Kings And Queens - Aerosmith
Chip Away The Stone - Aerosmith

Monday, June 09, 2008

Rhapsody Gave Me The Jack Playlist

With all due respect, screw the Radiohead catalog, there are two AC/DC albums in Rhapsody! Shouldn't news like that be occupying all six slots of the Music Guide front page? High Voltage and Let There Be Rock were on the Just Added list when I was sifting through during lunch. And now there seems to be a wet patch on my office chair.

Was it Coca-Cola?

It could all be some button-pushing mistake, so take advantage while you can.

[Tuesday morning update: Apparently it was too good to be true. It looks like twelve hours later these albums have been turned off again. Well, it made my speakers quite happy for an afternoon, anyway.]

Rhapsody Gave Me The Jack Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Rhapsody Gave Me The Jack Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock 'n' Roll) - AC/DC
The Jack - AC/DC
T.N.T. - AC/DC
Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

Addendum: Wow, and the hits just keep on coming. Via "what dave just listened to in rhapsody" it looks like the classic summery Butter 08 record is in Rhapsody now. I swear I searched for that one unsuccessfully within just the last couple weeks.

It looks like the Butter 08 record is a reissue on Grand Royal "Gr2 Classics". Also coming in under this umbrella is the Grand Royal Liquid Liquid reprinting. We'll look into this a little more and report if there's bigger things going on here.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Triptik Septych Playlist Friday

A week ago today we loaded into a rented Malibu and set a course for Camden Yards via Grandma's house in Maryland. We kept Schmaltzy Junior's spirits buoyed for the day-long drive with an occasional infusion of Twizzlers and her preferred sounds: Silly Songs With Larry and the Disney movie hits. Overall a very successful trip for us and the visiting Boston Red Sox. Schmaltzy Junior got her cotton candy, I got my Boog's Barbecue, and Manny got home run 500 (501 at our Sunday afternoon game).

The most eye-opening thing was observing firsthand the difference in result when a line drive up the middle came by Dustin "The Venus Fly Trap" Pedroia, compared to Julio "The Sieve" Lugo.

Here's a playlist septych of our triptik, representing the songs I got stuck in my head by reading road signs on the way down.

Triptik Septych Playlist Friday [Rhapsody Online Version]

Triptik Septych Playlist Friday [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Rockaway Beach - Ramones
New York, New York [from On The Town] - Frank Sinatra
Hackensack - Thelonious Monk
Allentown - Billy Joel
The Gettysburg Address - Johnny Cash
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville - REM
The Streets Of Baltimore - Bobby Bare