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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Post-Mortem Walk Out Checkmate Song

We had house guests on a recent weekend, and while watching a little baseball, conversation came around to my summer walk out song post series. My erudite visitor pondered a few moments, and declared his own walk out song would have to be the theme from Sanford and Son.

Check and mate, my friends. Check. And. Mate.

Sanford and Son Theme - Quincy jones [Rhapsody Online Version]

Sanford and Son Theme - Quincy Jones [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Friday, September 26, 2008

Baboon Squeeze Friday Playlist

There's a song on the new Charlie Hunter record Baboon Strength named "Difford Tillbrook" which, oddly enough, is a cheeky romantic interlude in the style of Squeeze's Difford and Tillbrook.

Today, let's set Difford Tillbrook with a few of the Squeeze tracks it rattles most sympathetically with, including a couple of the stronger songs from Squeeze's later phase (a period that suddenly appears to be over twenty years ago).

In other news, never mind the "mortgage-backed securities" crisis, I suspect the most dangerous drain on the American economy right now is from lost worker productivity. For the last month I can't refresh my browser window fast enough to keep up with the deluge of zaniness coming from the Presidential campaign. Who can work at a time like this? And yet, these molecules aren't going to flag themselves. I better go look busy.

Well, as a very wise, dead man once said: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

Happy Friday, kids.

Baboon Squeeze Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Baboon Squeeze Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Difford Tillbrook - Charlie Hunter
Someone Else's Bell - Squeeze
Last Time Forever - Squeeze
Cigarette Of A Single Man - Squeeze

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thank You Very Much Wednesday Playlist

My favorite "Thank You" at the end of a song on a live album is on The Smiths' Rank, which isn't currently in Rhapsody. The runner-up is at the end of "Pulled Up" on "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads".

Today let's put that song together with a fine song from one of this year's better live albums, Gossip Live In Liverpool. And Be Stiff, of course.

Thank You Very Much Wednesday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Thank You Very Much Wednesday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Fire/Sign - The Gossip
Be Stiff - DEVO
Pulled Up - Talking Heads

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Little Support Friday Playlist

Earlier this summer, the second Marah album Kids in Philly was added to Rhapsody. Unfortunately, almost every track was riddled with digital hiccups. The ever-insightful generic Rhapsody support form suggested I should check to see if my audio card was properly installed. Thanks!

A few days later I was rubbernecking on the Rhapsody support boards, and lo and behold there was a stickied post that offered a direct email address to contact with Rhapsody database errors. So I tried it, and got a very timely, coherent reply. The album was pulled out, and replaced with a functional copy. So, thank you Lauren, and cheers to Rhapsody for offering a functional bypass to the frustrating thicket of the general support script. Unfortunately, it looks like that stickied post has been taken down. Ah well.

Among other things, the track "Christian Street" also teaches noobs like me the correct way to pronounce "Marah". We'll round things out with a couple of the finer, freakier standouts from the new Paul Weller record, and a sympathetic track from the Bonzo Dog Band.

Happy Friday, everybody!

A Little Support Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

A Little Support Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Christian Street - Marah
A Dream Reprise - Paul Weller
Echoes Round The Sun - Paul Weller
Humanoid Boogie - Bonzo Dog Band

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Vigilance Returns Tuesday Playlist

So last night was the broadcast debut of local hero Rachel Maddow's television program on MSNBC. And as fascinating as that occasion was, it was made that much better in the last three minutes with the triumphant return of Kent Jones. If you ask me, which you didn't, Mister Jones added a humor and chemistry to Ms. Maddow's radio show that made it stand far above the more repetitive and pedantic Air America offerings. And I for one am grateful she brought him back in.

He looked a little klunky making the transition to being live and on camera, and didn't get to offer up a trademark "The Boston Red Sox Crispus Attucks'ed the Texas Rangers 7 to 2, and the Seattle Mariners Purple Hazed the New York Yankees 5 to 2". But he did get in a serviceable joke at the expense of Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong, so he should gradually get caught up on the events that have transpired since he was summarily shitcanned by radio management at the end of 2007.

And, it looks like the show segments will be available the next morning at rachel.msnbc.com, so we got that going for us (assuming MSNBC doesn't just go and replace everybody with "Uncle" Pat Buchanan through the end of the 2008 political campaign!)


Vigilance Returns Tuesday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Vigilance Returns Tuesday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Welcome Back - John Sebastian
Big Takeover - Bad Brains