“Lucky Man” – The Verve – “Urban Hymns” (1997)

Dec 9
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What are the chances that the Seahawks will swap out “Bittersweet Symphony” for a slightly better song by The Verve? I’ll play Vegas bookmaking bot: how about if we set the money line for the change happening at +$170K? That might be a smidge low but yeah… no, I’ll save my hundred bucks. I’ll just cue it up, jam in the earbuds and crank “Lucky Man” when the Blue Men take the field on the 27th.

Congrats to my hometown station KEXP on their new digs. Can’t wait to go over and gawk at it when I go home.


“Get Up” – Young Fathers – “Dead” (2014)

Mar 6
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Ah, some fresh hip hop from Edinburgh, Scotland. There’s some sweet musical product out of that town. Shirley Manson hails from there, as well as one of my favorite little rock and roll bands We Were Promised Jetpacks, and a band that I referenced yesterday none other than The Bay City Rollers.

My small sample size of Edinburgh hip hop reveals a refreshing lack of chest (diddy) puffing as a result of copious amount of consumption of: Cristal, Rolex, and NetJet quality leg room. Have you ever yawned while rolling your eyes?


“Weather to Fly” – Elbow – “The Seldom Seen Kid” (2008)

Mar 4
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Pretty sure that these guys win my award for “Favorite Band That I’ve Never Seen Live.” That’s got to be, right (quick check of the cranial fave band indexing system…)? It isn’t looking good for the near term either.

They’re finally embarking on a mini North American tour and they are even due for THREE DATES in the upper left coast region of the continent. That’s huge. There are only 12 dates total in the US and Canada and three are within rock chucking distance. I’ve got a fairly busy spring and will be travelling outside of the corner of the country where I usually chill. Fire Truck!

I’ve listened to the first couple songs from the new album but I’ll pull something from “The Seldom Seen Kid” which has got to be one of the Top 10 or so albums from the last ten years.

So who else do I really want/need to see, who I haven’t seen yet? I honestly can’t think of anyone that tops Elbow although I haven’t seen Tom Petty yet and I would like to cross that off the list one of these days. I just thought of a close second, Sigur Rós. If I could pull that off at Iceland Airwaves, they would probably pull into a tie for first.

“Black Star” – Radiohead – “The Bends” (1995)

Feb 25
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I heard this song yesterday, for the first time in a long time, and I instantly knew that it would be comfort food for the week. I made a big pot of chicken cacciatore this week, I ate a cheeseburger today, but none of it tastes as good as Radiohead on this very Seattle last Tuesday in February.


“Oliver’s Army” – Elvis Costello and the Attractions – “Armed Forces” (1979)

Jan 27
Posted by admin Filed in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, UK

I’m about half way through the Grammys. I’ve seen a couple “really people like that” performances, at least one “will anyone remember him in two years” forgettable three minutes, a boring bit of nostalgia, and one collaboration that I really enjoyed consisting of Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons.

My Rock and Roll Hall of Fame post this week goes to Elvis Costello. I was definitely surprised when I looked up “Oliver’s Army” and found that this is still his best selling single. I always thought it was kind of an under appreciated tune but I guess everyone was on it way more than I expected.


“Birthday” – The Beatles – “The White Album” (1968)

Jan 25
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I want to go to a birthday party today! My nephew is turning six today and is having a super cool birthday at the park in Kona with hot dogs, and friends, and slides, and cake, and everything else that makes a six year old have a fun birthday party. Playing “Birthday” on Play On Daily isn’t going to come anywhere close to making up for the fact that I can’t be there but its something.

Happy birthday nephew. Let the party begin.


“Do It Again” – Camera Obscura – “Desire Lines” (2013)

Jan 23
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This Glasgow band has a pretty healthy catalog which I’ve barely even touched. That’s about to change.


“Reckoner” – Radiohead – “In Rainbows” (2007)

Jan 7
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Thom sounds like he is on the edge of the world – maybe between worlds. That’s part of the allure of Radiohead, I guess, that ability to make music that is lyrically rich yet enigmatic wrapped around transcendent beats and instrumentation. I admit that I have under appreciated this album over the years. I usually get my Radiohead fix thanks to “The Bends” or “OK Computer” but when I looked at my weekly dance card and saw that I had penciled these guys in, I listened to “In Rainbows” first. That was a terrific decision on my part. The real sweet spot of this album exists between tracks 7-9 (“Reckoner,” “House of Cards,” “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”).

This is the first Tuesday of the year, and so this is my opportunity to announce the format going forward. I HATE TUESDAYS. Wait, that’s too strong. I strongly dislike Tuesdays. If Monday is the day of new beginnings for something that will last for seven days, Tuesday is kind of a come down. It doesn’t feel fresh. It’s dishearteningly far from the weekend. And, there’s nothing good on TV (There’s really nothing on TV any day, or like days and their relationship to TV really matters anymore). I still don’t like Tuesday though so I’ve decided to have this be the day that I play something on Play On Daily that makes me feel good.

Comfort Food or the musical version of it. That’s what I’m using Tuesdays for. Tuesdays are reserved for the stuff that is the spine of my library. Something to tide me over and get me through to hump day.


“French Lessons” – Future of the Left – “How To Stop Your Brain in An Accident” (2013)

Jan 4
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It feels good knowing that one of my best buddies, who just happens to be a guy with impeccable musical taste, is following my blog now. There’s a little added pressure for sure; I’ll probably be able to sense the day that he raises an eyebrow and thinks to himself “really, he posted that.”

I’m not a good salesman. That statement is right towards the top of the list of several truisms that I can readily self-identify. I’m so bad at the art of the sale that I can barely even stand to tell somebody to peruse something that is totally free and that I am passionate about. The music and content that I add to my blog is totally free to check out and I would not have posted it if I wasn’t passionate about it and yet, I hesitate to tell my best friends to check it out. I don’t want to waste their time, just in case it isn’t their thing and so I just kind of hope that they will magically find Play On Daily on their own or one of my devoted readers will do the duty for me and spread the word. And so, I didn’t bother to tell the dude that I grew up going to shows with, the dude who worked at Tower Records for something like 20 years that I blog about music. But now that he’s in, I think that I’m going to sign him up and get a few guest posts out of him.

And now to the music. Dennis is going to either love or hate this one. It kind of reminds me of a lot of the stuff that we used to listen to about 30 years ago. These days, I’ve got to be in the mood for it but when I am, it really gives me a spark. I downloaded this album after Troy Nelson subbing for John Richards the other day played “I Don’t Know What You Ketamine.” It’s just kind of cool to hear simple rock and roll music anymore. Guitars, drums, bass, vocals!


“There Goes The Fear” – Doves – “The Last Broadcast” (2002)

Dec 11
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You ain’t tryin’ if the windows ain’t shakin’.

National Noise Complaint Day.

I’m calling it. I’m owning it. When should it be? How about May 19th?

Who’s with me? It only takes two to start a movement.

You turn around and life’s passed you by
You look to ones you love to ask them why
You look to those you love to justify
You turned around and life’s passed you by
Passed you by again

– Doves