“The Sounds of Science” – Beastie Boys – “Paul’s Boutique” (1989)

Mar 10

An oldie, and underappreciated Beastie gem.



“One of Us” – Prince – “Emancipation” (1996)

Apr 22

I’ve got so much more to say about this cat. I’ll get to that in the next couple days. In the meantime: a binge.


“Life On Mars?” – David Bowie – “Hunky Dory” (1971)

Jan 11

I have this project stashed away in my idea bank to do a (pop) music universe visualization. This is as much as I’ve ever put on paper but when I think on it for a second or two, Dylan is always at the center of the universe. It’s not too hard to make a case for David Robert Jones (aka David Bowie) being that human entity from which all musical matter emanated. Of course, in my condensed chronology of the musical universe, Bowie as the pivot would require me to look and sound like a creationist. Hmmm…

I’m not enough of a devotee to really delve into everything about Bowie that defines him as an icon and a taste maker but, I do have immense respect for his ability to reinvent, evolve, experiment, and resist the urge to produce and profit from nostalgia. Leave the nostalgia to the bloggers, pundits, DJs, and granparents who were once the cool kids and now no doubt dote on their hipster grandkids.

RIP – David Bowie


“Lithium” – Nirvana – “Nevermind” (1991)

Apr 25

It’s technically Cover Day on Play On Daily although this technically isn’t a cover. I had to post this though in its imperfect, phone cam, paying patron form. Sometimes all of the editing that you would get (or like I will get when HBO cleans up the induction ceremonies and airs it in a few weeks) is kind of a barrier keeping you from feeling what it’s like to be at the show. I love Annie Clark though and Nirvana is in my personal hall of fame so take a look. Happy Friday night!

Did you know that there’s lithium in San Pellegrino? The fun stuff that I learn while attending dinner parties with people way smarter than myself.


“Chelsea Rodgers” – Prince – “Planet Earth” (2007)

Mar 9
Posted by admin Filed in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Another Hall of Famer who I’ve had the pleasure of checking out live, in his hey day, on The Purple Rain Tour.


“Pasttime Paradise” – Stevie Wonder – “Songs in the Key of Life” (1976)

Mar 5

This shuffle thing just keeps dealing aces.

I bought “Songs in the Key of Life” when I was about 12 years old. I am almost positive that the format that I bought was eight track. I got it in the music department at Fred Meyer, the same place that my brother and I bought about 95% of our tunes until we were about 14 or 15 years old. All those 45 RPM singles that we spent our allowance on ($1.75 per week if we did all of our chores) were played relentlessly in our basement, stuff like: “Disco Duck,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Boogie Fever,” “Play That Funky Music,” “Kiss and Say Goodbye,” “Convoy,” and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night).” That’s some good stuff right there. I think that my brother still has a bunch of that stuff in Hawaii. We need to have a listening party one of these days when I go visit. It’s true that the good old days weren’t always good but I would have to spend a ridiculous amount of time thinking over my last pre-teen year to conjure up one bad thing about being 12 years old.

This is such a fully loaded album that I almost forgot that this song resides within it.


“If There Wasn’t Something There” – Bobby Womack – “The Bravest Man in the Universe” (2012)

Mar 2
Posted by admin Filed in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I loved Karen O’s performance during The Oscars tonight and was really hoping she’d get the hardware. The only other music related tidbit that I’ll work in – before I turn it over to today’s Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – is that I’m glad that Jared Leto was able to stow away those F-words that his 30 Seconds to Mars alter ego loves to toss into the air like Skittles at a Seahawks parade. I enjoyed his speech as well as those from Lupita Nyongo’o, and I loved the honorary nomination written in by Bill Murray (RIP – Harold Ramis).


“That’s the Way of the World” – Earth, Wind & Fire – “That’s the Way of the World” (1975)

Feb 16
Posted by admin Filed in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Soul Music

I think that I’ve pretty much been able to cover legends who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live in my first several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posts. That holds true again tonight. I think that I was in the 8th grade when I saw Earth, Wind and Fire.


“Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Crosby, Stills & Nash” (1969)

Feb 2
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Although I’ve chosen a CSN song for Hall of Fame Day, this is really all about David Crosby for me. Not that I’m a huge fan of his over his two partners but I’m kind of intrigued by him and his new album (Croz) after having read the small piece about him in the new Rolling Stone. I also suddenly have this big urge to go back and listen to some of the folk of the 60’s and 70’s that I never got around to back then, or didn’t listen to enough, since I was destroying speakers, head phones, and ear drums listening to way noisier stuff.


“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.