“Little Fly” – Esperanza Spalding – “Chamber Music Society” (2010)

Jun 30
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There’s a good read (or listen) on NPR’s Planet Money today regarding the machinations of the pop music industry. If you’re a lover of music that originates from some human place deep inside of our chest or head, and not in our wallet, I’ve got to warn you, this piece is scary stuff. If you want to gain insight into what goes on behind the scenes before the latest chart topper ends up all over the radio, TV, in on-line music marketplaces, and everywhere else that one of your five senses can absorb it, this story featuring Rihanna will definitely be of interest.

– DAVE

“Love Is Stronger Than Death” – The The – “Dusk” (1993)

Jun 29
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I rarely post a song just because I heard it on the radio, and it stuck in my head all day. Not that I never get a song stuck in my head; it’s just that I hardly ever end up posting that song that’s rattling around in my melon all day. The same holds true today….

That would be because I’ve had “Love Is Stronger Than Death” stuck in my head for two days. John Richards spun the powerful pop ballad, by Matt Johnson and The The, yesterday morning. Wistful, pained verse followed by bursts of triumphant, unbreakable chorus provide the rivets to keep this song placed forwardly and in repeat mode.

LoveLoveLove
LoveLoveLove

Me & my friend were walking
In the cold light of mourning.
Tears may blind the eyes but the soul is not deceived
In this world even winter ain’t what it seems.

Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.
LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.

In our lives we hunger for those we cannot touch.
All the thoughts unuttered & all the feelings unexpressed
Play upon our hearts like the mist upon our breath.
But, awoken by grief, our spirits speak
“How could you believe that the life within the seed
That grew arms that reached
And a heart that beat.
And lips that smiled
And eyes that cried.
Could ever die?”

Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.
LoveLoveLove is stronger than death.

Shall rise. Shall rise.
Shall rise. Shall rise.

– DAVE

The Best and the Tallest

Jun 29
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Wouldn’t a double bill of The Best Kissers in the World and The Tallest Man on Earth just be tons of fun? In a nice 200ish size venue. It seems like good chemistry. The driving forces behind the two outfits (Best/Gerald Collier and Tallest/Kristian Matsson) would probably get along. They could alternate a couple of 45 minute sets each, and then round it out with a four or five song collaboration.

In concert news that isn’t a figment of my imagination, Justin Townes Earle was just announced for a show at Showbox at the Market on October 7th.

“Don’t Discard Me” – Gerald Collier – “How Can There Be Another Day?” (2007)

– DAVE

“Sails” – Hooray for Earth – “True Loves” (2011)

Jun 27
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I spent a couple hours on Saturday listening to Pandora (Station – Cat Power) and had kind of forgot what a cool outlet it is for listening to music. A couple of fairly minor inconveniences that I noticed, and which I’m sure have come about because of the site’s popularity are: more frequent commercials, and that they prompt you to confirm that you are still listening more often than they used to. That’s okay though and a small price to pay for a cool and free music resource. When I’ve just got music playing in the background – music as milieu as an especially douchie prof who I had in college would call it, or music to brush your teeth by – I’m usually tuned into a Siruius channel, KEXP, or listen to albums on Zune. So, I had forgotten what a nice option Pandora is to listen to artists you love along with others of their ilk. All of this has absolutely nothing to with my song for today, I’m just sayin’.

A band like Hooray for Earth aka a guy named Noel Heroux isn’t exactly my musical sweet spot but it fulfills a certain niche of what I enjoy once in awhile. If I were to compare Hooray for Earth and group them in a bucket with other bands that I enjoy sometimes but not always, I’m talking: Phoenix, Moby, Modest Mouse, and Deerhunter. Maybe I’ll have to create a Hooray for Earth Pandora station and see if any of those artists show up.

– DAVE

“Summer in the City” – Regina Spektor – “Begin to Hope” (2006)

Jun 26
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I’m putting away life-sucking talking heads such as Mr. O’Reilly, hopefully never to be given Play On Daily space again, and will now resume with our hopeful season of the sun here in Seattle.

Ms. Spektor doesn’t quite seem to know what to make of her summer in the city. She muses that it might be not be fulfilling, she might not end up finding the company of someone who she longs for, and extra drinking might be necessitated if the worst or best case scenario materializes. Doesn’t sound too bad to me. It’s fun not knowing what’s around the next corner especially when it could be an ice cream cone, or a sidewalk bar serving frosty pints. It’s summertime people. Participate!

– DAVE

“All Black Everything” – Lupe Fiasco – “Lasers” (2011)

Jun 25
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Bill O’Reilly is an intelligent person. Yes, I truly believe that statement. Of course, he’s also arrogant, narrow minded, overbearing, and a man of a very specific, limited part of the political spectrun, but I do think that deep down hiding under the smugness, the man is intelligent. Building on that statement, I have to ask the question: why can’t the man be more cordial and attempt to bridge gaps and respect differences of opinions instead of constantly reinforcing barriers between groups of people in this country who struggle to find any common ground.

So, The Bill has Lupe Fiasco on his show so that the rapper can explain his statement in which he called President Obama a terrorist. I rather enjoyed the fact that O’Reilly is actually defending Obama during the first half of the interview. This is really quite shocking stuff. But, then he just can’t help himself and has to go and fuck it all up by condescendingly telling Fiasco that he’s just made a “fallacious” statement (O’Reilly claimed that Fiasco made a false claim as to the US motive for invading Afghanistan), and then going all Webster on him and defining the ten letter F-word. O’Reilly’s biggest problem with Fiasco’s “terrorist” label that he hung on the president was that as he said to Fiasco, “your consituency is not exactly political science PHD’s, they’re impressionable kids.”

Was O’Reilly’s statement about Fiasco’s fans’ lack of an advanced degree in poly sci a false statement? Probably not, but why does he even have to make that statement. By the same token, millions of people sitting around watching Bill flap his gums all day everyday are just as impressionable and susceptible to becoming entranced by fallacious statements flying out of Mr. O’Factor’s mouth, and aren’t holding doctorates in PS. In the end, I fully understand that Bill pushes people’s buttons and tries to instigate in attempt to drive ratings up but still the man puts the hole in the ass.

For Lupe’s part, yes I’m a fan but no, I do not think that Obama is a terrorist. A terrorist would have never sent SEALs in to take out Bin Laden in such a surgical way, and instead would have resorted to turning large parts of Abbottabad into one giant, smoldering divot with collateral damage never entering into the equation.

The other thing that I loved about this interview was that Lupe Fiasco continued to be respectful and well mannered throughout while Bill O’Reilly just kept on being Bill O’Reilly throughout.

– DAVE

“Color and the Kids” – Cat Power – “Moon Pix” (1998)

Jun 22
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Troy Nelson, subbing for John Richards, played a Cat Power tune this morning, and I immediately knew what direction I was headed today with this blog. Not that I haven’t had a few other random thoughts through my head today – Green Day when do we get a new album, another tribute to Clarence Clemons, I just found out that Future Islands will be at the Crocodile in August, Hooray for Earth, Rush at The Gorge next week. But, today was meant to be a Cat Power day.

I’m almost done with “A Visit from the Good Squad,” and think I found good soundtrack material for the soon to be HBO series based on the book. As far as sheer beauty in a song goes, of those that I have posted, I would have to put this one up there with Beach House’s “Real Love”, Jose Gonzalez’s version of The Knife’s “Heartbeats”, and Sigur Rós’s “Í Gær.” That melding of longing, beautiful, bittersweet recollections, innocence, disappointment, and the hope that everyone clings to is what makes a good song great. The connection is so evident here as Ms. Marshall provides for our ears what is deep in her soul.

– DAVE

“Summer Wind” – Frank Sinatra – “Strangers in the Night” (1966)

Jun 21
Posted by admin Filed in Boomers, Rewind, Rock and Roll Heaven

Can an iTune user, please explain to me why they use that service?

I was clearing out my Yahoo in-box this afternoon and decided to open a message that I had from he nice folks at iTunes entitled “Special Offer: June 19-22 Only.” Since I’m 100% disavowed from ever using iTunes, I thought that I should peruse the contents of the message to see if Apple had changed their pricing structure or at the very least had something that could be deemed as a “Special Offer.” They don’t. Their special offer consisted of five recommended albums to help celebrate Father’s Day for the magical price of $6.99 each. I’m still trying to figure out the Dad’s Day tie in, and what I’ve landed on is that 25-40 years ago when our current crop of dads were young and childless, they’d stick these albums (or, in most cases albums that contributed to the compilations that iTunes is practically giving away) in the cassette deck and cruise around town looking for some ripe, young mama cat to tussle with.

So, I ran over to the Zune marketplace and one by one found the albums that iTunes was peddling at low-low prices, and downloaded the entire five pack. The albums are: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, Bob Marley’s “Legend”, Journey’s “Greatest Hits”, Frank Sinatra’s “Nothing But The Best – The Frank Sinatra Collection”, and the Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits.” I got all of this (most of which I will actually enjoy listening to, some of which I just downloaded to show that I can, and to spite iTunes) under my Zune pass monthly flat fee of $15. It has been kind of a slow month for my music downloading activities and yet I’ve still managed to collect 22 new albums including today’s additions. If my math is correct, that’s less than 70 cents per album. If I were to be so lucky as to get the iTune money hoarders to give me their “Special Offer” price for 22 albums, that adds up $153.78, to be exact.

To reiterate, can someone please explain to me why they buy things from iTunes?

Happy sunny solstice!

– DAVE

“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” – Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run” (1975)

Jun 20
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A sombered down version of one of The Boss’s most vibrant, high energy songs seems like the way to go in the wake of The Big Man’s passing.

Clarence Anicholas Clemons (January 11, 1942 – June 18,2011)

– DAVE

“Enemy” – Bear Driver – “Fugative” (2011)

Jun 16
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This Bear Driver tune is going to get a good to get a good, long soak (sorry, Deadliest Catch lingo). We’re heading out of town for a few days of: cooking outdoors, gazing into the fire, pit toilets, smores, drinking of the grog, and sponge baths, otherwise known as camping, so Bear Driver will be holding down the Play On Daily fort for the next couple of days.

I gave the “Fugative” EP a listen on the band’s myspace after hearing “Enemy” on KEXP this morning. It’s catchy, poppy, there’s a nice driving rhythm, a plaintive, well harmonized lyrical arrangement, and who doesn’t appreciate some whistling. The band has had a smattering of shows this spring and coming summer most notably of which was an appearance at SXSW. Watch for them to come to your town sometime in the second half of the year, and if you like ’em, don’t forget to buy one of their CD’s at the merch table.

Bear Driver – Enemy by Bear Driver

– DAVE