Month: January 2020

Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 3 !

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Back in the late ’90s I was in charge of ordering the cds in a big mega record store & watching the Grammys was an essential task. I would literally sit with a notepad writing down anything that seemed significant so the crew & myself could order bulk of whatever it was the next morning. This was because the next day would see floods of people coming to purchase whatever thing won “Album of the Year” or whatever release coincided with whoever gave the best performance on the show. Those were the only 2 things that mattered. The sub-categories seemed to mean nothing to people.

These days the Grammys are a complete mess for more reasons than I could possibly list here. There’s so much brilliant stuff never gets acknowledged & never will. And there is heinous stuff living inside it’s infrastructure. But this year, within the mess was this one particularly sweet thing.

Country music legend Tanya Tucker has LIVED. She’s been kicking out records since 1972 & has been put through the ringer of life in every which way you can imagine. I was blessed to see her play live in 2019 & she was an open book on stage, intense, tough as nails & vulnerable as well as self-deprecatingly funny.  And her raw razor blade voice sounded amazing. I took the pic above at the show & yeah, she offered us all a drink becuz she rules like that. Anyway, she just received the 1st freakin’ Grammy Awards of her nearly 50 year career this week, at age 61, and holy shit, it took waaay too long & she totally deserved them. And it was a beautiful thing because it meant so, so much to her. Hail to you Queen Tanya, hope yer livin’ it up.

Now please enjoy the latest & greatest new music we’ve been exposed to over recent days within the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST !! There’s post-punk anthems, Nilsson-esque crooning, plush synths & a 400 year old folk song amongst them & in the midst of the current misery & mayhem, they are here for you. Hope you fall in love with something.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 2 of 2020 !

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January 19 marked what would have been the legendary, they only made one of her, Janis Joplin’s 77th birthday & it’s already the 20th as I write this so I’m technically “late” in mentioning it. And main reason I’m bringing it up is so I can recommend this completely freakin’ amazing new book about her life, “Janis: Her Life and Music” by Holly George-Warren. You don’t need to be a hardcore fan of her music to get into it, the  story alone is at once fascinating, frustrating, triumphant & tragic ( and who knows maybe reading it will pique your interest about her music). As a nerd who reads loads of music related books, believe me when I tell you they are not created equal & this is a good one. Okay, have to go off on a tangent for a second to talk about one of the key music book sub-genres, the rock star memoir. Unfortunately most follow the same formula which is basically 100 pages of debauchery followed by 200 pages about taking the twins to school, cooking vegan feasts & daily one on one martial arts training sessions with an esteemed master guru. Plus some stuff about how the new music the author is making is the best they’ve ever done. And yeah it’s awesome that everything’s worked out but it generally makes for a terrible read. Sorry about that, just had to get it out of my system. Anyway, the Janis book is obviously something else & it’s awesome & so please check it out !

And now back to our regular programming ! Please head to the blog (link in bio) for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the FINEST NEW MUSIC we’ve heard in recent days. Here’s hoping you’ll find a song or band that warms your heart, ignites grand emotional epiphanies, becomes a shoulder to lean on, inspires you to kick ass in your daily endeavors & gets you through the night.

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Weekly New Wonders Playlist # 1 of 2020 !

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Rush were one of those bands where while we  weren’t exactly friends, we would still acknowledge each other when we passed in the hall. We moved in the same circles ( I liked prog but mostly in it’s female friendly form which was Phil Collins-era Genesis). They had a song I genuinely loved upon release & still do to this day (“Subdivisions“). I thought their 2010 documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage” was ridiculously fun, watched it multiple times & still regularly recommend to people, especially those that are wont to say, “I don’t know, I’m not really into Rush” ( by the way, please watch it if you haven’t). I loved how Jason Segal’s character on “Freaks and Geeksworshipped Rush’s virtuosic drummer Neil Peart & spoke of him with a love bordering on obsession. And speaking of Neil, I really dug his 2002 book “Ghost Rider” for it’s sadness & serenity.  Most recently, in early 2019 to be exact, we went through a major Rush phase at work, listening to playlists that lasted the full 8 hour shift for several weeks & resulted in our using the word “Narpets” on a regular basis from that point on. Neil Peart’s death last week was both sad & shocking but what I’m getting at here is that even if you don’t love every Rush song, they are worth getting to know, Neil is worth getting to know. Check out the doc, read one of his books, listen to the wonderful “Subdivisions”, hey even watch some “Freaks and Geeks” because something in there will assuredly penetrate your heart, it definitely did mine.

And with that WELCOME TO OUR FIRST WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST of 2020, featuring the best songs we’ve heard over recent days: they are all BEAUTIFUL ! Listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify:

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