18 aug 2009, 19:28
22 jun 2009, 15:32In a little less than three years, I've managed to ram through 100,000 scrobbles of all manner of audio enjoyment. Starting with my first track by King's X, to Onion Radio News podcasts, to a listen to the Paris Hilton CD upon release (she got the joke!) to several artists I'd never have encountered if not for Last.fm. It's been an interesting an mostly fun three years and Hundred Grand of tuneage.
I've made some marvelous friends via Last.fm. I'd list them, but you know who you are (I hope!) and I wouldn't want to forget anyone.
I've learned that while I like Al Stewart, I didn't realize I liked him THAT MUCH! Now, I know this. I also learned that when I get obsessed about something (Jazz) I go nuts. Lots of Jazz artists that weren't even on my radar a few years ago are high up my Last.fm charts. (Hello, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane!)
I was going to play my first track (a song by King's X) as my 100,000th. However I was asleep at the switch and missed it! MISSED IT! So, by counting backwards, I found that my 100,000th scrobble was All Except You by Nervous Eaters.
Could've been one hell of a lot worse. Could've been Paris Hilton (again) or Hilary Duff! Or Britney Spears...or ABBA! (ACK!)
20 mar 2009, 13:59Wed 19 Mar – Blue Note “70th Anniversary Tour” w/ Blue Note 7
An amazing night of jazz, written by giants, played by today's players. Don't miss a chance to see them if they come to your town.
The seven members of this living history group played compositions of the Giants of Jazz that recorded on Blue Note Records over their 70 year history. However they weren't slavish to the originals. They brought it into contemporary times, while looking back at the same time.
Experiencing most of the album live was a marvelous experience. I just can't express how much I enjoyed this show. Seriously, if you get a chance to see this group, do it. It's special music and so are they.
23 feb 2009, 17:23
19 feb 2009, 15:39
31 jan 2009, 17:14Ok, here's another under the radar artist. Gene Watson, Country Singer extraordinaire.
He had hits galore in the late 70's through the mid 80's. Such country classics as "Love In The Hot Afternoon" and "Paper Rosie" helped establish his subtle and warm style of singing. As with many country singers of the time, he had his share of clever song titles. A stellar example would be "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without" which, while sounding a tad silly, is a good song to two-step too.
At 12,000+ plays, I think Gene Watson needs some love. Possibly a hug as well...
16 jan 2009, 17:58How on earth could anyone not like Bram Tchaikovsky? Power Pop of the highest order, their debut album Strange Man, Changed Man hasn't got a weak track on it. There is a clever cover of "I'm A Believer" that is great fun to listen to. They had a minor chart entry with "girl of my dreams" in the late 70's, and this track along with Sarah Smiles are the most anthologized of their recorded output.
Bram currently has less than 15,000 scrobbles, and this with the debut having been reissued last year by Hip-O Select. However, the quality of each subsequent recording does tend downward...
Show some love for Bram Tchaikovsky...give them a listen!
8 dec 2008, 15:22Sun 7 Dec – Tierney Sutton Band
What a night. Cold and blustery outside, yet warm and inviting inside Murry's. The Tierney Sutton Band played a wonderful set of music, and they are a band, not just a backing band for Sutton's amazing vocals.
Sutton is the face of the band, but all are outstanding players and as a cohesive whole, are terrific. Christian Jacob is a stellar jazz pianist and he was the biggest eye opener for me. I went fully prepared to be blown away by Sutton's vocals in a live setting. And I was. However, Jacob's playing really caught my attention.
Murry's is a small, intimate setting and they played a small, intimate show. Their slightly irreverent approach to Jazz standards means they go out of their way to bring a new interpretation to them, a new way of experiencing the songs, not a way of belittling them. Indeed, the love for the material was evident in the selection of what was played. Sutton's voice is as much of an instrument as Jacob's piano or Kevin Axt's bass. Her ability to improvise with or without words is amazing. A charismatic performer, and a gifted vocalist, she really a member of the band.
Should you have the chance to see this band, do so. You'll enjoy it.
20 nov 2008, 14:46There was a point in time when the very idea of my listening to this many tracks on Last.fm was something that made me laugh.
However, today, at 8:44 am (CST), Maybe Tonight by Nicole Atkins became my 75,000th tracked played since late July of 2006.
I'd never heard of Nicole Atkins at that time. So, Last.fm has been quite cool in that respect.
6 feb 2008, 15:59This is one of the better country songs of the 70's. Written and sung with tongue firmly planted in cheek by The Storyteller, Tom T. Hall, it's an ode to suds. A list of why he prefers beer to other intoxicants that is just a happy, cheerful and funny little ditty to barley pop.
Give it a listen. Last.fm has made it easy!I Like Beer
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