Goodbye, Lou

November 4th, 2013

Lou ReedOne day, you’re checking the newswires and an unexpected obit appears. One day, you realize you’ve lost a poet and musician that shaped your life.

Sometimes, there’s not much you can say. Sometimes, you just need to let the music say it all.

1966: Sunday Morning
1972: Berlin
1974: Sweet Jane
1976: Kicks
1985: New Sensations
1989: Small Town
2000: Ecstasy
2002: The Raven
2010: Metal Machine Trio

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Do Not Open On February 14

September 30th, 2013

Paul SimonWe all know how the traditional jilted swain song goes: a mournful lament for a love departed, and a heart that will not resign itself to the loss. However, some lovers are not so… passively inclined, shall we say, and might have a few choice words for the now-former object of their affection. By all means listen to what they have to say, but remember — don’t confuse this playlist with your Barry White collection next time you go a-wooing:

Ben Folds Five — Song For The Dumped
Michelle Branch — Are You Happy Now
Bob Dylan — Idiot Wind
Gloria Gaynor — I Will Survive
Tonio K. — H-A-T-R-E-D
Alanis Morrisette — You Oughta Know
The Ramones — I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
Del Shannon — Hats Off To Larry
Carly Simon — You’re So Vain
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

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For Marian: A Great Day in Harlem

August 26th, 2013

Marian McPartlandMarian McPartland’s piano may be silent now, but both her music, as well as more than 30 years’ work introducing jazz to radio audiences live on. To celebrate her life’s work, here is a playlist featuring some of the jazz greats immortalized in Art Kane’s A Great Day in Harlem — a photograph which featured, among many others, Marian herself:

The Count Basie All-Stars — Dickie’s Dream
Art Blakey — Bu’s Delight
Dizzy Gillespie — Blues After Dark
Coleman Hawkins — Disorder at the Border
Marian McPartland — Afterglow
Charles Mingus — Devil’s Blues
Thelonious Monk — Blue Monk
Sonny Rollins — Oleo
Maxine Sullivan — Ace in the Hole
Mary Lou Williams — Little Joe From Chicago

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Punk Lives! (and Crosses Over)

August 12th, 2013

Pretty Little DemonsSid may be long gone, Joe Strummer drunk his last tequila, and Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee surfed forever away from Rockaway Beach, but punk is still alive and well. Debbie Harry has a new album coming out, and the old mainstays are touring and jamming it up with a new generation. A key to punk’s survival is that it’s never been a “pure” genre — Exene and John Doe mixed in folk and country for X, Debbie Harry brought pop and disco into Blondie, and John Lydon crossed over into reggae and atonal experiments with PiL. Don’t believe us? Then check out this playlist, and let your ears tell you the story:

X:
1983 — The New World
2012 — I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
2012 — Poor Old Heartsick Me

Blondie:
1975 — A Girl Should Know Better
2013 — Heart of Glass
2013 — A Rose by Any Name

PiL:
1978 — Public Image
2013 — This Is Not a Lovesong
2013 — One Drop

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6 (+1) From 2012

March 21st, 2013

Kanye WestIt’s always tempting to rush out at the end of a year, and proclaim the “best of” list for new albums. Trouble is, some of those “best of” don’t always hold up so well to second or third rounds of listening. Here are six (plus one) artists with outstanding releases in 2012 that have made it through our tough repeat listening standards:

A$AP Rocky:
Goldie
Wild For The Night

Grimes:
Oblivion
Genesis

Grizzly Bear:
Yet Again
Sleeping Ute

Japandroids
The House That Heaven Built
Fire’s Highway

Frank Ocean:
Thinkin Bout You
Bad Religion

Usher:
Climax
Scream

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