Friday, December 17, 2004

Christmas Songs for Children

Christmas Songs For Children This Christmas song playlist was made especially for children. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus, Kidz Bop Kids, Barney, The Wiggles, Raffi, Burl Ives and more.

New & notable in Rhapsody: 12/17/04

This is a playlist of the music I've been listening to this week through Rhapsody, including a number of newly-added albums that are recommended listening, including reissues of several 1980s albums by The Cure (Three Imaginary Boys, The Top) and Echo & the Bunnymen (Porcupines, Echo & the Bunnymen) as well as a virtual treasure trove of material from the Rykodisc label, including releases from Mission of Burma, the Meat Puppets, Galaxie 500, and most notably Frank Zappa. Click here to listen.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

New in Rhapsody: Mission of Burma/Signals, Calls and Marches


Mission of Burma's Signals, Calls, and Marches EP --just added to Rhapsody-- is a must-have for anyone who's a fan of moody, anthemic post-punk music. In my book, Clint Conley, Roger Miller and company could have retired on the strength alone of their first single, "Academy Fight Song," let alone snarling, sublime gems like "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" and "Fame and Fortune." Highly recommended music for a deeply troubling time.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Stevie Wonder Covers

Stevie Wonder Covers Songs written by the Mr. Stevie Wonder but as performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles with Gladys Knight, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Najee, Edgar Winter, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, The Temptations, The Spinners, Toto, Three Dog Night, The Main Ingredient and many more. (Via: Rhapsody Radish)

Trouble

I just love Google. I heard that song on the radio and all I had was the sentence 'trouble trouble trouble'. Well after 5 minutes, I had a website with the Lyrics and of course the RHAPSODY Link.
Enjoy!

-s

Tonight I Celebrate My Love: Makeout Music of the 80s

Break out the candles, wine coolers and pastel-colored clothes, people -- it's time to make out, 80s style. This playlist is a no-cheese-barred tribute to lovemaking in the Reagan era, including some of the most gallingly over-produced, over-wrought (and yet eminently hummable) songs of the 1980s -- from REO Speedwagon, Chicago, and Peabo Bryson to Phil Collins, Eric Carmen, and Chris De Burgh, this list has it all. Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2004

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Class of 2005

NEW YORK (AP)--Irish rockers U2, R&B singers The O'Jays and soul balladeer Percy Sledge are among five musical legends to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the foundation's 20th annual induction ceremony next year, the organization announced Monday. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation will hold its induction ceremony March 14 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. The Pretenders and blues guitarist Buddy Guy will also join the organization's Class of 2005.

Click here to hear why these bands deserve to be recognized for their contribution to rock & roll.

(Billy) Ocean's Eleven



One of my friends down in LA sent this up to me. Looks like Mr.Ocean was the first choice for the soundtrack (before David Holmes). Would it have been better? You be the judge.

Billy Ocean's Eleven

Song of the day: Mates of State -- "Goods"



...and speaking of the NoisePop Festival, one of the bands slated to play is Mates of State, one of my happy discoveries of the past few years. The married duo --he on drums, she on keyboards, with both handling vocals-- just released a new CDEP, All Day, on Polyvinyl Records. My friend Hill pointed out the EP's leadoff song, "Goods," to me last week, and I'm glad he did. It's one of the best ones they've released, and a great way to start the week. Happy Monday, indeed.

Coming soon: NoisePop Festival 2005

As a confirmed music junkie, one of the great things about living in San Francisco is the NoisePop Festival that graces our city every February. NoisePop, now in its 13th year, makes it easy to soak up *lots* of great indie bands playing local venues at affordable prices. And for people (like me) who also go to Austin every March for the South by Southwest music festival, NoisePop offers a great way to get excited again about seeing band after band (after band after...) playing your favorite music.

Over the past few days, the folks at NoisePop HQ began to announce some of the artists already scheduled to perform at NoisePop 2005, including The Polyphonic Spree, Nada Surf, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Joanna Newsom and Amon Tobin. This playlist includes music from many of these artists. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Kenny Rogers, Reconsidered -- 1967-1971



Ten years before hitting the big-time with "The Gambler," Kenny Rogers was the frontman for country/psychedelic/folk/rock band The First Edition. Later re-christened Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, the group released six albums between 1967 and 1971 on Reprise Records. In my opinion, the band's finest moment was the epic single, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." That song, which was prominently featured in the film The Big Lebowski, piqued my interest in checking out Rogers' early discography to see what other treasures I might be missing. This playlist is the result of that research; it features (in chronological order) every one of the band's songs now available through Rhapsody. Enjoy!