Monthly Archives: December 2016

(December 31, 2016): The Kinks – Living On A Thin Line

From the 1984 album, Word of Mouth.  This is one of two Davies tunes on this LP, and one of his all time best.  In Doug Hineman’s book about The Kinks, Davies said the track was influenced by, among other … Continue reading

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(December 30, 2016): Amadou & Mariam – Sénégal Fast Food

From the 2004 album, Dimanche À Bamako.  Mariam Doumbia and Amadou Bagayoko met at the Mali Institute for the Blind. They married in 1980 and formed their duo in 1983. This tune is the hit single off the LP.  It … Continue reading

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(December 28, 2016): Red Garland – Castle Rock

From the 1963 album, Can’t See For Lookin’.  Paul Chambers and Art Taylor make up the rest of the trio on this Garland outing – four long jams recorded and mastered by Rudy Van Gelder. This is an Al Sears tune … Continue reading

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(December 27, 2016): Abe Lyman and His Californians – Horse ‘N Boogie

From the 1941 b-side of the  78rpm 10″,  I Wish I Had a Dime (For Ev’ry Time I Missed You) / Horse ‘N Boogie.  Lyman had a number of hot jazz bands from the early 1920s through the mid-1940s.  From … Continue reading

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(December 25, 2016): Blue Cheer – I’m The Light

K-SHE Classic. From the 1971 album, Oh! Pleasent Hope. The epitome of a 1960s hard rock / heavy metal band – and one of the first – forever known for its cover of the Beach Boys’ “Summertime Blues.” By 1971, … Continue reading

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(December 24, 2016): Ages and Ages – Diversionary (Do The Right Thing)

The title track from the 2014 release, Diversionary.  Ordinarily, I would put this song on a rotation for kids, but these days it is the adults that need the constant reminding.

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NYTimes: 45 Pop Music Hits, in the Words of Their Creators

Book Review by Anthony DeCurtis ANATOMY OF A SONG The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop By Marc Myers Illustrated. 323 pp. Grove Press. $26. I once asked the Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora … Continue reading

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