Monthly Archives: October 2017

(October 27, 2017): Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians – F**k All The Perfect People

Title track from the 2012 album, F**k All The Perfect People.  New Jersey native, Taylor, released his first single in 1961 and has, since 1971, put out at least 25 long players. He joins with a backing band from Sweden … Continue reading

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(October 26, 2017): Depeche Mode – Going Backwards

From the 2017 album, Spirit.  This Martin Gore piece is another tune that captures the dispiriting zietgiest of the second decade of the 21st Century. Most of the other tracks are likewise topical. Perhaps the stage is set for another … Continue reading

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(October 25, 2017): Avishai Cohen – Song of Hope

From the 2017 album, 1970.  Jazz bassist Cohen has produced a record that is not jazz; a much more mainstream offering that has him exercising his pipes. Cohen says this tune was prompted by “the state of the world and … Continue reading

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(October 19, 2017): Wilbert Harrison – Let’s Stick Together

From the 1962 single, Let’s Stick Together / My Heart Is Yours. Bryan Ferry did the much better known cover in the mid-1970s, but Harrison also had a hit in 1969 when he recorded a new version and changed the … Continue reading

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(Oct 12, 2017): Glenn Campbell – Times Like These

From the 2008 album, Meet Glenn Campbell.  Meet Glenn Campbell doing rock covers, that is. In addition to the Foo Fighters, Campbell covers the Replacements (their late-career ballad “Sadly Beautiful”), the Velvet Underground (“Jesus”), U2 (“All I Want Is You”), … Continue reading

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(October 11, 2017): The Gate 5 – Unknown [Unknowns]

From the 2004 EP, Rummy.  Here you have Donald Rumsfeld’s “existential poetry,” created in the lead up to the second Iraq war, set to music. As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We … Continue reading

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(October 10, 2016): Gil Evans – Thoroughbred

From the 1971 album, Gil Evans.  Now many musicians launch a first album eponymously, but this was not Evans’s first album. Evans released his first LP in 1957 and had released at least six prior solo albums. It could explain … Continue reading

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