(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 here for a low key outing despite the title of the LP.

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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 intense period of great protest songs.

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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 the times in which we are living.”

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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 title to “Let’s Work Together“.

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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”), and Green Day (“Good Riddance”). Schmaltzy? Maybe, but it still has heart.


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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. Classic.

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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 why the 1971 German release was named, Blues In Orbit.  In any event, when the album was remastered in 1981 it was released as Blues In Orbit and all subsequent releases have been under that name (with various reordering of the songs).


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