Archive | July, 2014

Song of the Week: “Haunted” – Poe

14 Jul

First encountered Poe in the 90s, and then the great album cover to Haunted caught my attention again. Her cowriting and vocal work with Conjure One years later brought her back into my musical orbit. Great voice here, and wonderful tune.

Song of the Week: “Litany (Life Goes On)” – Guadalcanal Diary

7 Jul

The musos in my high school newspaper class got me into this band. Guadalcanal Diary were contemporaries of R.E.M., working in Georgia during the same era and using the same producer, Don Dixon, on three of their albums. (Dixon coproduced R.E.M.’s Murmur and Reckoning.) As far as I know, Guadalcanal never had a hit of any kind, though this week’s tune was released as a single. I have many favorite tracks from this band, including “Trail of Tears,” “Prayers for Rain,” “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” “Winds of Change,” “The Likes of You,” and “Ten Laws.” Album-wise, I recommend both 2×4 and Flip-Flop.

Happy National Detonation Day!

5 Jul

By guest blogger, Colby Smith. 

Ah, the 4th of July. The day we Americans celebrate our independence and freedom by blowing stuff up.

Wait, what? Shouldn’t we celebrate with parades and performances honoring our country?

Well, maybe a little, but our favorite part is when we teach the 10-year-old how to detonate a mini-grenade or fire a cannon, or reenact the War of Independence by using small tanks and Roman candles. And who could forget the semi-legal mortars? These are very important to our country. 

All in all, we are proud to live in  a home where we are legally allowed to show off our military power for the neighbors, after dousing the flaming roof, of course. 

Song of the Week: “It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr

2 Jul

After the Beatles officially split in 1970, Ringo Starr continued to release music, putting out seven albums in that decade alone. For these many hit records and singles, he collaborated with all three members of his famous former band and many other 1970s superstars. This week’s song was written by Starkey and produced by George Harrison. It was released as a single, and didn’t appear on an album until being added to the 1991 reissue of 1973’s Ringo.