Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 284

Waylon Jennings- Greatest Hits

It seems lately more often than not I'm coming up with excuses of why I'm not posting everyday. Well I got a doozy of an excuse right now. I just starting working on remodeling a friend's house, so I'll be over there every day for the next 2 weeks or more. So like today, I worked my day job until 5 and then headed straight over there.
The worst part is it's way out in the country so it takes me forever to get there. Three days into this job and I'm already pooped. At least the money's worth it.

So that's another reason why I'm glad that I listened to a bunch of my records way in advance of posting because I won't have much time to sit around and listen to records for the next couple of weeks.

Waylon, I actually listened to a week ago and it's so good, I can't wait to listen to it again. This really is a "Greatest Hits" record. Even if you aren't a Waylon fan, you have probably heard all of these songs at one time or another. Especially if you grew up in Texas. Still gotta say after listening to all these hits, "Luckenbach, Texas" is my favorite Waylon tune.

Highly recommended record for any casual to die hard fan of real country music.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 283

Jefferson Starship- Modern Times

I think when it's all said and done, this might end up as the worst record in my collection. I'm actually upset with myself for spending .67 cents on this album.

Here's the story. I was working one night at Waterloo Records and this album was sold back to the store. I have always dug the single, "Find Your Way Back" so I said what the hell and bought it. I only worked at Waterloo one night a week and had a real problem of having to buy something each time. That's how you end up with crap like this.

If you take off the track, "Find Your Way Back" you really do have one of the worst albums I've ever heard. You almost need to hear the last cut on the album, "Stairway To Cleveland" to really understand how pathetic, yet hilarious it is. And why is Grace Slick even in the band on this album? I don't think I heard her once. I always thought she was a waste. Did they just keep her around so that she could sing "Somebody To Love" in concert?

I will say the only good thing about the record is Craig Chaquico has some nice solos. But even that isn't worth my .67 cents.

Awesome! I found that piece of crap "Stairway To Cleveland" on youtube. Enjoy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Days 280-282

The Jayhawks- The Jayhawks, Hollywood Town Hall, & Tomorrow The Green Grass

Time for me to start catching up to what record I'm really listening to tonight. I got way ahead of myself and have about 8 records to go to be current so I though it'd be best to do these three Jayhawks albums together. Yes, I really listened to them on three consecutive nights.

And I should state that I am a huge Jayhawks fan. I was really stoked when they re-released these three albums. Now I just wish they would release all of them on vinyl. Especially Blue Earth since I've never owned it in any capacity.

So this first album that was released on vinyl on Lost Highway last year is pretty good, but definitely a new band looking to find their sound. Mostly led by Mark Olson, it's more a country record than rock. I still dig it a lot, but by far my least favorite Jayhawks record.

Now for Hollywood Town Hall, that's the record that first introduced me to the Jayhawks. I was blown away the first time I heard "Waiting For The Sun". MTV used to play that video quite a bit back in the old days. It's still one of my favorite Jayhawks songs. The whole album is a classic all the way through.

And lastly we have Tomorrow The Green Grass. Honestly, I wasn't as crazy about this album when it first came out as I was it's predecessor, but over time, I've grown to love it just as much. I was always a fan of the single, "Blue", but the rest of the record didn't click with me right off. It's hard to rank where I would put this album in their catalog, but it's up there now. Just for the record, the last Jayhawks studio record, Rainy Day Music is my favorite.

I'm looking forward to hearing the new Jayhawks album that comes out in September now that they have the classic Tomorrow The Green Grass era band back together. I already heard the first single on the radio and came away impressed. Can't wait to see them come back through Austin!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 279

Jason & The Scorchers- Lost & Found

I feel the same way about Jason & The Scorchers now that I did back in the 80's. Not bad, but not great. They've always been a band that I've wanted to like, but just can't really get into them.

This album is fine. Good tunes, but nothing that really made me say, "hell yeah!". Maybe if I listened to it a whole bunch in a short time span it would sink in, but hell I gots to move on.

When it comes to this kind of country rock sound, I think I'd rather stick with the Bottle Rockets.



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 278

Keith Jarrett- The Koln Concert

I really don't have much I can say about this album. I like it, but you definitely have to be in the mood for it if you aren't a huge fan of piano jazz.

The whole album is just Keith Jarrett masterfully playing the piano. Save for a few applause, the only thing you hear throughout the double album is him making odd noises while he plays. It's pretty interesting for sure. I could be wrong, but I think the whole concert is improvised which would be the reason why there are no song titles.

I bought this record due to word of mouth, and I can't say that it disappoints. I will say though that you really need to be in the mood to listen to this type of music. He obviously has a ton of skill, but yeah, I got bored at times. I'll definitely keep it. I go through phases where I listen to a lot of jazz and sometimes I want a little variety instead of always putting on my Pat Metheny records when ever the itch arises.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 277

James Gang- Rides Again

So this is lame. I've had trouble logging into my blogger account the past few days. That's why I haven't posted. Whatever I did to get back in, it's a temporary solution, because Google is making me change up my email address. Pretty stupid.

While I haven't been blogging, I have been listening to my records each night so now I'm way ahead on what I'm listening to compared to where I'm at for posting. Hopefully I can get all this shit resolved over the weekend and catch up.

I picked up this record only because I have always dug the song "Funk #49". I think it's also the only James Gang album I need. I could be wrong about that, so let me know.

I really dug side 1, but then I thought the album lost momentum on Side 2. Hell, it was almost a week ago that I listened to this album and in that short amount of time, nothing is really sticking out as memorable besides "Funk #49".

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 276

The Jam- Snap!

I still don't understand how The Jam didn't make it big Stateside like The Clash did. Same timeframe, just as good. Hell, I think I may like The Jam better actually.

This is a double lp of "greatest hits" which I know is laughable in the States because most people over here probably couldn't name you one song by The Jam, which is unfortunate. So every non-Jam or fair weathered Jam fan should get this record. I bet you even recognize some of the tunes.

The Jam are another one of those bands where I do think it would be cool to see them get back together because then it would give me a chance to see them live, but at the same time I think it's cool that Paul Weller wants nothing to do with a Jam reunion. There really aren't that many bands left that haven't reunited. These guys, The Smiths, who else? I can't think of any others right now.

Oh well. I'm sure I'll think of other bands later. Anyways, I'm really happy to own this on vinyl. I would love to have their whole catalog, but this is the only record of theirs I've only ever come across. I do have a bunch of their stuff on CD though.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 275

Sarah Jaffe- Suburban Nature

Well happy anniversary to me! It was one year ago today that I started this blog with The Accelerators record. I don't think it's that bad that I only missed 90 days out of the year not listening and blogging a record. But damn, do I still have a long way to go!

I'm glad to be spending my blog's anniversary with a record that I really dig a lot. The first time I heard "Clementine" on the radio, I instantly fell in love with the song. Problem was I didn't catch who the artist was so I had to keep listening to KGSR until I heard it again, and that took a couple of weeks before I finally found out it was Sarah Jaffe.

So just based on that one tune, I bought the record, and it doesn't let down. I can only hope that the second radio single will be "Vulnerable". That song sticks in my head as much as "Clementine" does. The whole album is terrific. I love a good songwriter and she's one of the best ones I've heard recently. I can't wait to hear her future.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 274

Wanda Jackson- The Many Moods of Wanda Jackson

Jessica bought this for me because we have an inside joke about the song "Walk Right In". I'd explain it, but it's lengthy and probably only Jessica and myself would laugh about it.

This is a good album though. Will I listen to it again? Well, maybe.

There are a lot of cover tunes on here that you'd recognize like "Fever", "I'm A Believer", and "If I Had A Hammer", but I don't think any of them were really big hits for her.

I don't know much about Wanda Jackson and she really didn't come on my radar until she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I can see why people dig her and coin her "The Queen of Rockabilly". Good for her having a career revival.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 273

Michael Jackson-Thriller

I don't care what anyone says or how many records this album sold. I personally think this album sucks. I hated it back in the 80's and I still hate it now. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word, it's not all that bad. I'll admit to "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" being good tunes, but the rest is just god awful.

You take a away those two songs and the video for the craptastic, "Thriller", and no way does this album come close to the 29 million albums that it sold. "The Girl Is Mine" is some of the worst schlock I've ever heard. Paul McCartney should feel embarrassed. "Wanna Be Startin' Something'"? Eh, I'd rather take "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" off of Off The Wall. Which by the way is his best solo album.

I think Bad is really good and Dangerous had it's moments so don't think I'm a MJ hater. I'm not. Funny how this is the only album of his I have on vinyl and I hate it so much. Jessica likes it so I'll keep it unless she tells me otherwise.

No need for a video. Everybody knows this shit.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day 272

Joe Jackson- Body and Soul

This album definitely is no Look Sharp!. It has it's moments, but honestly, I can't see myself ever listening to it again.

And I'm not saying it sucks, but it's just an album that I can't really get behind. The songs are fine, but nothing that's really that memorable.

I could have sworn one song had Pat Metheny on guitar just from hearing his "signature" sound on the track, but I couldn't find his name on the liner notes. Oh well, that would have been cool. When i get to the "M's", you see just how big of a Pat Metheny fan I am.

I'm not going to post a video from this album. One, I kinda doubt I can even find one and two, like I said, I don't think I'll be listening to it ever again, so what's the point? Sorry, Joe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 271

Joe Jackson- Look Sharp!

Wow, now this is a fantastic record. I never owned it back in the day, but of course I've always known tunes like "One More Time" and "Is She Really Going Out With Him?".

And besides those two songs, every song on this record it amazing. First listen to "Throw it Away" and I thought that either Jack White should cover this song or this is where he was influenced. I also know now why Anthrax did a cover version of his "Got The Time". His original cut is already metal!

Great way to start off coming back from a 6 day layoff. We had a great 4th of July weekend with Jessica's brother from Kansas City which involved quite a bit of swimming, but I'm not going to lie, I'm glad to get back to our old routine. Fun times, but not a lot of relaxing going on.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Day 270

The J. Geils Band- Freeze Frame

"Centerfold" was my favorite song when it first came out. I couldn't get enough of that song back in the day. I'm not the biggest fans of cover songs, but I still think it would be cool to hear a hair metal version of this song. Poison should have totally done this on their last album full of covers.

Although "Centerfold" is still a cool tune, I'll have to go with "Freeze Frame" as the best song on this record. Just a really fun tune. Hell, a hair metal band should cover this too. Better do it before the hipster doofus "the 80's were so cool" indie bands get their hands on it. You just know they'd screw it up.

So I'm two for two on cool J. Geils records. Think I may have to get some more now. My buddy Hammerhead said that all their 70's stuff is really good so I'm definitely interested in picking some up.

My future bro-in-law is staying with us over the weekend in my music room, so no posts until Wednesday night. Happy Fourth of July everybody!