Thursday, February 28, 2013

Day 373 & 374

Nick Lowe- An Interrogation of and His Cowboy Outfit

I'm making this a two for one post only because I couldn't find a good picture of the Interrogation album.

Starting off with that record, it's exactly what the title suggests: An Interrogation. Some lady (can't remember her name) sits down with Nick and discusses his career with him. They play a snippet of a track and then he talks about it. It's interesting to listen to, but probably not something I'd listen to again. Thinking about selling it.

Onto his Cowboy Outfit record, it's my favorite album of his. "I Knew The Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)" is one of my all time favorite songs. I even had it played at my wedding.

The whole album is fantastic and fun to dance to. And the sound is definitely not something you'd expect from a record that came out in 1984.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Day 372

Nick Lowe- Labour of Lust

My only complaint about this album is that it's too short! But, it is a helluva damn good 32 minutes.

I think I'd tell any first time Nick Lowe album purchaser to start off with this one, even though it's not my favorite album of his.  Mainly I'd tell them to do it because "Cruel To Be Kind" leads it off. It's the Nick Lowe song you know most and everyone loves this song. Plus, "Without Love" is on this record and that song just flat out rules.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 371

The Lovin' Spoonful- Do You Believe In Magic

It's a good thing for me that "Do You Believe in Magic" leads off this album because really it was the only song I liked. I never knew much about this band anyways and I'll probably keep it that way. But "Do You Believe In Magic" is a really cool song.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Day 370

Lyle Lovett- And His Large Band

Lyle's another guy that I've always wanted to see live but still haven't. I almost did at a SXSW a few years ago. He was playing at Stubb's and I was in the back of a long line to get in. While I'm standing there waiting, unsure if I'd really get in, I noticed a flyer on a telephone pole advertising the Marty Stuart show over at the Central Presbyterian Church.

Tired of waiting in line, I said screw it and headed for the church. So glad I did. I tell people all the time that that Marty Stuart show was one of the best SXSW concerts I've seen. And I've been attending SXSW since 1991.

But this post is about Lyle. The first song I heard of his was "Here I Am" and I thought it was one of the most unique songs I'd ever heard. I credit this album with helping me really appreciate country music in my teenage metal years even though I did grow up with my Dad listening to it a lot. Yes I know this isn't really that much of a country music album, but still.

I love every song on this album and have pretty much loved every Lyle Lovett song I've heard. Just wish I had more on vinyl.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Day 369

Loverboy- Get Lucky

A few days ago, I mentioned how I was on this nice streak of good records to listen to in my collection. And then came this one. Ugh.

I only have this record because "Workin' For The Weekend" is a fun song, but damn the rest of the album is horrible. And how about that album cover? I bet it's easily the worst album cover in my record collection. God, I'm having trouble looking at it right now as I type. Yeeesh.

I saw Loverboy one time back in 1986 at the Texxas Jam. Also on the bill were Keel, Krokus, Dio and Van Halen, and although they didn't get booed off the stage, it was close to it. They tried to come out like they were "hard" and it wasn't fooling anybody. I was only 13 at the time, but even I knew then that they were a joke.

But hey, now it's 2013 and they are still touring so more power to them. Just not my cup of tea.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 368

Los Lobos- By The Light of the Moon

I really didn't "get" Los Lobos until 1993 when they released the compilation Just Another Band From East L.A. Before that, all I really knew was their version of "La Bamba" and that got played so much I was sick of it.

But in '93, I was working at Sound Warehouse in Dallas and got that compilation as a promo copy. And even though I say now that "Will The Wolf Survive" is one of my favorite songs from the 80's, it was the song "One Time One Night" that really opened up my ears to Los Lobos.

Such a great song and the reason why I grabbed this on vinyl over the weekend. So that being said, I was highly disappointed when I put it on the turntable last night and "One Time One Night" skips. Ugh.

The rest of the album is fine (and good) but this really bums me out. I paid $10 for this record and can't return it! Guess its my fault for being lazy and not checking the condition of the record before I bought it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Day 367

Los Lobos- How Will The Wolf Survive?

Actually listened to this record a few days ago but was being a lazy blogger over the weekend.
And I have listened to this record numerous times. It's an all time classic in my book. Again, weird that I've never seen Los Lobos in concert.

I also just picked up their album By The Light of the Moon on vinyl over the weekend. I'll give that a spin tonight so I can squeeze it on here.

I did have a thought while being on this renewed Los Lobos kick. Why the hell aren't they in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You always here people raise stinks about hard rock/metal bands not being inducted (and rightfully so) but I think the same can be said for these guys. Their longevity and consistency needs to be recognized.

This song is up there with Lone Justice's "Shelter" for being one of my faves from the 80's.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 366

Los Lobos- ...And A Time To Dance

Man, I've been on a roll lately with being able to listen to good/great albums. Props to myself for having a good collection of "L" records.

I should love Los Lobos more than I do. I can't recall ever hearing a Los Lobos song that I didn't like, yet I only own two of their albums and have never seen them live. I really should correct that on both fronts.

This record is only an EP (their first release on Slash back in '83) but every song is a gem. Highly recommend purchasing this in any format.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Day 365

Lone Justice- Shelter

The only real reason why I like this Lone Justice album better than their first is because the title track "Shelter" is one of my all time favorite songs from the 80's. I actually listened to this album a few days ago and that song has been stuck in my ever since.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day 364

Lone Justice- Lone Justice

This band should have been bigger than they were in my opinion. I really dig both their albums and how can you not love Maria McKee's voice?

Although I do prefer their second album over this one, this is still a really good album overall. You have probably heard "Ways To Be Wicked" without knowing who it was. And I just love the hell out of closer "You Are The Light". Definitely worth picking up in your local record store.

Cool video here. I've never seen it before:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Day 363

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul- Men Without Women

Wow, what a great listen! I really wasn't expecting much from this record and only picked it up because I felt like I needed at least one Little Steven album. Although I'm a huge E Street Band fan, I wasn't very familiar with his solo material until I put this on. I should have known (and listened to it earlier) that it would be great just based on the stuff he spins on his radio show ( Little Steven's Underground Garage).

I really enjoyed every track on this record, but standouts were "Inside of Me", "Until the Good is Gone" (my favorite) and "Princess of Little Italy".

I don't remember how much I paid for this record, but I'm sure it wasn't much and I highly recommend you pick it up if you see it if you like good soulful rock and roll.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Day 362

Little River Band- Greatest Hits

One, I didn't know that LBR were from Australia. Two, I didn't know they never broke up. Three, this really isn't a bad album.

I'm not saying I'm a Little River Band fan, but there was surprisingly a lot of good songs on this collection. I only got it for "Lonesome Loser" and "Reminiscing" since they were the only 2 LBR songs I thought I knew, but the rest of the tracks were pretty good too.

I don't need to go out and get their entire catalog, but having this record was a nice surprise.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day 361

Little Feat- Let it Roll

Yeah this album pretty much sucked and was kinda painful getting through. I only picked it up because I remember when I was a kid, Q102 in Dallas used to play "Hate To Lose Your Lovin" all the time and I thought maybe I still liked it. I don't.

I need to find the Lowell George era stuff.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Day 360

Little America- Fairgrounds

Raise your hand if you remember this band? I barely remembered them myself, but while shopping at Euclid Records in St Louis, I came across it and picked it up solely because I always did like their single, "Where Were You?"

I did have it on CD back when it first came out, but it's easily been over 20 years since I last listened to this album. Side One is really good with "Where Were You?', "Never Be Alone" and "Save Me", but Side Two was kinda meh. "Fairgrounds" is a cool song, but the rest is filler and their Byrds cover of "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" seemed really unnecessary.

Still though overall, glad I found it on vinyl. I gotta give them props for playing good jangly rock and roll during a time when hair metal ruled the landscape.