This past week Neal Schon has delivered the tabloids and gossip freaks mana from heaven! The story starts with ex-Real Housewives D.C. "star" Michaele Salahi, who continues to miraculously find ways to get press. In 2009, Michaele crashed a White House party with her husband Tareq in what would touch off a firestorm of publicity. Ever since then the scheming socialite has been working hard to score another reality series. And she may have just succeeded with her newest endeavor. Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Rumor has it that the two have been engaging in an adulterous affair for quite some time, and have finally come clean about their undying love for one another. Michaele's husband actually called the police because he thought she was abducted after she ran away with Schon, and Neal leaves his 4th wife behind to pick up the pieces of his infidelity. Yep, 57-year old Neal Schon certainly gets around! But not just with women. Along with his DNA, Schon has also spread his musical seedsRead More »from Neal Schon Gets Around: A Playlist
Radar is a pretty cool technology that we take for granted all the time. It warns us of dangerous things like storms, enemy bomber planes, speeding motorists, or fastballs through the use of radio waves. Of course, musicians are pretty in tune with radio waves, so it makes sense that radar has been included in many worthy songs. Big Joe Turner describes his girl as having "radar eyes", meaning that if he fools around, he'll surely be detected. Golden Earring used radar to describe a spiritual love affair with lyrics like, "She sends a cable comin' in from above / We don't need to talk at all / We got a thing that's called radar love". And The Bottle Rockets tell the story of an over zealous cop and his beloved "Radar Gun". These are just a few excellent songs that use radar as a main theme, but there are many others. This playlist includes 15 in total, and I've certainly overlooked a bunch.
So, what would you add?
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I was looking through the music on my hard drive today for something to play and stopped at Tom Petty. I've always considered him one of rock's finest songcrafters, but I realized that I'd not sat down and listened to a full Tom Petty album in quite some time. So, I put on Damn The Torpedoes and then proceeded to burn through five more Petty albums before I ended my day. Considering his influence, and the strength of his hits, I thought it was about time to put together a playlist of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover songs. To build it, I found a quality cover song for each of the tracks featured on his 1993 Greatest Hits album. I apologize in advance to you Taylor Swift fans for not including her version of "American Girl", but I could not bring myself to use it over Everclear's version.
What would be in your Tom Petty covers list?
Tom Petty Covers: The Greatest Hits
4. I Need toRead More »from Tom Petty Covers: The Greatest Hits
I don't keep up with what the latest country hits very well. And it's not because I dislike country. In fact, I count some classic country artists, like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, as all time favorites -- of any genre. But I do tend to avoid the mainstream, and instead, search for new music based on personal recommendations and positive reviews. It works well for me. But sometimes I start to feel out of touch, and that's not good for a music writer. The worst is when my kids start singing some new hit song, and I have no clue who it is. I've always been the unstumpable one, and it drives me nuts when I realize there's a lot of new music I haven't heard, even though I dedicate time every day to new music. Contemporary country tends to be a genre I ignore too much, so I've put together this playlist of the current top 10 country songs according to Billboard. It's not as bad as I thought it would be, not bad at all. And I was happy to see some George in there.
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It's a sad fact of a changing world -- magazines don't have the power they once did. There is an incredible amount of excellent and focused content available for free on the Internet today, and magazine circulation has been in a steady decline for years because of this fact. And there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight for the decline in hard copy sales of magazines. Some believe tablet computers, specifically the iPad, may be a saviour for the magazine industry, but no matter how they're delivered, magazines will always have a place in popular culture. Along with newspapers, they're a great way to read up of subjects that interest you without having to invest too much time. The magazine has been used by the songwriter in thousands of songs, and for this playlist I've pulled together 15 magazine related tracks. There are certainly a lot more.
So what would you add?
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All the kiddies are back in school, and if you're a parent like me, the peace and quite is welcomed during the day. Even if it's a bit melancholy without the laughter of children around. When I think back on my elementary school days I remember loving most of the subjects -- except for one. I loved to read, learning how to write never felt like a chore, and gym, art and music... forget about it, I lived for these. However, the one thing that I did not enjoy during my early school days was math. I found it unbearably boring. My dad was a mechanical engineer, so we had a bunch of calculators around the house. It didn't make sense to my 8-year old mind that we should have to learn math when we could just use a calculator. This playlist is dedicated to all the kids, who like me, currently don't see the value in math. Trust me kids, one day you'll understand why it's important. This playlist includes songs that are titled after one of the very first math problems we solve as children,Read More »from 2+2 Songs
There was an advertisement on the radio this week for a local business who was smart enough to acquire the phone number 867-5309. The ad prominently features clips of the Tommy Tutone song "867-5309/Jenny". I can't for the life of me remember what the name of the business is, but I do remember their phone number. The Tommy Tutone song is arguably the most recognized phone number in rock music history, considering it reached the #1 spot on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart back in the early 1980s. The tune also has a melody that is as catchy as they come, which makes it instantly recognizable. The ad got me interested in researching other phone numbers in popular music and this playlist is the result. It includes only tracks that feature a phone number in the song title, sans 1-800 numbers. There's a whole different list there.
What would you add?
Telephone Number SongsRead More »from Telephone Number Songs
Rock and roll and poison go way back. Most music historians believe that the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was murdered after succumbing to strychnine poisoning at the hands of a lover's jealous husband. And throughout the history of popular music, over-protective parents and ne'er-do-wells have accused music they don't understand of "poisoning the minds of youth". It's quite an image. After all, poison has a reputation of killing slowly and painfully, and it can be given on the sly. The skull and crossbones symbol for poison is also about as rock and roll as it gets. So, I suppose it makes sense that "poison songs" tend to be on the heavy side. That's what I chose to include in the set of songs that sing the praises of poison -- tracks with big electric guitars and grit. And no, I did not include the poser metal band from the 80s who really don't belong in a list of heavy songs.
What would you add?
3. TheRead More »from Heavy Poison
Johnny Marr has always been a favorite guitarist of mine -- for many reasons. I've been a Smiths fan from the time I first heard Meat Is Murder, circa 1985, and would immediately buy, and put on heavy rotation, every future Smiths album from that point forward. Sometimes I would just focus on Marr's guitar playing as I listened, trying to figure out what the hell he was doing. Much of his work was like nothing I had ever heard. But his technical brilliance is not what makes him a great guitarist, it's his ability to play what's appropriate for the song. He'll provide acoustic guitar chords when that's all the song calls for, he'll provide atmosphere when the guitar should not be out front, he'll provide intricate interest to fill gaps, or he'll just plain rock out when appropriate. Marr always struck me as a brilliant player who cared more about the music than bringing attention to himself. That sits well with me, but if you decide to listen to the full body of his work, Johnny'sRead More »from Johnny Marr’s Guitar
CMJ stands for "College Music Journal", which used to publish a magazine and CD sampler for emerging new music called the CMJ New Music Monthly. Unfortunately, they stopped printing this publication back in 2008. But the CMJ still hosts an important new music festival in New York City each year called the CMJ Music Marathon, and produces a trade publication that includes playlists and charts for college radio, and non-commercial radio stations called the CMJ New Music Report. These charts are a great way to discover new music. The lists include music that is being played by what I still consider the best radio in the nation - college radio.
This playlist includes a single song from the latest top 10 albums on CMJ's Radio 200 album chart.
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