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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 145 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 151 posts. There were 2 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 626kb.

The busiest day of the year was February 17th with 1,101 views. The most popular post that day was You should be listening to Wilco!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wordpress.com, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, and daydreamingdavid.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for butlerbad, music you should be listening to, ben harper discography, drive by truckers discography, and southern rock blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

You should be listening to Wilco! February 2010
32 comments

2

Walt Wilkins and Tommy Alverson: A Night of Sweet Music and Barbeque July 2010
5 comments

3

Music you should NOT be listening to! March 2010
12 comments

4

You should be listening to the Drive-By Truckers “Live from Austin, TX”! February 2010
2 comments

5

Elton John April 2010
4 comments


Mr. T: As Relevant Today as He Ever Was?

This blog has nothing to do with music but rather pop culture.  I wrote it at the begining of the summer and posted it on another blog that I occasionally write.  As I’ve not written anything muscially in quite some time, I’m recylcing this.  Enjoy!

It appears that Mr. T has taken umbrage with new A team Movie.

“It was too graphic for me. I’ve no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it’s nothing like the show we turned out every week.”

www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/popcornbiz/Mr-T-Says-The-New-A-Team-Movie-Is-Just-Jibba-Jabba-95766069.html

This coming from the man who joined the army and then started his career as a bouncer and then broke through the racial typecasting barriers in Hollywood on TV (B.A. Baracus) and on the big screen (Clubber Lang) by playing notable characters that had the following in common:

  • Large
  • Scary
  • Angry
  • Black
  • Violent
  • Excessive use of gold

Way to move the needle forward with those breakout performances Mr. T!

Let’s take a little stroll down Memory T Lane!

Nutrition was something Mr. T. thought was important. As a role model for thousands of youth, it is a good thing he was selective with his product endorsement.

Between Rocky III and the A-Team, Mr. T had his gold ringed fingers on the pulse of what the country needed, in the mid 1980’s, because he gave us the delectable breakfast treat Mr. T Cereal:

 He was a spokesman for Snickers and had a plethora of Snickers attached to his shirt and a ring that says, and I quote “Get Some Nuts

Here are some of the “Get Some Nuts” commercials for those still in disbelief!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B72PmCWpJrU&feature=related

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx6_BAYuA8U&feature=related

 And, who can forget his foray into the never violent and always entertaining WWF wrestling? Mr. T brought his morals and urban fashion sense to the ring.  He partnered with Hulk Hogan, fought Rowdy Roddy Piper, and appeared in Wrestlemania I.

What about all the fools being pitied for their inability to properly make a collect phone call?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9AD3ALF-ps

It seems in more recent times that a kinder, gentler, Mr. T has decided to do some public service announcements to inspire others to be the best they can possibly be. 

What you are about to see is pure genius. 

Employment:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx5p_wv_izo&feature=related

Public Speaking:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eisa5AZ20W0&feature=related

Perseverance:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzQshh4d2bg&feature=related

Cleaning Up After Your Dog:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA_JxuelTtA&feature=related

Personal Hygiene:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYOjF4RtBPU&feature=related

Dating Advice:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=76cCpNtOLJM&feature=related

Procrastination:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=U921abH7jIk&feature=related

 I’m not sure if I buy the fact that he is incensed by the graphic nature of the film.  This is coming from the man who made a career out of “Pitying Fools” and threatening bodily harm if we did not get right the T way. 

 I think I would believe Mr. T more if he came out and said the A-Team movie is going to suck because, in hindsight, the TV show really kind of blew! 

While researching this blog, I realized how much fun Mr. T can be.  He has given us some real media gold with his litany of commercials, cutting edge fashion sense, hair impeccably hawked, and ability to accessorize.


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You should not be reading this blog!

Ok blog readers, today is the day that I actually follow through on a promise, or more like a comment I made on my first blog, that I will actually post some of my writing.  This is largely due to the fact that I do not have time to actually write a blog today.  This is also a great time to stop reading and go to something important like organize your shoes or listen to some good music.

So, with that being said, here is a little look at the time waste that is my writing. 

Fame

We seek out fame

If only to mask our shame

And try to excuse who we are

From ourselves, we try to hide

Living with lovers

With no love inside

By our hand

We rape the land

Just to see another empty building stand

Raised in the video age

Fingers no longer feel the turning of a page

Living with constant stimulation

Opinions formed by media manipulation

Drive through meals

Office on wheels

We want it now

Don’t care how

Just meet the need

Of our evolving greed

White Lies

Can I think you’re wrong

And still support the theory of a bomb

Is there a higher form of hypocrisy

Then what we pass as democracy

The unthinking majority

Living in totality

How long can we overlook the casualty

Feed them

Bleed them

Delete them

Honor them

Award them

Bring them home and ignore them

Do we suffer the delusion

Of a national inclusion

Ingrained patriotism

Ever present cynicism

Rotating on an economic axis

When we are done, Plaque us

How long can we deny

The unending trail of lies

How long can we pretend

We are not the one with fences to mend

Did it really start with the fiery skies

Did it begin with no fear in their eyes

Ask the right question

And they tell the white lie

Counting Sheep

The devils dance in my head as I lie in bed trying to sleep

Won’t you help me count my sheep

Lord, won’t you help me count my sheep tonight

I’m colored in both the dark and light

Lord won’t you help me count my sheep tonight

I’ve got nowhere for the thoughts to go

So I restlessly toss to and fro

The burden weighs heavy on my mind

Of these crosses I choose to bear

Of these mountains I choose to climb

I’m just killing time

Lord knows I’m just killing time tonight

There’s no more room for angels

In this darkened land

So carefully made empty

By our own hands

Like the dying end of heaven

It all comes tumbling down

The Bottle

Staring down the bottle

Searching for an answer

That can’t be found

In the absence of the answer

I just continue to drown

The whiskey fills the hole

That time has worn in my soul

There was a time when I knew who I was

A time when I knew where to go

When the darkness surrounded me

Now it’s too painful to show

How my soul is broken

And my wings don’t know how to fly

It’s been so long since I’ve even thought to try

So I just push it down

Down deep inside

And keep away from those that might see

The pain behind these eyes

Alone is no way to stay alive

But I’m not sure that I haven’t already died

 

 


Uncle Tupelo

Today we celebrate the short but impressive career of alt/country pioneers Uncle Tupelo.

Uncle Tupelo Discography and best song from Album:

  • No Depression (1990)
    • Whiskey Bottle
  • Still Feel Gone (1991)
    • Still Be Around
  • March 16-20 1992 (1992)
    • Moonshiner
  • Anodyne (1993)
    • Slate
  • 89/93: An Anthology (2002)
    • I Wanna Be Your Dog

Best Uncle Tupelo Album:

  • Anodyne

Top 10 Uncle Tupelo Songs:

  1. Slate
  2. Moonshiner (This is a cover song but man is it great)
  3. Whiskey Bottle
  4. New Madrid
  5. The Long Cut
  6. Criminals
  7. Black Eye
  8. Anodyne
  9. Outdone
  10. Life Worth Livin’

Read, review, and respond.

Great music awaits!


Tune In Tuesday: 4/20/10

Today is Tune In Tuesday.  As you might have guessed, I listen to a lot of music.  I listen at work, while I drive, while I drive to work, in the house, driving home, doing yard work, just about anywhere and anything I’m doing involves music. 

Driving is where most of my listening happens during the day and sometimes night.  My vehicle of choice and necessity, I have a brood of kids and 3 dogs, is a Chevy Tahoe, affectionately referred to as the “Ho”.  Aside from the ample space needed for carting afore mentioned brood and dogs, the Ho has a great Bose stereo with a six disc changers.  Six slots of pure musical pleasure. 

Each week starts out with me selecting six random discs from my imposing musical collection.  Once selected, they are inserted into the musical pleasure slots and then I hit the random button. 

The thought behind Tune In Tuesday is that I will tell you what is in the changer for the week and give you a little background on the album, artist and key tracks.

This week, here is what is in the changer:

 1.      Drive-By Truckers: The Fine Print (a collection of oddities and rarities 2003-2008)

This album is a collection of covers, alternate versions of songs from already released albums, and a few odds and ends.  The cover to Tom Petty’s “Rebels” is pretty cool as is their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”.  Patterson Hood handles the majority of the vocals on the album.  For me, the stand out cover is Warren Zevon’s “Play it all Night Long”. 

 2.      Steve Earle: Townes

This album is a complete cover of Townes Van Zandt.  “Lungs” is the standout track for me.  Tom Morello (the Nightwatchman, Rage Against the Machine, Street Sweeper Social Club) plays on the album as does Steve’s son Justin. 

 3.      Amos Lee: Last Days at the Lodge

This is the third album by the Philadelphia singer/songwriter.  He has got a voice that just captivates you.  “What’s Been Going On”, “Street Corner Preacher”, and “Baby I Want You” are three really solid songs. 

 4.      Slaid Cleaves: Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away…

This Austin based singer/songwriter has a way with the words.  Lyrically superior to the vast majority of artist out there, his voice is calm and inviting in a way that brings it all together.  “Beautiful Thing: is by far the best track while “Hard To Believe” and “Dreams” are right up there.  This is an album that can easily be listened to start to finish several times.

 5.      Bob Schneider: Lovely Creatures

Another Austin icon, Bob really runs the musical gamut on this one.  “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)” is a great song and the most Bob like song on the album.  He gets pretty musically diverse as the album progresses.  “Tarantula” is just pure fun that will have you moving wherever you are.

 6.      State Radio: Let It Go

 This is the third full length album for the Boston based sociopolitical trio.  I’m a huge fan and love all of the music that they have done to date.  Their music is a bond between my oldest son and I can’t ever here it without thinking about him and the trips we have taken to see them live.  “Calling All Crows”,” Knights of Bostonia”, and “Blood Escaping Man” are great but then again, so is the whole album.

So, check them out and let me know what you think.

Great music awaits!


Bruce Springsteen is musical genius!

Let us rejoice in the musical greatness of Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen better known as The Boss!  This blog will include the wide array of his work as a solo artist and with the much happening E Street Band.

Bruce Springsteen Discography:

  • Greetings from Asbury Park (1973)
    • Blinded By the Light
  • The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle (1973)
    • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
  • Born To Run (1975)
    • Thunder Road
  • Darkness On the Edge of Town (1978)
    • Badlands
  • The River (1980)
    • The River
  • Nebraska (1982)
    • Nebraska
  • Born In the U.S.A. (1984)
    • My Hometown
  • Live 1975-85
    • Because the Night
  • Tunnel of Love (1987)
    • One Step Up
  • Human Touch (1992)
    • Human Touch
  • Lucky Town (1992)
    • If I Should Fall Behind
  • In Concert/MTV Unplugged
  • Greatest Hits (1995)
    • Empty Garden
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
    • Youngstown
  • Tracks (1998)
  • 18 Tracks (1999)
  • Live in New York City
    • 41 Shots (American Skin)
  • The Rising (2002)
    • The Rising
  • The Essential Bruce Springsteen
  • Devils & Dust (2005)
    • Devils & Dust
  • Hammersmith Odeon London ‘75
  • We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006)
    • O Mary Don’t You Weep
  • Live In Dublin
  • Magic (2007)
    • Devil’s Arcade
  • Working on a Dream (2009)
    • The Wrestler

Top 5 Bruce Springsteen Albums:

  1. Nebraska
  2. The Rising
  3. The River
  4. Born To Run
  5. Tunnel of Love

 Top 10 Bruce Springsteen Songs:

  1. The Rising
  2. Nebraska
  3. Atlantic City
  4. Brothers Under the Bridge
  5. My Hometown
  6. Johnny 99
  7. Born To Run
  8. If I Should Fall Behind
  9. The River
  10. The Ghost of Tom Joad

Read, review, and respond.

Great music awaits


You should be listening to The Black Keys!

The Black Keys are the amazing bluesy, rocking dynamic duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.  They formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio and have been compared to another bluesy power duo known by the name The White Stripes.

Their debut album, The Big Come Up, was released on 2002 and followed up with Thickfreakness in 2003.  2004 saw the release of Rubber Factory.

Much like other artist of today, The Black Keys music has gained commercial recognition from T.V. shows, commercial advertising, and the silver screen. 

 T.V. Shows:

  • The O.C.
  • Big Love
  • Rescue Me
  • Dexter
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • One Tree Hill
  • Gossip Girl
  • Entourage
  • Friday Night Lights

 Advertisements:

  • Sony Ericsson
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • American Express

Movies:

  • Cloverfield
  • School of Rock
  • Zombie Land
  • Black Snake Moan
  • RocknRolla

Their fourth album, Magic Potion, was released in 2006 along with the EP Chulahoma.  In 2007 they released the Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release.  This was the first album that they released that was produced in an actual studio.

The Black Keys Discography:

  • The Big Come Up
  • Thickfreakness
  • The Moan (EP)
  • Rubber factory
  • Magic Potion
  • Chulahoma (EP)
  • Attack & Release
  • Brothers (Set to release May 2010)

The boys have toured with bands such as Pearl Jam, Beck, and Radiohead.  In addition to both critical and commercial success, they have quite a few fans that are in the business.  Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Them Crooked Vultures & Queens of the Stone Age), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) have all gone on record extolling the greatness of The Black Keys.

Top 5 The Black Keys Songs:

  1. Oceans& Streams (Attack & Release)
  2. Set You Free (Thickfreakness)
  3. Girl Is On My Mind (Rubber Factory)
  4. I Got Mine (Attack & Release)
  5. Strange Times (Attack & Release)

Musically, there is a raw, emotional connectivity that is heavily influenced by the blues.  The amazing thing about the group is how much sound they can produce between the two of them. 

Check out The Black Keys at www.theblackkeys.com.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHeF2lFO3IQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nWJ-e9pLSs&feature=related

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Spoon!

Spoon is an indie rock band that hails from the great city of Austin, Texas.  Formed and co founded by Brit Daniels and Jim Eno in 1993.  Early musical comparisons to The Pixies and Sonic Youth quickly subsided as they began to define their own sound, a blend of sophisticated, guitar driven pop/post-punk that rocks.

Spoon’s career can be likened to that of a slow boil.  They have seven full length albums and an equal number of EP’s and received critical recognition for their work but have received little radio play along the way.  This might, in part, be related to the label issues that plagued them in the early years.  The irony of this is that there music has found it way on a smattering of television shows that include the following: The Simpsons Veronica Mars, Bones, The O.C., Scrubs, and How I Met Your Mother.  Spoon also appears in the movies 17 Again, Cloverfield, and I Love You Man.

Their music is inventive and ambitious yet accessible. Their albums are consistently tight, usually containing ten or twelve well crafted tracks and clocking in around the forty minute mark. 

Spoon Discography 

Albums EP
  • Telephono
  • A Series of Sneaks
  • Girls Can Tell
  • Kill the Moonlight
  • Gimme Fiction
  • Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • Transference

 

  • The Nefarious (EP)
  • Soft Effects (EP)
  • 30 Gallon Tank (EP)
  • Love Ways (EP)
  • Get Nice! (EP)
  • Don’t You Evah (EP)
  • Got Nuffin (EP)

 

Top 5 Spoon Songs according to Butler (Albums listed on right):

  1. I Turn My Camera On (Gimme Fiction)
  2. The Way We Get By (Kill the Moonlight)
  3. Don’t Make Me a Target (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  4. All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed (Telephono)
  5. The Underdog (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

Check out Spoon and let me know what you think.

Spoon’s music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.spoontheband.com.

Also, if you have a facebook page, you can become a fan of the blog.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#/pages/Music-you-should-be-listening-to/261897107787?ref=ts

Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Ben Harper!

Whether Ben Harper is playing with the “Innocent Criminals”, “The Blind Boys of Alabama”, or “The Relentless Seven”, he is making some pretty amazing music.  His style is as varied as his influences: Funk, Soul, Blues, Gospel,Reggae, Rock, and R&B, it all comes out in his music.  He is renowned for his ability on the slide guitar.

 Ben had a cult following in the decade of the 90’s and started to gain some commercial success in 2000 with the single “Steal My Kisses” from his album “Burn to Shine”.  His expressive voice and varied musical styles offer his fans a kaleidoscope of ear candy.  Another example of this is his stunning 2004 collaboration with the Blind Boys of Alabama “There Will Be Light”.   With each album it seems that he further embraces his influences such as Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and of course, Jimi Hendrix, while continuing to explore and expand his own.

 To really appreciate Ben Harper, you must see him live.  I have had this privilege on three separate occasions and in three different phases of his career.  The first time I saw him was four or five years ago at Austin City Limits Music Festival.  He was energetic and engaging and had the entire crowd of thousands completely enthralled.  The next occasion was on his “Lifeline” tour with his backing band ‘The Innocent Criminals” at the Majestic Theater in Dallas.  The tour was billed as acoustic and intimate and it was indeed both of those things.  The fans were seated for the entire show and captivated by the music.  The most recent concert was the 2008 Austin City Music Festival.  He was touring with his new band “The Relentless Seven”.  His hour long set was tight and focused on his new material from “White Lies for Dark Times”.  He was in fine form and his new band sounded great.

Ben Harper Discography

  • Welcome to the Cruel World
  • Fight for Your Mind
  • The Will To Live
  • Burn To Shine
  • Diamonds on the Inside
  • Live From Mars
  • There Will Be Light
  • Both Sides of the Gun
  • Lifeline
  • Live at the Twist & Shout
  • White Lies for Dark Times

 Top 5 Ben Harper Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Amen Omen (Diamonds on the Inside)
  2. Having Wings (Lifeline)
  3. I’ll Rise (Welcome to the Cruel World)
  4. Excuse Me Mr. (Fight for Your Mind)
  5. Better Way (Both Sides of the Gun)

 If you have never listened to Ben Harper, then I highly recommend “Live From Mars” as your introductory sampling. It is a great selection of his music and some covers songs from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, and The Verve.

 Give Ben Harper some love and let me know what you think.

 Ben Harper’s music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.benharper.com.

Also, if you have a facebook page, you can become a fan of the blog.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#/pages/Music-you-should-be-listening-to/261897107787?ref=ts

Great music awaits!