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Tune In Tuesday: 5/11

Today’s installment of Tune in Tuesday features six random albums. 

Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk are the latest “Super Group” to hit the music scene.  Comprised of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward, and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes).  These boys bring back the sweet harmonies of classic bands like The Eagles and Crosby, Stills, & Nash and evoke the not so distant memory of The Traveling Wilburys.

The music is a mixed bag of rock, folk, and as mentioned before, sweet harmony, and lush melodies.  The lead track on the album “Dear God (Sincerely MOF)” is a trippy little number that is gently bathed in R&B and is based around a sample of the 1970 gospel song “Is There Any Love” by Trevor Dandy.

Key tracks: His Master’s Voice, Temazcal, Losin Yo Head.

Joy

Phish

This is the newest ad fourteenth studio album form the Vermont Jam band.  It is also the album that brought the band back from a four year hiatus and reunited them with produce Steve Lillywhite.  The album is aptly titled as the songs all seem to have a happy, joyful quality to them.  If you have a fan or former fan, check it out and get reacquainted with the boys from Phish.

Key Tracks: Time Turns Elastic, Backwards Down the Number Line, Twenty Years Later

En Concert

Jack Johnson

This album is a great cross section of all of Jack’s work and has guest appearances by Eddie Vedder and Paula Fuga.  It also showcases the harmonizing backing vocals of Zach Gil (Animal Liberation Orchestra), who has toured with Johnson in the past but only recently became a permanent fixture on the tour. 

The special addition has a DVD that captures various stages of his 2008 tour.  The DVD has more guest appearances by the likes of Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, Mason Jennings, Matt Costa, G. Love & Special Sauce.

Key Tracks: Constellations (w/ Eddie Vedder), Gone, Flake, and Times Like These

White Lies for Dark Times

Ben Harper & the Relentless 7

The Relentless 7 is Ben’s latest incarnation of a band and is a bit heavier than the Innocent Criminals.  The album is solid from start to finish and is not a dramatic departure from any of Ben’s other work.  He still blazes on the slide guitar and is the focal vocal point of the band. 

Key Tracks: Faithfully Remain, Skin Thin, Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart), Shimmer and Shine.

Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

Slaid Cleaves

Slaid Cleaves is pure musical greatness and genius.  This Austin based singer and songwriter is a thoughtfully introspective writer who catches the subtle nuances of life in this crazy world.  He sings of love, lost, hope, faith, and the lack there of.  Not afraid to raise a political edge with his music but never appearing to be preachy or on a soapbox.  If you have not heard of him, he is well worth checking out. 

Key Tracks: Beautiful Thing, Cry, Dreams, Hard to Believe

Natural Forces

Lyle Lovett

Natural Forces is the latest album from Texas’s own Grammy winner Lyle Lovett.  There is just something about the calm confidence in which Lyle sings his songs.  This album is typical Lovett, good song selection, well crafted, and a slight sense of humor. 

 Key Tracks: Pantry, Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel, Don’t You Think I Feel It Too

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Music you should NOT be listening to!

Greetings music lovers and readers and possible lovers of my blog,

Over the course of the last few months I’ve taken the time to let you know what music you should be listening to.  Cleary, my vast, superior musical knowledge needed an outlet and you needed another time waste in your day to avoid doing some menial form of drudgery.

So, today, I’ve decided to tell you what music you should NOT be listening to.  The impetus for this blog can unwittingly, and will be, attributed to a friend of mine whose name I will absolutely and unabashedly use.  Drum roll please………Tommy Blake ,formerly of DeSoto TX, now living in Ohio, thank you for your face book post yesterday recalling some of the ghastly music of the 80’s.  Actually his post might have used an adjective that was more offensive than “ghastly” but I am not here to judge him or his intolerant ways.  However, I am pretty sure it started with a G.

Anyway, the gist of his post was that while there was some good music to come from the 80’s there was also some really lame music and bands that scarred all of us 80’s children.  As mentioned in previous posts, I completed my public school tour of duty in 1989 and was an ardent music fan from way back.  I am not without sin when it comes to the music of my youth and I’m not looking for absolution for my errant ways.

This got me to thinking how each decade of music seems to scorch the musical earth at some point and the early period of the next decade is where some of the great music comes from.  All decades have lame artists and bands.  Those that have some meteoric rise never seem to last more than an album or two and once we have some distance, we realize how bad the music really was.  The artists and bands that have had longevity are the ones that have persevered and not tried to ride the wave of the latest musical craze.  They have stayed true to their art and what inspires them. 

I realize that everyone has their own musical taste and that certain things are appealing to certain people.  So, if you have ever listened to the artists mentioned in this blog, I feel your pain(trying to be empathetic) because I too listened to some (very few), not all of the artists mentioned.  However, if you still listen to them, you need to never, ever read my blog again and for the love of all that is right in this world, stop reproducing. 

So, with all of that out of the way, here is a list of artists you should NOT be listening to! 

  • Autograph
  • Winger
  • Milli Vanilli
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Ray Parker Jr.
  • Glass Tiger
  • Taylor Dayne
  • Don Johnson
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • The Heights
  • Ace of Base
  • M.C. Hammer
  • Chumbawamba
  • Mr. Big
  • Ugly Kid Joe
  • Shaun Cassidy
  • Howard Jones
  • Warrant
  • White Lion
  • Europe
  • Kenny G.
  • Bad English
  • Mr. Mister
  • Falco
  • Patrick Swayze
  • NSYNC
  • Celine Dion
  • Ricky Martin
  • Lou Bega
  • Brittany Spears
  • Extreme
  • Nelson
  • Tiffany
  • Baha Men
  • Wang Chung
  • Slaughter
  • Enuff Z Nuff
  • Cutting Crew
  • Richard Marx
  • Michael Damien
  • Mike & the Mechanics
  • Bulletboys
  • Skid Row
  • Paula Abdul
  • Hanson
  • Wilson Philips
  • Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
  • New Kids on the Block
  • Right Said Fred
  • Saigon Kick
  • David Cassidy
  • Aldo Nova
 This is by no means a complete list!
Great music awaits!