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A Little Musical VD Help!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the dear, sweet, gentle readers, I hope this post finds you with the one you love or at least someone you like a little. In honor of the beloved and mass marketed one day year love fest, I’m dropping a Mixed Tape Monday Special Edition VD List.

Click on the link below!

VD Mixed Tape

So, if you are one of those procrastinating types, take this list, hop on iTunes and download these fine tunes; run to your local grocery store, sift through the remaining sappy, mass produced cards and while you’re there pick up some not so fresh roses or other flowers conveniently available for this special day. To top it all off, grab a box of heart shaped chocolates and make your reservations at your local Applebee’s or Macaroni Grill, show that special someone how much you really care.

Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Ryan Adams!

Ryan Adams is the brilliant yet mercurial singer songwriter who broke on to the music scene in the early 90’s with the alt/country group Whiskeytown. The oft troubled singer has carved out a prolific and somewhat unpredictable solo career that has seen both critical and commercial success. 

His solo debut “Heartbreaker” was released in 2000 with critical praise but lacked commercial clout.  In 2001, he released “Gold” but was reluctant to work the media circuit to promote the album but eventually capitulated to the powers that be and made a video for his single “New York, New York” which eerily and fortuitously for him featured Adams playing with the city skyline behind him.  The video was filmed four days prior to the 9/11 attacks and was put into heavy rotation on both MTV and VH1 which helped Adams find an audience with mainstream, commercial America.

Following the success of “Gold” Adams released “Demolition” with the similar results; critical attention but low volume sales.  He then went on to produce Jesse Malin’s debut the aptly titled “The Fine Art of Self Destruction”.  During 2002-03 Adams worked on the album “Love is Hell” which he eventually had to release as Pt. 1 & 2 EP’s due to his labels (Lost Highway) insistence that the album as a whole was not commercially viable.  He went back and made another album “Rock N Roll” which was released in Nov. 2003 along with “Love is Hell Pt. 1” with Pt.2 following in December.  Much to the surprise of Lost Highway “Love is Hell Pt. 1 & Pt. 2” were well received and in 2004 released it as intended, a complete album.  This album features the cover of the Oasis classic “Wonderwall” which Adam’s earned a Grammy nomination for his rendition of the song.

In 2005 Adams brought together “The Cardinals” and released two albums “Jacksonville Nights” and “Cold Roses”.  Rachel Yamagata covers backing vocals on several songs from “Cold Roses” while Nora Jones lends her dusky, dulcet tone to one song from “Jacksonville Nights”.  In 2006 he produced Willie Nelson’s album “Songbird” and Adams and The Cardinals performed as Nelson’s backing band. 

Currently, in true unpredictable Adam’s form, he has quit The Cardinals, become disillusioned with the musical world, is releasing some books, and spurring rumors of a Whiskeytown reunion.  He also married singer/actress Mandy Moore.

Ryan Adams Discography:

  • Heartbreaker
  • Gold
  • Demolition
  • Rock N Roll
  • Love Is Hell
  • Cold Roses
  • Jacksonville Nights
  • 29
  • Easy Tiger
  • Follow the Lights
  • Cardinology

Top 5 Ryan Adams Songs:

  1. Wonderwall (Love Is Hell)
  2. Two (Easy Tiger)
  3. My Love for You Is Real (Follow the Lights)
  4. New York, New York (Gold)
  5. Cold Roses (Cold Roses)

 Ryan Adam’s music is available on iTunes and record stores.

Great music awaits!


You should be listening/watching Rachel Fuller presents: In The Attic

Rachel Fuller is the long time, significant other, heterosexual life partner of Pete Townshend from the legendary rock band The Who.  Several years ago, she released an album that was not as well received, critically and commercially, as she had hoped and was looking for a way to connect to a wider audience.  Thus “In the Attic” was born. 

It started with a web cam in the home studio (always a risky proposition) with her and some folks talking about music and occasionally playing some tunes.  In 2006-2007 when The Who decided to tour again (Exactly how many farewell tours have they pulled off?), Rachel got the idea to take a traveling studio to the various festivals The Who played and invite other artists, who played the festivals, to come in and chat, perform a song or two and stream it over the miracle of the World Wide Web.  This worked well for the European leg of the tour and had gained quite a following.  As The Who made plans to tour North America, a new plan was needed as the logistics and expense of shipping and traveling in the studio were apparently prohibitive. 

Once in the U.S., Rachel decided to go to local small clubs that had an intimate feel, 250 person max capacity, and have a variety of artists that she and Pete were fans of, both up and coming and established, perform a song or two with her and Pete.  Which brings me to the real point of this blog, this live series of shows is captured and packaged on two CD’s and one DVD , I paid $15 at Best Buy, and you should own it.  The set list for both the DVD and CD’s is comprised of shows from “The Hotel Café” and “Joe’s” Pub.  The list of artists is as follows: 

  • Tenacious D
  • Joe Purdy (and his dad Dave on one song)
  • Ben Harper
  • Alexi Murdoch
  • Amos Lee
  • Rachel Yamagata
  • Jimmy Fallon (yes, Jimmy Fallon of moderate SNL fame)
  • Lou Reed

The fascinating part of the DVD is being able to see the star struck eyes of the performers as they play with the great Pete Townshend.  At one point in his performance, Amos Lee, “dudes” Pete, Ben Harper is wide eyed and pointing at Pete as they arrange for a duet, and as Joe Purdy and his father, Dave, are preparing to play, Pete fixes Dave’s mic stand and Joe looks on in awe and comments “Hey dad, Pete Townshend is fixing your mic”.  What a moment that must have been for father and son. 

The performances are acoustic and raw, with little or no production value and capture the intimacy of the moment for each artist.  Pete also takes the stage on occasion and performs some of his own material and songs from The Who. 

This collection is well worth the investment of time and money. 

 Great music awaits!