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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!


Tom Petty & His Musical Greatness

Ok, I realize it has been a few days since I have posted a blog.  This is due to a number of factors that all involve time or lack thereof.  But, it is Monday and I am ready to wax musically for another day.

During my brief hiatus, I’ve given some consideration to the blog and the overall format.  I’ve decided to shake it up a bit and only post two times per week about a particular artist’s relevance and history and the other days will be a more interactive process of ranking artist’s best albums and top songs.  Over the past few months I’ve noticed that my incendiary lists seem to illicit more of a response from you, the sweet, gentle reader. 

Today’s blog will spotlight the complete and best work of one Mr. Thomas Earl Petty and his amazing band The Heartbreakers. 

Tom Petty (Solo & The Heartbreakers) Discography & Best Song From Each Album:

Note: No song selection will be made from live albums or anthologies.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)
    • Breakdown
  • Official Live Leg  (1977)
  • You’re Gonna Get It (1978)
    • Listen To Her Heart
  • Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
    • Louisiana Rain
  • Hard Promises (1981)
    • The Waiting
  • Long After Dark (1982)
    • Straight Into Darkness
  • Southern Accents (1985)
    • Rebels
  • Pack Up the Plantation (1985 Live)
  • Let Me Up (I’ve had Enough) (1987)
    • It’ll All Work Out
  • Full Moon Fever (1989 Solo)
    • Runnin’ Down a Dream
  • Into The Great Wide Open (1991)
    • Learning To Fly
  • Greatest Hits (1993)
    • Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  • Wildflowers (1994 Solo)
    • It’s Good To Be King
  • Playback (1995)
  • Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996)
    • Angel Dream No. 2
  • Echo (1999)
    • Free Girl Now
  • Anthology: Through the Years (2000)
  • The Last DJ (2002)
    • Money Becomes King
  • Highway Companion (2006 Solo)
    • Square One
  • The Live Anthology (2009)
  • Mojo (Set to release in Spring 2010)

Top 5 Tom Petty Albums:

  1. Damn the Torpedoes
  2. Hard Promises
  3. Southern Accents
  4. Full Moon Fever
  5. Highway Companion

Top 10 Tom Petty Songs:

  1. Angel Dream No. 2
  2. It’ll All Work Out
  3. Breakdown
  4. Louisiana Rain
  5. Straight Into Darkness
  6. Rebels
  7. Southern Accents
  8. The Waiting
  9. Even The Losers
  10. American Girl

So, there you have it, my list of Tom Petty greatness.  Given his extensive catalog and thirty plus years in the business, I allowed five albums and ten songs.  Future artists might warrant less.

Read, review, and respond.

Great music awaits!