Friday, January 24, 2014

My Top Five Fridays Contribution & some other Musical Interludes

Hey all you music fans out there - and you know who you are!!  Welcome to an all-music, all-the-time kinda post.  Yep, that's right people, get your headphones on, and get ready to listen to some tunes.  Well, okay, maybe not listen so much as hear me ramble on and on about some of my recent musical writings and doodlings.  But enough of that, let's move on, shall we?

First things first, and since it is listed first in the post heading as well, let's talk about my contribution to a cool new thing called Top Five Fridays.  The place is a place called All The Day Sounds, and it is a music blog run by a cool cat by the name of Peter Winter.  If you have not been to this up-and-comer music blog before, GO THERE NOW!  I'll wait. Once you are back, we can finish our little talk.  Are you back?  You sure?  Okay, let's move on.  As I was getting at, Mr. Winter has a new game over at his blog.  It is called Top Five Fridays, and it goes a little somethin' like this (in Peter's words): "I draft people far cooler than myself to share some of the happening jams they’ve been rocking out to lately!"  So, apparently I am one of these "far cooler" peeps (who knew, eh?), and have been asked to contribute to this weekly gig (and thanx for that dear sir).  The challenge was to come up with five albums that I am groovin' too recently, and talk a little bit about 'em.  So this I did.  What are these aforementioned albums, you ask?  Well, I'm not going to tell you here.  For that, you must travel back over to All The Day Sounds, and check it all out.  I can tell you that all five records are from the past decade (surprisingly, I'm going modern for this one, although I do still toss in someone who is decidedly not so modern).  I can also tell you that the album pictured above has nothing whatsoever to do with my contribution, nor does it have anything whatsoever to do with anything in this post.  It's just a fun looking album cover is all.  The band itself has its moments as well (well, it has its moments for what it is, anyway).  But I digress.  Just click that pretty little link just below, and you shall be magically transported to the very place you need to be.  Oh, and as before, please come back here, so we can finish our musical discussion.

So, we'll back.  What didjya think?  Wait, tell me later (perhaps in the comments section below) we have other stuff to discuss right now.  And that other stuff is The Great Albums series.  What!?  You don't know what The Great Albums series is?  Blasphemy!  Oh well, I guess if I have to, I'll explain it one more time.  Kids today!  So, The Great Album series, is a series featuring albums I happen to think are pretty darn good.  Easy peazy, lemon squeezy.  Eventually, I would like to compile a Greatest Albums list, but my knowledge of music and musical history is rather on the low side of things (as opposed to my much broader knowledge of something like film history), so I am giving myself a crash course, of sorts, in modern music.  And by modern, I am talking rock, pop, blues, jazz, what have you of the past seventy years or so.  Yeah, I know, that's a pretty huge undertaking, but someone's gotta do it, so why not me?  Anyhoo, as I check out these albums (using several different great albums lists as reference in my quest to become a so-called music expert), the ones that I find worthy, will become part of this series (while others are maliciously tossed aside for lack of what I shall deem as greatness), and get some sort of in-depth(ish) posting.  These posts are in no particular order, mind you.  So far, I have done two of these great album postings.  The first was on The Queen is Dead by The Smiths (a blast from my young adulthood - it came out the year I turned nineteen), while the second was on Hunky Dory from the always cool-as-cool-can-be David Bowie (an album I never actually listened to from start to finish, before starting this quest of mine).  Coming up next (within the next week or so) will be one of several Beatles albums that will most assuredly make the list (but which one?  you'll just have to wait), and then I will dig into some great albums from the eclectic likes of Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Jack White, Amy Winehouse, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Miles Davis, Tom Waits (did you know just how fantastic his Rain Dogs is?), Patti Smith, Joy Division, Lou Reed, Huey Lewis & the News (just seeing if you're still paying attention), Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Loretta Lynn, Robert Johnson, and of course, Mr. Zimmerman.  There will be lots more (hopefully at a one every two weeks clip) but these are some of the highlights coming up soon(ish).

Well, that's my musical rant for now.  Keep checking back (as if you don't already have this blog on your regular daily rotation!) for more fun musicological postings - as well as on all other things in the pop cultural realm.  And, once again, I would like to thank Mr. Peter Winter, the cool hep cat that he is, for allowing me to be a part of his shin-dig.  Perhaps I'll be asked to contribute another one down the line sometime.  For now, ta-ta and all that jazz.  Below is another pic that really has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.  I just wanted to include it because it is so freakin' cool.  Of course, it could have quite a lot to do with that aforementioned Greatest Albums List, but more on that later.  See ya 'round the web.


  1. Not sure you got a response "" starts the sign up on Monday...


  2. Fantastic! Thanx Jeremy. I'll b a-signin' up with bells on.

  3. I do love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Kind of surprised you do as well. Seems to "low brow" for the likes of you. Good write-up though. I love your word stylings in this one.

  4. Hey buddy-boy, what kind of music you think I'm listening to over here!? Karen O and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs (an Oscar nominee be she) are like the music of my youth...reborn. But then, you will dance to anything...even Depeche Kamode!