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Five Christmas Songs you probably don’t have in your collection, but should

The wonderful Poprocket podcast did a holiday episode recently that got me wanting to recommend some of my favorite Christmas tunes.  So here’s a list of five songs that need to be in your collection (if you listen to Christmas music, that is.) 1.”Nuttin’ for Christmas” by Sugarland. This countrified version of the classic novelty […]

May music roundup

It’s been a good month, music-wise.  The albums I listened to were all pretty good, with a variety of styles that kept me on my toes.  Here they are: Emusic Great Big Sea, Play – This album was an instant hit for me, as it is the album GBS was touring for when they recorded […]

April Music Roundup

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic.  This month, my ‘reviews’ of the albums tell you almost nothing about them.  Enjoy. Emusic four songs from Syl Johnson, Complete Mythology.  I didn’t know Syl Johnson until I heard about him on […]

March music roundup: Raconteurs, Bhi Bhiman, Tally Hall

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic. Emusic albums: Bhi Bhiman, Bhiman – Bhi Bhiman continues to impress.  This is the second full-length album of his that I’ve gotten and it’s great.  It opens with “Guttersnipe,”a swelling paean to a […]

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Unbreakable

I’m not sure how much of an essay is worth writing here.  Slate excellent pieces about the race issues in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and in particular the disturbing trope of the “hilarious black neighbor” trope that has become so common.  Aisha Harris writes: The tongue-in-cheek song will be familiar to anyone who’s followed the news […]

February Music roundup

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic. Emusic albums: Amy Correia, Lakeville – Correia has a soulful style with bluesy, sad music.  Some of her songs sound like they’d work perfectly at a piano in a smoky bar.  It’s a […]

January Music Roundup: The Tossers, Leslie Hall, Rodeo Ruby Love

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic. [youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1c2KzJbcGA] Burger Records Sampler An enjoyable, if not particularly striking to me, mix of contemporary pop and rock songs.  Several of my favorites feel like songs from a different era, recalling pop songs […]

December music roundup: Holiday tunes

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic. Simplify Christmas, Volume 3. Various artists This album is a mix of new songs and covers of classics.  The new songs are generally quite good, with the best being “It’s Gone Before you […]

2014 in Review: Music

This is the hardest review post to write, as I often don’t pay strict attention to the music I ingest, even as I’m listening to it.  Nonetheless, here are some notes about music this year. Pokey LaFarge by Bill Streeter (cc-licensed) New albums (by month acquired): The White Stripes, The White Stripes Passenger, All the […]

Five Holiday songs I’m enjoying this year

Christmas music doesn’t have to be the same 25 songs over and over each year.  Each December, I buy new Holiday music for my playlist, I add two Santastic mashup albums, and I add holiday songs I’ve encountered throughout the year, and I listen to it during my work time.  Here are five songs I’m […]

Who Put the Roo in the Stew?

“As a fact of life it’s known now, and we all know that it’s true: the Colonel put the lickin’ in the chicken, but who put the roo in the stew?” The tale of a shady meat dealer, apparently. [youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH_6eUlJfac]

October Music Roundup: Pokey LaFarge, Haunted Halloween, and the new U2 album

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Ueckurv-U] Albums: Pokey LaFarge, Riverboat Soul Last month, I liked the Pokey LaFarge song from the “Now Hear This” compilation so much that I downloaded a whole album from emusic this month.  The songs on this album are all pretty similar (the way most bands are), but that’s part of what makes them great.  I […]

September Music Roundup: Primus, J. Mascis, and More!

It’s been a long time since I posted a music roundup.  The idea of this post is to write a bit about the music I listened to this month.  Sometime halfway through the month or so, I’ll do a catch-up post from a previous month. “So Long Honeybee, Goodbye,” by Pokey LaFarge and the South […]

Saturday Song for You

I’ve been working my way through Music from Around the World, a collection from The Wayfarers full of Australian songs.  One song is sung to the tune of “Whats’a matter you?” in the tradition of slacker teenager songs like “Get a Job” or “Fight for your Right to Party.”  As far as I can tell, […]

5 Creepy Christmas songs

Feminist Frequency explores a few Christmas songs: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpDnr2s9yxQ] I have to say, I agree about most of Sarkeesian’s analysis of the songs, particularly “All I want for Christmas is You” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”  I have to say that upon reflection, her points about the other songs are strong too, […]