Was honoured to participate in @GlobalThursdayTalks this past week. Thank you Fatma Mizikaci and Eda Ata from University of Ankara for organizing these events and the invitation to participate. Also thanks to everyone who attended the live event. Here’s the video of the interview.
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Thirty Records About America—A Mixtape
I used to post quite a bit about music here on the Where The Blog Has No Name, so please excuse the interruption of blogs on education and politics.
I’ve slowly been working my way through Bob Dylan’s Complete Album Collection Vol. 1 the past year while reading Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010 by Greil Marcus. This is not a project I want to rush.
Marcus’ book includes a particularly inspired piece from the May 28, 1998 Rolling Stone, “Thirty Records About America.” Below is a link to a Rdio playlist based on the article (minus a great record by Fastbacks “In America” that is not available).
And, if you’re not into the old stuff, here’s a link to my favourite non-Dylan tunes released in 2014:
Wayne’s Faves for 2013
Back in the day, when I first started blogging at Where The Blog Has No Name, I wrote quite a bit about music, something I’ve not done in recent years. Thought I’d share my favourite tunes of 2013, which includes some blues, R&B, Americana, folk, pop, rock, post-rock, electronica, and a bit of hip hop. [Unfortunately Rdio doesn’t have some of faves from the year, including tracks from Steven Wilson, Paul Burch, and Guided by Voices.]
The year in music—My favorite albums of 2010
I used to post much more often about music here at WTBHNN, but I thought I would at least continue the tradition of my yearly favorites list. See my annual reviews dating back to 1998 here.
Before I get to the list, some observations about purchasing, streaming, and sharing music.
For many years I purchased around 100 albums years, give or take 10 or so. With the “digital revolution” my album purchases have trended upward, for example: 110 (2007); 158 (2008); 149 (2009); and 188 (2010). (Unlike my teenage son, I rarely buy single tracks. Although I did buy two 7″ vinyl releases from Robert Pollard this year).
Only 73 of my 188 album purchases were actual cds, so I’m downloading over 70% of the music I buy (and the majority of that is from eMusic).
I’m streaming music more than ever. I have a subscription to Napster and stream their 2.5 million tune catalog and internet radio throughout my home. I’ve also recently subscribed to Sirius radio. I continue to share music among friends, but even taking all that into account, I’m spending more than ever on recorded music. Hmmm…
View my 2010 cd collection here. You’ll see I did a little back catalog purchasing of Rolling Stones releases (particularly the 1994 Virgin cds, since the 2010 remasters don’t sound nearly as good.)
E. Wayne’s Favorite Albums of 2010
(I don’t claim these are the best albums of the year, but they’re the ones kept going back to. And I know there are many albums I picked up this year that just haven’t gotten the attention they deserve, so I reserve the right to change my mind in the future.)
The Top Ten
1. Bettye LaVette – Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
2. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul
3. Robert Plant – Band of Joy
4. JJ Grey & Mofro – Georgia Warhorse
5. Solomon Burke – Nothing’s Impossible
6. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
7. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
8. Boston Spaceships – Our Cubehouse Still Rocks
9. The Black Keys – Brothers
10. Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies, and Alibis
Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust
Massive Attack – Heligoland
Galactic – Ya-Ka-May
Charlie Musselwhite – The Well
Porcupine Tree – The Incident (released in 2009, but PT was my most listened to band of the year)
The 2010 Mixtapes
Wayne’s 2010 Faves – Rock/Post-Rock
- Silk Rotor – Robert Pollard
- Breakdown Into The Resolve – Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
- We Used to Wait – Arcade Fire
- Tender Heart – Alejandro Escovedo
- Angel Dance – Robert Plant
- Vaporize – Broken Bells
- Revenge (feat. The Flaming Lips) – Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse
- Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
- The Blind House – Porcupine Tree
- Written In Reverse – Spoon
- 27 Spanishes – Los Lobos
- I Believe In You – Black Dub
- Kong – Bonobo
- Hunted By A Freak – Mogwai
- John the Dwarf Wants to Become an Angel – Boston Spaceships
- The Money Shuffle – Richard Thompson
- Stereo (Remastered) – Pavement
- Feeling In the Dark – Dwight Twilley Band
- Valleys of Neptune – Jimi Hendrix
Wayne’s 2010 Faves – Rhythm
- The Word – Bettye LaVette
- The Game Gets Old – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
- I’m Leavin’ It Up To You – Jimmie Vaughan (w Lou Ann Barton)
- Heart Of Steel – Galactic, Feat. Irma Thomas
- Nothing’s Impossible – Solomon Burke
- Harlem River Blues – Justin Townes Earle
- Testify (Parts 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers (that’s Jimi on guitar)
- Only In Amerika – Dr. John & The Lower 911
- Everybody Thinks You’re an Angel – Mose Allison
- Have Blues, Will Travel – Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King
- Everlasting Light – The Black Keys
- The Sweetest Thing – JJ Grey And Mofro
- Sad and Beautiful World – Charlie Musselwhite
- Tramp – Steve Miller Band
- Too Hard To Love You – Guitar Shorty
- Season Man – Tony Joe White
- Tragedy – Peter Wolf (w Shelby Lynne)
- Rains Came- Shelby Lynne
- Mixtape – Tift Merritt
- Porter Wagoner’s Grave – Marty Stuart
- Me And The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron
White Stripes Protest Super Bowl Ad for Air Force Reserve
White Stripes Protest Super Bowl Ad for Air Force Reserve
By DAVE ITZKOFF
In song, at least, the band the White Stripes has boasted that it can hold off a seven-nation army. But now that rock group is taking on an entire branch of the United States Armed Forces, contending that it misused one of the band’s songs in a commercial that was promoted as a Super Bowl Sunday ad.
At issue is a commercial for the Air Force Reserve, set to an instrumental track that the White Stripes say is an unauthorized version of their song “Fell in Love With a Girl.” To make the point, at the Web site of its record label, Third Man Records, the band has juxtaposed the video for that song with a link to the Air Force Reserve commercial, inviting listeners to judge for themselves. (Update: the commercial appears to have been pulled from the Air Force Reserve Web site.)
In a statement posted Monday evening on the Third Man Records site, the White Stripes wrote:
We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management.
The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.
The White Stripes support this nation’s military, at home and during times when our country needs and depends on them. We simply don’t want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict, and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops.
We have not licensed this song to the Air Force Reserve and plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.
Playlists of 2009—Part 3: Favorites of the decade that was
Here’s the last of the mix tapes I put together for 2009. My buddy Perry down on the Edge of the Continent threw down the gauntlet with a challenge to select my “best of the decade” tunes and put them on one disc. Well, I’m not discerning enough to get my best of the year on to one disc (as I demonstrate yearly).
So to go along with my new music and reissues/covers/live mix tapes of 2009. Here’s my double gatefold mix tape of favorite tunes of the past decade. (Actually its technically not a list of my favorite tunes of the decade, rather it’s a list of favorite tracks from some of my most favorite albums of the past decade. Also, I followed the rule of one entry per artists, though I did give Robert Pollard two tracks, one under the GBV heading and one from Boston Spaceships.)
E. Waynes Faves of the Decade
(Track, Artists, Album, Release Year)
- Mass Romantic, New Pornographers, Mass Romantic 
- Optimistic, Radiohead, Kid A 
- Your Lies, Shelby Lynne, I Am Shelby Lynne, 
- The Galway Girl, Steve Earle, Transcendental Blues, 
- Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House, Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out 
- Heartattack And Vine, John Hammond, Jr., Wicked Grin 
- Telephone Road, Rodney Crowell, The Houston Kid 
- The Zephyr Song, Red Hot Chili Peppers, By The Way, 
- None Of Us Are Free, Solomon Burke, Don’t Give Up On Me 
- Hey Julie, Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers 
- The Best Of Jill Hives, Guided By Voices, Earthquake Glue 
- Is There Life After Breakfast, Ray Davies, Other People’s Lives 
- Disorder In The House, Warren Zevon, The Wind 
- Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes, Elephant 
- Surf’s Up, Brian Wilson, Smile 
- Portland Oregon (With Jack White), Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose 
- Qué Onda Guero, Beck, Guero 
- Intentional Heartache, Dwight Yoakam, Blame The Vain 
- Sweethearts On Parade, M. Ward, Transistor Radio 
- Wordless Chorus, My Morning Jacket, Z 
- Poor Man’s Shangri-La, Ry Cooder, Chávez Ravine 
- Chicago, Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise 
- Workingman’s Blues #2, Bob Dylan, Modern Times 
- 2:19, Tom Waits, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards 
- Keep The Car Running, The Arcade Fire, Neon Bible 
- Paper Planes, M.I.A., Kala 
- I’ll Never Give Up, Richard Thompson, Sweet Warrior 
- Hollywood Hills, Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal 
- I Get So Weary, B.B. King, One Kind Favor 
- Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! 
- Potholes, Randy Newman, Harps And Angels 
- Let Us Down Easy, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinology 
- Let It Rest For A Little While, Boston Spaceships, Zero To 99 
Playlists of 2009—Part 2: Reissues, covers, and live tracks
I recently posted a listing of top ten favorite cds (both new music and reissues/covers/live) released in 2009 and a mix tape playlist of my favorite new music.
Below is a playlist culled from reissued cds, box sets, covers, and live versions of previously released tunes released in 2009.
E. Wayne’s Faves of 2009 (Reissues, covers, live tracks)
(Track, Artist, Album)
- Riot On Sunset Strip, The Standells, Where The Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968
- Back Of A Car, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, Under The Covers Vol. 2 (Deluxe Edition)
- Hey Ya, Booker T., Potato Hole
- Cinnamon Girl, Neil Young, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
- Things We Said Today, The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night [2009 Stereo Remaster]
- September Gurls, Big Star, Keep An Eye On The Sky
- When I Write The Book, Nick Lowe, Quiet Please… The New Best Of Nick Lowe
- Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go, Buddy Miller, The Best of the HighTone Years
- Girl from the North Country, Rosanne Cash, The List
- Frank’s Tavern, Calexico, Chris Gaffney Tribute: The Man of Somebody’s Dreams
- Delta Momma Blues, Steve Earle, Townes
- Tear The Fascists Down, Woody Guthrie, My Dusty Road
- All Things Must Pass, Yim Yames, Tribute To
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live At Madison Square Garden), George Harrison, Let It Roll – Songs of George Harrison (Remastered)
- Hard On Me [Live], Richard Thompson, Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009
- The Trooper [Live], Iron Maiden, Flight 666
Playlists of 2009—Part 1: New music favorites
I recently posted some comments on my year in music with a listing of top ten favorites (both new music and reissues/covers/live) cds released in 2009.
For years I’ve been making mix tapes of favorite tunes from my favorite albums of the year, here is my playlist of new music favorites from 2009:
E. Wayne’s Faves of 2009 (New Music)
(Track, Artist, Album)
- Trashed Aricraft Baby, Boston Spaceships, Zero To 99
- Party Time, Iggy Pop, Préliminaires
- Scumbag Blues, Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures
- What We Know, Sonic Youth, The Eternal
- You Never Know, Wilco, Wilco (The Album)
- We Let Her Down, Chris Isaak, Mr. Lucky
- Never Had Nobody Like You (Featuring Zooey Deschanel), M. Ward, Hold Time
- Move Along Train, Levon Helm, Electric Dirt
- Like A Train, Paul Burch, Still Your Man
- Say Please, Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk
- Avalon Or Someone Very Similar, Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs
- This Tornado Loves You, Neko Case, Middle Cyclone
- All of My Days and All of My Days Off, A.C. Newman, Get Guilty
- Looking Out, Brandi Carlile, Give Up the Ghost
- Someone Told Me, Marshall Crenshaw, Jaggedland
- Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, Bob Dylan, Together Through Life
- Sounds Like the Devil, Shemekia Copeland, Never Going Back
- Back Where I Started, Derek Trucks Band, Already Free
- Dearest Foresaken, Iron & Wine, Around the Well
- Where The Sun Don’t Shine, J. J. Cale, Roll On
- Fork In The Road, Neil Young, Fork In The Road
My year in music—E Wayne’s Faves of 2009
I used to post about music much more often to WTBHNN, don’t really know why I haven’t done so lately, but thought I write up a my thoughts about what I spent my time listening to in 2009.
I continued the 2008 trend of listening to internet radio, particularly SOMA FM‘s Groove Salad (almost nightly), but also like DI.fm Ambient, SOMA FM Space Station, the Atlanta Blues Society’s Bluescast as well as traditional radio from Alberta (the always interesting mix of roots, blues, folk, soul and agricultural reporting from CKUA), Louisville, Kentucky’s WFPK (singer-songwriters, pop, blues, world rhythms, jazz, americana), and classic rhythm and blues and soul from Orlando’s Star 94.5 (the latter a carry over from our time in north central Florida back in the 1990s).
I also continue to believe that a subscription to NAPSTER is one of the all time great deals in music, particularly if you have a way to stream digital music throughout your house (like SONOS).
But even with internet radio and Napster, I found it necessary to keep buying cds (check out my 2009 collection here). I still buy by the album (as opposed to solo tracks), but this year I definitely downloaded more music than I purchased on cd (mainly eMusic, but also iTunes). A total of 149 or 9 fewer than in 2008.
My listening seemed to be more retrospective than past years—I never tried to duplicate my my LPs or cassettes in the digital format—but there was a plethora of great reissues this year including: (The Beatles, Big Star, Richard Thompson, Neil Young, Nick Lowe, etc.). And my continuing obsession with Robert Pollard‘s music moved me to buy a lot his back catalogue that I didn’t have previously. Plus the latest edition of Rhino’s Nuggets series: Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968.
There were definitely some trends in my own listening. Pollard/Guided By Voices/Boston Spaceships dominated my time, as usual, with three complete albums from Spaceships and two longer players from Pollard solo, plus one from the Circus Devils and GBV’s Suitcase 3 (4 cd box set).
The Beatles stereo box is amazing (and turned Colin on to music of my youth, which is cool). I was impressed by how much better the remasters sound compared to what I listened to on my GE Wildcat portable stereo (see photo above). Let It Roll, is a fabulous single disc collection of George Harrison’s work and I also like Yim Yames’ (aka Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk) ep Tribute To Harrison.
And, one of the power pop progengy of Beatles For Sale, Big Star, got the deluxe box treatment too—Keep An Eye on the Sky is so good that even the music snobs at Pitchfork gave it a 9.3! Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs’ Under The Covers Vol 2 is not particularly innovative, but it’s lots of fun and their cover of Big Star’s “Back of the Car” is first rate.
On the new music front, Boston Spaceships tops my list with the second of their 2009 releases, Zero to 99, closely followed by Iggy Pop’s fabulous jazz album Préliminaires.
“Supergroup” Monsters of Folk (Jim James, M. Ward, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis) eponymous release and M. Ward’s work solo and with actress Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) are outstanding alternative/pop/indie rock albums. In a similar vein, Iron & Wine, Neko Case, A. C. Newman (the latter two of The New Pornographers) all checked in with notable albums.
Speaking of supergroups, what sounds like the guy from Queens of the Stone Age singing and playing guitar with the bass player from Led Zeppelin and the drummer from Nirvana? Them Crooked Vultures.
My country/americana yearnings were deeply satisfied by Levon Helm, Paul Burch (I worked with Burch’s parents at SUNY Binghamton :), Rosanne Cash, Brandi Carlile, Dave Alvin and Todd Snider. The four disc box My Dusty Road reveals Woody Guthrie with a clarity not heard before, plus a several never released tunes.
Blusey releases by Shemekia Copeland, J. J. Cale, Derek Trucks Band (particularly the track with Susan Tedeschi singing the lead), Booker T., and Robert Cray hit the spot.
Old standbys delivering in 2009 included: Bob Dylan (who also had the best new xmas tune of the year), Wilco, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Chris Isaak, Marshall Crenshaw.
Lastly, I’m not a huge metal fan, but I loved the dvd documentary of Iron Maiden‘s world tour, Flight 666. And the cd soundtrack of the live shows was another good bit of fun for 2009.
E Wayne’s Faves of 2009 (New Music)
- Zero to 99, Boston Spaceships
- Préliminaire, Iggy Pop
- Together Through Life, Bob Dylan
- Electric Dirt, Levon Helm
- Popular Songs, Yo La Tengo
- Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk
- Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures
- The Eternal, Sonic Youth
- Middle Cyclone, Neko Case
- Still Your Man, Paul Burch
E Wayne’s Fave Reissues/Boxes 2009
- The Beatles stereo box
- Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009, Richard Thompson
- Keep An Eye On The Sky, Big Star
- Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe
- Let It Roll – Songs of George Harrison (Remastered)
- My Dusty Road, Woody Guthrie
- Chris Gaffney Tribute: The Man of Somebody’s Dreams, Various Artists
- Flight 666, Iron Maiden
- Best of the Hightone Years, Buddy Miller
- Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Neil Young
Rock & Rap Confidential … just exactly why do we need the music industry?
From Rock & Rap Confidential:
JUST EXACTLY WHY DO WE NEED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?… Fred Wilhelms writes: I have a good friend, Jon Newton, who for the past couple years, has graciously provided me, through his website p2pnet.net a place to stand and swing at the evils of the music business. Jon has teamed up with Billy Bragg (who recently engaged in a discussion with Jon on the p2pnet messageboard) to form a2f2a.com (Artist2Fan2Artist) as a place for artists and their fans to discuss issues like filesharing and copyright without having the “industry” get in the way. It’s an effort to define what we all know is the common interest in seeing that artists are compensated by the people willing to support their work, without the middlemen as far as possible. Jon is looking for artists to join in the discussion, which has been extraordinarily civil as these things go, because, up to now, Billy has been holding down the fort by himself (admirably, I must say, even if he remains resistant to the overwhelming logic of my own opinions.) [Fred Wilhelms is an attorney in Nashville]