#218 – Pussy Cats by Harry Nilsson and John Lennon

The other day marked the 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon and it felt like I needed to recognize that in some way, so here is an album by the great Harry Nilsson that Lennon produced.  It was recorded during a period where the two of them were notorious for being seen drunkenlyContinue reading “#218 – Pussy Cats by Harry Nilsson and John Lennon”

#179 – Aerial Ballet by Harry Nilsson

I’ve been finding myself thinking a lot about what the great minds of the past would make of the current American predicament.  I’m sure there would be the full spectrum of reactions, many of them that might surprise us, but I’d still like to know what, for example, George Carlin would have said about thisContinue reading “#179 – Aerial Ballet by Harry Nilsson”

#176 – Free Yourself Up by Lake Street Dive

Another day closer to an election day that seems destined for controversy and dispute.  It’s hard to imagine anything else, considering the people involved.  There are few fleeting moments where I can really forget about it at all, usually when listening to the daily selection, but no distraction lasts very long before the brutal realitiesContinue reading “#176 – Free Yourself Up by Lake Street Dive”

#148 – No Shape by Perfume Genius

There’s no better antidote for the American condition than music.  Its especially satisfying to discover a new artist that represents the antithesis of our current president, and today’s selection is a perfect example of this.  A powerful voice and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Perfume Genius is a brutally honest artist, which is really refreshingContinue reading “#148 – No Shape by Perfume Genius”

#107 – Falling Asleep At The Wheel by Holly Humberstone

Amid months and months of truly awful news almost all of every day, there are moments of hope sprinkled around.  The arrest of Steve Bannon provides a mild amount of hope that our legal justice system still exists and can be applied to rich white men.  Who knows if it will lead to anything –Continue reading “#107 – Falling Asleep At The Wheel by Holly Humberstone”

#99 – Paris 1919 by John Cale

Our Kevin Bacon game, so far: The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.”  On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica, who backed up Lou Reed, who was in The Velvet Underground with John Cale. It’s interesting thatContinue reading “#99 – Paris 1919 by John Cale”

#96 – Hopeless Romantic by Michelle Branch

I was reading the wiki for The Black Keys last night when I discovered that Patrick Carney had produced the most recent album by Michelle Branch, to whom he is also married.  It made me think of doing a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-style run with the blog.  I’ll add to and include a one-sentenceContinue reading “#96 – Hopeless Romantic by Michelle Branch”

#78 – Room For Squares by John Mayer

I was never a huge fan of John Mayer until he became the new Jerry Garcia.  I knew he was a great guitarist, but I just never thought I’d be in his target audience and for the most part, I am not.  At each of the several Dead & Company shows I’ve attended, I’ve heardContinue reading “#78 – Room For Squares by John Mayer”