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June 27th
1:00 PM EST

Music Talk: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Album: “With The Beatles” by The Beatles (1963)

Bit Of Background: This album was the first by a British Band to ever sell over a million copies. Eight of its tracks, along with the iconic album cover, also became “Meet the Beatles,” the bands debut release in America. It contains a combination of both original and cover songs and carries a Motown influence through many of the tracks.

Favorites:

03. All My Lovin’

08. Roll Over Beethoven

09. Hold Me Tight

10. You Really Got a Hold On Me

Must you hear it before you die? Generally, most people like The Beatles. There are some people out there who will say, “I just don’t see what was so great about them,” and that’s fine (I guess). But even if they’re not you’re style, you have to acknowledge that they were pretty damn good. I’m definitely partial to them and I do think that everyone should hear this album before the end of their time. In fact, even if you haven’t sought it out, chances are you’ve heard at least one or two songs off of this album anyway. That’s the amazing thing about this album. It’s not even one song that turned into a universally known track. This was their debut album and several of the songs are widely recognized around the world. Try and beat that.

(Source: youtube.com)

June 24th
8:54 AM EST

Bombay Bicycle Club- Shuffle

This song will start your Friday off right.

(New album, ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ is out August 29th.)



June 21st
4:00 PM EST
Music Talk: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Album: “Green Onions” by Booker T. And The M.G.s (1962)
Bit of Background: 1001 Albums states that in 1962, Booker T. and the M.G.s  “were the most soulful bar band in the whole world.” The album’s title is also the title of its most highly recognized song, which was supposedly recorded on a whim while the band was waiting to start a recording session. 
Favorites:
01. Green Onions
02. Rinky Dink
06. Twist & Shout
Must you hear it before you die? Not necessarily, but it is a pretty cool sounding album. The best part about it is that you can hear bits and pieces of the title track in every song. It creates a nice consistency that pulls the whole album together. “Green Onions” (the song) has been featured in an endless amount of television shows, movies, and commercials so unless you’ve never been exposed to any form of mass media before, you’ve heard the first track to this album at least once in your life. Also, it’s nothing like Bossa Nova, but some of the songs might sort of make you want to dance like this:

Music Talk: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Album: “Green Onions” by Booker T. And The M.G.s (1962)

Bit of Background: 1001 Albums states that in 1962, Booker T. and the M.G.s  “were the most soulful bar band in the whole world.” The album’s title is also the title of its most highly recognized song, which was supposedly recorded on a whim while the band was waiting to start a recording session. 

Favorites:

01. Green Onions

02. Rinky Dink

06. Twist & Shout

Must you hear it before you die? Not necessarily, but it is a pretty cool sounding album. The best part about it is that you can hear bits and pieces of the title track in every song. It creates a nice consistency that pulls the whole album together. “Green Onions” (the song) has been featured in an endless amount of television shows, movies, and commercials so unless you’ve never been exposed to any form of mass media before, you’ve heard the first track to this album at least once in your life. Also, it’s nothing like Bossa Nova, but some of the songs might sort of make you want to dance like this:

1:01 PM EST

Music Talk: OFD Pick

Song:Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell (1969)

This week Old Fart Dad wouldn’t stop talking about Joni Mitchell. He tried to go so far as to tell me that her lyrics are better than Bob Dylan’s. Better than Bob Dylan’s. I was like, “OFD, please! Don’t even go there. Do you know me? If you want to convince anyone of that, it’s most certainly never going to be me.” Plus, apparently this girlie called out my man Bob back in 2010, saying he is a fake. So, I have to hate her a little for that.

She is good though. Girl can sing. And though I’ll never concede to the fact that her lyrics are better than Dylan’s (psh!), I will say this: Uh, yeah, they’re good. She knows folk. She tells a darn good story through song, and I really like this one because she wrote it while she was on a plane. She said she had been reading a book by Saul Bellow, in which the first few pages describe the author’s experience of looking out at clouds through an airplane window. Joni put down the book, looked at the clouds outside of her plane window and then wrote the song. Hell yeah to clouds as inspiration.

10:00 AM EST
Music Talk: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Album: "Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music" by Ray Charles (1962)
Bit of Background: Recorded in 1962, this album was groundbreaking on several levels, but mostly so because Charles had tackled the challenge of recording songs by white artists like Hank Williams and Don Gibson. However, he did it well and the album has continued to live on as one of the best R&B, soul albums ever recorded. 
Favorites:
01. Bye Bye Love
02. You Don’t Know me
12. Hey, Good Lookin’
Must you hear it before you die? If you’re a fan of blues and jazz, then yes. This type of album isn’t going to be for everyone, but I would say that everyone should hear at least one or two Ray Charles songs in their lifetime. His voice will get you. So, even if you’re not a blues-y, jazzy person, if not for anything else, listen to it for the vocals. Most of the songs were written with sorrow and Charles beautifully conveys that in his voice on this one.

Music Talk: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Album: "Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music" by Ray Charles (1962)

Bit of Background: Recorded in 1962, this album was groundbreaking on several levels, but mostly so because Charles had tackled the challenge of recording songs by white artists like Hank Williams and Don Gibson. However, he did it well and the album has continued to live on as one of the best R&B, soul albums ever recorded. 

Favorites:

01. Bye Bye Love

02. You Don’t Know me

12. Hey, Good Lookin’

Must you hear it before you die? If you’re a fan of blues and jazz, then yes. This type of album isn’t going to be for everyone, but I would say that everyone should hear at least one or two Ray Charles songs in their lifetime. His voice will get you. So, even if you’re not a blues-y, jazzy person, if not for anything else, listen to it for the vocals. Most of the songs were written with sorrow and Charles beautifully conveys that in his voice on this one.

June 14th
8:12 PM EST

Music Talk Tuesday: OFD Pick

Old Fart Dad’s music recommendation for this week is Grateful Dead’s “China Doll” off of their album From the Mars Hotel. He likes it because of its “haunting melody.” He said he was never a Dead Head but that when he lived in Vermont after college he would come home and crank up this song on his stereo. Isn’t it weird when you realize your parents existed and had a life before you were born? Yes. Anyway, enjoy the song. It’s a good one for sure.

3:00 PM EST
Music Talk Tuesday: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Album: Muddy Waters At Newport by Muddy Waters
A Bit of Background: This album is a recording of Muddy Waters’ live performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960. In making the decision to record the performance, his record label was taking a huge chance. It was his first introduction to a white, mainstream audience and the first time that the label would market him as an “album-based performer.” Luckily it was received quite well and is marked down in history as having introduced some of rock and roll’s most beloved musicians, like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, to the authentic blues that represent American’s urban sound.
My favorites:
04. Soon Forgotten
06. I Feel So Good
07. I’ve Got My Mojo Workin’
Must you hear it before you die: If you care anything about popular rock music (or even just music in general) and its evolution over time, then yes. Absolutely. This is raw, authentic blues at it’s best. It might not be the type of album that you’ll want to listen to over and over again, but I say give it a listen at least once.

Music Talk Tuesday: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Album: Muddy Waters At Newport by Muddy Waters

A Bit of Background: This album is a recording of Muddy Waters’ live performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960. In making the decision to record the performance, his record label was taking a huge chance. It was his first introduction to a white, mainstream audience and the first time that the label would market him as an “album-based performer.” Luckily it was received quite well and is marked down in history as having introduced some of rock and roll’s most beloved musicians, like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, to the authentic blues that represent American’s urban sound.

My favorites:

04. Soon Forgotten

06. I Feel So Good

07. I’ve Got My Mojo Workin’

Must you hear it before you die: If you care anything about popular rock music (or even just music in general) and its evolution over time, then yes. Absolutely. This is raw, authentic blues at it’s best. It might not be the type of album that you’ll want to listen to over and over again, but I say give it a listen at least once.

10:00 AM EST
Music Talk Tuesday: 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Album: A Date With The Everly Brothers by The Everly Brothers
Bit of Background: Even if you don’t know The Everly Brothers, you actually do, thanks to their most popular song “All I Have to Do is Dream.” They recorded A Date With The Everly Brothers in  1960 amidst dealing with management problems, issues in their personal  lives, and competition from the return of rock and roll’s king, Elvis. 100 Albums calls this album “their finest body of work.” 
My Favorites: 
01. Made to Love
03. Stick With Me Baby
06. Always It’s True
Must you hear it before you die?: Nah. That’s not to  say that it’s bad, it definitely has merit. But you can definitely hear the time period in this album. It’s pure 60’s pop music. You hear that all all the way through. So unless that’s your dig, you can get by without this one.

Music Talk Tuesday: 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

Album: A Date With The Everly Brothers by The Everly Brothers

Bit of Background: Even if you don’t know The Everly Brothers, you actually do, thanks to their most popular song “All I Have to Do is Dream.” They recorded A Date With The Everly Brothers in 1960 amidst dealing with management problems, issues in their personal lives, and competition from the return of rock and roll’s king, Elvis. 100 Albums calls this album “their finest body of work.” 

My Favorites:

01. Made to Love

03. Stick With Me Baby

06. Always It’s True

Must you hear it before you die?: Nah. That’s not to say that it’s bad, it definitely has merit. But you can definitely hear the time period in this album. It’s pure 60’s pop music. You hear that all all the way through. So unless that’s your dig, you can get by without this one.