While 'working' I usually have Pandora playing in the background. My musical tastes are eclectic. Here's a list of my Pandora Channels (in no particular order--noting that my kids have access to my Pandora account which explains the Miley Cyrus channel--at least that's my story):
Bon Jovi Radio, Billy Joel Radio, Weezer Radio, Paramore Radio, Pharell Radio, Country Rock Radio, Today's Christmas Radio, Family Christmas Radio, Indie Holidays Radio, Motley Crue Radio, Summer Hits of the 90s Radio, Bruno Mars Radio, Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov Radio, Maurice Ravel Radio, Bruce Springsteen Radio, Blake Shelton Radio, Johnny Cash Radio, J Shogren Radio, Summer Hits of the 2000s Radio, Blurred Lines Radio, Eagles Radio, Jimmy Buffett Radio, Bob Sima Radio, Today's Country Radio, Van Morrison Radio, Little River Band Radio, Joe Cocker Radio, Icona Pop Radio, Jazz Radio, Today's Hits Radio, O.A.R. Radio, Gustav Holst Radio, Mumford & Sons Radio, Bob Marley Radio, Joe Walsh Radio, Fun. Radio, Gotye Radio, Adele Radio, Rock Lobster Radio, Zac Brown Band Radio, Greg Kihn Radio, Elvis Presley Radio, Sergey Rachmaninov Radio, Crack The Sky Radio, Meat Loaf Radio, Falling Slowly Radio, Cliffs Of Dover Radio, Miley Cyrus Radio, Sting Radio, Boston Radio, Bohemian Rhapsody Radio, Jacques Offenbach Radio, Leonard Bernstein Radio, Major Tom (Coming Home) Radio, AC/DC Radio, Son Volt Radio, Aaron Copland Radio, Pearl Jam Radio, Jeff Buckley Radio, Brandi Carlile Radio, The Killers Radio, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Radio, Phil Collins Radio, Nickelback Radio, Genesis Radio, Queen Radio, Alternative Pop/Rock radio, KT Tunstall Radio
Anyway, during breaks from 'working' I like to read the Pandora artist profiles. Here's a recent favorite:
Subject only to the whims of his own muse, his recordings cover extraordinary stylistic ground yet retain a consistency and purity virtually unmatched among his contemporaries, connected by the mythic power of his singular musical vision and his incendiary vocal delivery: spiraling repetitions of wails and whispers that bypass the confines of language to articulate emotional truths far beyond the scope of literal meaning.
Paul Lamere is the director of developer platform for The Echo Nest, a group that calls itself a "music intelligence company" for major music firms.
In his latest study, Lamere calculated the relative number of streams for a given artist for all 50 states, using a database of his clients' users.
The result: A map showing each which artist enjoys the most outsized support in each state. To be clear, these aren't necessarily the most-listened to bands in each state, but rather the bands that have unusually high support in each state. So for example, Vermonters skew more toward Phish more than other Americans do, and Texans are bigger George Strait fans than anyone else. (ViaDigital Music News)
Great news alt.country fans! On January 28th, Legacy Recordings will reissue Uncle Tupelo‘s widely acclaimed debut LP, 1990′s "No Depression." The release will be a special two-disc expanded edition featuring rare and previously unreleased material. Of course, the influential alt.country trio would later birth Wilco (Tweedy) and Son Volt (Farrar.)
"No Depression: Legacy Edition" improves on the original album's "tinny" production. Remastering has been done by engineer Vic Anesini, and the reissue features new liner notes by original band booster Richard Byrne of St. Louis’ alt-weekly The Riverfront Times. The second disc features the band’s original 1989 eight-song demo, Not Forever, Just For Now, which has never been released on CD.
Also included is a recently unearthed 10-song demo tape "Not Forever, Just Now," recorded by the original UT, Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar, and Mike Heidorn in 1989. Below, listen to one of the demo tape’s tracks, an early version of “I Got Drunk” (via Consequence of sound).
The reissue will also include bonus tracks that appear on the album’s 2003 reissue; songs taken from their 1983 self-released Live and Otherwise cassette; and five cuts off the band’s 1987 demo Colorblind and Rhymeless.
Legacy will also issue a limited edition seven-inch vinyl single of Uncle Tupelo’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog” b/w “Commotion” for Record Store Black Friday on November 29th.
As you can tell from his year end lists, John's a little bit country (indie). While I appreciate any good music, including John's indie country, I lean a little more mainstream rock (infuenced by two teenage daughters of course). So here's some of my favorites from 2013 (in no particular order):
Babel: Mumford and Sons
Pure Heroine: Lorde
Night Visions: Imagine Dragons
Some Nights: fun.
My Head is and Animal: Of Monsters and Men
Unorthodox Jukebox: Bruno Mars
And to top it off, on Saturday I'm taking the family to see 'We Will Rock You!' the cheesy musical based on Queen's greatest hits.
Based on revealed preference as submitted to the No Depression top 100 (I missed voting in WNCW's top 100 by 35 minutes - dang it!):
Jason Isbell - Southeastern
Scott Miller - Big, Big World
Patty Griffin - American Kid
Steve Earle - The Low Highway
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison - Cheaters Game
Holly Williams - The Highway
Donna the Buffalo - Tonight Tomorrow & Yesterday
Son Volt - Honky Tonk
Acoustic Syndicate - Rooftop Garden
Patty Griffin - Silver Bell
I think I missed out on these (they're on my Christmas list): Avett Brothers - Magpie and the dandelion; Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made up mind; Neko Case - The worse things get ...; What else did I miss?
Here is a video of Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison.
With the anniversary of superstorm Sandy just a month away and the
still-battered remains of homes visible on the beachfront, Gov. Chris
Christie ordered the state to start legal action against holdout
homeowners to get the dunes built.
on the way for oceanfront municipalities in their ongoing battle with
easement holdouts for the federally funded beach replenishment project.
Wednesday, Christie signed an executive order that, among other things,
directs the attorney general’s office to “coordinate legal action to
acquire the necessary easements to build dunes” and creates a flood risk
office to take steps toward acquiring property to build dunes along the
addition to the order, the protracted legal battle between a Harvey
Cedars couple and the borough over the rights to build a 22-foot dune on
their beachfront property has been settled for less than a cup of
coffee. The couple, Harvey and Phyllis Karan, will be compensated $1 in a
property rights dispute that lasted over three years, two storms and
one public rebuke by the governor. At one point, they had been awarded
$375,000 for losing their ocean view to new protective dunes.
we rebuild from superstorm Sandy, we need to make sure we are stronger,
more resilient and prepared for future storms, and dunes are a major
component of this process,” Christie said in a statement. “We can no
longer be held back from completing these critical projects by a small
number of owners who are selfishly concerned about their view while
putting large swaths of homes and businesses around them at risk.”
*I have no idea what the title has to do with this post other than anytime I see a story about Sandy and New Jersey I think of 4th of July, Asbury Park. One of my favorites.
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