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Playlist: Songs To Be Obsessed With – Volume 4

Please enjoy a new batch of songs that I’ve been obsessed with over the last 6 months or so.  Here is a more detailed list of what you will find in the playlist at the bottom of this post.

1) “Misunderstood” by Wilco (6:28)from Being There – 1996.
2) “Borrowed Tune” by Neil Young (3:26) from Tonight’s The Night – 1975.
3) “Shine A Light” by Rolling Stones (4:16) from Exile On Main Street – 1972.
4) “Long as I Can See The Light” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (3:34) from Cosmos Factory – 1970.
5) “I Saw The Light” by Williams, Hank (2:44) from the single of the same name – 1948.
6) “Acuff-Rose” by Uncle Tupelo (2:35) from Anodyne – 1993.
7) “School Days” by Wainwright, Loudon, III (3:06) from Album I – 1970.
8) “The Mess Inside” by Mountain Goats (3:35) from All Hail West Texas – 2002.
9) “Surrounded” by Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice (2:21) from Moon Colony Bloodbath – 2009.
10) “Wind and the Dove” by Bill
Callahan (4:34) from Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle – 2009.
11) “Tape From California” by Phil Ochs (6:47) from Tape From California – 1968.
12) “Sunny South Kensington” by Donovan (3:46) from Mellow Yellow – 1967.
13) “Oh! You Pretty Things” by David Bowie (3:15) from Hunky Dory – 1971.
14) “Photograph” by Ringo Starr (3:57) from Ringo – 1973.
15) “Collect Call” by Metric (4:46) from Fantasies – 2009.
16) “Little Bit” by Lykke Li (4:34) from Youth Novels – 2008.
17) “Very Loud” by Shout Out Louds (4:05) from Howl Howl Gaff Gaff – 2005.
18) “Treason” by Teardrop Explodes (2:58) from Kilimanjaro – 1980.
19) “Talking Hotel Arbat Blues” by Handsome Furs (2:43) from Face Control – 2009.

(If you do not see the embedded playlist below please follow this link. )

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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – The Motion Picture

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This concert film of David Bowie & the Spiders during the last public appearance as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust is directed by D.A. Pennebaker who is best known for directing the classic Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back.  Oddly the film took a rather long time to surface as it only premiered in 1979 and didn’t see wide distribution until 1983.  The film was originally filmed in Pennebaker’s rough cinema verite’ style on 35mm and then remastered in 2003 for its 30th anniversary release on DVD.  This remaster didn’t do much for the quality of the picture, it is still grainy, dark and sometimes jerky.  This of course really doesn’t diminish its enjoyment, or at least it didn’t for me as it is a landmark performance from Bowie and his Spiders.  The band includes the extremely talented guitarist Mick Ronson, who I consider to be criminally overlooked.  The costuming and make up is a thing to see as Bowie takes the stage wearing his strange gender bending alien glam, alternating between wearing a kimono from mars and other strange sci-fi hero costumes the whole time sporting his killer space mullet.  The concert features songs from Bowie’s albums Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, and the album of the same name.

One of my favorite moments is when Bowie starts miming… I’m not kidding he actually mimes that he is behind an invisible wall up on stage which he eventually is able to break through and bridge the gap between him and the audience.  I was fairly surprised that the venue was populated by mostly young women screaming in adoration, I guess I underestimated Bowie’s sex appeal during the early 70s.  Early on in the film you get to see the crowd file into the venue which is always fun because Bowie fans really like to get dressed up decked out in all sorts of costumey clothes, makeup and accessories (something I got to witness first hand when I went to see him on his Earthling tour in 1997).  Other highlights include a particularly jazzy rendition of “Changes”, and covers of “Love Me Do” (as part of a medley w/ “Jean Genie”), “Lets Spend the Night Together”, and The Velvet Undergrounds “White Light/White Heat”.  You will be disappointed if you are expecting any documentary footage as you really only get glimpses of Bowie getting his make up and wardrobe done backstage during breaks.  These scenes go by uneventful except for a surprise appearance by Ringo Starr and Bowie’s now infamous first wife Angela.  Angela was particularly fun for me to see because I had heard all about their “open relationship” and drugged out escapades together as they are both featured in the Punk book Please Kill Me (see my review here).

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Playlist: Songs For An Aging Music Snob

Songs For An Aging Music Snob

Click the link above and you will be taken to the playlist hosted on this website.  Click once on the first song and the playlist will start.

1) “Monkey To Man” by Elvis Costello & The Imposters (4:28)
2) “Done Got Old” by Heartless Bastards (3:07)
3) “Back Porch” by Presidents Of The United States Of America (2:59)
4) “Baby I Can’t Please You” by Sam Phillips (3:29)
5) “Earn Enough For Us” by XTC (2:54)
6) “CHICAGO x 12” by Rogue Wave (5:39)
7) “Born On The Cusp” by American Analog Set (3:29)
8) “When U Love Somebody” by Fruit Bats (4:31)
9) “Spanish Dance Troupe” by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci (3:16)
10) “Straight To Hell” (Clash cover) by Josh Rouse (4:48)
11) “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. (3:25)
12) “Swingset Chain” by Loquat (4:40)
13) “Golden Years” by David Bowie (4:01)
14) “Bottom of the Rain” by Buffalo Tom (3:24)
15) “Braintree” by The Possibilities (3:15)                                                                                                                                                                                                                16) “This Boy Is Exhausted” by The Wrens (4:24)
17) “Silver Ponds” by Figurines (2:48)
18) “Did I Tell You” by The Spinto Band (3:10)
19) “Boy About Town” by The Jam (2:01)
20) “Surrender” by Cheap Trick (4:15)
21) “Mother’s Little Helper” by The Rolling Stones (2:45)

This playlist I put together online as a way to celebrate my 30th birthday and getting old.  It features songs about aging and some of my favorites from that time.

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