...to those who celebrate.
...which should be everyone, because the advance singles have been incredibly good -- like, truly excellent. Hardline is probably the song of the year, and it's only February.
Otherwise, chit-chat about other musical minutiae below. Hell, you could even drop a random 10, if you were so inclined.
In this deep freeze of winter, what music acts that work for lots of people just leave you feeling cold? Like, you don't necessarily hate them, but you really don't understand the appeal?
I realize this is a conversation that might get a bit heated, but that could be appreciated on a frigid day like today, right?
For me, especially on this site, it's gotta be Drive By Truckers. Sorry, gang. There are others too, but that one definitely comes to mind.
What's yours, and why am I wrong?
I haven't bought into the vinyl renaissance. Part of the reason is that I've bought vinyl when I was a kid and young adult, then cassettes, then CDs, now streaming services. I'm not going back to buying albums that I've owned on like three other platforms. Also I like the long playing feature that CDs, I-tunes, and streaming services provides. I do have about 20-30 albums that I've kept or collected along the way that I will listen to occasionally, but not often.
However, I am a sucker for 7" singles and continue to scour record stores and bookstores for cool singles, especially older classic singles, 70's AM Radio hits, and punk singles from the 1970s and early 1980s. I'm not looking for pristine copies that are collectibles, but actually well used (to a degree) records from the era. I also have an older type record player with a tinny speaker.
Basically I love listening to I Want to Hold Your Hand, Heartbreak Hotel, Brown Eyed Girl, etc., as they were probably listened to by some teenager some 50, 60 years ago. It's a thrill to think that someone was probably in their rec room or bedroom listening to this same record and hearing Elvis for the first time, or the Beatles after just seeing them on the Ed Sullivan show.
Have you gotten back into vinyl? Do your parents or grandparents still have a stash of 45rpms stuck in a closet somewhere (if so, hit me up). Do you sometimes just listen to old records and go over the cover, liner notes, and photos?
Also, drop 'em if you got 'em.
Hey, here's the guest DJ schedule. Finally...
|New Britain Bo
11 spots and 11 volunteers, so no tricky business this year.
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And hey, drop a list of your own, yeah?
The Ghost family has decided on their themed playlist for 2021 - Cats. We threw together a few songs last weekend, so we've got a 10-song start, but are always open to suggestions:
- Nashville Cats - The Lovin' Spoonful
- The Cat Came Back - Sonny James
- The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) - The Tokens
- Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats
- Keyboard Sonata in G Minor (the "Cat Fugue") - D. Scarlatti
- Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
- Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats - Cats
- You Can Sleep on Top of Anything - Kitty Kat Fan Club
- Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat - Artistocats
- Honky Cat - Elton John
Last year we did space and ended up with a fun mix.
I think everyone is in agreement that this has been a 2 week buffer zone between 2020 and 2021. We had to quarantine 2020, and it couldn't be exposed to any other year for 2 weeks. But now that's over, and we can focus on a new start. So, let's have songs for beginning. Or beginning again. Or songs that begin again themselves, with multiple intros. Or whatever. Just start fresh. It'll feel good.
So, hey, I should have gotten this out sooner. More people volunteered than I remembered.
Here's what I'm thinking: I want everyone to have proper exposure, and holidays and weekend aren't great for that. I'm going to stretch out the spots this time which is going to cause us to spill into the new year. Sorry about that. We'll get this out in a more timely manner next year*.
Go ahead and schedule your video at any time. Remember to use the "Best of" tag. I'll send out an email, but that's about as much reminding as I'll do. As mentioned, first come first served, so sorry if someone takes your choice.
01/05 Daneekas Ghost
01/06 Zee German
01/07 New Britain Bo
Also, drop your lists.
*I almost made it through that sentence without laughing.
I'm 100% stealing this from Algonad's recent FB post, but today's topic is "Best First Songs On An Album". Or however he phrased it.
Personally, I'd nominate "Birdhouse In Your Soul" except for the little problem of the opener on that album. Openers disqualify songs, I think.
So I'm going to go with "Born In The U.S.A." from Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A.. What you got? Also, list 10 random songs from your playlist if people still do that.
Okay, gang, it's time to sign up for the Best of 2020 series. It will be first come first served. Just volunteer below and I will set up the schedule shortly.
Also, it's been awhile since we all dropped a list, so let's do that too!
So I kind of stumbled into my guest DJ week without a theme. And sometimes I feel like I've been running thin on FMD topics. So this is probably moving a bit too meta, but... this week's FMD topic for discussion is "what themes would be good for weeks of music, or FMD discussions?"!