Friday, July 30, 2010

Rage Against the Machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqWP1rsAMrw

This video clip is not from a show that I saw, but it is a live performance from the same place I first saw Rage Against the Machine. My life changed forever. FOREVER!

It was actually a few years before this, when the band first started becoming popular, that I got into the loud bad-ass rocking motherfuckers that they were. At the time, I was really a number of different types of music, migrating a little bit from the hardcore rap and heavy metal/rock that I had been listening to, moving closer towards a hybrid of the similar proportions. I was really into the Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Majic, which came out in 1991, and then the first major label release for Rage was in 92. While Rage was probably still a little on the heavy side, these guys could totally ROCK! Every song on that first album was just filled with so much energy that you couldn't help turn down the windows and turn up the radio! Hell ,even the album cover was bad-ass! These guys were no joke. Played that CD so much I had to buy another copy.

One of my most vivid memories that involved Rage, besides being totally blown away seeing them live in the earlier days (if you haven't watched the video at the top of this post, please do yourself a favor and watch it.), was when I attended NFTY Convetion in East Brunswick, NJ. I roomed with my buddy Jason, whose agenda for the majority of the weekend consisted of two things: 1) Plage Rage Against the Machine Really Fucking Loud!; 2) Street Fighter II on SNES. Yes, we were uber-cool.

Anyway, thus began my lifelong love of the RATM. To this day, I'm looking for good recordings of their stuff. Was sad when Zak left the band because once that happened, they were no longer Rage. Chris Cornell did a good job with Tom Morello to form Audioslave but it just wasn't the same. And I've been enjoying Street Sweeper Social Club as well, but it still just falls a little short.

I was excited to hear just recently that the guys would be getting back together to play, but disappointed that it had to be for a reason such as it was, to protest the crazy Arizona immigration law. But it's true to RATM form, for sure. These guys were serious about the message they were laying down. It wasn't just a "let's get rowdy" anthem for them. They were serious, and they wanted you to know about it. While I didn't believe with all the extreme views they had, I did agree with their killer beats and solos with sick rhymes over it.

Some Rage highlights for ya:

- Bomb Track - off the first album (self-titled). This is the one that started it all. hard not to love it.
- Killing in the Name - also off the first album. My band in high school played Voodoo Child > Killing in the Name for the talent show on the last day of school. We got in trouble for our lead singing screaming the chorus over and over "FUCK YOU I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!"
- Know your Enemy - first album. This is and was my alltime favorite Rage song. just love it.
-Bulls on Parade (Evil Empire). Showing that the 2nd album picked up where the 1st left off. Heavy duty.
- Sleep now in the Fire (Battle of Los Angeles): Great tune with a lot of energy.
- Testify (Battle of Los Angeles): Get a feel for the hip-hop meets heavy metal that made these guys so much fun to listen to.
- Renegades of Funk (Renegades EP): Best. Cover. Ever. This whole album is great. it also includes a sick version of the guys doing Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm".

Monday, July 19, 2010

Phase II: The digital conversion

NOTE TO READERS: There are a bunch of hyperlinks in this posting. Some add value, some are just there to annoy you. But if you don't see them because you're viewing in a feed reader or a mobile device or something, I recommend going directly to the page to view. If not, your loss...

So in the last few months I got rid of all my cassette tapes (except the mixes so maybe one day I'll get around to posting another Mixtape Monday!). I gave away about two thirds of the vinyl that I had (granted it was mostly classical and I'm not a huge fan. my wife's brother is, so it worked out rather well for everyone). And while that's been going on, I had been working on Phase I of the CD collection migration.

Phase I consisted of pulling all of the non-official record label production CD's and ripping them to the hard drive and trashing the old CD-R's. It was quite a daunting process, mainly because some of them have been in the collection for such a long time that it was before there was much good technology to tag/label tracks. And it's a real pain in the ass when you have two hundred discs sitting on the table and everyone that loads comes up as "Unknown Album by Unknown Artist" for tracks that are named "Track 1", "Track 2", etc. But after much manual effort, I got through phase one. Will about 750 Gigs to spare on the old 1-Terabyte hard drive. Which, incidentally, will probably need to be replaced before this project is even over. It's not instilled the highest level of confidence that it constantly isn't recognized by my computer and I must unplug/reboot it in order for it to work. But we'll worry about that soon enough...

So, now we're on to Phase II. Taking all the official Record Label releases and burning them to mp3. Quite a daunting task ahead, so it should be interesting to see how it goes. I started yesterday with my first CD 00_Soul's All Brothers, Different Mothers.

On a quick sidenote, my CD collection is organized alphabetically by artist. First letter if it's a band, first letter of last name if it's an artist. If it's an artist in the band name such as "Dave Matthews Band", it's still filed under "Matthews". And numeric comes before alpha, which is why 00_Soul is the first album. Also, soundtracks and compilations are separated into their own shelves/orders (soundtracks alphabetically by movie title; no specific order for compilations).

OK, so anyway, as I was saying. This is gonna take for-fucking-ever to complete! I started last night and got through about a dozen cd's. Tonight, I did another dozen. You know how far I got? I just finished with the Allman Brothers. That's right, two nights and I got all the way through AL. Only a shit-ton more to go, WOOHOO!

BUT.... I can already tell that I'm really going to enjoy this process. Honestly, I have so many fucking CD's on these shelves that I sometimes forget what I have up there. And going through just the few discs that I already have ripped has opened my eyes to a ton of great music sitting in my collection that I just haven't even thought about or heard in so long. I didn't ever have much of my collection on digital copy before because I always had a CD changer in my car. So either way I could always listen to whatever I wanted. But now the CD changer in my car is broken so it's iPod or satellite radio. And I need to do something with these CD's eventually anyway.

So hopefully I'll share some good gems of music with y'all, and perhaps some good stories around the music or the discs themselves. To start, as I said earlier, I'm somewhat limited because it's mostly been a few artists and then a crapload of Allmans, but here's a few to start with:

Action Figure Party:   Still not really sure how I cam across this one, though if I recall correctly it was an interview I heard on 88.5 WXPN with the dude who formed the group. And it was catchy. And we all like action figures, no?

Julian Cannonball Adderly: Probably my favorite jazz sax player EVER. Somethin' Else is top 3 favorite jazz albums of all time. Includes Miles Davis on Trumpet and Art Blakey on drums. This. Is. Jazz. Dammit. Also ripped Mercy, Mercy, Mercy which has dual importance to me because I still have the vinyl version of this album that was my father's and because I remember being a sound tech for my high school jazz band and hearing them play the title track. Always enjoyed it. Always wanted to hear Karl Denson cover it.

Aerosmith: Pump. I remember playing along to "Love in an Elevator" and "What it takes"  during my drum lessons in middle school. Good times.

Allman Brothers: Whipping post, yo. Whipping post. These guys DEFINED what a live album was supposed to be when they put out the Fillmore concerts on Dual LP (which I also still have from my dad). And their other stuff is just as fantastic. Gets a little less with the more recent releases. And one of my all-time proudest finds at Positively Records was getting the Allmans "Dreams" 4-disc boxed set used for only 20 bucks! ROCK AND ROLL!

Duane Allman: Deserves an entry to himself. Incredible guitarist who was taken from us before his time was up. But he blessed us with a ton of incredible music while he was here. The 2-disc Anthology and Anthology II include some incredible work with the Allmans and some really interesting collaborations he did including Derek & The Dominos, Aretha Franklin singing "The Weight" and a true blues version of "Come on in my Kitchen" with Delaney and Bonnie. Just awesome.

OK that's enough. I doubt you even read all this anyway. More goodies to come....

B

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

..But Tuesday's just as bad....

Feel more tired this morning than I did before the long weekend. It was a looooong weekend. Not as expected. But I guess that's how it goes...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

History Will be Made

LET'S GO FLYERS!!!!!




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This could be interesting...

Was listening to NPR last night and heard a piece by a guy who wrote a book titled "1000 recordings to hear before you die". Was thinking about buying it and then posting something new after listening to each recording. Only thing is that it seems there's a lot of classical/opera in there. while I respect the genre, it's not really my favorite to listen to. And also country. I'd rather scrub a bathroom floor that will never get clean than listen to country music (sorry for the fans who are reading this). But hey, it could turn into a neat little experiment.

Here's a link to the book. Tell me what you think....



Also, sorry for the incredible lack of postings. I know I need to do a better job. Hopefully more coming soon!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

God Street Wine is Back! Bittersweet, though


The announcement came Monday in the form of the updated God Street Wine hopepage that the boys were getting back together. They are doing this as a fundraising effort for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. WOOHOO! We can see GSW and do it for a good cause! On top of that, there was a presale starting at 10 AM yesterday March 10th for those priveledged few who had been a part of the Bring Back God Street Wine facebook group that gave the location and group code to access the presale.

Now the bad news. I didn't get tickets. Both shows sold out in a half hour. I had to go to the doctor's office for some tests and my appointment was at 10 AM. by the time I got home they were all gone.

Boo.

If you know anyone with extras, please think of me. I'd love to be able to see these guys again.

In the meantime, I'll settle for watching some Youtube clips:









Friday, March 5, 2010

OHMIGOD! Say it's so!


Some exciting news breaking today, folks! Well, probably not for you, but for a handful of die-hard fans of a band who had broken up a few years back. News comes today via God Street Wine's updated website that they have a big announcement scheduled for Monday. PLEASE let it be that they are getting back together and touring!

For those of you who don't know, God Street Wine, a.k.a. God Street, a.k.a. GSW, were a jam band from New York City who paid their dues playing all kinds of bars, theatres, and smaller venues for a lot of years until finally handing them up in the late 1990's to go their separate ways. Some of them continued playing music, like Lo Faber who continued on his solo career, or drummer Tomo who left for Ireland and played/toured with Damien Rice for a while.

These guys were just a ton of fun to see. I hadn't heard of them until I got to college but once I did I was totally hooked. Collected tapes for quite a while, saw them any time they came to Ithaca. My very close friend Ian even got to play with them a few times as his band shared the stage with them in Pittsburgh and State College on a few occasssions.

I still remember driving up to NYC to see God Street play at the Wetlands for their last show before the place closed, September 6, 2001. We had to leave before the show was over becase it was already 2:30 in the morning and a few of us who went had to work the next day. I remember looking out the back window of the car after getting on to the Jersey turnpike and seeing the Twin Towers looming above the city, having no idea that in less than a week from then they would be no more.

Since that date the band has gotten together a few other times, specifically for fundraising efforts for a close friend of the band. But now we have hope that there's something more a-brewin, and I'm friggin' PSYCHED! I just can't believe I'll have to wait until Monday to find out!

In the meantime, you can bet that I'll be hitting the Internet Archive hard this weekend in anticipation. I strongly urge you go head on over to the God Street Wine page at the archive and either stream or download a show or two, get to know them. Or, they have recently posted their first three albums FREE DOWNLOAD on iLike. Hey, you can't get any cheaper than free, so get off your ass get download that shit!
As a follow-up, here's a link to some explanation about what got them to play together back in July 2009, which could have been what has led them to this announcement on Monday...


If they are coming back, you'll want to get on that train, I guaruntee it!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Music For: Sanity

OK so maybe not the best time to introduce what I want to be a new repeating piece when I haven't had the nerve to post anything other than a video link and a plea for support in the last few months. But I've been thinking about this one for a while now and I think after the somewhat hellish weekend of going into the office both days, I need to write a little somethin' to get my sanity back. So what better way than a suggested playlist of songs that I like when I need to collect my thoughts, focus, take a few deep breaths, and realize how truly lucky I am to be where I am, have the family and friends that I do, and how sometimes the things that cause stress or anxiety are all really just minor in the big picture of things.

So the thought is that we all use music in our lives for different things. To celebrate, to mourn, to take your mind off things, to get motivated, etc.So I'm going to try and do a few different Music For: segments in the upcoming days.

So without further ado, in no particular order:

Ella Fitzgerald; "Summertime":  In particular the version with Louis Armstrong. I don't know if it's because this song takes me back to Music Appreciation class in middle school when we first learned about Porgy & Bess, or remembering great summers spent, but it just makes me smile. Ella is the QUEEN of being able to relate to when it comes to her voice. When she was on, she was fucking ON and there wasn't nobody who could hold a candle to her (though I would give a limb to have been able to hear Sharon Jones sing together with her). A lot of people like Ella's faster tunes, but I think it's the slower ones and the ballads that really help her shine. Truly a wonderful tune.

Eric Clapton; "Nobody knows you when you're down and out" (unplugged album): I just read an article with Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck in Rolling Stone and it made reference to the fact that Beck replaced Clapton in the Yardbirds becuase Clapton decided to leave because he felt the bad wasn't staying true enough to the blues that he held so near and dear to his heart. They were straying too far from the integrity of the music. But yet on this particular verison, it seems to have an almost upbeat tempo, sung almost in a good way. The nice thing about this song is that it's written/sung from a point of view of someone who knows what they had before they lost it, and realize now, after the fact, how easy it is to take for granted or to not care. It really helps to take a step back, get things in perspective, and this song helps me do that. (BTW if you ever want to hear some incredible Rod Stewart on lead vocals, check out the version of Jailhouse Rock on Beck-ola. Fabulous!)

Zero 7; "Destiny": Yes, this one is a little bit of a departure from my regular genre, but honestly these guys are great. I first heard this song on a mixtape album from Dan the Automator titled "Wanna buy a Monkey?" which is an incredible mix of songs, btw. But I loved this song so much, the beautiful female lead vocal over some really rich electronic beats and melodies that I decided to splurge for the whole album. Was not disappointed. They're good. Some of you also may know them from their tune "In the Waiting line" that was featured on the Garden State Soundtrack, as well as, I believe, an episode of Sex and the City (so says my wife).

 Grateful Dead; "Ripple": If you aren't familiar with American Beauty, it's truly THE classic Dead album, but not in the way you would think. While best know for their trippy, jammy live performances, this album is almost the exact opposite of that. Of the ten songs on the album, not one of them lasts more than five and a half minutes. But rather what makes this album so wonderful is it's full, homey, Americana-style feel. It just feels like the kind of album you could sit down and listen to the entire thing in one sitting and want to listen to it again in ten minutes. But hey, maybe that's just me. It's a little folksy, but it's fun. And this tune in particular has loaned it's lyrics to many a high school yearbook quote for sure. It hits the mark, and makes you just smile and sway.

Crosby, Stills, Nash ; "Helplessly Hoping": Another classic act, this tune in particular is wonderful because it's a nice simple tune that stays in the background while the harmonies of the singers really take the forefront and sound just beautiful. It's one of those rare occassions also that I feel alliteration in song lyrics don't come off a super-cheezy. While probably not their most exciting or popular song, it's one that strikes a chord with me.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones; "Lochs of Dread": Hey, what could be cooler than an electric banjo, right?! I got into Bela Fleck in my early years of college, where I think the album "Live Art" was required daily listening for quite some time. The fact that Victor Wooten is one of the most incredible bass players EVER didn't even occur to me until I had been listening to them for a while (seriously, if you take nothing away from this article, at least watch this link of Wooten. Then you may leave) . And Futureman is a dude who created his own friggin' instrument, for crying out loud!

Beck; "Jack-Ass": Odelay is an incredible album. When it came out everyone knew Beck as "the dude who sang 'Loser'. But this album took him to another place. While eclectic, he showed that he had a knack for being able to write original material that wasn't held inside your standard musical stereotype. It wasn't rock, it wasn't emo, it was just fun. And this tune is the one that I kept coming back to over and over again.

Damien Rice; "Volcano": This whole album, "O", is phenomenal. The local radio station in Philly that I listen to most selected it as album of the year when it came out. It's one of those ones you listen to over and over and never get tired of hearing it. This Irish dude has a way of being able to put so much emotion and feeling into his voice on every tune, whehter it's with a full ensemble playing behind him or just him and him along singing. He's the kind of dude who you think must be completely exhausted after any show he performs because of how much it feels personal that he's singing these songs. This particular tune has more of an up-beat feel than most of his on this album, which is perhaps why I choose it more than any other to listen to. It's a perpetual favorite on any playlist, but one that has earned it's spot. Over and over again. Also, this video of the song is taken from the IFC series Live at Abbey Road. He did an incredible session. I'd recommend setting your DVR to record the series. They get some incredible guests. Some bands you'd think you weren't really into will really surprise you!

Billy Joel; "Summer Highland Falls": Songs in the Attic is and always will be my favorite Billy Joel album. Say what you want about the dude, but back in the day he delivered some really good work. And listening to it when he was live and he was in his prime you can recall the reason you had his albums when you were younger. This is another tune I remember from having on cassette from my parents and listening to incessantly when were in the Bieber Family Truckster (with the undercarriage rust protection of course) on one journey or another. Just brings back memories of a good time.

Mofro; "Brighter Days": If you don't know Mofro, you should. A soulful Florida band who play with a lot of emotion and energy. Seen them in Philly and also in Florida. They're fun. They're front porch soul. And this tune does a good job of starting off slowly and building throughout the tune. Definitely worth a listen.

Soulive; "Jesus Children of America": Soulive is a modern old-school trio, if that makes any sense. drums, Organ, and guitar. Two brothers and Eric Krasno. These dudes bring it hard. And they have for some time now. I still remember going to see them at Haverford College with Mallitz and Zietz, showing up hours before the show started because we were told that it was a student show and a limited number of tickets were available to the public and we didn't want to miss our chance. The concernt was in a fucking ballroom. we got there before the "ticket window" (a folding table just inside the front door of the building) was even set up. But you bet your ass we got our tickets! They cooked a sick 14-minute version of this Stevie Wonder tune at that show, which I am thankful to have an electronic copy of to relive whenever the need strikes. And for you, dear reader/listener, feel free to check out their major-label debut for a pretty impressive version.

OK while I could go on for a little longer, I think this may be enough to hold you over. I do leave an offer on the table that if anyone reading this is interested in hearing these tunes, or more from these artists, let me know. I'd be happy to send you some stuff.

Anyone else have any tunes they find particularly interesting to get their sanity back? Share in the comments, will you?

Peace out, yo.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Off-topic topic

yes yes I know that it's been way too long since I wrote anything in this space. I promise there's something good coming soon. In the meantime, just a moment to share something I rather enjoyed after watching the splendidly AWESOME hockey competition two nights ago where team USA beat team Canadia in a major upset. Hitler appears to not be taking it too well, similar to some other Canadian fans....




OK more to come on a real topic soon. I have plenty of great ideas, just very little time right now. Boo.

USA! USA! USA! USA! 

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Little Help for Oceana

Received an email from a friend to the music Biz, Louis Marks, who is deeply involved in the Ropeadope Records phenomenon. A great guy since I met him volunteering to sell shirts a the ReNew Orleans benefit concert down at the Kimmel Center a few years ago.

Louis' niece Oceana has been diagnosed with Lukemia and he has set up a page for people to take a look and perhaps donate a few dollars to her cause to help cover some treatment costs. Please take a few minutes to head over there and check it out.

http://oshysblog.wordpress.com/

Remember, every dollar helps to a family or child in need, whether they live in ravaged Haiti or right here in our neighborhood. So please, give if you can, just a few dollars.

I assure you Louis and his family would be greatful. And it will make you feel good to do something kind towards others.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hockey + Music = TOTALLY AWESOME!


NOTE: For those of you reading on your handheld or using rss feeds, you may not see the hyperlinks that are included. Be sure to click through to view the full post to get all the linkage, yo.

Those who know me know that I LOVE hockey. Have since I was a kid. Philadelphia Flyers are and always will be the #1 team in my heart. And someday I hope to see them lift the Stanley Cup in victorious celebration. But I don't really want to get into that now.

Also, it's quite obvious from the subject of this blog that I LOVE music.  But imagine when one of the hockey blogs that I frequent came up with a new audio podcast called "Puck Tracks". WOOHOO!

It's a look into the music preferences of NHL players, with interviews and music from what they are listening to. While I don't completely agree with some of their musical choices, it's interested to see/hear what these guys like. We know that pro athletes spend a good portion of their seasons on the road, and that one indensible piece of equipment they travel with are their iphones and big-ass headphones that go with them.

So if you have some time, check out the Puck Tracks segment from the Puck Daddy blog. Also, if you're looking for some non-mainstream media coverage of the NHL, i strongly recommend the Puck Daddy as a daily read. They do the digging for you, finding all kinds of interesting articles from around the league, cool videos, and the infamous jersey fouls. You can find their blog here.



Puck Tracks Episode 3: Matt Greene, LA Kings from Greg Wyshynski on Vimeo.



This is episode 3 of the Puck Tracks, which is an interview and musical selections with Matt Greene of the LA Kings. Be sure to check out episode 1 with Wade Belak of the Nashville Predators and episode 2 with Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals as well.

Enjoy! And I'll do my best to actually have some content of my own in the next few days....

Peace out. GO FLYERS!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The "other" kind of shuffle


We all shuffle. You know you do it. Whether you're cheap and it's the only ipod you can afford ("I wanted an ipod that you can't see what plays next" is NOT an acceptable excuse. Neither is "I like it for running because it's light and it clips onto my spandex running outfit". But I digress...), you can't decide on a whole album to listen to, you don't have the time to choose, you want a random assortment of songs for your jog/lifting/run/walk to the car from your cubicle, you know what to expect when you set your iPod or Zune (really, a zune? Not even a Shuffle? Sheesh! Why not just stick with a Sony cassette sport walkman?!). You're going to get a mostly random assortment of some of the music that is residing on your ipod. So you have the opportunity to go from something like Guns and Roses directly to Britney Spears! (not me personally, this is just an example. I'd NEVER actually have Guns n Roses on my iPod. I keed, I keed. But I digress....)

Much has been discussed on the topic of the shuffle. It was a huge phenomena when the ipod was first released. So wait, you mean i can listen to the songs on my iPod in NO PARTICULAR ORDER! OMG THAT'S THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER INVENTED! Not necessarily the fact that you can now store over 10,000 songs in your pocket. You're excited that now you don't have to go to all the work of picking something out of order, you can let the machine do it for you. WOOHOO! But hopefully you won't run into the stunning possibility of hearing songs from the same artist back-to-back! OH NO! What do we do! Learn the definition of RANDOM, dumbass (I need to either stop writing these articles in the afternoon, or stop drining coffee after lunchtime. I can be a little harsh, no?).

OK anyway, my point of writing this was I tried something recently (yesterday) that in most of the time I've owned an MP3 player (shout out to anyone who owned a Rio Karma.Bigger shout out to Braverman and Bomze who are probably the only two people left in the world still using them!): I played songs in order of song title. I know, seems crazy, but I DID IT! I broke the Shuffle tendency! I actually did it by accident. On my way into work I started singing the song Tela by Phish. So when I got to work I really wanted to hear it. I did a search by song and played it. Then I just kinda let the ipod keep going though the rest of the letter T. Actually, I only got through to about the Tr's before the day was over, but I guess that's what happens when you have over 8000 songs on your ipod.

So of course there are pluses and minuses to this method. The biggest plus being that you can hear such a wide variety of artists from tune to tune, which I admit you can also get from using the shuffle. But one of the other things that is really cool is that if you have a bunch of artists covering other people's songs, you can hear the different takes on the same tune. And sometimes that can be really cool because not every cover is an exact remake. And hell sometimes you don't even know that a cover is a cover until you hear it right up against another tune.

(I admit that I recently just realized that the High and Dry on Jamie Cullum's first album is actually a Radiohead cover. I am seriously lacking in my Radiohead exposure. Rolling Stone has already made sure to make me supremely aware of this when I read their top albums of the decade article. Oh, and funny thing that Jamie Cullum's version only appears on the US release of his album Twentysomething. Hmmmm.....)

The big drawback for using this sort of song title shuffle is that if you do store a lot of music on your ipod, perhaps a lot of live shows....perhaps from a band that plays the same songs a lot.....I think you know where I'm giong with this....If you have a shitload of Phish or Dead shows on your iPod then basically you could end up listening to the same song for 3 days. So I'd recommend using some judgment with the ol' flyweel and skip to the next song. Unless you want to listen to 39 straight hours of You Enjoy Myself. And if you do, ROCK ON!

I do like that feature in iTunes, though. If you do a search for a particular Dead tune and it tells you that you have enough of that song on your library to be able to play, nonstop, for 14 days. Not that you ever would...

OK so I'm giving everyone a homework assignment. Pick a letter or a song and start your iPod a-playing tomorrow, Friday, this weekend, whenever. Then come back and share in the comments what your thoughts are. What kind of stuff did you hear? What did you like? What didn't you like? Basically, I'm looking for enough material that I don't have to write another one of these blog columns for at least another week. ;-)

But seriously. Try it and let me know what you think. Buck the trend. Don't shuffle, Song pick. It's the new shuffle, and everybody's doing it. And by everybody, I mean pretty much just me. But do it anyway. Do it.