Widge’s Favorite Music of 2012, Part 3A: The Songs

Regina Spektor

So, not too bad then. Here we are with Part 3 of my ongoing experiment in listening to more music than any one individual should. But what can I say? I said I was addicted; I never said it was a problem. To clarify: these aren’t songs so much as individual songs that were not released as singles. They were either on a single or an album and stood out to me over the rest of the album. I’m sure you might have a differing opinion of some of these, but it’s a big Internet. These are mine. As before, we have worthy contenders in alphabetical order followed by, in the next post, my personal Top 10. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:33+00:00 April 7th, 2015|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Laurie Anderson, Jon Spencer, New Order & More…

Laurie Anderson: United States Live

More music picks for your Monday with Rob taking the lead. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

First up, a bit of fantastic live Laurie Anderson, “Language is a Virus,” based on a fine mindgrope from your friend, Uncle Bill. This is taken from Home of the Brave, but the version Rob was throwing your way was from the four CD set United States Live from 1984. As Rob says, “Not for the faint of heart, an intense project form her early career.” Indeed. But sort of retro-futuristic awesome:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:47+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Amanda Palmer, Jurek Jagoda Trio, The XX & More…

Amanda Palmer: Theatre is Evil

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

The new album from Amanda Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra is finally becoming available to the general public this week. I was a Kickstarter backer of her sprawling project and got my physical CD the other day but haven’t had a chance to delve as much as I want to yet. I will say this: I never was a fan of the music prior to Theatre is Evil. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was but when it was Dresden Dolls or her previous solo stuff–it just didn’t work for me. That being said, where the music didn’t work the thing I’ve always respected and been impressed by from jump was her as an artist. She knows how to cultivate a following, she knows how to work a crowd and she knows What the Hell She is Doing. So yeah, like the music or not, you’ve got to at least give her that. Plus, even before Theatre, I had a quote from her taped up on my monitor. So.

With that all being said, with this new album everything I’ve heard so far I like a lot. The music video for “The Killing Type” just hit and while it’s spiffy and all, I’ll opt for a live track before a music video. So here’s her and her army performing it at the Los Angeles Kickstarter party, right after the break…
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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:12+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Music Whenever|3 Comments

The Sound Board #30: Kickstart Out the Jams, Hasenfeffer!

Amanda Palmer on Kickstarter

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode stars Prof. Tuffley in the chair with Rob Levy in the sidecar working the turret and Widge being dragged behind as always.

This episode’s central topic is…Kickstarter. Is it the future? Is it already on its way to being the past? Should we fear it, embrace it, or simply buy it a latte and remain friends? Plus: a discussion of upcoming festivals.

We also discuss the loss of MCA, Donna Summer, Bob Welch and Robin Gibb.

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Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:15+00:00 June 23rd, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|1 Comment

Music Monday: Cash, Efterklang and Evelyns

Johnny Cash: Ain't No Grave
Efterklang: Magic Chairs
Evelyn Evelyn

Rob Levy returns with more picks for your Music Monday shenanigans. As always, if you like what you hear and want to purchase–if you do it through us, we get kickbacks. And that’s much appreciated.

And first up is the final American Recordings title from the late, great Johnny Cash: VI: Ain’t No Grave. I want to say it was Rob who mentioned this on one of our podcasts (we only have two–so far–so you’d think I could keep them straight better but) and how incredibly powerful the album and the title track is. Sample it for yourself:
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By | 2017-09-24T22:51:39+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Music Whenever|0 Comments

The Sound Board #6: The Record Store in its Natural Habitat

DJ Shadow: Entroducing

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions and is co-hosted by Rob Levy, Tuffley and myself. Let us know what you think.

This episode’s central topic is the record store. Record Store Day is one thing, but what do we do with the other 364 days of the year? Do independent stores still serve a purpose in a world of Amazon and the iTunes store? And where do big box stores fit in with this mess?

Other topics include Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Snoop Dogg vs. Willie Nelson (we wish), other festival nonsense, M.I.A. vs. Lady Gaga, Elton John vs. The Mayans, Rage Against the Machine in the UK, Amanda Palmer unchained, OKGo slight return, The Vatican forgives The Beatles, The Runaways and remembering Malcolm McLaren.

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Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:52:48+00:00 April 22nd, 2010|Podcasts, Sound Board|2 Comments

Untitled Music Podcast #1: Secret Origins

Needcoffee podcasting

Not a hoax. Not an imaginary story. A new podcast from Needcoffee. This one covers music and other digressions and is co-hosted by Rob Levy, Tuffley and myself. Let us know what you think.

This episode’s central topic is “Secret Origins.” Within you will find the origin stories of the musical tastes of the three of us, with some shocking revelations for all. Also discussed: ABBA, Devo, Oingo Boingo, music on television Back in the Day, music videos, and a bunch of other ramblings from three guys who become increasingly aware, as the podcast rolls on, just how goddamn old they are.

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Headsup: You can find all of our Recommendations at our Amazon Store.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:54:49+00:00 February 1st, 2010|Podcasts, Sound Board|4 Comments