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WTF?! Wednesdays: Cameron Carpenter, “Revolutionary Etude” (2008)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Cameron Carpenter, “Revolutionary Etude” (2008)

The usual deal here is that I find and write about some music that can push people over the edge or even better, make them advance the argument that it’s not really music at all.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin” (2005)

At first listen, this sounded like the Devils & Dust odd man out. The chorus is definitely something of an outlier with its sing-song, uplifting notes. I suppose you could say that the underlying story is uplifting as well, certainly when compared with the rest of the album.

The Friday Morning Listen: Neil Young – Are You Passionate? (2002)

Let’s talk about the Pono. You’ve never heard of it? Well, you’re not alone, though if audio (and its quality) really aren’t your thing, then you really can’t be blamed.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Reno” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Reno” (2005)

You know, forget the “controversy.” Sure, Starbucks didn’t want to carry Devils and Dust because of this song’s “explicit” lyrics. Well, good for them. I don’t buy their stuff anyway. I tell you though, sometimes it feels like this country will never grow up.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Three Picture Deal” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Three Picture Deal” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“God’s Eye View”) ||| ONWARD (“Slinky Thing”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Is it fantasy, twisted reality or just plan good story telling? Whatever it is, Walter Becker’s second solo album goes out on a strong note.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Eugene Chadbourne, “Electric Rake” (2005)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Eugene Chadbourne, “Electric Rake” (2005)

My introduction to guitarist/raconteur/wise ass Eugene Chadbourne came out of a short stack of records borrowed from a co-worker. This would have been back in the early 90s. There were things like Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and Henry Kaiser in that pile.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All The Way Home” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All The Way Home” (2005)

The story is that Bruce wrote “All The Way Home” for his friend Southside Johnny, who released it on his Better Days album in 1991. Many years later, a Springsteen version shows up on Devils & Dust.

Steely Dan Sunday, “God’s Eye View” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “God’s Eye View” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Darkling Down”) ||| ONWARD (“Three Picture Deal”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “…And the winner for best bass clarinet solo on a reggae or ska song goes to Roger Rosenberg!” There’s no such award but if polka albums can get Grammys, why not this category? Roger Rosenberg is a world class baritone sax player (if youRead More

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Devils & Dust” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Devils & Dust” (2005)

When Devils & Dust was released, I was in the middle of a vacation. Late at night, sitting in a big comfy chair at our hotel, I sipped a glass of scotch while I listened.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) ||| ONWARD (“God’s Eye View”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I recall hearing an interview with Al Stewart of “Time Passages” fame who mentioned that the reason his songs are so lyrically lush (i.e. wordy) is because he believes it’s better to write songs with verses composed of many words and using wordsRead More