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World's Worst iPod: Neil Diamond "Yesterday's Songs"

Even Neil Diamond fans didn't seem to want to throw their support behind this one. "Yesterday's Songs" with its cheesy backup singers may be the most cliche song the guy does!

It made it up to #11 on the charts in 1981/82 and was #1 on the station your mom listened to (adult contemporary).

We tried to find a video of Neil performing it live, with no luck. Maybe even he doesn't like this song anymore.

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Free download: Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker is a 25 year old New Orleans musician who's been getting some attention with his debut self-titled album.

He's been on David Letterman's show, toured with Jack White, and was reviewed in Rolling Stone.

Of the song "Violent Shiver," Rolling Stone wrote: "(sounds like) something like the Strokes if they'd been suckled on moonshine in a juke joint."  We're pretty sure that's a compliment.

You can get a free download of "Violent Shiver" by entering your email address on Booker's website here.
 
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In honor of National Punctuation Day

Today is National Punctuation Day! It's a day to geek out about exclamation points, semi-colons, ampersands and commas.

It's also a day to go back into the Radio Way-Back Machine, and listen to this song by Dan Baird.

It was a minor hit in 1992 for the lead singer of the Georgia Satellites.

Wait. What? 22 years ago?

(Sigh.)

 

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World's Worst iPod: OMC "How Bizarre"

One of the more recent songs on the iPod, "How Bizarre" from OMC seemed to conjure up some positive memories from our younger listeners. That includes the woman who sang a different version with her friends...instead of singing "How Bizarre" they sang "Parmesan."

This song was number one in six countries, including the United States. It hit the top spot in August of 1997.

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5 Things You Probably DIdn't Know about Bruce Springsteen on his 65th birthday

Bruce!!! 

If you've seen pictures of Bruce Springsteen with his shirt off lately, you might find it hard to believe that he's a senior citizen. He turns 65 today!

Here are a few things you may or may not have known about that guy who doesn't really like being called "The Boss."

1. Bruce has never had a number one single. That is unless you count Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded by the Light."  That made it up to #1.

2. He has a comet named after him.

3. He was once visited backstage by Dr. Ruth Westheimer. She reportedly suggested he work some lyrics about contraception into his songs.

4. After a 1976 show in Memphis, he jumped the gates at Graceland, hoping to meet Elvis. Even if he got past the guards, that wasn't happening as Elvis was in Lake Tahoe at the time.

5. Bruce's kids used to burst into tears whenever they saw his bandanna-wearing guitarist, Little Steve Van Zandt, because they thought he looked like a pirate.

and one more, even though you already probably know about this one

6. At a John Kerry for President rally in Madison, he accepted some college kids' invitation to come up to their balcony and have a beer.  He was joined by Tom Brokaw and his wife Patti.  I'm pretty sure the beer was from Capital Brewery!

(Picture above taken by me at a rally for President Obama in 2012.)
 
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Like WifeSwap, only different

BandSwap is back in Madison!

The Madison Arts Commission is supporting this event, in which bands from different cities change places. This time, a band from Fort Collins, Colorado is heading to Madison, while Sexy Ester from Madison will be hitting the stage in Colorado.

The Madison Arts Commission is making a day of it this Saturday, with other opportunities for you to catch local music, and a way for musicians to network as well.

You can find all the info you need about Saturday's activities right here.

More info can be found on the BandSwap website.

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World's Worst iPod: Helen Reddy "You and Me Against the World"

We found a perfect song on the iPod for Meteorologist Brian Olson's birthday.  Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" was a heartfelt song that was out at the time of his birthday, 40 years ago today.

Despite its sentimentality, Brian did not want to hear this song, which reached #9 on the charts in 1974.

This was the most popular time of Reddy's career, and her fourth Top Ten single.

Helen Reddy even got to sing the song with the Kermit the Frog! Sweet!

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Are the new Beatles mono remasters on vinyl worth it?

Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music.

Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22 dollars and up?

That depends how big of a Beatle fan you are! So far, I've only had a chance to listen to Sgt Pepper and Revolver--and I was blown away. Admittedly, that may be partially because it's been a while since I've sat down and listened to both those albums in their entirety, and I was just REMINDED of their awesomeness. But it's also because these songs are completely different mixes of the albums, as supervised by members of the Beatles. When the stereo versions of their albums were mixed, the Beatles weren't as interested as it took a while for stereo to catch on in England. So much more attention was paid to every detail of the mono mixes, back in the day.

I used to think that a mono version was just like pushing the "mono" button on your stereo--so the same sounds would come out of each speaker. But that is not the case...often different guitar solos are used, the vocals are more upfront, or there are completely different sound effects, etc.

Casual Beatle fans might not notice differences in the mono versions, unless they have someone like my boyfriend Mike pointing out the differences. But they'll still love how the albums sound.  Hardcore Beatle fans might just spend a week sitting in front of their stereo, gaining a new appreciation for the incredible music that was created all those years ago.

"We're not trying to recreate the originals but we're trying to (reproduce) the original intention." Sean Magee, Abbey Road Mastering Engineer.

 
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World's Worst iPod: John Denver "Fly Away"

John Denver's "Fly Away" was released in 1975, and made it all the way to #13 on the charts. It wasn't one of his biggest hits, but a lot of folks who were listening this morning sure wanted to hear it.

It brought back horrific memories for Kitty, who had to sing this in chorus class in junior high, and was relegated to singing the alto parts which just weren't as sexy as the soprano parts!

 
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Worst souvenirs ever?

When most people go on vacation, they usually spend some of the time perusing gift shops, checking out cool souvenirs like snow globes depicting ocean views, miniature spoons, t-shirts, or potpourri and candles.

When my boyfriend Mike and I go on vacation, we avoid those kind of stores like some horrible illness, but we do hit a lot of pawn shops and secondhand stores, and on this vacation we managed to hit quite a few.

I found a couple of items that were so off the charts horrible. So horrible I had to take pictures.  I can't decide which is worse--the lamp, complete with glued on foreign coins of some sort, and a lampshade that appeared to be made from a sweater--or the flower bedazzled telephone.

I am feeling a little non-buyer's remorse, as I left both items for some other lucky individual to find. But that's good news for you, as they both still might be available. I think they were at a Goodwill store somewhere north of highway 10. Good luck and happy hunting!

   
 
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World's Worst iPod: Neil Diamond "Yesterday's Songs"
Even Neil Diamond fans didn't seem to want to throw their support behind this one. "Yesterday's Songs" with its cheesy backup singers may be the most cliche song the guy does! It made it up to #11 on the charts in 1981/82 and was #1 on the...
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Free download: Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Booker is a 25 year old New Orleans musician who's been getting some attention with his debut self-titled album. He's been on David Letterman's show, toured with Jack White, and was reviewed in Rolling Stone. Of the song...
Read More
In honor of National Punctuation Day
Today is National Punctuation Day! It's a day to geek out about exclamation points, semi-colons, ampersands and commas. It's also a day to go back into the Radio Way-Back Machine, and listen to this song by Dan Baird. It was a minor hit in...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: OMC "How Bizarre"
One of the more recent songs on the iPod, "How Bizarre" from OMC seemed to conjure up some positive memories from our younger listeners. That includes the woman who sang a different version with her friends...instead of singing "How...
Read More
5 Things You Probably DIdn't Know about Bruce Springsteen on his 65th birthday
Bruce!!!  If you've seen pictures of Bruce Springsteen with his shirt off lately, you might find it hard to believe that he's a senior citizen. He turns 65 today! Here are a few things you may or may not have known about that guy who...
Read More
Like WifeSwap, only different
BandSwap is back in Madison! The Madison Arts Commission is supporting this event, in which bands from different cities change places. This time, a band from Fort Collins, Colorado is heading to Madison, while Sexy Ester from Madison will be hitting...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Helen Reddy "You and Me Against the World"
We found a perfect song on the iPod for Meteorologist Brian Olson's birthday.  Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" was a heartfelt song that was out at the time of his birthday, 40 years ago today. Despite its...
Read More
Are the new Beatles mono remasters on vinyl worth it?
Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music. Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22...
Read More
 
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