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Summerfest and Lolla announce headliners

There may be snow on the ground again in Madison--but it's time to start thinking about the summer festival season!

Both Summerfest and Lollapalooza have announced headliners.

Headliners at Summerfest will include Kings of Leon, Ed Sheeran, Kongs, Phillip Phillips, Sheryl Crow, Bastille, the Flaming Lips, and Walk the Moon. Classic rock fans will get their retro fix with the Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, and Kansas. Jam band fans can enjoy music from Trampled by Turtles, Keller Williams, and Dark Star Orchestra. We're not sure why, but for some reason Paris Hilton will be a headliner as well! Summerfest starts June 24th in Milwaukee. More info here.

Lollapalooza happens July 31-August 2 in Chicago, with headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence and the Machine. Other acts include TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes, and Gary Clark, Jr. More info here.

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World's Worst iPod: Brighter Side of Darkness "Love Jones"

The song "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness would probably have long been forgotten, had Cheech and Chong not done a parody version of the song.

The group, made up of Chicago high school students, scored a top 15 hit with the song in 1973, but it wasn't much of a hit with our listeners this morning. Brian Olson said it had a slow jam feel to it and Jonathan liked it, but other than support was thin.



Cheech and Chong's "Basketball Jones" is at least somewhat entertaining--and it features George Harrison on guitar!


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The cool thing about Coastal Carolina's coach

This won't be enough to make you root for them, but Coastal Carolina's Coach has some pretty cool musical stuff on his resume.

Back in the 1960s, when Cliff Ellis was in college, he was in a garage band called the Villagers, and they cut a record on the Fame label.

He's supposedly singing lead on this song, a cover of a tune by The Tams that few of us remember.



And according to Cliff Ellis's autobiography, and this news story, he had another link to rock and roll history. He was reportedly in the studio when Etta James recorded "Tell Mama," and even played tambourine. Supposedly you can hear his tambourine stylings at :35 in.



Oh..one more thing.

Go Bucky!
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World's Worst iPod: The Power Station "Some Like it Hot"

Nothing screams the 1980's like The Power Station's "Some Like it Hot."

A super-group comprised of Robert Palmer and members of Chic and Duran Duran, The Power Station took this song all the way to #6 in 1985.

Enjoy!

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Kitty's St. Patrick's Day Pet Peeves

St. Patrick's Day is upon us! Time to wear green, drink beer with green food coloring and talk in bad Irish accents.

Or not.

I have a few St. Patrick's Day pet peeves, and because I am 3/8ths Irish, I feel compelled to share them with you.

1. It is St. Patrick's Day, not St. Patty's Day. Patty is a girl's name, and St. Patrick was not a girl. Others share my annoyance at this common practice--and there's at least one website that's dedicated to straightening out the confused.

2. A four-leaf clover is not a shamrock. Shamrocks have three leaves and they're connected with St. Patrick because he used them to teach about the Holy Trinity. Even some versions of that Lucky Charms Leprechaun show him wearing a four-leaf clover in his hat!

3. Folks who add a O' or a Mc to the beginning of their name to act Irish for a day. Stash McShibilski, I'm not buyin' it. And sorry O' Essen Haus, you'll always be a German restaurant to me!

4. Establishments that say they have green beer but rather than having a half-barrel of the stuff, they just put a little green food coloring in your pint. What kind of a committment is that?

5. And I'm also irritated that the Guiness we drink here in the United States is brewed in Canada, not Ireland. I guess that's not really a pet peeve, it just gets my Irish up.

Now that I got that all of that off my chest, here's a little Van Morrison to get you into the St. Paddy's Day (notice I didn't say Patty's) spirit.

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Discover & Download: Lord Huron "Fool For Love"

"Lord Huron began as a solo project by Michigan-born/Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schneider in the spring of 2010. These songs were later released as the Into the Sun EP, and Lord Huron was born. The songs quickly gained recognition and a live band was assembled to flesh out the songs in a live setting. Lord Huron began performing as a band in August of 2010 and quickly began touring, developing their live show as they went." (iTunes)

This week's Discover & Download: "Fool For Love" by Lord Huron
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World's Worst iPod: England Dan and John Ford Coley "We'll Never Have to Say Goo

When someone says to you "Sappy 70's music," I bet you automatically think of England Dan and John Ford Coley.

They had a lot of "soft rock" hits during that decade. We put ED and JFC in the same category as Seals and Crofts, Bread, and later--Air Supply! Today's World's Worst iPod song scores pretty high on the Mushiness Scale, but a lot of people wanted to hear it nonetheless.

This song made it all the way up to #9 in 1978, "Turn on the radio...we'll play it way down low...."

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World's Worst iPod: Martika "Toy Soldiers"

For some reason, the song "Toy Soldiers" by Martika just made Jonathan & Kitty feel really, really old.

The song was #1 for two weeks in 1989 for Martika, who started out in show business as a child actor. She had an uncredited role as an orphan in the 1982 movie musical "Annie" and was a regular on the TV show "Kids Incorporated."

Even though this song appeared to be well-loved by listeners who were 8 years old when the song came out, it did not get enough support to be played on the air. But here it is for you now, in all its glory.

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Discover & Download: Saint Motel

Saint Motel is an American progressive pop band from Los Angeles, whose music has been described as everything from "dream pop" to "indie pro."

This Week's Discover & Download is 'My Type' by Saint Motel!

Available through March 10, 2015
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Dylan Noir

A new Bob Dylan video takes a violent turn.

The video for the song "The Night We Called it a Day" from his Sinatra cover album "Shadows in the Night" gets a little bloody. But luckily it's in black and white so it seems somehow more innocuous.

The video was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stunt man. He's the same guy who directed creepy Dylan videos for "Must Be Christmas" and "Duquesne Whistle," which fascinated me in the past.



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In Search of...Spock

The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family.

Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the rest of the crew on the Starship Enterprise.

I didn't really watch the show in prime time, but in syndication I'm pretty sure Star Trek was on the Dunn TV a few times a week for many years in the 70s.

I remember fondly lying on the floor, next to my brother who was eating Cocoa Puffs, and watching the original Star Trek series. Some of my favorite episodes--of course Trouble With Tribbles, the one where they went to a planet inhabited by children, and the ones with Harcourt Mudd. (For some reason I think his middle name was Quentin). Spock was my favorite character. I loved the fact that he thought he was so logical and emotionless, but his human side always showed through.

And if the afternoon re-runs weren't enough, there was also a Saturday morning Star Trek cartoon, featuring the voices of the original actors! I think most of the stories were just edited down versions of the TV show.


I also remember Nimoy fondly as the host of "In Search Of.." which explored topics of paranormal nature.

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about George Harrison

Who else still misses George? 

George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and almost felt like they were my big brothers.

Here are some things you may or may not know about the Quiet Beatle.

1. He played lead guitar on the Cheech and Chong song "Basketball Jones."

2. He visited the United States before any of the other Beatles, visiting his sister Louise in Benton, Illinois, in September of 1963. Since the Beatles weren't known in America yet, George was able to  jam with local musicians, visit record stores and even camp in the Shawnee National Forest without being hassled by fans.

3. After he lost the "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine" lawsuit, he refused to allow the radio to be played in his house, so he wouldn't accidentally copy any one else's music.

4. George loved gardening and planting trees. He dedicated his memoir I Me Mine to "all gardeners everywhere." 

5. Since it wasn't featured in the televised ceremony, you may have missed the fact that George was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this year, accepted on his behalf by his son Dhani. (See part of Dhani's speech here).

 
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World's Worst iPod: The Sylvers "Hotline"

"Hotline, hotline, calling on the hotline for your love!"  The hook is so contagious you will probably be hearing it in your head all day.

Sorry about that.

"Hotline" was a number 5 single for the family band the Sylvers in early 1977. (Yes, Sylver was actually their last name!)

"Hotline" was the group's second biggest single, following "Boogie Fever" which went all the way to Number One.



 
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World's Worst iPod: Kool & The Gang "Cherish"

There was not a lot of love today for the song "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang. It was a huge hit for the band in 1985--getting all the way up to #2 on the pop charts.

This song is not to be confused with "Cherish," a song which was a big hit for the Association, and for David Cassidy, in the early 1970s. We'll have to check to see if either of those are on the iPod!

 
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Discover & Download: Scars on 45


Scars on 45 is an English indie rock band from Bradford.

New from Scars on 45: "Take YouHome"
Available through February 26, 2014
 
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World's Worst iPod: Donna Fargo "Funny Face"

Copuntry singer-songwriter Donna Fargo had two big crossover pop hits. One was "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., and the other was the one we featured from the World's Worst iPod. "Funny Face" made it to number 5 on the pop chart..which means a whole lot of top 40 radio stations were playing it, and a whole lot of non-country fans were buying it.

Triple M listeners certainly weren't buying this song, with an overwhelming number of no votes. The clincher was Rob, who said her last name Fargo was appropriate, because he wanted to put he song in the wood chipper.

We're sad we can't find a video of Ms. Fargo singing all of the 16 verses she wrote, but here she is lip-synching the hit (with two verses) on some random TV show.


 
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Discover & Download : Zella Day

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Zella Day blends modern pop with a touch of Western Bohemian flair. (iTunes)

This Week's Discover & Download is Zella Day - Hypnotic.  We have 50 download codes available this week!  Click the download picture and copy and paste one of the unused codes for your free download this week!

Available through February 17, 2015

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Grammy flashback: most awkward moment ever?

The Grammys always have their share of awkward moments and unusual pairings. But this one from the early 1970s is so awkward, it's amazing. 

It's obvious John can't really believe he's being forced to read such cheesy lines!

Watch to the end to see who accepted the award for the non-present Olivia Newton John.

 
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5 Great Bob Marley quotes

Bob Marley would have been 70 years old today!  He was taken from us much too soon, but in his 36 years on this planet he shared with us some great music, and some great wisdom as well.

Here are five Bob Marley quotes that I think are his best.

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.”

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”

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World's Worst iPod: Slade "Run, Runaway"

The hard rock band Slade had a lot of hits in England, but this was their only appearance in the Top 40 in the United States.

"Run, Runaway" went to #20 in the spring of 1984 in the U.S. and got a lot of airplay on MTV.

(Random fact: Quiet Riot's hit "Cum on Feel The Noize" was written by the guys in Slade and was a number one hit in England in the early 70's, long before hair bands became a thing.)

Enjoy this song. I dare you to get up and dance a jig.

 
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Summerfest and Lolla announce headliners
There may be snow on the ground again in Madison--but it's time to start thinking about the summer festival season! Both Summerfest and Lollapalooza have announced headliners. Headliners at Summerfest will include Kings of Leon, Ed Sheeran,...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Brighter Side of Darkness "Love Jones"
The song "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness would probably have long been forgotten, had Cheech and Chong not done a parody version of the song. The group, made up of Chicago high school students, scored a top 15 hit with the song in 1973, but...
Read More
The cool thing about Coastal Carolina's coach
This won't be enough to make you root for them, but Coastal Carolina's Coach has some pretty cool musical stuff on his resume. Back in the 1960s, when Cliff Ellis was in college, he was in a garage band called the Villagers, and they cut a...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: The Power Station "Some Like it Hot"
Nothing screams the 1980's like The Power Station's "Some Like it Hot." A super-group comprised of Robert Palmer and members of Chic and Duran Duran, The Power Station took this song all the way to #6 in 1985. Enjoy!
Kitty's St. Patrick's Day Pet Peeves
St. Patrick's Day is upon us! Time to wear green, drink beer with green food coloring and talk in bad Irish accents. Or not. I have a few St. Patrick's Day pet peeves, and because I am 3/8ths Irish, I feel compelled to share them with...
Read More
Discover & Download: Lord Huron "Fool For Love"
"Lord Huron began as a solo project by Michigan-born/Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schneider in the spring of 2010. These songs were later released as the Into the Sun EP, and Lord Huron was born. The songs quickly gained recognition and a live band was...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: England Dan and John Ford Coley "We'll Never Have to Say Goo
When someone says to you "Sappy 70's music," I bet you automatically think of England Dan and John Ford Coley. They had a lot of "soft rock" hits during that decade. We put ED and JFC in the same category as Seals and Crofts, Bread, and later--Air...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Martika "Toy Soldiers"
For some reason, the song "Toy Soldiers" by Martika just made Jonathan & Kitty feel really, really old. The song was #1 for two weeks in 1989 for Martika, who started out in show business as a child actor. She had an uncredited role as an orphan in...
Read More
 
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