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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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We still miss you Stevie Ray Vaughan

It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash after a show at Alpine Valley.

I've talked to lots of people who were at that concert, which also featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray...and what a show it was! I've never seen any video of that night, but there is a bootleg CD that's not to hard to track down. (It's called "Peace in the Valley," and I believe it's a soundboard recording.)

If you want to pay tribute to the amazing guitar player, you could visit his statue in Austin, or fork out 8.4 million dollars to buy Alpine Valley Music Theatre--wouldn't it be cool if it were a SRV museum?

But the best way to pay tribute is to sit back and enjoy the music. It still sounds fantastic!

This is reportedly the very last song that Stevie ever played.

 
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World's Worst iPod: Donny Osmond "Soldier of Love"

It's hard to believe that Donny Osmond scored his second biggest solo hit in 1989, but it's true!

"Soldier of Love" went all the way to #2 on the charts. When the song was released, the record company was afraid no one would buy a new Donny Osmond record, so they released it as being from a "mystery artist."  The intrigue sent people rushing to the stores to buy it, and the rest is history.

We think it sounds a little like George Michael. Note we didn't say good George Michael.

 
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Butch Vig--the actor?

Butch Vig and his pal from Garbage Duke Erikson, Freedy Johnson, and Jay Moran get together every once in a while as "The Know-it-all Boyfriends."  Well they're getting the band back together, and this time they're doing it for a good cause--to fight epilepsy.

The show is September 7th at the Majestic Theatre, and also features a reunion of the Madison band Chaser. Tickets are going fast, so don't delay!  Find out more about it here.

You should also watch this video, produced by former Triple M Morning Show Host and all-around good guy* John Urban. It's really well done. And you get to see Butch Vig and Duke Erikson try to act!

*he did not pay me to write that

 
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Kitty's Summer's Not Over Checklist

Summer slips through our fingers so quickly. It seems we were just celebrating the longest day of the year--and now Labor Day weekend is upon us!

There are some things you wanted to do this summer that you haven't gotten around to yet, and probably some other things that never even crossed your mind. As a public service, I'm providing you with this:

KITTY'S SUMMER'S NOT OVER YET CHECKLIST

1. Run through the sprinkler.  Hopefully not while wearing shorts that are dry-clean only.

2. Enjoy a tasty shish-ke-bab on the grill. Because shish-ke-bab is as much fun to say as it is to eat!

3. Buy a refreshing beverage from a child at a lemonade stand. Resist the urge to pay with a $100 bill.

4. Enjoy a ripe juicy watermelon and see how far you can spit the seeds. If you can make it from the kitchen all the way to the living room, reward yourself with another slice.

5. Sing around the campfire. Instead of singing Kumbaya, get the whole gang going with a rousing rendition of "Hey Soul Sister." (Oops, now that song is stuck in your head. So sorry).


 
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World's Worst iPod: Exile "Kiss You All Over"

Kitty thought this song was an example of country disco and was not a fan...but just about everybody else was.

"Kiss You All Over" was #1 for four weeks in 1978, and was probably one of the year's best songs.

Exile rocks out with the song here on the Midnight Special. Enjoy.

 
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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...
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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...
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
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...
Read More
Worst souvenirs ever?
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Read More
We still miss you Stevie Ray Vaughan
It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash after a show at Alpine Valley. I've talked to lots of people who were at that concert, which also featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donny Osmond "Soldier of Love"
It's hard to believe that Donny Osmond scored his second biggest solo hit in 1989, but it's true! "Soldier of Love" went all the way to #2 on the charts. When the song was released, the record company was afraid no one would buy a...
Read More
Butch Vig--the actor?
Butch Vig and his pal from Garbage Duke Erikson, Freedy Johnson, and Jay Moran get together every once in a while as "The Know-it-all Boyfriends."  Well they're getting the band back together, and this time they're doing it for a...
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