This week's "Gabby's Pick" is " Unbelievers" off the Columbia University graduates and all around hipsters Vampire Weekend's latest album, Modern vampires of the City.
This is their 3rd album and a little darker than the previous two.
Here's the tune!
This weekend I'm going back to my old stomping grounds of Stevens Point for an on-air reunion at my college radio station, WWSP, at UW-Stevens Point.
I worked in the news department there back in the early '80s and was News Director for a year. I hate to admit it, but I really was a lot like Les Nessman from the TV show WKRP in Cinncinnatti. I took news VERY SERIOUSLY. I wanted no shenanigans. No reading the farm reports on the air, no matter how much fun it was to say "sow bellies are up." I insisted that all the news personnel pre-read wire copy before reading it on the air. I even made a big sign and posted it in the newsroom saying so.
I've mellowed over the years. And when I go back to 90FM this weekend, I'm going to be doing a music shift, not news. Now this is something I only tried a couple times back in the day, to diasastrous results. I'm hoping things go better this time.
I've got a two-hours timeslot to fill with music, and that's presented a challenge. What should I play? Should everything somehow relate back to Stevens Point?
Perhaps I should stick to only playing music that was in my personal album collection prior to 1983.
I'm not sure that's such a great idea. I had quite a few Beatles albums, which of course are timeless, but does any one want to listen to songs by Pablo Cruise, Toto, Loverboy, R.E.O.Speedwagon, Meat Loaf and Journey?
No, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure the Beatles will make the cut, but I'm confident some of my newer favorite songs will be played as well.
And maybe, just maybe, I'll throw in one R.E.O. song. But how do I choose just one?
You can listen to me on 90FM Sunday, August 4 from 11am-1pm via the "Tune-in Radio App" here.
In 1987, Bruce Willis covered The Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" and went all the way to number 5 on the charts. Although I lot of listeners will die hard with Bruce, this song didn't make it on the air this morning.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons covered Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and made it all the way to number 12 in 1965. It sold more than one million copies, but it didn't make it on the air this morning.
Tommy James and the Shondells took the song "Crimson and Clover" all the way to #1 in 1969, but despite the fact that she sounded like she was on Quaaludes, Joan Jett's version also did well. Her version made it to a respectable #7 in 1982.
The first song during our "Bad Remakes Week" did not get enough votes to make it on the air. Sorry, Joan.
Talented musician and songwriter JJ Cale passed away on Friday, leaving a legacy of remarkable tunes.
Cale, aged 72, died of a heart attack, and on his facebook page, his family posted this: JJ Cale’s family is very grateful and deeply touched by your sharing of what his music meant to each of you. It helps carry us through this very difficult time to hear from you. Thank you so much.
Eric Clapton was a huge fan of Cale, and the two were good friends as well. Cale wrote two of Clapton's biggest hits, "Cocaine," and "After Midnight," as well as hits for other bands including "Call Me The Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In 2006, Clapton and Cale did an album together, called "The Road to Escondido." Because Cale didn't like to travel, Clapton went to him--in Escondido, California to record the album.
This video is from the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival.
"Call me the breeze, I keep blowin' down the road." JJ Cale 1938-2013
Matt Nathanson, the Massachusetts man with the sweet guitar and even sweeter voice, will be coming through Madison on November 12th with Joshua Radin to serenade the masses at the Barrymore theater. The tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM today, so be sure to get on those quickly if you don't want to miss out. Here's a sample from his new album to give you some motivation:
Artist: Matt Nathanson Hails From: Lexington, MA Song: Sky High Honey Album:Last of the Great Pretenders Sounds Like:Mat Kearney, Jon McLaughlin
If you're a Pearl Jam fan and have an iPhone or iPad, you might want to head over to the iTunes store and grab the Pearl Jam app, which has just been officially released.
It seems like a pretty sweet deal....as it includes stuff like song lyrics, a Pearl Jam timeline going back 20 years, and access to Pearl Jam concert tickets before they all sell out.
And if that weren't enough, you also get a digital version of the official Pearl Jam lighter, which I'm assuming only lights digital things. Along the same lines, there's also a digital concert candle!
The best part--the app is free!
I'd love to have it for my mobile device, but I'm thinking it won't work on my Tracfone.
Get all the specifics about what devices it works with and other info here.
The song Brand New Key made it to number 1 late in 1972 for Melanie. This moring a lot of listeners were discussing what the song is really about. Melanie has been asked the question many times.
Here's what she said, "I wrote it in about fifteen minutes one night. I thought it was cute; a kind of old thirties' tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols, and pretty obvious ones at that. There was no deep serious expression behind the song, but people read things into it. They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant. In some places, it was even banned from the radio.
My idea about songs is that once you write them, you have very little say in their life afterward. It's a lot like having a baby. You conceive a song, deliver it, and then give it as good a start as you can. After that, it's on its own. People will take it any way they want to take it."
Four years ago, Bob Dylan, who is Jewish, recorded a Christmas album.
It may be surprising to some that it was actually pretty good! And it inspired him to be involved in the creation of this video, which is amazing.
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