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Marshall's Top Albums of 2014

1. U2- Songs of Innocence:
One of my favorite English poets is, William Blake. Jim Morrison of the Doors was so inspired by Blake's poetry, he used one of Blake's lines, "the doors of perception," to name the Doors….the Doors! So, this U2 album, Songs of Innocence, really reached out to me because Songs of Innocence is a title of one of Blake's poetry books. I think it is no accident, Bono chose this title. The album, like Blake's book, is so 'meaty.' So many personal stories, so much from Bono's life in each and every song, like how Bono was inspired and influenced when he first saw Joey Ramone on stage with the Ramones. I was in high school at this time, but, would have loved then and even still now to have seen, The Ramones. The song, The Miracle of Joey Ramone, from this album, really is so neat, especially the electric guitar riff at the end of the song, my favorite part, I know, weird, but, just me. I think of seeing such acts as Elton John, or, The Tubes, for the first time as a kid and how they really changed my life. It was an event bigger than life for me and I see how Bono's seeing Joey Ramone was bigger than life for him and when he sings the song, it's bigger than life, too.

2. George Ezra- Wanted on Voyage:
Having traveled to Budapest, Hungary, myself, when I heard first heard the song Budapest by George Ezra, I had to hear the whole album which I loved as much as the song, Budapest. The song, Budapest, my favorite on the album, really is a "hidden treasure chest," as Ezra sings, and, so is the album. I enjoyed the video for, Budapest, but, I had hoped it would be more like the song, showing his 'grand piano,' and pictures from the stunning cities of Buda and Pest which make up Budapest along the famed European river, Danube. Ezra is so young but sings with the maturity of an old soul. What will be next for "old" George? I can hardly wait!

3. Black Keys- Turn Blue:
Ugh, feel lost I missed seeing them when they were in Milwaukee this past fall. Several from Triple M, sadly, I was not one. FEVER is such a COOL song. The album is one which fills me with fever so such a refreshing and renewing sound. It's like I heard The Black Keys before, in a past life, somewhere along the line, they existed before, the amalgamation of all other groups made into the Black Keys. I mean, I can hear the influences upon the Black Keys coming out in their music. It's just two guys from of all places, Akron, Ohio. I mean, I thought the Black Keys would be from like, New Orleans or Memphis. They have this unique sound I never would have thought would be from, Akron. Not that I have anything against Akron, it is just like saying one expects them to come from somewhere 'big,' cause I wonder what was happening in Akron that made them who they are? If you are from Seattle, you have that ''grunge sound,' something big happened there. But, Akron? Where the hell is Akron even at in Ohio? Tom Watts and New York are inspirations to the two guys, but, still, it seems amazing they met up in all places, Akron. It's hard to believe they have been around thirteen years, and, I just discovered them or actually heard them for the 'first time,' with Fever. It is psychedelic rock reminiscent of the Tubes or Jefferson Airplane and the "Old" San Francisco scene of that age. The whole album is good, and, I like the title track, Turn Blue, but, Fever is VERY cool, my favorite without a doubt, one of my top ten albums for 2014 for sure!

4. Hozier- Hozier:
From Eden from this album is a cool song, but, Take me to Church is amazing! It's one of those songs, that no matter how many times I play it, I never get sick of it or get bored or tired with it. They lyrics always touch me, which I find to be the coolest of lyrics ever written. Like, "I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife," is SOOO cool a line! That song touches me so deeply, that, the rest of the album is a blur when I have listened to it because I keep thinking of, Take me to Church. And, I keep on wondering how is THE church? His love? The church, a church? I was raised in a church family and the things like, "A Giggle at a Funeral," would have never been tolerated had they been said when I was growing up at home. Now, they do make me giggle and provoke me to deeper thoughts. I mean, I love the album, but, he really knows how to say provocative words, knows how to sing them with that voice which sounds almost androgynous to me. It all, his words and voice blur his gender, convention, make me think of music and life in a whole new different way. As I do not go to church anymore, I never would have thought I would have LOVED a song about being taken to church, but, I LOVE it! So, please forgive me that I can only really talk about that "church song," and, not the whole album. I think you may get where I am coming from with Hozier's music! He really mirrors life through is art so very well! Take a listen to the album and tell me you don't agree.

5. Lana Del Rey- Ultraviolence:
I can relate to Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Grant) because I can relate to Catholic grade schools and alcohol challenges. So, when she sings, I understand what she is saying on some deeper level, for, I hear my own voice, my own soul in this album. It really is, ultra violent on some level as it fosters one to think deeper about life and I am challenged to think deeper about my life through her music. I like that Lana Del Rey has a "stage name," where monks and nuns take a new name when they enter the church, she took a new name too, to declare a new identity, a new person, a new talent and art form. She gets the west coast, and, all it's neat ways but also its shallow and superficial ways as well. She sings of gods, idols, and, it's no accident to me, since I hear it all as I was raised in Catholic grade schools as well. She says they got their idols and golden gods, refereeing to the Oscar statue? The whole album is this provocative, evoking all kinds of ideas and images and even memoires as her subtle but passionate voice echoes a 'spiritual' presence which is not spiritual in the way she was raised as it is deeper and much more real.

6. Coldplay- Ghost Stories:
When Viva La Vida came out, I was thinking of how different it sounded from usual Coldplay music and I did not like it. As time went on, it grew on me and I came to love that album, even going to Alpine Valley to see Coldplay during that time. Ghost Stories, sounds like the "old" Coldplay, I have come to love and come to know as, "Coldplay," and, I really love it. I love the song we played on Triple M, Sky Full of Stars. I actually had someone I knew and loved, die in my arms, literally, so, it spoke to me in this kind of, 'soulful' or, 'spiritual' way. This album brought back memories of that special person and the concert when I saw them in East Troy, Wisconsin at Alpine Valley. Since I love Coldplay so much, coming to first love them and know them with the song, "In my Room," I was thrilled that they released this new album. They seem to return to their roots for me. I think Jeff Martin really stays consistent and stable in this album, where, I can't really say he's improved from the last albums, he just is timeless, not stagnant, he just is, Jeff Martin from the Coldplay I love most and know most. It's like I am hearing Coldplay from ten years ago when I listen to this album, an album and the only album of 2014 which always brings me to tears because of its eternal lyrics and ethereal melodies. If you have not heard the whole album, listen to it, don't miss this one, because it is pure Coldplay, what we came to love when we first heard them for the very first time.

7. Nikki Lane- All or Nothin':
I like to think, Nikki Lane is the reincarnation of the outlaws, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. What is SOOO cool, is that Nikki played a LIVE from Studio M session here at Triple M and I got to see a few minutes of it while working. I love her outlaw voice, her style, her look, her songs. They are raw and real, true to life, her life. I lived in the south for over a decade and heard her South Carolina southern life coming out in the song, Right Time from the album, All or Nothin.' Lane brought back memories for me of living in the south, when I listened to the album over and over, while cleaning my house and cooking one Saturday morning. There is something about a southern writer, musician, that embodies so much or absorbs so much of that region as they sing about life and really understand life so well, the stories they grew up hearing coming out in their art. Her stories she told at the Live from Studio M session were like that, and, always so funny as she was hilarious. Her voice is perfect and her music exceptional! I love outlaw country music, be it Willie Nelson, Waylon, Cash, or, Nikki Lane. I am glad I got a chance to hear her here at Triple M. Wish I could have met her but then would have wished I could have talked to her for hours sharing 'southern stories,' and, laughing. At least I have this album for that and I know there will be more just as exceptional to come.

8. Spoon- Love Ways:
I don't think Spoon can be from anywhere but, Austin, Texas. When they were in Madison, I this past fall, I wanted to go see them but could not find anyone to go with, so, regretfully, I did not go. Still kicking myself. What is neat is that now that Spoon is, "mainstream," they don't sound it. They have been around since 1993 and they still sound cool. They have evolved, but, they have not sold out. Their music is crisp and cool and so, "Austin City Limits-like," if that is a word. They sound so, avant-garde, like the German band they are named after. When I have been to Austin, to experience the music scene down there, from country to rock music, I can see how they sound so Austin, how, they could only be from Austin. The university in Austin is great like ours in Madison, alright, not as great as the UW, but, Austin is a lot of like Madison. It inspires and gives new ideas and new life to artists. Not surprising their crisp sounding album sounds SOOOO good and not surprising it is one of my favorites for, 2014.

9. Jack White- Lazaretto:
I honestly listened to this CD/Album, Lazaretto while drinking Amaretto. So, I think Ii remember some of it. Well, I remember the best parts. And, who can't love someone like Jack White from Mo-town, the Motor City, Detroit? I swear I hear the MO TOWN in his music! It is SOOO cool a sound! Like rap and blues and….well, I can't explain it. Then, Jack is living in Nashville! Too cool, give those country guys your blend of music to smoke in their pipes! And, Jack's guitar, did I mention Jack's guitar! It is THE best! Just SOOO cool! Johnny Rotten, move on over! Lazaretto is too up to drink when the Amaretto is relaxing me, but, it works. Jack's music reminds me of seeing STOMP where they make music out of thin air, I swear! It's cool he's had his good loves in live, mainly bad, a few divorces, but, being called eccentric is a good thing. I have no idea how to explain his music, you will just have to listen. But, it's just Jack! Without out a doubt, one of my favorite albums of 2014, with or without the Amaretto!

10. Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers- Hypnotic Eye:
Does anyone really know how old Tom Petty is? In high school in the 70's I loved Petty! Seems he's stayed true to who he is over the years. His album and the song, Give Me Something Good, sound like traditional and classic, Petty, which I love. He has not sold out. I LOVE the album cover as it really makes me feel as if I've fallen under a hypnotic spell when I look at it. Memories of when Petty was with the Traveling Willburies, to when I was playing, Breakdown, when I was 17 years old working on a rock station in Racine, THE ROCKER, WRKR/100.7Fm, makes me remember Petty in this kind of personal way, when I first discovered him as a kid. As Petty ages, so do it, but, this album sounds like nothing has changed with Tom Petty. And, I do not say that in a negative way or implying Petty has stagnated or is just cranking out sterile albums. Somehow, Petty is able to stay consistent and true to who he is all these years. His sound hardly wavers on this album, as his sound over the years has not really changed at all, which I really love. Petty's album is like a California wine, very fine and always what you expect, running the gamete of emotions in the way he sings, with that haunting voice, with those haunting lyrics. Give me Something Good is a cool video, too.







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World's Worst iPod: Carl Douglas "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting"

It's hard to believe a novelty song like this went all the way up the charts to number one---but it did, and actually stayed there for two weeks!

It seemed most everyone, excluding our meteorologist Brian Olson wanted to hear this song, which came out in 1974.

It was the only song Kitty's brother ever requested on the radio, which actually explains a lot about his personality!

Enjoy!
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Kitty's Top Albums of 2014

10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage
  • This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and keyboards. And his music is beautiful, haunting and old beyond his years. In addition to the hit "Budapest", I loved the haunting "Did you Hear the Rain?" I played that track over and over and over again. His voice reminds me a little bit of Brad Roberts from Crash Test Dummies, with a whole lot more soul.
9. John Hiatt: Terms of Surrender
  • When did John Hiatt turn into an old blues singer? On his 22nd album, he's slowed down the pace from his "Perfectly Good Guitar" and "Slow Turning" days. Listening to this album is like sitting on the porch with an old grandfather of the blues, strumming his guitar and complaining about life's problems. "Old People" seems like Hiatt's answer to Randy Newman's "Short People," which includes this line: "Old people are pushy, they're not mushy, Old people are pushy, 'cause life ain't cushy." He's just about the only guy that could get away with a lyric like that.
8. The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River
  • What a lineup! Producer T-Bone Burnett got Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops together to work their magic on song Bob Dylan wrote but never finished. Nobody tries to sound like Dylan, they all put their own spin on the songs. It's a mishmash of styles, but somehow it works.
7. Gary Clark Jr: Live
  • I first saw Gary Clark, Jr. at Farm Aid in Chicago in 2010, and he blew me away. At the time, the Texas guitar slinger didn't even have a record contract. That soon changed. He was signed by Warner Bros and released the album Blak and Blu. It was quite good but didn't capture the magic I witnessed that day when he was playing among the likes of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. This live album does. If you love the blues and have been waiting forty years for the next Jimi Hendrix, you'll love this album.
6. Hozier (self-titled debut)
  • I was transfixed by the first song we started playing, "Take Me To Church." I am a sucker for minor chords, and I like the imagery the song conveys, comparing a romatic relationship to going to church. Hozier is a young Irishman who is wise beyond his years, with a soulful, eerie quality to his songs. Rolling Stone gave the album 3 ½ stars, and offered this comparison: "(he) channels Van Morrison's 5Celtic R&B, Southern soul and Black Keys-style garage blues." No wonder I liked it so much!
5. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold
  • Imagine if EmmyLou Harris had a sister, and they sang together! When we first starting playing the song "Silver Lining" on Triple M, I was entranced by the voices of these two young sisters from Sweden, Johanna and Klara Söderberg, and that feeling stayed with me through the entire album. The Söderberg sisters write their own songs, which are hypnotic and mesmerizing. And their harmonies are magical. A great album from start to finish.
4. R.E.M. Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
  • This 33-song set from the TV show "MTV Unplugged" reignited my love of this band. The 2 CD set features songs recorded in 1991 and 2001 for the cable show, and features songs that are right in my wheelhouse, stripped down, and unplugged. Songs include the hits like "Losing My Religion," as well as some lesser known songs like "Swan Swan H," "Cuyahoga" and "So. Central Rain." The band is spot-on, and Michael Stipe's voice is in fine form. I was particularly happy to finally get their version of "Love is All Around," the cover of the hit song by the Troggs.
3. Black Keys: Turn Blue
  • This album has a different sound for the Black Keys—not so much raw ragged blues. Now it's dreamier, trippier, and more psychedelic. I love the poppy "Gotta Get Away," but the other songs flow over me in a way that's not unlike Pink Floyd or R.E.M. I have no idea what the lyrics are, but for some reason that doesn't matter.
2 & 1 (tie) Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver (in Mono)
  • This September, the Beatles re-released vinyl editions of all the albums that were originally recorded in mono, offering them in either a pricey box set, or individually. So far I've only heard Sgt. Pepper and Revolver, but they are amazing! The Beatles always took more personal interest in the mono versions, because that format is what most fans in Britain purchased. Key tracks: "She's Leaving Home", which is present at the correct speed, a bit faster than the one we grew up listening to, and "I'm Only Sleeping" which is even more psychedelic than the stereo version.

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Rock Hall gets it right, honors Stevie Ray Vaughan

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees this morning, I was very happy to see one of the names on the list: Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Even though the late Texas guitar slinger has been eligible to get in since 2008, this is the first year he was even nominated. I'm glad they didn't put him on the also-ran list for 2015! I'm also pleased that he's getting in with the other two-thirds of his band, Double Trouble.

According to the Rock Hall's criteria, they honor those artists who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of rock and roll. Since Stevie Ray Vaughan single-handedly re-ignited the blues, and influenced a generation of guitar players, he fits the bill perfectly.

Others making the list this time around include Green Day (getting in in their first year of eligibility), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, Lou Reed (as a solo artist), the 5 Royales, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr is also getting a special award for musical excellence.

The induction ceremony happens in Cleveland in August.

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Discover & Download: Elle King

This Week's Discover & Download...Elle King - Ex's and Oh's!
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Jeff the Promo Guy's Top 2014 Picks

2014 had a ton of great new album releases, and I easily came up with more than 10 to reference. I would have loved to include The Fray, Angus & Julia Stone, Bleachers, Alt-J, and George Ezra… but they just didn't make it on my Top 10 list. Here are the ones that did:

10 – Walk The Moon "Talking is Hard"
  • Just squeaked in as a 2014 album, so I haven't spun it too many times… but I'm addicted to "Shut up and dance!" Plus, they are coming to Madison on March 29 (with The Griswolds)!
9 – Sam Smith "In The Lonely Hour"
  • There's no denying that Sam Smith is the "You Oughta Know Artist of the Year" as awarded by VH1, his album is one that you need to know as well!
8 – KONGOS "Lunatic"
  • One of my all-time favorite bands is The Offspring, and KONGOS reminds me of them – wasn't too hard to find myself repeating this album as a result!
7 – The Revivalists "City of Sound"
  • This is a 'live' album and I felt like I was in the audience during their show every time I played it. Often in my car, often on a road trip.
6 – Vance Joy "Dream Your Life Away"
  • Vance Joy has an incredibly unique voice and for a debut album, it is pretty spectacular. Plenty of hits hidden on this one.
5 – Sleeper Agent "About Last Night"
  • I had never heard of Sleeper Agent until they stopped at 105.5 Triple M for a Live from Studio M session, after meeting Alex & Tony from the group and hearing a few songs, I was hooked!
4 – SPOON "They Want My Soul
  • Who doesn't know SPOON? The last time I remember enjoying their work was back in 2007 with "The Underdog" – glad that their new album is a breath of fresh air that I can play over and over again!
3 –Hozier (self-titled album)
  • At first, I didn't give this album much of a chance. I later heard new singles (after "Take Me To Church") and thought to myself 'who is this?!' …oh, it's Hozier? I need to listen to this album again! It's great!
2 – PHOX (self-titled album)
  • You can't deny the rise of local natives, PHOX! Monica's voice is gentle and just different enough to stand out in an oversaturated market. The album flows nicely from one song to the next; in no time at all, it is time to start it up again from the beginning.
1 – The Griswolds "Be Impressive"
  • I went with a newer name for my #1 favorite album of 2014 – I found that their music was often stuck in my head on the most random of days and before they were a common name for me, it drove me crazy trying to remember the song title "Beware the Dog." I'm sticking with this choice, challenge me if you want!
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Kitty's Top Ten albums of 2014, Part One

What was your favorite album of 2014? I found a lot worth listening to. Here's the first half of my Top Ten list. Part Two coming soon.

10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage
This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and keyboards. And his music is beautiful, haunting and old beyond his years. In addition to the hit "Budapest", I loved the haunting "Did you Hear the Rain?" I played that track over and over and over again. His voice reminds me a little bit of Brad Roberts from Crash Test Dummies, with a whole lot more soul.

9. John Hiatt: Terms of Surrender
When did John Hiatt turn into an old blues singer? On his 22nd album, he's slowed down the pace from his "Perfectly Good Guitar" and "Slow Turning" days. Listening to this album is like sitting on the porch with an old grandfather of the blues, strumming his guitar and complaining about life's problems. "Old People" seems like Hiatt's answer to Randy Newman's "Short People," which includes this line: "Old people are pushy, they're not mushy, Old people are pushy, 'cause life ain't cushy." He's just about the only guy that could get away with a lyric like that.

8. The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River
What a lineup! Producer T-Bone Burnett got Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops together to work their magic on song Bob Dylan wrote but never finished. Nobody tries to sound like Dylan, they all put their own spin on the songs. It's a mishmash of styles, but somehow it works.

7. Gary Clark Jr: Live
I first saw Gary Clark, Jr. at Farm Aid in Chicago in 2010, and he blew me away. At the time, the Texas guitar slinger didn't even have a record contract. That soon changed. He was signed by Warner Bros and released the album Blak and Blu. It was quite good but didn't capture the magic I witnessed that day when he was playing among the likes of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. This live album does. If you love the blues and have been waiting forty years for the next Jimi Hendrix, you'll love this album.

6. Hozier (self-titled debut)
I was transfixed by the first song we started playing, "Take Me To Church." I am a sucker for minor chords, and I like the imagery the song conveys, comparing a romatic relationship to going to church. Hozier is a young Irishman who is wise beyond his years, with a soulful, eerie quality to his songs. Rolling Stone gave the album 3 ½ stars, and offered this comparison: "(he) channels Van Morrison's Celtic R&B, Southern soul and Black Keys-style garage blues." No wonder I liked it so much!
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Discover & Download: Bad Suns


This Week's Discover & Download is:
Bad Suns - 'Salt'
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World's Worst iPod: Digital Underground "Humpty Dance"

Apparently everyone who was in middle school in 1990 was listening to our show this morning, because support was overwhelming for "Humpty Dance." The song with its wild and crazy rhymes and infectious beat went all the way to #11 on the charts that year.

We got a suggestion that Brian Olsen should do a sexy slow jam of the lyrics---and we think that's a great idea! Stay tuned!

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Discover & Download: Bad Suns "Salt"

From Bad Suns: Los Angeles natives, Bad Suns, are pleased to announce the release of their debut album, Language & Perspective. Comprised of eleven tracks, Language & Perspective moves effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the band's stadium ready anthems and undeniably catchy hooks.

Produced by Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk) Language & Perspective serves as a follow up to the band's breakout debut EP Transpose, which hit streets earlier this year. In a short time since their inception, Bad Suns have performed the first single, 'Cardiac Arrest,' on Conan and the track is already fast approaching Top 20 at Alt Radio with a weekly audience of 1 million plus and building. Watch the Conan performance here: http://youtu.be/seNFqYvl_OA.

"It's pretty incredible what you can accomplish with time, work, and patience. Playing our songs to receptive audiences, across the country, has been surreal for us; it's what we've always dreamed of. We're excited for people to hear the album that we've made, and then come experience it in a live setting," says frontman Christo Bowman.

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World's Worst iPod: Albert Hammond "I'm a Train"

"I'm a train, I'm lyin' on a train, I'm a train I'm a chicka-train yeah! " Who could not love a song with lyrics like that?

This song went to #31 in 1974 for Albert Hammond (not to be confused with Albert Hammond, Jr, a member of the Strokes.)

He is the same guy who had a hit with "It Never Rains in Southern California," another World's Worst iPod classic!




While looking for this video on youtube, I found another song by Albert Hammond, which suggest a possible identity crisis. It's called "I'm A Camera." Sounds very 1980s to me, but isn't bad!

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World's Worst iPod - Barry Manilow Copacabana

As you can probably guess, Kitty was on vacation so Jonathan managed to get Barry Manilow's Copacabana on the air this morning for the World's Worst iPod.  The song actually made it to number 8 back in 1979.  All you Fanilows out there enjoy. 

 
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World's Worst iPod: Kajagoogoo "Too Shy"

Gotta love the '80s!  Depending on who you're talking to, Kajagoogoo's "Too Shy" is either a song that defines the decade, in a good way, or it's a song that gives all other '80s songs a bad name.

It made it to #5 on the charts in 1983. The lead singer for the group, Limahl, also had some solo success with the theme song for the movie "The Neverending Story."

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Birthday Boy Neil Young

Happy 69th birthday to my favorite self-proclaimed "rich hippie,"  Neil Young.  I remember when I was a kid, I hated Neil's voice. I didn't even particularly care for his songs CSNY albums, but the guy grew on me, and he's now one of my favorite artists.  One of the things I admire most about him is that he never gives a crap about what anyone else thinks, and just goes where the music tells him to go.

Sometimes that's into the ditch, in my opinion, but I still love him!

Here are 5 things you may not have known about this Canadian curmudgeon.


1. Neil is especially creative when he's not feeling well. He wrote "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," on the same day, with a temperature of 103. (That's Fahrenheit, or for you Canadians, 39 Celsius).

2. He thought it was "pretty great" that Lynryd Skynyrd mentioned his name in the song "Sweet Home Alabama."

3.  Another member of Neil's family is very highly respected in Canada. There's a grade school named for Scott Young, who was a highly revered sports writer.

4.  He was in a band called "The Mynah Birds" with future super-freak Rick James.

5. He says he composed most of his best songs, while in bed, stoned.

(Above photo credit, Kitty Dunn @Farm Aid 2010.)


 
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World's Worst iPod: Mac and Katie Kissoon "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep"

There was a lot of love this morning for a song that made it up to #20 in 1971 for the brother sister team of Mac and Katie Kissoon.

The pair hailed from Trinidad and this was their only Top 40 hit.

 
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Freebies for Veterans

Today's the day to thank a vet! Many restaurants are doing their part to say "thank you" by offering free food items.  Since restrictions vary depending on where you go, you may want to call first to make sure you understand what you need to do to prove veteran status.

Free meals are offered at Applebees, Chili's, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, T-G-I-Fridays, Red Robin, Famous Dave's, or Hooters.

You can get a free pint of beer at Old Chicago, 50 percent off a meal at Sprechers, a cup of coffee at Starbucks, a Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse, some fro-yo at Menchies or Orange Leaf, free appetizer at Longhorn Steakhouse.

Getting the award for "absolute least you can do to honor a veteran" is Doubletree Inss and Suites. Vets who stop by today can get a free chocolate chip cookie.

I'm thinking vets would rather have good jobs and access to quality health care than a cookie. But maybe that's just me.
 
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Discover & Download: Guster

 

  This week's Discover & Download is:

'Simple Machine' by Guster.

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World's Worst iPod: Robbie Nevil "C'est La Vie"

"That's just the way things go," croons Robbie Nevil in the soong "C'est La Vie."  Despite the fact that the theme seemed to fit the way a lot of people feel today, there just wasn't enough to support playing it in its entirety.

Released in 1986, the song peaked at #2 in 1987, and was also a popular dance song.

 

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Download: Mike Doughty

This week's free download for Discover & Download is:
 "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future by Mike Doughty

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Discover & Download: Marc Broussard

This week's free download for Discover & Download is:

 "Hurricane Heart" by Marc Broussard

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Marshall's Top Albums of 2014
1. U2- Songs of Innocence: One of my favorite English poets is, William Blake. Jim Morrison of the Doors was so inspired by Blake's poetry, he used one of Blake's lines, "the doors of perception," to name the Doors….the Doors! So, this U2 album,...
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World's Worst iPod: Carl Douglas "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting"
It's hard to believe a novelty song like this went all the way up the charts to number one---but it did, and actually stayed there for two weeks! It seemed most everyone, excluding our meteorologist Brian Olson wanted to hear this song, which came...
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Kitty's Top Albums of 2014
10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and keyboards. And his music is beautiful, haunting and old beyond his years. In addition to the hit "Budapest", I loved the haunting "Did you...
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Rock Hall gets it right, honors Stevie Ray Vaughan
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees this morning, I was very happy to see one of the names on the list: Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even though the late Texas guitar slinger has been eligible to get in since 2008, this is the...
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Discover & Download: Elle King
This Week's Discover & Download...Elle King - Ex's and Oh's!
Jeff the Promo Guy's Top 2014 Picks
2014 had a ton of great new album releases, and I easily came up with more than 10 to reference. I would have loved to include The Fray, Angus & Julia Stone, Bleachers, Alt-J, and George Ezra… but they just didn't make it on my Top 10 list. Here...
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Kitty's Top Ten albums of 2014, Part One
What was your favorite album of 2014? I found a lot worth listening to. Here's the first half of my Top Ten list. Part Two coming soon. 10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and...
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Discover & Download: Bad Suns
This Week's Discover & Download is: Bad Suns - 'Salt'
 
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