social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center
Blogs
Posts from May 2014

So Todd Snider wrote a book...

...and it's HILARIOUS.

Actually, Todd uses the word "hilarious" in the book a lot.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

You may remember Todd Snider as an "Alright Guy" who sand some pretty funny songs back in the 90s, and more recently had some success with a song called "Beer Run."

I've had a chance to see him a number of times and even chat with him for a little while. So that comes to play in my review of his book I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales.

This is the first time I've read a memoir by anyone that I've actually met and had a conversation with, so that added an extra layer to the reading experience. As I read it, it seemed more like Todd was just telling me stories.

It focuses a lot on the rock n roll lifestyle, the cool singers he met and what he learned from them (Jimmy Buffett, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kris Kristofferson were biggies). If you've ever seen Todd Snider in concert and enjoyed his rapport with the crowd, you'll like this book. It helps if you're familiar with his music as well. If I had one complaint, it would be that he talks a little too much about how much he loves doing drugs.

I was a little sad he didn't mention me in the book. You'd think hanging out with a random girl in an Oasis shirt in a radio station lobby for half an hour would be one of his more memorable anecdotes!   He stopped by the station to record a Live From Studio M performance, and was early because he didn't know what time zone he was in. So I kept him company while we waited for the hostess to show up.  Later that night I watched him play at the Paramount Music Hall on Park Street (now some sort of parking ramp).

After the show, I had him sign this Ritz Cracker box because I couldn't find a poster and forgot to bring the CD.

I really should get this framed.


 
 (0) Comments




 

According to UW Madison, these are the things you should cross off your Madison

According to UW Madison, these are the things you should cross off your Madison Summer Bucketlist:

Anything you would add? ~ Stevi
 (1) Comments


 

Queen is jumping on the bandwagon, or are they? ~Stevi

It seems as though the new trend in music is to release 'lost tracks' from performers that have passed decades before. I'm not sure what to think of this; although I get excited when I hear that Freddie Mercury's lost Queen production is finally going to be available to the public, I can't help but wonder if it's music that was MEANT to be lost by the performer. By that, what I mean is: these are tracks put together, then scrapped by the artist. Whether it didn't go with their direction, or it didn't meet their standards, it was music that was not meant to be heard with their name attached to it at the time of the musician's life (this also happened recently with Michael Jackson). I would imagine someone taking rough vocals, producing them in their own way, and releasing them without the artist's consent is much like some creep taking pictures of you at a beach, then publishing them. 

At any rate, here's the link for details on Queen's upcoming release ft. Freddie Mercury

Stevi
 (0) Comments




 

5 Things You Didn't Know about Maya Angelou





Tributes are coming in from all over the world for poet Maya Angelou, who has died at age 86. If you've heard of her, you know she wrote many books, including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." You probably know she read a poem at President Clinton's first inauguration, and may even know that she was good friends with Oprah Winfrey.

Here are a few more tidbits to add to the Maya Angelou file in your brain.

1. At age 14, she became San Francisco's first female African American cable car conductor.

2. Maya Angelou studied modern dance with Martha Graham, and danced with Alvin Ailey on TV variety shows.

3. She spoke English, French, Spanish, Arabic and the west African language, Fanti.

4. She appeared in the iconic TV mini-series roots in 1977, playing one of the midwives who helped with the birth of Kunta Kinte in Africa.

5. She didn't take herself too seriously. Here she is hanging out with some muppets on Sesame Street!

 (0) Comments




 

World's Worst iPod: Mocedades "Eres Tu"

The pop chart included a little Spanish spice back in 1974, when Mocedades had a hit with the song "Eres Tu."

It was a hit worldwide, and made it to #9 in los Estados Unidos.

I always loved this song because I was so proud of myself when I was able to translate it without looking up any words in an English Spanish dictionary.!



The B-side was the song in English. The lyrics are not a word for word translation. I remember enough of my 8 1/2 years of Spanish to recognize that!

 
 (0) Comments




 

The Eels did something NO ONE expected last night ~ Stevi

Last night, the Eels were in St. Paul for a concert, and who shows up? Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry. If that wasn't enough, he got onstage for the first time in 20 YEARS and sung Open Arms. Quite impressive, considering the guy is battling throat cancer. Read the article/watch the video here!

~Stevi

 
 (0) Comments
Tags :  
Topics : Entertainment_Culture
Social :
People : Steve Perry




 

If you're a vinyl nerd - check this out! ~Stevi

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen: tree rings being played on a record player! Curious to hear it? Check it out!

Stevi
 (0) Comments
Tags :  
Topics : Human InterestSports
Social :




 

Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer and Will Farrell in a drum-off may be the most pe

Red Hot Chili Peppers: perhaps one of the most influential bands in rock. Take drummer Chad Smith, and put him head to head with one of the most influential comedians of all time, and you have an epic drum-off. The fact that they look so similar makes it that much more perfect. Read the article/watch the video below. Happy Friday!

~Stevi
 (0) Comments




 

Jonathan may think I'm a crazy cat lady, but I've got nuthin' on this chick. ~St

This morning, while talking about my cat's Instagram account (don't judge), Jonathan kept giving me that 'you be cray' look.

However, I have managed to find a woman more nuts about her cats than me! Check out the video/read the article here! ~Stevi

 

Bike Riding Cats from David Weatherly on Vimeo.

 (0) Comments




 

5 Great Dylan covers, and one really really bad one

I'm getting in early with a birthday wish for Bob Dylan, who turns 73 on Saturday.

In honor of the "Poet Laureate of Our Generation," I decided to share my list of top 5 Dylan covers, and one that is so bad it's almost good.

Let's listen to the good ones first, shall we?

1. George Harrison "If Not for You."  Included on George's 3-album set "All Things Must Pass," George really made this song his own.

 

2. Them (Featuring Van Morrison). Van doesn't do a lot of covers, but he covered the hell out of this one. Pure Garage!
 

3. Edie Brickell "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall."  Remember this one from the movie Born on the Fourth of July?

 

4. Byrds "You Aint Goin' Nowhere"  (Added bonus--the enthusiastic dancers in this video)

 

5. Jimi Hendrix "All Along the Watchtower."  The definitive Dylan cover.



And now, the WORST Dylan cover (in my opinion).

The Wonder Who "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."  Yeah, that's Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. The arrangement is HILARIOUS. Oh, and I apologize in advance if this gets stuck in your head!

 
 (0) Comments




 
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
Activate With M
Submit
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
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...
Read More
The next Jonny Lang? Quinn Sullivan is the real deal
I was up in Wausau for the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, and had a great time watching all the great live music. The big surprise of the day was the guy who played at 3pm. He's just 15 years old and is a good friend of Buddy Guy, and even got to play...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Young MC "Bust a Move"
Kitty apppeared to be all alone on her dislike of this song, which made it to #7 on the charts in 1989. Rolling Stone described the song this way: "a G-rated funk-bomb integral to hip-hop's eventual mainstream acceptance." The...
Read More
The most beautiful spot in Dane County right now
If you get a chance to head out to Pope Farm Conservancy in the next couple of days--I highly recommend it! Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, where three different watersheds...
Read More
 
Categories
Archives