11 search results for "murmur"

R.E.M. "Murmur"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#131 in the Series is) R.E.M., Murmur. (I.R.S.) I’m actually surprised it took me until the 131st entry to feature this album. Why, well you’ve all heard of Desert Island Discs.  Those would be the ten albums that you’d take to an island if you only were able to live with ten.  Well, this would be one of the first I’d toss into the boat if I was starting a three hour tour. I had heard REM’s Chronic Town EP a few times when this was released.  So I was aware of them.  I was quickly falling in love with their Rickenbacker led jangly guitar riff sound. Murmur was REM’s first full length...

Hindu Love Gods ‘Hindu Love Gods’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#1004 in the Series) is the Hindu Love Gods. There’s something cool about two of your favorite acts coming together on side projects.  That’s exactly what we have here in the Hindu Love Gods.  Who are they? (REM-Michael Stipe) + Warren Zevon = Hindu Love Gods. For those of you that hated Algebra, this would mean… take REM but leave Michael Stipe home, now add Warren Zevon on vocals and you got the idea. OK, now which tunes should they do you “ax?”  Well, they really did hang together enough to do much writing, so like many quickie, one-off side projects, they resort to covering many songs that they just happened to like....

The Sundays ‘Reading, Writing and Arithmetic’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#900 in the Series) is The Sundays, Reading Writing and Arithmetic I have never been that big a fan of the MP3 revolution. For one, it put the buying power of music more into “tweens” and teens who for the most part do not have very good taste in music. As a result, the themes in popular music became much less sophisticated. Artists were no longer developed, they were produced because it was no longer albums that mattered but singles. Not to mention, soon shows such as American Idol came along offering to make anyone a “star” as opposed to these people working their way up in the traditional way where you hone and perfect...

Don Dixon “Most of the Girls Like to Dance but Only Some of the Boys Do”

Posted 01 Dec 2013 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Folk Rock, Pop

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#894 in the Series) is Don Dixon, Most of the Girls Like to Dance but Only Some of the Boys Do Quite often the hardest thing about maintaining this website is trying to come up with the next day’s “Cool Album of the Day.” There are times when nothing jumps out at you that you feel like telling people about. Then there are times when you get an idea from places you never expected. That’s what happened yesterday when I was looking for our next entry. As you know we also have a Facebook page for “Cool Album of the Date.” On the page there is often continuous discussion on the entries along...

The Replacements ‘Let It Be’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements When they were good, they were really great. But when The Replacements were bad, they were truly awful. Seeing The Replacements in concert was always a crap shoot. Whether it was boredom from being on the road, or just youthful blowing off steam, you never really knew what you were going to get when you went to see the “Placemats.” Heck, I saw them five times during their heyday, and I think they were really good only twice. I’m not sure if that makes me a sucker for punishment, or just addicted to the greatness that I did witness when they did come to play....

This Providence “Brier”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#732 in the Series) is This Providence, Brier (OK, EP Actually) This Providence was a band that had always been written down in my little book of artists to check out, but for one reason or another, they kept getting passed over. So when I ran my eyes down the openers for Go Radio’s Lucky Street tour, the name rang a bell but I didn’t think much of it. I had bought the ticket on a whim anyway, needing a break from midterms and wanting a chance to explore another area of Boston. The show was at a tiny venue that’s quickly turning into my favorite on the east coast – TT...

The Baseball Project “Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#675 in the Series) is The Baseball Project, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails Somewhere, probably with one heck of a backing band, Steve Goodman is performing his annual rite of spring, “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” for “The Man in Charge” in his annual attempt to bring positive Mojo to the Chicago Cubs and at long last bring a championship to one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball.  It is in this reverential spirit that the collective group of artists known as The Baseball Project was formed and released the album Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails. The Baseball Project is a concept group united...

R.E.M. “Chronic Town”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#501 in the Series) is R.E.M., Chronic Town OK, who remembers Trouser Press?  Actually, it’s still around. Maybe it’s just online now, I have no idea actually.  If you remember the magazine, do you remember when they used to have “flexi discs” in the issues? Who were most of the bands on those discs, no Idea, but I do remember one. That was R.E.M. and the songs that appeared on the flexi discs were from their Chronic Town EP. My good friend Terry took a bunch of those discs and took a bunch of the better songs from these bands and put them on a Maxell or TDK or “something” cassette tape. Two...

R.E.M…. “We Have Decided To Call It a Day”

Posted 21 Sep 2011 in Music + TV News, Rock + Roll

  In their own words.. “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M. I had a chance to see them on the Murmur tour way back when. Check out my piece I wrote about the night I spent hanging with them back years ago. It includes a funny story about the recording of the album. Here’s a short statement from the band. “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude,...

Clocks “Clocks”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#353 in the Series) is the self-tiled debut from Clocks. If you’ve read some of my previous write-ups you may have read some referring to my summer in Kansas City in 1983. That’s where I saw REM on the Murmur tour and also Split Enz on the Time and Tide tour. You should check out those write-ups, they have some great stories in them. (The REM piece is one of my favorites.) While there I had a friend named Barbara that lived in Paola, Kansas. She kept telling me about this great band called the Clocks that called “somewhat” nearby Wichita home.  She gave me a tape and yeah, I liked what I...

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