Working for a Paycheck

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life (2005)

I was at a national park for most of the week, so (when I got back) I just shared a single that is an inspiration for a song I’m working on. My song is still in the very beginning stages. And it has been for 10 years. Continue reading

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A Cavalcade of Anger and Fear

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree (2005)

I was recently going through old scraps of paper on which I had written ideas for songs. Mostly lyrics or chord progressions, but also some inspirations. One of those was the song This Year off this album. And the best part is, I don’t even know what song I wrote that was influenced by these guys. Continue reading

May Tomorrow be Sunny and Bright

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Chris was going to share his top 10 albums of 2018 one at a time, but (for reasons unexplained), he shared them all at once. Number 3 was Christine and the Queens’ Chris, so I decided to tackle number 2 this week and his number 1 next week. And I’ll probably do the other albums in subsequent weeks when nobody else shares anything. If you want to know all of his top 10 albums of last year, you can check out his blog here. In the meantime, here are my thoughts on

The Voidz – Virtue (2018)

This is the second offering from a side project (or perhaps just the next project) for Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. Continue reading

The Stars are Mine

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Americana Deluxe (1998)

I’m not sure why I picked these guys this week. Perhaps because I’ve been looking through some old stuff I’ve written and am thinking about recording, and these guys came to mind. I’ve had these guys on my list of things to share for quite a while. Continue reading

Everything’s Gonna be All Right

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

>Reel Big Fish – Turn the Radio Off (1996)

I know Tim isn’t really a fan of ska, but this is week marks our 241st week playing this game and I just couldn’t not share possibly the king of ’90s ska albums from the biggest west coast ska band. Continue reading

Tomorrow, the Sun’s Going to Shine

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

KTiKat Tingey – Innocence (2001)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an album from a local artist and so I wanted to follow up on that this week. Not that Kat is in any way musically similar to Avenue. Continue reading

It’s So Hard to Keep This Smile From My Face

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

It was a state holiday on Tuesday, so chances are nobody’s worked much this week. And probably nobody’s going to listen to my suggestions anyway. I have a plan for August, but this week, enjoy something simple.

I’m sharing a couple songs which I was introduced to via the 1992 Reservoir Dogs soundtrack. If you look up the soundtrack on Spotify or something, you’ll notice it’s 16 tracks long, but half of those are dialogue. So that leaves 8 actual songs, the best of which is a cover:

Blue Swede’s cover of Jonathan King’s cover of B.J. Thomas’s Hooked on a Feeling (1974)

It’s actually a cover of a cover, and each time the song improves on the original (which was already a fine song). Most people now know it from Guardians of the Galaxy. Continue reading