The World Will be as One

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

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

I wasn’t really planning this. Since nobody else shared anything the week I shared a solo George album, I just started listening to a bunch of their solo stuff. And since nobody shared anything last week either, I just kept listening to ex-Beatle solo albums. Continue reading

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The One Who Imagined it All

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

George Harrison – Somewhere in England (1981)

Much like before they broke up, after The Beatles broke up, George and Ringo never seem to get the attention they deserve. John got the most coverage. Paul still has a decent career, but I like George’s solo material the most. Continue reading

We Were Rocking Out

Some of my friends and I share music with one another to listen to at work. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week marks three years we’ve been playing this game. To commemorate this occasion, we did a “best of” – we shared our favorite albums originally shared by somebody else that we wouldn’t have shared ourselves. Does that make sense?

For example, I could only find five times I gave out a perfect score. Once, Tim shared an album I would have gotten around to sharing, but he beat me to the punch. Another time, Spencer shared an album I had suggested before he joined the game. Of the three other albums, I had never heard of one band (perhaps I would have discovered them eventually and shared them, but who knows), had heard of another but never listened to them, and the last album is from an artist I listened to on the radio in the ’90s/early ’00s, but after getting burned copies of the whole albums, I wasn’t super impressed. So when a new album came out a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have given it a chance unless (like Chris did), someone suggested we listen to it for this game.

Basically, it means there was a ton of great music shared this week. But before we get there, here’s what my friends thought of as the best things shared in this game over the past three years.

Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song (2011)

Spencer went with the album that has most entered his regular listening rotation (though he did say it is probably tied with Toh Kay’s Hand that Thieves, but went with this one). Continue reading

The Worst Songs of All Time

Months ago, one of my old coworkers found a NPR podcast where they discuss the worst songs of all time. They do admit that all of these songs are really well known songs and divisive. Some people (even some of the panelists) love some of these songs. And many are by really well known, successful artists. But, in the podcast, they argue that when a great artist comes out with even a half-horrible song, it’s worse because of the expectation factor. The horrible songs by the unknown artists never get attention, because of course they’re terrible. That’s why those artists never got famous.

The song the used as an example? Continue reading

Feel your Insides Churning

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

Some weeks are $1 chicken tacos from a street vendor. This week was dutchoven steak, potatoes, carrots and onion. With a little rosemary (which is both metaphorically and literally true).

The Notwist – Neon Golden (2002)

A German “indietronica rock” band. Sure. Why not? Continue reading

The Stage was Set, the Sun was Sinkin’ Low Down

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

This week didn’t have a theme, per se, but my suggestion did prompt a little extra discussion about songs to represent humanity. But first, here’s what my friends suggested:

Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes (1972)

Continuing off of last week‘s David Bowie theme, Spencer shared a group Bowie sort of took under his wing. Aside from producing the album and playing sax, he also stopped the band from breaking up (this time) and gave them the title track.

AND! Spencer didn’t mention this, but their drummer died on Sunday, January 17. Plenty of rock stars have died early from drugs or airplane accidents or murderous fans, but with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll in the ’50s and ’60s, those 20-year-olds who started playing then are now all pretty old. We’ve lost quite a few, and I think it’ll only increase.

I have never heard of these guys, but I feel like I should have. And I had no idea of what to expect. Even now, I’m not sure how I’d describe their style. Continue reading

We’ve Wandered Many Weary Foot Since Auld Lang Syne

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

dp4CvrThe December People – A Classic Rock Christmas (2015)

Going with the Frankincense tune from last week, Spencer shared a whole album of prog/Christmas tune mash-ups. Continue reading