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Playlists

The June Road Trip Playlist

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Recently I chatted it up with close friends and relatives. I was thinking of an AWESOME playlist for this lovely month of June. It’s a good time to take a cruise around the block (especially if you’re a teenager), a long drive or a wizard cruise through the local towns (college students know what I’m talking about) and even undertake a voyage or ROAD TRIP!!!! Time to crank the tunes that are custom made for the car, the van, the truck, whatever your vehicle of choice is.

Just anything that rocks and pumps you up man!

I learned that we can agree on a number of things when it comes to these song choices on the road. First you gotta roll down the windows. The tunes should be associated with good memories, perhaps AWESOME memories! It all depends on where you are going. The right song at the right place is key. The music should enhance the trip and the scenery that is already there. You should turn your sad moments into HAPPY ones.

So I took a little poll. I looked over some of my previous mixes and playlists. I filled out a section of a book I have called “MUSIC LISTOGRAPHY” (go check it out) and for the purpose of this blog post, I developed a list of 25 essential songs (in my world) that can get you feeling alive in June. Classic Rock mixed with modern pop/rock/dance sounds!

Here they are (in absolutely no order):

1 Led Zeppelin….Over The Hills And Far Away
2 Pink Floyd…..One Of These Days
3 Grateful Dead…..Truckin
4 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss…..Killing The Blues
5 AC/DC…..Thunderstruck
6 Smashing Pumpkins…..Snail
7 Tool…..Vicarious
8 Mungo Jerry…..In The Summertime
9 Creedance Clearwater Revival…..Commotion
10 Puscifer…..Bohemian Rhapsody (check it out!)
11 Tom Cochrane…..Life Is A Highway
12 Kraftwerk…..Autobahn
13 Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again…..Bob Dylan
14 Lindsey Buckingham…..Holiday Road
15 The Ramones…..Blitzkrieg Bop (I bet you knew I was gonna throw this one in here)
16 Norman Greenbaum…..Spirit In the Sky
17 Aliotta, Haynes, and Jeremiah…..Lake Shore Drive
18 Phantom Planet…..California
19 ZZ Top…..Cheap Sunglasses
20 Night Call…..Kavinsky Feat. Lovefoxxx
21 Phoenix…..1901
22 Cake…..The Distance
23 QuĂ© Onda Guero…..Beck
24 MGMT…..Electric Feel
25 BEASTIE BOYS…..SABOTAGE

ENJOY THE SUMMER EVERYONEPEACE OUT
C-NOTE

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Playlists

April Showers Bring My Playlist

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For this month, I was inspired to devote the entire playlist to RAINY DAY related music. In fact the picture posted here is a painting I recently did. A muse came over me and I was compelled to work on this art piece to represent these feelings about this type of music.

I love those rainy Saturdays from my childhood and teenage days. They were wonderful times to play games, watch tv or listen to music while doing homework or trading baseball cards with my friends. What is it about the sound of the splashing water against the house or the crash of thunder and lightning that fascinates me? I really do get so relaxed from such wonders of nature. Not only is there the calm before the storm but there is this sense of beauty that the earth will not let the rain stop coming down until it has refreshed the soil and allow the trees and the birds to have a pleasurable drink.

The music I would listen to taking a drive with my dad to the hardware store or going out to the movie theater with my friends had a soothing effect on me when it rained. I used to stare at the wiper blades and the telephone poles and pretend they were chopping them down. It was the imagination of a child that I once was.

Of course my point here in this post is to share my rainy day playlist because these songs represent those feelings of sitting on a rocking chair enduring late night conversations with my mother. Splashing in the puddles on my paper route while I listened to my walkman is something I treasure.

So I chose songs that have this soothing and melodic sense to them. Memories from my youth but also tracks from films and tunes I would hear in the background at memorial day parties are some of what is represented here. For example the song “No Rain” by Blind Melon reminds me of high school at the sock hops while it stormed outside. “Here Comes The Rain Again” by The Eurythmics tend to bring back the 80’s era sitting in the back seat and being driven to a pediatrician for my usual check up on a cloudy day. Sometimes these tunes just simply are perfect background music during a summer shower.

Finally Jimi Hendrix’s “Rainy Day ,Dream Away” first awakened my sense when I was 18 during my first summer working at the movie theater just before college started as I would blare it in my mom’s minivan driving to work. So why not check out my playlist. Maybe there are some songs not represented here that should be. Anyway here’s the list. GO find these songs and give them a spin.

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Album Reviews

Pass the CAN…….man

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In 1971; a West German experimental band, called CAN, released a record entitled “Tago Mago.” Think Primal Scream or David Bowie or Yes and Genesis or even Radiohead when drawing for a frame of reference that provided a major influence on those artists. It was a prototype and a blueprint for so many talented groups out there today.

This was years ahead if its time. Amazing progressive music! It's psychedelic man! It might feeling annoying to a casual listener. But it is executed quite brilliantly. I highly recommend it! But why?

There's a lot of cool stuff going on in this record. There's repetitive percussive cycles, improvisation, jam sessions, intense energy and funky beats. Atmospheres and colorful explorations that feel sharp, intense and unsettling.

It's hard to predict where this album, “Tago Mago,” is going and where it will take you. I mean there is some serious avant Garde territories it takes the listener to. You might even lose touch with reality upon hearing this one. Go for it.

After you hear it, give it a couple more listens and you'll be amazed at how accessible and fun CAN really is. Then check out some more of their stuff.

Peace outC-Note