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#1861 AJFOne23

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Posted June 8, 2020 - 10:11 AM

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Posted June 9, 2020 - 02:37 PM

LATEST UPDATE 6/9 - Frank Zappa - Harder Than Your Husband

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There is a bit of uncanny nostalgia in "Harder Than Your Husband" with the presence of Jimmy Carl Black, the Mothers of Invention's original drummer and "Indian of the group," as lead singer on this song. 
 
"Harder Than Your Husband" is the story of a relationship coming to an end. The man is telling his girlfriend it's over because "I don't want our love affair/To end with a fight." Why would it? Well, he can be "Harder than yer husband/To get along with/Harder than yer husband every night." The double entendre on the word "harder" is obvious: he can be violent but is also capable of better sexual prowess. Delivered tongue-in-cheek (and with Black's distinctive voice in the studio version), the line hits the funny spot.


#1863 AJFOne23

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Posted June 10, 2020 - 07:01 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/10 - The Wannadies - You and Me Song

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"You & Me Song" appears on the band's third album, Be a Girl, the song was also included on their next album, Bagsy Me, due to the success of the re-released single and the song's appearance on the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann's film Romeo + Juliet. This song has meaning. This song shows the powers of love. “It was always you and me always and forever”. The Wannadies convert a meaningful bunch of lyrics into a typical indie pop song. Listening to it just makes you feel warm inside, like listening to The Spice Girls would. An almost feel good pop song that has hints of indie rock, something you wouldn’t be ashamed blasting from your car or radio.



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Posted June 11, 2020 - 07:04 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/11 - Stevie Wonder - Superwoman

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An eight minute song with alien (for the time) sounds wasn’t a recipe for a major hit, but just reaching 33 on the Hot 100 in 1972 qualifies as a notable achievement for “Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You).” Then again, everybody was paying attention to what Stevie Wonder was putting out in those days.
 
Having just turned 21 and signed a new deal with Motown that gave him creative control over his music, the timing was ripe for Wonder to achieve his vast potential. Wonder played everything on this recording, save for Buzzy Feiten’s jazzy guitar, including the then-new synthesizers that were just beginning to nudge its way into mainstream music. Wonder didn’t approach this new technology treating it like a toy; he was adroit enough to leverage it to enhance the music.
 
Instead of seeking to confront listeners with the otherworldly sounds, he created a warm, pleasing floating ambience with it, and carefully deployed it alongside his electric piano so that they worked together to present the gentle, friendly melody of the first part of the song and the melancholy of the second part. The lower register served as a synth bass, another innovation that helped to shape the direction of RnB music in the latter 70s and through the 80s, as well as popular music in general. Many an Isley Brothers ballad through the rest of the decade and into the next has a sonic quality that bore a resemblance to this song; I don’t think that’s coincidental. It certainly signalled what was coming over the next few years from Wonder himself, who scored one megahit after another, using contemporary sounds that don’t seem all that dated even today.
 
Lyrically, the coy and playful attitude of the “Superwoman” part revolves around a love interest “Mary” who wants to be a star and in control (“try to boss the bull around”) and the narrator taking it all in stride. The second part finds Wonder turn from bemusement to sorrow, his lover now apparently left him behind. It’s a clever reworking of “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” from his LP Where I’m Coming From of the prior year.
 
Ultimately, it wasn’t technology or lyrics that became the most appealing feature of this song, it’s the melody, or rather, the two melodies. The song has been covered by many more jazz artists (Ramsey Lewis, Phil Woods, Noel Pointer) than mainstream artists, suggesting that the song’s chord progression was ideal for improvising over, like many Wonder songs.


#1865 AJFOne23

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Posted June 12, 2020 - 07:01 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/12 - Mariah Carey - Vision of Love

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30 years have passed since Mariah Cary unleashed “Vision Of Love” upon the world. After the flash, glitz and glamour that governed '80s pop music, the woman who would become the next decade’s biggest act seemed anything but ready to seize the spotlight as 1990 arrived. Mariah Carey, a 20-year-old from Long Island with a well-noted case of stage fright, quietly slipped her debut album on June 12th of that year. 
 
“Vision of Love” remains one of the strongest creations in Carey’s entire catalog. From a sci-fi opening, the song morphs into a slow pop/R&B ballad as Carey starts with a near-humming “treated me kind.” The songbird then mounts an ascent in both intensity and octaves until 2:45 in, where she unleashes what has become her calling card: an effortless ride through the whistle register. But that isn’t all -- a few bars later, Carey displays the melisma technique that will, for better or worse, form the backbone of the American Idol school of singing. “Vision” kicked off Carey’s career in the best possible way: The track flew to No. 1 for a month on the Hot 100, and scored the rookie a best female pop vocal Grammy.


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Posted June 15, 2020 - 06:40 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/15 - Local H - Fritz's Corner

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#1867 AJFOne23

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Posted June 16, 2020 - 07:09 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/16 - Pearl Jam - Nothingman

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#1868 AJFOne23

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Posted June 17, 2020 - 07:03 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/17 - Bruce Springsteen - Kitty's Back

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There’s a reason why this song was performed when the E Street Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The horns are hot from the first note, the guitar intro is already on fire. The gauntlet is immediately thrown down. “Kitty’s Back” is a seven-minute, free-jazz exploration: Springsteen scat singing, the baritone sax holding the line, the other brass and the guitar playing the melody. Sancious’s keyboards are languid, and this is Vini Lopez’s best percussion work.



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Posted June 18, 2020 - 07:03 AM

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Posted June 22, 2020 - 07:02 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/21 - Aerosmith - Amazing

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"Amazing" was the 5th single from the 1993 album "Get a Grip". Although it didn't have quite an impact as the previous singles like Cryin, I believe this song deserves way more recognition, and quite frankly, more respect. Yes, this is one my favorite Aerosmith songs and I'm being bias. However, the indisputable  fact is, "Amazing" has in-depth lyrics, good rhythm, and great vocals by Steve Tyler.
 
The lyrics outline a person reflecting on past adversities and triumphs. It is arguable that Tyler put forth some of his personal experiences into lyrics, such as the ugly breakups Aerosmith went through. Joe Perry, the lead guitarist, formed his own band called Joe Perry Project, and wrote the song, Let the Music Do the Talking. But Tyler and Perry eventually resolved their differences in the mid 80s. "There were times in my life / When I was going insane,"perfectly culminates such aforementioned experience.
 
Another interesting aspect of the song is its gradual, progressive buildup expounding someone going through a though time, hitting the rock-bottom, and then eventually finding solutions and moving on. The mid section of the buildup is noted in the lyrics as, "When I lost my grip/And I hit the floor."  The chorus tells the final part, in that of, it "feels good" to overcome adversity: "Its amazing / That when the moment arrives /You know you'll be alright."


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Posted June 23, 2020 - 03:58 AM

Great tune, thank you!



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Posted June 23, 2020 - 07:00 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/22 - Foo Fighters - Walking After You (X-Files)

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The original album version was created in December 1996 at WGNS Studios in Washington, D.C., in between recording sessions for The Colour and the Shape. It was performed by Grohl on vocals (in one take) and all instrument parts (except bass, which was performed by the band's bassist Nate Mendel), and was recorded by Geoff Turner.
 
The soundtrack/single version was performed by the full band, including then-recent additions Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, with guest backing vocals from Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren. It was recorded in early 1998 at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, and was produced by Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison. As a result of trying to muster as much emotion as possible, Grohl broke down during the recording of the vocal take which ended up being used in the final mix. Stylistically, it employs more intricate drumming and guitar work than the original—which is much more sparse—and runs about a minute shorter.


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Posted June 23, 2020 - 07:48 AM

 

LATEST UPDATE 6/22 - Foo Fighters - Walking After You (X-Files)

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The original album version was created in December 1996 at WGNS Studios in Washington, D.C., in between recording sessions for The Colour and the Shape. It was performed by Grohl on vocals (in one take) and all instrument parts (except bass, which was performed by the band's bassist Nate Mendel), and was recorded by Geoff Turner.
 
The soundtrack/single version was performed by the full band, including then-recent additions Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, with guest backing vocals from Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren. It was recorded in early 1998 at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, and was produced by Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison. As a result of trying to muster as much emotion as possible, Grohl broke down during the recording of the vocal take which ended up being used in the final mix. Stylistically, it employs more intricate drumming and guitar work than the original—which is much more sparse—and runs about a minute shorter.

 

 

Just for curiosity I listened to both versions, and I must say the one you just made is definitely better than the album version, which I don't think it even has drums!



#1874 AJFOne23

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Posted June 23, 2020 - 07:51 AM

 

Just for curiosity I listened to both versions, and I must say the one you just made is definitely better than the album version, which I don't think it even has drums!

 

I like both but I definitely prefer the album version as it conveys the emotion and sentiment more strongly for me. It has drums but they are less rock oriented than this version. I do like the harmony vocals added to this version also.



#1875 Shroud

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Posted June 23, 2020 - 08:01 AM

 

I like both but I definitely prefer the album version as it conveys the emotion and sentiment more strongly for me. It has drums but they are less rock oriented than this version. I do like the harmony vocals added to this version also.

 

For listening, I can see why you like the more emotional album version. But for playing in the game, I really think yours sounds better, although I don't have Harmonix version and I still haven't tried yours... here I am just speculating based on what I hear from the audio :) 

 

And you're right, there are drums also in the album version now that I listened to it a bit louder, but they are really minimal, and played with brushes.



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Posted June 24, 2020 - 07:17 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/23 - Silverchair - Dearest Helpless

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Posted June 25, 2020 - 07:03 AM

LATEST UPDATE 6/25 - Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over

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"Dumb All Over" was one of the last songs from what would become the 1981 album You Are What You Is to be written. It filled a gap between "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" and "Heavenly Bank Account" in a suite that was already being performed live in 1980 and would end up, with this extra song, as sides three and four of the two-LP set.
 
Like the two aforementioned songs, "Dumb All Over" addresses the subject of organized religion. Over a repetitive but catchy up-tempo vamp, Frank Zappa recites a rhyming monologue. His voice is altered with a flanger and a vocoder -- it sounds deranged and insistent, perfect for this anti-preaching preach, and somewhat similar to "I'm the Slime." On-stage the special effects were dropped and the vocal part became a rap. The message is simple: Why make differences on the count of race or religion? Everyone is all equal in their dumbness. Religious fanatics, televangelists, and Jesus freaks are no better than anyone or the people they try to convert, sometimes with deadly means (religious wars). Their call to arms is ridiculous at best, dangerous at worst. Zappa concludes that since God made everyone all in his own image, "If we're dumb/Then God is dumb/(An' maybe even a little ugly on the side)."
 
The rise of televangelists, Christian fundamentalism, and Republican ideals in the early '80s scared Zappa. While "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" is a cynical look at the people who believe preachers and give them their money, "Dumb All Over" attacks more directly the work of those preachers and the propaganda they disseminate.


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Posted July 1, 2020 - 03:04 AM

LATEST UPDATE 7/1 - Canada Day 3 pack

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Posted July 1, 2020 - 07:26 PM

I have a last minute update to an old favorite coming this weekend. This one was long overdue.



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Posted July 1, 2020 - 08:07 PM

I have a last minute update to an old favorite coming this weekend. This one was long overdue.


I was hoping for a second you'd be adding pro keys to Arcade Fire's Reflektor, but then I checked and it's not one of your customs. Eh... :)





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