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Top 10 Soul Asylum Songs

November 28, 2020 by

At the Minnesota Music Awards in 1986, Soul Asylum front man Dave Pirner accepted the award for Best Garage Band saying “We are here tonight to celebrate music, and music is not something that can be judged.” Well Dave, my apologies for not only judging your music, but for ranking your songs as well. I […]

‘Be Thankful For What You Got’ This Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020 by

Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac Gangsta whitewalls TV antennas in the back You may not have a car at all But remember, brothers and sisters You can still stand tall Just be thankful for what you got Way back in the 1970s, William DeVaughn, a Washington D.C. government worker and aspiring […]

Bobby Keys: 10 Choice Tracks featuring Rock’s Greatest Sax Player

November 21, 2020 by

Bobby Keys is the greatest rock saxophone player of all time. My source on this is Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Charlie ought to know – he was there. I’m glad I was there too on 18 October 2012 when Bobby and his band, The Suffering Bastards, played the Magic Bag theater in Ferndale, […]

Angst of the Aughts: 10 Scene-Kid Jams to Scream Today

November 16, 2020 by

by Kelly Kling (When Kelly isn’t playing Mario Kart, she writes & edits by day and sings & dances after that.) As a tail-end millennial, I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for the music of the aughts (2000s). The early to mid-aughts played a seminal role in the shaping of my […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1980

November 9, 2020 by

Was 1980 the last year of the ’70s or the first year of the ’80s? We continue our exploration of the greatest one-hit wonders in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. First we looked at the pre-Beatles pop and doo-wop of 1960, then the psych-rock and heavy blues-rock one-hitters from 1970. Fast forward to […]

Wild Horses: 10 Great Covers of the Rolling Stones classic

October 17, 2020 by

Sometimes it flat out sucks being an adult. When it all gets too heavy, I often find refuge in simple, mournful country ballads. The Glimmer Twins (aka Mick & Keith) penned “Wild Horses” and included it on the Stones’ 1971 release Sticky Fingers. It’s a song I return to frequently. The subject of the song […]

10 Great Versions of Jazz Standard “Autumn Leaves”

October 15, 2020 by

The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold I see your lips, the summer kisses The sun-burned hands I used to hold So go the opening bars of the immortal jazz standard “Autumn Leaves.” With autumn now in full swing, let’s get in the swing with some swingin’ versions […]

25 Great Coffee Songs

October 1, 2020 by

Happy International Coffee Day! This special day was launched by the International Coffee Organization in 2015 at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. Every year since, countries from around the world have come together to “celebrate coffee and recognize the millions of people across the globe – from farmers, to roasters, baristas, coffee shop owners […]

Forget-Her-Not: A Tribute to Patrice Rushen

September 30, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Patrice Rushen! The incredibly talented singer/songwriter/producer turns 66 today. Best known for her string of R&B and dance hits in the late 70s and 80s, Rushen broke down barriers as one of the first women to write, arrange, produce and perform her own work. Although she is technically a one-hit wonder, as “Forget […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1970

September 19, 2020 by

(Editor’s Note: Please scroll to the end of the list to view the tournament bracket) What a difference 10 years makes. The music of 1970 bears little resemblance to 1960, our last Greatest One-Hit Wonders entry. In 1960, the Beatles were a few years from forever changing popular music, and by April 1970, the Fab […]