Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Playing My Old School Vinyl

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable

Play your favorite 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on the Audio Technica AT-PL60--an affordable, fully automatic belt-drive workhorse. With its built-in switchable phono preamp, the AT-LP60 may be connected directly to your computer, home stereo and to other components that have no dedicated turntable input. The turntable is supplied with an integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable stylus.

* Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
* Fully automatic operation
* 2 speeds - 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
* Professional aluminum platter
* Switchable pre-amp
* Integral Dual Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus
* 2 speed turntable 33 1/3 and 45 RPM

You really can't get a better turntable for this price. It wasn't broken or cracked when it arrived, it was easy to assemble, and it sounds great. For under 100 bucks that is more than I expected. The other cool thing about this turntable that is not in the description is that it's easily upgradeable. The turntable comes with a ATN3600L stylus. You can replace that stylus with the ATN3600DLX stylus for even better sound quality and performance. You can also get a better belt for it too but I haven't looked into that yet. It's not going to get any better than this until you hit about the $300 range.

Radio - LL Cool J


Radio is the debut album of American rapper LL Cool J, released November 18, 1985 on Def Jam Recordings in the United States. It serves as the label's first full-length album release. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1984 to 1985 at Chung King House of Metal in New York City. The album was primarily produced by Rick Rubin, who provided a sparse and minimal production style. Radio also features a sound that is punctuated by DJ scratching, mostly brief samples, and emphasis of the downbeat. LL Cool J's b-boy lyricism conveys themes of inner city culture, teenage promiscuity, and braggadocio raps.

The album experienced a significant amount of commercial success and sales for a hip hop record at the time, earning U.S. Billboard chart success and selling over 500,000 copies within its first five months of release. On April 19, 1989, Radio was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), following sales in excess of one million copies in the United States. Initial criticism of the album was generally positive, as LL Cool J's lyricism and Rick Rubin's production were praised by several music critics. It has since been recognized by critics as LL Cool J's greatest work.

Reflecting the new school and ghettoblaster subculture in the U.S. during the mid-1980s, Radio belongs to a pivotal moment in the history and culture of hip hop. Its success contributed to the displacement of the old school with the new school form and to the genre's mainstream success during the period. Its success also served as a career breakthrough for LL Cool J and Rick Rubin. Radio has been recognized by music writers as one of the first cohesive and commercially successful hip hop albums. In 2003, the album was ranked number 478 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

1. "I Can't Live Without My Radio" Rick Rubin 5:28
2. "You Can't Dance" Rick Rubin 3:37
3. "Dear Yvette" Rick Rubin 4:07
4. "I Can Give You More" Rick Rubin 5:08
5. "Dangerous" Rick Rubin 4:40
6. Untitled Rick Rubin 1:18
7. "Rock the Bells" Rick Rubin 4:01
8. "I Need a Beat (Remix)" Rick Rubin, Jazzy Jay 4:32
9. "That's a Lie" (featuring Russell Rush) Rick Rubin 4:42
10. "You'll Rock" Rick Rubin 4:44
11. "I Want You" Rick Rubin 4:51

All tracks were written by James Todd Smith and Rick Rubin, except where noted.

* "I Can't Live Without My Radio" – appears on the Krush Groove soundtrack and contains samples from "Hollis Crew" by Run-D.M.C.
* "You Can't Dance" – Contains samples from "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band
* Track 6 – Hidden a cappella track known as "El Shabazz" or "Three the Hard Way". A longer version of the song was released under the title "El Shabazz" as the B-side of "Rock the Bells".
* "Rock The Bells" – Contains samples from "Pump Me Up" by Trouble Funk, "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James, "Flick of the Switch" by AC/DC, and "Good Times" by Chic
* "I Need a Beat (Remix)" – Written by Rubin, LL, and Adrock; remixed by Jazzy Jay.
* "That's a Lie" – Contains samples from "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes
* "You'll Rock" – Contains samples from "Frisco Disco" by Eastside Connection

James Todd Smith Vocals Credited as L.L. Cool J
Jay Philpot Disc jockey Credited as DJ Cut Creator
Russell Rush Guest vocals Appears on track #9
Rick Rubin
Jazzy Jay Producer "Reduced by Rick Rubin"
Jazzy Jay only appears on track #8
Steve Ett Recording engineer
Steve Byram Design
Nelson George Liner notes
Herb Powers Jr. Mastering engineer
Josh Cheuse
Janette Beckman Liner photography

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Grateful Dead Setlist of the Day: February 28, 1969

Grateful Dead: Fillmore West 1969, the complete recordings, limited ed, 10-cd

Date: February 28, 1969
Venue: Fillmore West
Location: San Francisco, CA

Morning Dew, Good Morning Little School Girl, Doin' That Rag, I'm A King Bee, Turn On Your Love Light Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Death Don't Have No Mercy, Alligator-> Drums-> Alligator-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Feedback-> We Bid You Good Night

Phish Rift


1. Rift
2. Fast Enough For You
3. Lengthwise
4. Maze
5. Sparkle
6. Horn
7. The Wedge
8. My Friend, My Friend
9. Weigh
10. All Things Reconsidered
11. Mound
12. It's Ice
13. Lengthwise
14. The Horse
15. Silent In The Morning

Easily the most mature of all Phish studio efforts. The one CD I listen to over and over. I loved Picture of Nectar, but one gets the feeling that it was a specific effort to showcase the band's versatility in terms of various styles (Funk, bluegrass, jazz, etc). Rift, however, is a masterpiece that tells a story. Trey's music and Tom's lyrics are superb. The two best songs on the CD, It's Ice and The Wedge are so well crafted, I am still amazed. I feel I'm on a journey whenever I listen to Rift. The feel and emotion are undeniable, from the haunting and beautiftul Fast Enough For You to the frantic Rift and Maze. It's also nice to here Page do more singing. Let's face it, Trey is the creative force behind the band and his singing is the cornerstone of the vocal end of the sound, but Page has a certain finesse which should be featured much more. He sings It's Ice, the wonderful Silent in the Morning, and shares the lead on Rift, alternating with Trey in the superb title track. Whenever I here live tapes containing songs from Rift, most of them seem rushed, the vocals emotionless, and the guitar licks hurried and flat. I always return to the CD to hear the well defined instrumentation, harmonies, and emotion the live shows just don't capture. Phish as a live act is second to none, and I guess you really can't compare the studio work and the live performances because they are designed to work differently. The live, jam-oriented shows, reflect a true interraction between phish and the audience. No other live band has as close a bond with its fans. In terms of studio work, however, Rift is far and away Phish's best and most complete offering. I love the way the vocals are alternated during the chorus of It's Ice and at the end of Sparkle. For me the Ironic aspect of this album stems from the hardcore Phish fans used to the live shows, the groove, and those great jams. As a musician, I look for dynamics, unique twists, and tight, well defined playing. Rift as a studio work is the perfect example of this. If your're into the creative, experimental, long and fun jams, and overall mood and feel of a true community, go to a live phish show. Everyone should go to at least one in their lifetime, because you won't get that feeling from a studio release.

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight - Richard and Linda Thompson

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

After the marked lack of success achieved by his first album, Henry The Human Fly, British singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson struck up a personal and professional relationship with Linda Peters, a session singer. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight was the first album by the duo of Richard and Linda Thompson.

Where his first album was treated harshly by the critics, the second was hailed as a masterpiece. Recorded on a shoestring budget in a matter of days (and sat unreleased for nearly 8 months while record label Island tried to decide what to do with it), it is now regarded as a classic of English folk-rock and one of Thompson's finest achievements.

The album is ranked number 479 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The title track has been covered by (among others) Lucy Kaplansky, Weddings Parties Anything, Arlo Guthrie, Matt Pond PA, Ocean Colour Scene, Julie Covington and Sleater-Kinney, whilst Kate Rusby and Elvis Costello have both covered "Withered and Died". Costello also covered "The End Of The Rainbow" as did Barbara Manning. Maria McKee covered "Has He Got a Friend for Me" on her first solo album.

All songs written by Richard Thompson, except for "Together Again" by (Buck Owens).

1. "When I Get to the Border"
2. "The Calvary Cross"
3. "Withered and Died"
4. "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight"
5. "Down Where the Drunkards Roll"
6. "We Sing Hallelujah"
7. "Has He Got a Friend for Me"
8. "The Little Beggar Girl"
9. "The End of the Rainbow"
10. "The Great Valerio"
11. "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" (live)*
12. "Together Again" (live)*
13. "Calvary Cross" (live)*

(*) - additional tracks, on the 2004 Island Records re-issue, previously unreleased.

* Richard Thompson - guitar, vocals, dulcimer, mandolin, whistle, keyboards
* Linda Thompson - vocals
* Timmy Donald - drums
* Pat Donaldson - bass guitar
* John Kirkpatrick - accordion, concertina
* Simon Nicol - dulcimer
* Brian Gulland - krummhorn
* Richard Harvey - krummhorn
* Royston Wood - vocals
* The CWS Silver Band

Monday, February 27, 2012

Grateful Dead Setlist of the Day: February 27, 1977

Date: February 27, 1977
Venue: Robertson Gym, UC Santa Barbara
Location: Goleta, CA

Minglewood Blues, Loser, El Paso, Ramble On Rose, Estimated Prophet, Peggy-O, Good Lovin', Mississippi Half Step, The Music Never Stopped, Scarlet Begonias Samson & Delilah, Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Drums-> Terrapin Station-> Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia, E: Johnny B. Goode

Release Me by Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett Release Me

Four-time Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett returns with his new album, Release Me. The album highlights Lovett's signature mix of country, jazz, pop and vintage Americana and includes performances from k.d. lang, Kat Edmonson and Sara & Sean Watkins. Along with multiple self-penned originals, Release Me also features Lyle's take on classic songs such as: "Release Me", "White Freightliner Blues", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and the new single, "Isn't That So"

1. Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
2. Release Me
3. White Boy Lost In The Blues
4. Baby, It's Cold Outside
5. Isn't That So
6. Understand You
7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
8. Keep It Clean
9. One Way Gal
10. Dress Of Laces
11. The Girl With The Holiday Smile
12. Night's Lullaby
13. White Freightliner Blues
14. Keep Us Steadfast

Faith - George Michael


Faith is George Michael's first solo album, released in October 1987 via Columbia Records/Epic Records. The album has won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide,and received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Faith spawned six top-five singles that substantially helped it dominate the chart of 1988. In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album was also notable for entering the R&B albums chart at number-one making it the first album by a Caucasian artist to hit the top spot on that chart, mainly due to the R&B/funk-leaning singles that were released from the album, most notably, "One More Try", "I Want Your Sex" and "Father Figure".

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where noted.
1. "Faith" 3:16
2. "Father Figure" 5:36
3. "I Want Your Sex" (Parts I & II) 9:17
4. "One More Try" 5:50
5. "Hard Day" 4:48
6. "Hand to Mouth" 4:36
7. "Look at Your Hands" George Michael, David Austin 4:37
8. "Monkey" 5:06
9. "Kissing a Fool" 4:35

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Grateful Dead Setlist of the Day: February 26, 1973

Dick's Picks Volume 28: Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE, 2/26/73 & Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT, 2/28/73

Date: February 26, 1973
Venue: Pershing Municipal Auditorium
Location: Lincoln, NE
Promised Land, Deal, Mexicali Blues, Loser, Jack Straw, Don't Ease Me In, Box Of Rain, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Looks Like Rain, Loose Lucy, Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, El Paso, Big Railroad Blues, Playin' In The Band They Love Each Other, Big River, Tennessee Jed, Greatest Story Ever Told, Dark Star-> Eyes Of The World-> Mississippi Half Step, Me & My Uncle, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away

Madonna- MDNA

Madonna- MDNA [Deluxe Edition]

MDNA[(a pseudo-blend of "Madonna")is the upcoming twelfth studio album by American singer Madonna, set to be released on March 26, 2012. When released, it will be her debut release from her 360 deal with Live Nation Entertainment in partnership with Interscope Records. It will also be Madonna's first album not to be associated with Warner Bros. Records, the label she was signed to since 1982. The first single to be released from the album, "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) was released on February 3, 2012.

In December 2010 Madonna posted a message on her Facebook exclaiming: "Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I'm on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most badass people to collaborate with. I'm just saying [...]." On July 4, 2011, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary, announced that Madonna entered the studio to begin the recording sessions for her twelfth studio album. On December 15, 2011, Madonna announced that the album will be released in the spring of 2012 and it will be her debut release from her 360 deal with Live Nation Entertainment which was signed in 2007. Through this contract, Madonna and Live Nation signed a three-album deal with Interscope Records, who will market and distribute the album. In the 2011 year-end readers poll by Billboard, it was voted as the most anticipated album of 2012.

In an interview with Channel V Australia, Martin Solveig commented on Madonna's involvement in the production of the album: "She is as involved as you can be in the recording process. This was a very good and big surprise for me! I was assuming that she would spend only an hour or two in the studio per day and come and see where we were and say, "Ok I like this, I don't like that. I'll sing this. Bye!" And absolutely not... I mean we co-produced the track and it’s not just written on the credits "co-produced by Martin Solveig and Madonna", we literally co-produced the tracks. I mean, at some point she wanted to choose the sound of a snare drum or a synth and that kind of stuff. She was really in the session!"

On February 4, 2012 there had been a mild controversy surrounding the song "Girls Gone Wild". Joe Francis, known for his franchise with the same name, threatened to sue Madonna if she sang the song during her performance at the Superbowl XLVI. The claims between the song and the franchise was that she had apparently ""violated Federal and State trademark laws by making unauthorized use of Mr. Francis' trademark Girls Gone Wild in not only the title, but subject line of her various advertisements in order to lure potential consumers to purchase her latest musical effort." But it was announced by NFL that the song would not be performed at the Superbowl

The Smiths - The Smiths

The Smiths

The Smiths is the debut album by English alternative rock band The Smiths, released on 20 February 1984. The album reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, staying on the chart for 33 weeks. The album was well received by the critics as well as the public, and it established The Smiths as a prominent band in the 1980s music scene in the United Kingdom.

After signing with independent record label Rough Trade, the Smiths began preparations to record their first album in mid 1983. Due to the suggestion of Rough Trade head Geoff Travis, the band selected Troy Tate (former guitarist of The Teardrop Explodes) as producer for sessions at Elephant studios in Wapping. During the following month the group recorded 14 songs.

While recording a BBC session for Dave Jensen in August 1983, the Smiths met producer John Porter. Travis, harboring reservations about the group's session with Troy Tate, gave Porter a cassette of the sessions beforehand in the hopes that he could remix them. Porter told Travis that the sessions were "out of tune and out of time." Feeling the Tate sessions were unsalvageable, Porter offered to rerecord the album himself. Despite praising the work with Tate only a week prior to the press by stating "we've done everything exactly right and it'll show", Smiths singer Morrissey accepted (as did Travis), while guitarist Johnny Marr hesitantly agreed.

The Smiths began work with Porter in September 1983. Due to tour commitments, the band had to make the record in a piecemeal fashion. Recording started at London's Matrix Studios, with the majority of the work undertaken during a week's stay at Pluto, just outside Manchester. A final overdub sessions was performed at Eden Studios in London that November. After listening to a finished mix of the album the following month, Morrissey told Porter and Travis that the album "wasn't good enough". However, the singer said that due to the album's cost of 6,000 pounds, "[they said] it has to be released, there's no going back"

All songs written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
1. "Reel Around the Fountain" 5:58
2. "You've Got Everything Now" 3:59
3. "Miserable Lie" 4:29
4. "Pretty Girls Make Graves" 3:24
5. "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" 4:38
6. "Still Ill" 3:23
7. "Hand in Glove" 3:25
8. "What Difference Does It Make?" 3:51
9. "I Don't Owe You Anything" 4:05
10. "Suffer Little Children" 5:28

* Morrissey – vocals
* Johnny Marr – guitars, harmonica
* Andy Rourke – bass guitar
* Mike Joyce – drums
* Annalisa Jablonska – vocals ("Pretty Girls Make Graves", "Suffer Little Children")
* Paul Carrack – keyboards
* John Porter – producer, remixer ("Hand in Glove")
* The Smiths – producers ("Hand in Glove")
* Phil Bush, Neill King – engineers

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Grateful Dead Setlist of the Day- February 25, 1966

Date: February 25, 1966
Venue: Ivar Theater
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Listen to this show at!

1. She's On The Road Again
2. Next Time You See Me
3. I Know You Rider
4. Hey Little One
5. Cold Rain & Snow
6. King Bee >
7. Caution
8. Stealin'

Back in the USA - MC5

Back in the Usa

Back in the USA is the 1970 debut studio album, and second album overall, by the American protopunk band MC5. The opening track is a cover of the classic hit "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, "Let Me Try" is a ballad, "The American Ruse" attacks what the Detroit quintet saw as the hypocritical idea of freedom espoused by the US government, and "The Human Being Lawnmower" expresses opposition to the US involvement in the Vietnam War. The last song on the album, which is the title track, is a cover of Chuck Berry's 1959 single "Back in the U.S.A.".

The central focus of the album is the band's actual movement away from the raw, thrashy sound pioneered and captured on their first release Kick Out the Jams. This was due in part to producer Jon Landau's distaste for the rough psychedelic rock movement, and his adoration for the straightforward rock & roll of the 1950s.
Landau, who originally wrote for Rolling Stone Magazine, was looking to get more involved in actual music production. Becoming close with Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler was his chance and led Landau to the politically radical MC5, who had just been picked up by Atlantic after being dropped from Elektra Records in 1969 - ironically, the Kinney National Company (later known as Time Warner), parent of Atlantic, would acquire Elektra in the same year of this album's release; both labels are now part of the Warner Music Group (now a separate company from TW), through the Atlantic Records Group.

Though the album was viewed as a flop early on by most fans, and lacked the commercial success of their previous release, it would later be considered highly important due to the album's absolute projection of MC5's core sound and earliest influences.
In 2011, the album was ranked number 451 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
"High School" was featured in the 1979 movie Rock 'n' Roll High School, although not on the soundtrack album. It was also covered by Michael Monroe on his first solo album Nights Are So Long.
"Shakin' Street" was covered by The Vibrators.
"The American Ruse" was covered by The Hellacopters.
"Looking at You" was covered by The Damned in 1979 Machine Gun Etiquette album.

All tracks composed by MC5, except where indicated.
"Tutti Frutti" (Dorothy LaBostrie, Joe Lubin, Richard Penniman) – 1:30
"Tonight" – 2:29
"Teenage Lust" – 2:36
"Let Me Try" – 4:16
"Looking at You" – 3:03
"High School" – 2:42
"Call Me Animal" – 2:06
"The American Ruse" – 2:31
"Shakin' Street" – 2:21
"The Human Being Lawnmower" – 2:24
"Back in the U.S.A." (Chuck Berry) – 2:26

Rob Tyner - vocals
Wayne Kramer - guitar, backing vocals
Fred "Sonic" Smith - guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Shakin' Street"
Michael Davis - bass
Dennis Thompson - drums
Danny Jordan - keyboards
Pete Kelly - keyboards

The Fray Scars & Stories

Scars & Stories

Critically acclaimed Denver-based foursome The Fray are back with their third album, Scars & Stories. The album was recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
The Fray was able to hone their sound with the help of producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and Neil Young). On the new recording, the band transforms their real life experiences into a collection of songs that are reflective, but still maintain a pop sensibility. The making of Scars and Stories fostered the most evolution the band has ever experienced, both lyrically and musically. "On our first record, we didn't quite trust ourselves yet," says lead-singer Isaac Slade. "We loosened up on the second album, but there was still some element of restraint. But on this one, we just stepped up to plate and swung as hard as we could."
Scars & Stories leads with first single "Heartbeat," of which Slade notes, "That song came out of a period of my life when I was trying hard to be open to whatever came my way. I traveled through South Africa and Rwanda with a buddy, and at first it was really hard to stay open in the face of so much pain and heartache. But then I ended up meeting so many cool and inspiring people, and all these ideas for lyrics and melodies just started rushing in." The inspiration specifically came from a chance meeting with an expatriate woman. Speaking of the miracle of the capital city overcoming such remarkable odds, the two held hands and Slade reveals "I felt so connected to her. I couldn t tell if it was her pulse or mine."

The Fray is Isaac Slade (pianist/vocalist), Joe King (guitarist/vocalist), Dave Welsh (guitarist), and Ben Wysocki (drummer). The band formed in 2002 after high school friends Slade and King bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. The group achieved national success with their first single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)," which became a top ten hit in the U.S. The release of their second single, "How to Save a Life" brought them worldwide fame, and the group's second self-titled album debuted at number-one on the Billboard charts and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Armed Forces - Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Armed Forces

Armed Forces is Elvis Costello's third album, his second with the Attractions, and the first to officially credit the Attractions on the cover. It was released in the UK by Radar Records and in the U.S. by Columbia in 1979 (see 1979 in music). The American version deleted "Sunday's Best" and substituted Costello's version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," which had been released the previous November as the B-side of Nick Lowe's "American Squirm" single, at the end of side two. The album had the working title Emotional Fascism.

Initial pressings of the album in the UK and U.S. included a promotional three-song single, Live at Hollywood High, which was recorded on 4 June 1978 (1978-06-04). The live tracks, also produced by Nick Lowe, are "Accidents Will Happen," "Alison," and "Watching the Detectives". The UK edition also included 4 postcards featuring pictures of the band. In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Elliott's brother, Michael (played by Robert MacNaughton), sings "Accidents Will Happen" in the family kitchen after coming home from school.

In 2000 Q magazine placed Armed Forces at number 45 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 482 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

All songs written by Elvis Costello, except as noted.
Side one

1. "Accidents Will Happen" – 3:00
2. "Senior Service" – 2:17
3. "Oliver's Army" – 2:58
4. "Big Boys" – 2:54
5. "Green Shirt" – 2:42
6. "Party Girl" – 3:20

Side two

1. "Goon Squad" – 3:14
2. "Busy Bodies" – 3:33
3. "Sunday's Best" – 3:22
4. "Moods for Moderns" – 2:48
5. "Chemistry Class" – 2:55
6. "Two Little Hitlers" – 3:18
7. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" (Nick Lowe)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Grateful Dead Setlist of the Day- February 24, 1995

Date: February 24, 1995
Venue: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Location: Oakland, CA

Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, The Same Thing, Althea, When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Loose Lucy, Let It Grow Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Way To Go Home-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Corinna-> Drums-> Space-> Visions Of Johanna-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: U.S. Blues

Music - Madonna


Music is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on September 19, 2000 by Maverick Records and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. A two-disc Special Edition was also released in June 2001 to promote the Drowned World Tour, containing an additional CD of remixes and the video of "What It Feels Like for a Girl".
Madonna collaborated with French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï for this album. Music is rooted in electronic and dance-pop music, which further developed Madonna's move toward European dance music, however, the album also contains elements of rock, country and folk. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from critics, who praised Madonna's collaboration with Mirwais, as well as the album's musical creativity. It was nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards although it eventually won only one award for "Best Recording Package". The album is also listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Commercially, Music debuted at number one in over 23 countries around the world and sold more than four million copies in the first ten days. Worldwide sales of the album have surpassed 11 million copies.
Music spawned three singles and one promotional single. The title track reached the top of the charts in 25 countries and became Madonna's 12th number-one on the Billboard Hot 100; it also earned a positive critical reception, being listed by Rolling Stone as one of the best songs of the 2000s and received two Grammy Award nominations. The next single, "Don't Tell Me", was also commercially successful, reaching number one in Canada, Italy and New Zealand. "What It Feels Like For A Girl" also did well commercially, reaching the top ten in the UK, Italy, New Zealand and other countries, yet it failed to reach the top twenty in the US, peaking at twenty-three. Its accompanying video generated controversy, with critics deeming it to be violent, and it was banned from US MTV. "Impressive Instant", a promotional single, was also released in 2001 as a club single, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
Alongside Ray of Light, Music was promoted by the Drowned World Tour, which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, grossing around $75 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing tour of 2001, and receiving two nominations at the 2001 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The album was further promoted by the Don't Tell Me Promo Tour, a promotional tour consisting of two concerts. Songs from the album have been sung in Madonna's following tours.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Music" Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 3:44
2. "Impressive Instant" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 3:37
3. "Runaway Lover" Madonna, William Orbit Madonna, Orbit 4:46
4. "I Deserve It" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 4:23
5. "Amazing" Madonna, Orbit Madonna, Orbit 3:43
6. "Nobody's Perfect" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 4:58
7. "Don't Tell Me" Madonna, Ahmadzaï, Joe Henry Madonna, Ahmadzaï 4:40
8. "What It Feels Like for a Girl" Madonna, Guy Sigsworth, David Torn Madonna, Sigsworth, Spike Stent 4:43
9. "Paradise (Not for Me)" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 6:33
10. "Gone" Madonna, Damian Le Gassick, Nik Young Madonna, Orbit, Stent 3:24

Madonna – vocals, guitar
Steve Sidelnyk – drums
Guy Sigsworth – guitar, keyboard
William Orbit – keyboard, guitar, programming, backing vocals
Mirwais Ahmadzai – keyboard, guitar, programming

Producers: Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzai, William Orbit, Guy Sigsworth, Mark "Spike" Stent
Engineers: Jake Davies, Mark Endert, Geoff Foster, Sean Spuehler
Assistant engineers: Tim Lambert, Chris Ribando, Dan Vickers
String engineer: Geoff Foster
Mixing: Mark "Spike" Stent
Mastering: Tim Young
Programming: Guy Sigsworth, Sean Spuehler
String arrangement on "Don't Tell Me": Michel Colombier

Art direction: Kevin Reagan
Design: Matthew Lindauer, Kevin Reagan
Photography: Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD and CD

Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD/CD)

Live At The Royal Albert Hall was recorded on September 22 at the height of what has been an amazing year for Adele. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, "Live At The Royal Albert Hall" features the full 90 minute concert performance, plus special behind the scenes footage shot throughout the day leading up to the concert.
The package also includes an exclusive live CD of the entire show. This is the first time all of Adele's hits and best loved songs will be on one CD plus her stunning covers of Bonnie Raitt's "If I Can't Make You Love Me" and The Steeldrivers "If It Hadn't Been For Love"
This version contains mature language.

Track Listing:
1.Hometown Glory
2.I ll Be Waiting
3.Don t You Remember
4.Turning Tables
5.Set Fire To The Rain
6.If It Hadn t Been For Love
7.My Same
8.Take It All
9.Rumour Has It
10.Right As Rain
11.One & Only
13.Chasing Pavements
14.I Can t Make You Love Me
15.Make You Feel My Love
16.Someone Like You
17.Rolling In The Deep

Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.

Life After Death

Life After Death is the second and final studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released March 25, 1997 on Bad Boy Records. A double album, it was released posthumously following his death on March 9, 1997 and serves as his final studio album. The album is the follow-up to The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, Ready to Die (1994), and it features collaborations with guest artists such as 112, Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Mase, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too Short, Carl Thomas, Run-DMC, Total, R. Kelly, The LOX, Kelly Price, and Puff Daddy. Life After Death exhibits The Notorious B.I.G. further delving into the mafioso rap subgenre.

Life After Death was released to a significant amount of critical praise and commercial success. In 2000, the album was certified diamond in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and it has been credited as one of the best-selling rap albums of all time. It also made the largest jump to number one on the Billboard 200 chart in history, jumping from number 176 to number one in one week. Also, it spent four weeks at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and topped the Billboard Year-End chart as an R&B/Hip-Hop Album for 1997. The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for its first single "Hypnotize", and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for its second single "Mo Money Mo Problems". Along with Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995), AZ's Doe Or Die (1995), Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt (1996), and Nas' It Was Written (1996) Life After Death has been considered by music writers as one of the seminal mafioso rap albums, as well as a milestone in hip hop music.

Though released in the wake of B.I.G.'s fatal shooting, Life After Death signaled a stylistic change in gangsta rap as it crossed over to the commercial mainstream. After the release of Life After Death, Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records continued to bring pop and gangsta rap closer together: the references to violence and drug dealing remained, as did the entire "gangsta" rhetoric, but the overall production style changed from the previously darker sound to a cleaner, sample-heavy, more upbeat sound that was directly fashioned for the mainstream pop charts, as seen in the single "Mo Money Mo Problems". The Notorious B.I.G. is often credited with initiating this transition, as he was among the first mainstream rappers to produce albums with a calculated attempt to include both gritty and realistic gangsta narratives as well as more radio-friendly productions. Much of the album is produced by Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Carlos "July Six" Broady, Nigga Squintz, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, and Nashiem Myrick. However, other notable hip-hop producers such as Easy Mo Bee, Havoc (Mobb Deep), DJ Premier and RZA contributed beats to the album as well.

Various artists were specifically influenced by several songs on Life After Death. Evidence's "Down in New York City" is essentially "Going Back to Cali" from the perspective of a West Coast artist. Jay-Z borrows four bars from "The World Is Filled..." in his song "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)", as well as the chorus from his song "Squeeze 1st" from "Hypnotize", a line in "The Ruler's Back" from "Kick in the Door" and "You're Nobody ('Til Somebody Kills You)" on "D.O.A." Ice Cube borrows the chorus from "Kick in the Door" for his song "Child Support". Monica uses "I Love the Dough" beat and a verse from B.I.G. as featured, on her 2010's "Everything to Me" official remix. On their RCA album, Release Some Tension, R&B trio SWV sampled the song on as the opening track, "Someone" which features B.I.G's friend and protege Combs which was released five months later.

Title Time Songwriters Producers Featured Artists Samples
1 "Life After Death (Intro)"* 1:39 C. Wallace, S. Jordan, Sean Combs Sean "Puffy" Combs & Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen, co-produced by The Notorious B.I.G.
* Contains a sample of "Suicidal Thoughts" by The Notorious B.I.G.
* Contains a sample of "This Masquerade" by George Benson

2 "Somebody's Gotta Die"* 4:26 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, A. Hester, Nasheim Myrick, Carlos Broady Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
* Contains a sample of "In the Rain" by The Dramatics

3 "Hypnotize" 3:50 C. Wallace, R. Alpert, D. Angelettie, Andy Armer, Sean Combs, Ron Lawrence Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Pamela Long
* Contains a sample of "Rise" by Herb Alpert
* Interpolates "La Di Da Di" by Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh

4 "Kick in the Door"* 4:47 C. Wallace, J. Hawkins, Chris E. Martin DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions,Inc.
* Contains a sample of "I Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
* Contains a sample of "Unbelievable" by The Notorious B.I.G.
* Interpolates "Get Money" by Junior M.A.F.I.A.
* Contains a sample of "Wash Yo' Ass" by Martin Lawrence
* Contains a sample of "Robby, The Cook, And 60 Gallons Of Booze" by Louis & Bebe Barron
* Contains a sample of "I Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

5 "Fuck You Tonight" 5:45 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, D. Jones, R. Kelly Daron Jones & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen R. Kelly

6 "Last Day"* 4:19 C. Wallace, Kejuan Muchita, J. Phillips, Dorothy Stiles Havoc, co-produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs & Stevie J for The Hitmen The LOX

7 "I Love the Dough" 5:11 C. Wallace, S. Carter, O. Harvey, R. Moore, Angela Winbush Easy Mo Bee for Bee Mo Easy Productions,Inc. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush
* Contains a sample of *"I Love You More" by Rene & Angela
* Synth lead based on "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart

8 "What's Beef?"* 5:15 C. Wallace, Carlos Broady,
Nasheim Myrick Nashiem Myrick & Carlos "6 July" Broady for the Hitmen, co-produced by Paragon
* Contains a sample of I'm Glad You're Mine by Al Green
* Contains a sample of Close To You by Richard Evans

9 "B.I.G. Interlude" 0:48 C. Wallace, D. Angelettie The Notorious B.I.G. & Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen
* Contains a sample of *"P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" by Schooly D

10 "Mo Money Mo Problems" 4:17 C. Wallace, M. Betha, Sean Combs, B.H. Edwards, S. Jordan, Nile Rodgers Steven "Stevie J" Jordan & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Puff Daddy, Mase & Kelly Price
* Contains a sample of *"I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross

11 "Niggas Bleed"* 4:51 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, S. Jordan, Nasheim Myrick Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady & Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen
* Contains a sample of "Hey Who Really Cares" by The Whispers

12 "I Got a Story to Tell"* 4:42 C. Wallace, A. Best Buckwild for Kurrup Money Entertainment, co-produced by Chucky Thompson & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
* Contains a sample of *"I'm Glad You're Mine" by Al Green

Disc two
# Title Time Songwriter(s) Producer(s) Featured Artists Sample(s)
1 "Notorious Thugs" 6:07 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, A. Henderson, S. Howse, S. Jordan, Bryon McCane Steven "Stevie J" Jordan & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
* Contains a sample of "More Than Love" by Ohio Players

2 "Miss U" 4:58 C. Wallace, Kaygee Gist, Lionel Richie Kay Gee 112
* Contains a sample of "Missing You" by Diana Ross

3 "Another" 4:15 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, N. Ingram, K. Jones, S. Jordan Steven "Stevie J" Jordan & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Lil' Kim
* Contains a sample and interpolation of "Another Man" by Barbara Mason

4 "Going Back to Cali" 5:07 C. Wallace, O. Harvey, Roger Troutman Easy Mo Bee for Bee Mo Easy Productions,Inc. Roger Troutman
* Contains a sample of "More Bounce To The Ounce" by Zapp

5 "Ten Crack Commandments" 3:24 C. Wallace, Chris E. Martin DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions,Inc.
* Contains a sample of "Valantra" by Les McCann
* Contains a sample of "Shut 'Em Down" by Public Enemy

6 "Playa Hater" 3:57 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, W. Hart, S. Jordan Sean "Puffy" Combs & Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen
* Contains a sample of "Hey! Love" by The Delfonics
* Contains a sample of "Basketball Jones" by Cheech and Chong

7 "Nasty Boy" 5:26 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, S. Jordan Sean "Puffy" Combs & Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen Kelly Price
* Contains a sample of "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid

8 "Sky's the Limit" 5:29 C. Wallace, Bobby Caldwell, Hubert Eaves, Clark Kent, J. Williams Clark Kent 112
* Contains a sample of "Keep On" by D. Train
* Contains a sample of "My Flame" by Bobby Caldwell

9 "The World Is Filled..."* 4:54 C. Wallace, D. Angelette, Sean Combs, T. Shaw, K. Walker Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Carl Thomas, Puff Daddy & Too Short
* Contains a sample of "Space Talk" by Asha Puthli
* Contains a sample of "The What" by The Notorious B.I.G.

10 "My Downfall"* 5:26 C. Wallace, Carlos Broady, Sean Combs, Darryl McDaniels, Nasheim Myrick Carlos "6 July" Broady, Nashiem Myrick & Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen DMC
* Contains a sample of "You're All I Need To Get By" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
* Contains a sample of "For The Good Times" by Al Green

11 "Long Kiss Goodnight"* 5:18 C. Wallace, Robert Diggs RZA for Wu-Tang Productions
* Contains a sample of "The Letter" by Grant Green

12 "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)" 4:52 C. Wallace, Sean Combs, Gary Johnson, S. Jordan, E. Lopez, B. Preston Sean "Puffy" Combs & Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen, co-produced by DJ Enuff & Jiv Poss Faith Evans

* Barry White - Hair Stylist
* Kit Walker - Sampled Keyboards
* The Notorious B.I.G. - Performer, Songwriter, Producer, Liner Notes
* Karen Anderson - Vocals (background)
* Too Short - Vocals
* Easy Mo Bee - Producer
* Michael Ciro - Guitar
* Sean "Puffy" Combs - Producer, Mixing
* DJ Premier - Producer
* Ben Garrison - Engineer
* Rich July - Engineer
* Marvin Scandrick - Vocals, Vocals (background) (112)
* Quinnes Parker - Vocals, Vocals (background) (112)
* Daron Jones - Producer, Vocals, Vocals (background) (112)
* Michael Keith - Vocals, Vocals (background) (112)
* Clark Kent - Producer
* Paul Logus - Mixing
* Manny Marroquin - Engineer
* Tony Maserati - Mixing
* Axel Niehaus - Engineer
* Michael Patterson - Engineer, Mixing
* Herb Powers - Mastering
* RZA - Producer
* Eddie Sancho - Mixing
* Richard Travali - Mixing
* Doug Wilson - Engineer
* DJ Enuf - Producer
* Faith Evans - Vocals (background)
* Carl Thomas - Vocals
* Pierre Retrayt - Producer
* Rasheed Goodlowe - Engineer
* Nasheim Myrick - Producer
* Michael Lavine - Photography
* Camilo Argumedes - Engineer
* Deric Angelettie - Producer
* Stevie J. - Producer
* Prince Charles Alexander - Engineer, Mixing
* Carlos Broady - Organ (Hammond), Producer
* Lane Craven - Engineer, Mixing
* Krayzie Bone - Vocals
* Deborah "Portia" Neeley Rolle - Vocals (background)
* Jiv Pos - Producer
* Jleon6 - Executive Producer
* Stephen Dent - Engineer
* Lynn Montrose - Engineer
* Steve Jones - Engineer
* Bizzy Bone - Vocals
* John Meredith - Engineer
* Layzie Bone - Vocals
* Diana Pedraza - Engineer
* Mike Pitts - Assistant Producer
* Kay Gee - Producer
* Groovey Lew - Stylist
* Ron Grant - Guest Appearance
* Keanna Henson - Vocals (background)
* Justin Cortinas- Producer

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ritual de lo Habitual - Jane's Addiction

Ritual De Lo Habitual

Ritual de lo habitual is the second full studio album (third overall) by Jane's Addiction, released on August 21, 1990 on Warner Brothers. Co-produced by Dave Jerden, it was the band's final studio album before their initial break-up in 1991. Singles from Ritual de lo habitual include "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!". Ritual de lo habitual is certified 3x Platinum in the U.S., by CAN gold and by BPI gold.

The album is roughly broken into two parts. Tracks 1–5 consist of unrelated hard rock style songs. The cassette tape of this album has about ten minutes of silence on side "A". Tracks 6–9, as a whole are in memoriam of singer Perry Farrell's deceased friend known as Xiola Blue, who died of a heroin-overdose in 1987 at the age of 19 ("Then She Did" also chronicles Farrell's mother's suicide when he was 4 years old). "Three Days" and "Then She Did," in particular, have a heavy progressive rock influence, while "Of Course" carries a heavy Eastern-influence, with a prominent violin throughout.

Two versions of the disc packaging were created: one cover featured artwork by singer Perry Farrell, related to the song "Three Days" and including male and female nudity; the other cover has been called the "clean cover", and features only black text on a white background, listing the band name, album name, and the text of the First Amendment (the "freedom of speech" amendment) of the U.S. Constitution. The back cover of the "clean cover" also contains the text:
"Hitler's syphilis-ridden dreams almost came true. How could it happen? By taking control of the media. An entire country was led by a lunatic... We must protect our First Amendment, before sick dreams become law. Nobody made fun of Hitler??!"
The "clean cover" was created so the CD could be distributed in stores who refused to stock items with nudity on the front cover.

All songs written by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery & Stephen Perkins.
"Stop!" – 4:14
"No One's Leaving" – 3:01
"Ain't No Right" – 3:34
"Obvious" – 5:55
"Been Caught Stealing" – 3:34
"Three Days" – 10:48
"Then She Did..." – 8:18
"Of Course" – 7:02
"Classic Girl" – 5:07

Jane's Addiction
Perry Farrell – lead vocals
Dave Navarro – guitar
Eric Avery – bass
Stephen Perkins – drums
Additional musicians
Charlie Bisharat – violin ("Of Course"), electric violin ("Then She Did...")
Ronnie S. Champagne – bass ("Of Course")
John Philip Shenale – strings ("Then She Did...")
Geoff Stradling – piano ("Obvious")