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T5AotW: Week 33
March 21, 2009, 9:08 pm
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Week 33 Mixtape: http://8tracks.com/Yaanon/top-five-albums-of-the-week-week-33

1. Mule Variations by Tom Waits
2. First Impressions of Earth by The Strokes
3. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
4. Red Hot Blues by Elmore James
5. 24 of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits


T5AotW: Week 27
February 8, 2009, 9:06 pm
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T5AotW: Week 27
Sorry for the glare on the photo but since the only person who sees this is Yanira (hi Yanira) and she only looks at some of them, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK.

1. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I can’t get enough of them. Playing “I’m Waiting for the Man” on the guitar is also very very fun.

2. Ziggy Remixed
An excellent excellent excellent album of remixes done by the fellows at http://www.ziggyremixed.com . Go there now and download the album Yanira, or ask me to file send it to you. It’s delicious.

3. I Was Warned by Robert Cray
I have another CD of Robert Cray, a best of, but it wasn’t too good. I brought this CD home from the bookstore and intend on trading it for the best of. This one is pretty good, lots of smooth electric blues guitar. Cray, who is rumored to be a real dick, did a great job at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival.

4. Earthling by David Bowie
Coming after the heavily industrial 1. Outside album, it is no wonder that is is also a very heavy album. It’s good, not great, but pretty good. Unlike 1. Outside, it lacks a central theme. It just seems to be a collection of good songs. That being said, there are some really good songs on it. Highlights: “Dead Man Walking,” “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

5. hours… by David Bowie
The 1999 album that came after Earthling. While not as good as Earthling, it does have a sort of central premise, that being Bowie’s age. Most of the songs are softer reflections on the singer getting older. Guitarist Reeves Gabrel left the Bowie band after this album because he felt that the music was getting too soft. Even though I say the songs are mostly soft reflections, it does have a couple of hard rockers on it like “The Pretty Things are Going to Hell” which is my favorite on the album.

T5AotW: Week 25
January 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
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Week 25: More like Top four albums. I coudn’t think of a fifth CD that I was listening to. =(

1. The Slider by T. Rex
Just got this album not too long ago and it is great. I love T. Rex. My experience with T. Rex before this was limited to the Electric Warrior album. Good shit.

2. Outside by David Bowie
Bowie’s 1995 venture into the NIN-dominated world of industrial rock. An extremely good album. I hope the sequel to it, Contamination, will be made. Highlights include the title track, “Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” “Hallo Spaceboy,” “Strangers When We Meet” and Mike Garson’s masterful jazzy piano.

3. Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes
A Leonard Cohen tribute album that features a number of very special guests, including blues guitar virtuosos Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robben Ford on “First We Take Manhattan” and Leonard himself doing guest vocals on “Joan of Arc.”

4. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey
Not as good as To Bring You My Love, but still. It’s PJ Harvey. You can’t go wrong with her.

T5AotW: Week 24
January 18, 2009, 10:15 pm
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Week 24:

1. Live Santa Monica ’72 by David Bowie
Classic live Ziggy. Mick Ronson shines, securing his place as one of rock’s finest guitarist. Any doubters should listen to the live version of “Moonage Daydream” then prompty change their opinion.

2. Unplugged in New York by Nirvana
Kurt Kurt Kurt Kurt Kurt.

3. Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes
Odd blues bluegrass rock from the people who brought you awesome.

4. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
This has been on my shelf for a while but I haven’t really listened to it until I saw in the bookstore. After a couple of plays, it really shines.

5. Tom Waits Live in Phoenix June 17, 2008
My little burned bootleg of Tom Waits’ first concert of the Glitter and Doom tour. The one I attended. After not hearing these songs for a while, the sounds welcomely return to my ears. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis. Who would’ve called that one?

T5AotW: Week 23
January 11, 2009, 6:56 pm
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Week 23

1. Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges
R.I.P. Ron Asheton.

2. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Love this album. “Only Living Boy in New York.”

3. The Best of the Velvet Underground
Can’t get enough Lou.

4. Old School Blues by Bernie Pearl
Two disc set by Bernie Pearl, one disc acoustic, one disc electric. Went to a guitar workshop that Pearl taught here and got this signed. Pearl is an amazing guitarist, top-notch. The guitar work is a real pleasure to listen to. HOWEVER I cannot say the same for some of the songs. The lyrics on a lot of these songs are very misogynistic. Now, I understand that singing about how a woman has wronged you is a tradition in blues, originating as a way of singing about an oppressive slave master out on the field without being punished for it. This being said, it seems that Pearl has chosen to record the most obscure, phallocentric songs in the blues canon. These songs go WAY beyond the “oh my baby left me, my baby cheated on me” blues. An example off the top of my head “If you shake for me, I’ll buy you a diamond ring/Oh if you shake for me, I’ll buy you a diamond ring/If you don’t shake it for me, I won’t buy you a gosh-darn thing.” Even though the lyrics are terrible, Pearl’s guitar makes up for it. Anyone who hasn’t heard Bernie’s music should buy this CD. I think it’s on CDBaby.com. Very good for the price.

5. Violent Opposition by Keith Levene
Original Clash guitarist and founding member of Public Image Ltd. has had a wonderful yet sparse selection of solo work. This is one of them. Levene tackles everything from hard blues rock to instrumental reggae with impressive skill. There are even a nice selection of covers on this CD, including Hendrix’s “If 6 Were 9” and John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey.” Buy it.

January 7, 2009, 5:35 pm
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There’s a new social networking site out there, one specifically for harmonica players. It’s called HarmonicaSpace (ain’t that clever?). It’s only on a soft launch right now, registration being open to a limited number of people, so I can’t say much about it good or bad. I’m sure it will grow and change for the better, though.

Until then, check out my profile page.

T5AotW: Week 18
December 7, 2008, 10:42 pm
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Week Eighteen: December 7th

1. King of the Delta Blues Singers by Son House
I don’t have a real copy of this so I used a photo of Son House for the picture. The title of the album expresses my opinion of Son House: he was the alpha and the omega, chillun. I recently re-retuned one of my guitars to Open G so I could play Death Letter Blues. Such a moving song, so emotional. I love Son dearly.

2. Iggy Pop
I have NOT been listening to Fun House this week, but I have been listening to a lot of Iggy Pop this week this will be my stand in. Mainly “The Passenger” (fun to play along with on the harmonica) and some assorted other songs. There’s an interesting video on youtube of Iggy playing “Louie, Louie,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and “Pablo Picasso” on an acoustic guitar. I didn’t know the Iguana was left-handed until I saw that video. =]

3. Red Patent Leather by New York Dolls
The New York Dolls are new to me but they have taken my mind by storm. I am very much interested in early punk, especially live early punk shows. There’s something about the energy of the performances that appeal to me. This is a solidly good New York Dolls album that displays this never-ending pool of energy that early punk shows had. Plus the NYD had such a strong blues influence to their sound, it’s delicious. They cover Sonny Boy Williamson II’s “Don’t Start Me Talkin'” on a couple of albums and Mr. David plays his harp on a number of tracks on this CD. Good stuff.

4. Anti- Sampler
The only songs I’ve been listening to on this are “Dig Lazarus, Dig!” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the track by N.A.S.A featuring Tom Waits. The Nick Cave song is okay but could be stronger, but the Tom Waits song is surprisingly excellent. Tom Waits can take any musicial genre and call it his own, and rap is no exception. A great collaboration, but I hope Tom leaves it at that. I would hate to see a full studio album of Tom hip-hopping it up. I can see it now. Bowler hat and black blazer with a Flava Flav clock and grill. Lord don’t let that happen.

5. The Alligator Records Christmas CD
Bluesy holiday songs. William Clarke and Charlie Musselwhite do some excellent harmonica blowing on this.