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Artist of the Week – Quiz #49

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, The Beta Band, Talking Heads, Bee Gees, Megadeth, The Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, The Libertines, B.B. King, Beck, Coldplay, Madonna, Willie NelsonThe Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, Neil Young, Ice Cube, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Iggy Pop

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Iggy Pop last week.

The results after 48 weeks:

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*Plus 10,000,000 bonus points for giving birth to our third daughter 😀

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Ready for Quiz #49?

The penultimate quiz of the year!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #49
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Formed in California, this band (with a very long list of past members) shares its name with the surname of its iconic lead guitarist (and the band is not Van Halen)

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400 points……………….Their second studio album, Abraxas, is on the 1001 list

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300 points…………………The group (that this author incorrectly assumed was a solo artist) experienced a huge resurgence in the late 90s, winning a pile of Grammy awards along the way

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200 points…………………The lead guitarist’s first name is Carlos

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100 points………………..The artist is S____________

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Answer: سانتانا

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Fittingly (and unintentionally), the Quiz #49 band formed in San Francisco!

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Various Artists, Various Blogs – This One’s Worth Saving (1995)

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Cheers to Bruce @ Vinyl Connection for hosting the blogging community event,
Various Artists, Various Blogs!

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On the weekend, when I was loading the car with a few boxes of clothing/books/etc. to donate to our local thrift store, I came across an old CD, “this one’s worth saving.”

It was in immaculate condition; when I attempted to pry the disc from its case, there was resistance, which leads me to believe I hadn’t actually ever listened to the free sampler CD.

And since it had found its way into a donation box, it appeared I had disagreed with the album title, as clearly at some point, I had deemed it unworthy of saving.

But when I scanned the tracklist, I thought, Age of Electric? Headstones? Gandharvas?

Maybe it is worth saving after all…

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to group posts/series!

 

417 albums in 4 years!

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I started the 1001albumsin10years project on December 1st, 2011.

Back on November 30, 2016, I hit the exact midpoint, the 500.5/1001 album mark.

So theoretically, given the domain name, I should have been be up to album 601/1001 by December 1st of this year.

So at 584/1001, I’ve fallen slightly behind, but I think I’ll be able to bounce back in year 7.

The progress so far:

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As was the case for my firstsecondthirdfourth, and fifth year-in-review posts, the annual summary of my favourites from the past year.

Enjoy!

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The Top Songs & Albums of Year 6

1950s:
Album – Tito Puente and His Orchestra, Dance Mania (1958)
Song – Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners (1957)

1960s:
Album – Ray Price, Night Life (1963)
Song – Paul Revere and the Raiders, Kicks (1966)

1970s:
Album – Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark (1974)
Song – The Dictators, (I Live For) Cars and Girls (1975)

1980s:
Album – The Go-Betweens, 16 Lovers Lane (1988)
Song – Everything but the Girl, These Early Days (1988)

1990s:
Album – Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Brutal Youth (1994)
Song – Ice Cube, When Will They Shoot? (1992)

2000s:
Album – The Beta Band, Hot Shots II (2001)
Song – Johnny Cash, Give My Love to Rose (2002)

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My vision for the new blogging year?

Hopefully before the end of the week, I’ll join the Various Artists fun over @ VinylConnection.

In the new calendar year, I’m planning on doing a sequel to this calendar year’s weekly series, “Artist of the Week,” likely to be called something inspired, such as, Artist of the Week II!

So once again, starting in January, the goal will be to explore 50 artists over 50 weeks, spending a week with each artist, with plenty of Top 5s/Polls/Quizzes along the way.

And of course, each post will feature an “Artist of the Week II” logo by Sarca (*Spoiler Alert* – I’m sure it will be another gem!),

Thank you all for being a part of this adventure!

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Verbalize the Positive

Six years ago, I wouldn’t have anticipated any country/rap/Joni Mitchell recordings being among my year-end favourites.

In this project, I enjoy being continually surprised (in a good way) by so many artists from so many genres!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #48

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, The Beta Band, Talking Heads, Bee Gees, Megadeth, The Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, The Libertines, B.B. King, Beck, Coldplay, Madonna, Willie NelsonThe Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, Neil Young, Ice Cube, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Metallica

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Metallica last week.

The results after 47 weeks:

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*Plus 10,000,000 bonus points for giving birth to our third daughter 😀

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Ready for Quiz #48?

Almost there!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #48
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Born in Michigan in 1947, this artist’s birth name is James Newell Osterberg Jr.

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400 points……………….Both of his solo albums from 1977 are on the 1001 list (and both were produced by David Bowie)

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300 points…………………Known as the “Godfather of Punk,” he provided vocals for The Stooges

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200 points…………………His song, Lust for Life, was introduced to a whole new audience when it was used in the 1996 film Trainspotting

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100 points………………..The artist is I___ P__

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Answer: إيجي بوب

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I quite like the high-school-picture-day-esque album art on the cover of Lust for Life!

Arkells – Friday, November 24th

What’s your favourite Arkells track?

For me, it tough to choose one, probably easier to choose a favourite from each of the first three albums.

From Jackson Square (2008)? A coin toss between Ballad of Hugo Chavez & John Lennon.

Michigan Left (2011)? Likely Kiss Cam, but Where U Goin & On Paper are right up there.

High Noon (2014)? Seeing as Cynical Bastards name-checks both Burlington & Oakville Ontario, clearly it’s the one for me!

So when I saw their Kingston show last Friday, I was surprised to hear…absolutely none of my favourite tracks.

Which, theoretically, should mean the concert was disappointing.

In spite of this (or, counter-intuitively, Because of this), the concert is now a part of my All Time Top 5.

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Fantastic frontman Max Kerman

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The last time I saw the Arkells was in 2013, at the same venue, opening for The Tragically Hip.

That night, they were a terrific opener, as the crowd got right into their set.

Or at least, that’s what I thought a crowd being into an Arkells set looked like.

4 years later, the crowd (myself included) was on their collective feet from start to finish.

The 5-piece band was excellent; the 3 horns that joined them on stage every so often were equally terrific.

The lead singer, Max Kerman, was an absolute performer, always seeming to say/do/sing/dance/play guitar in exactly the right quantities at exactly the right times.

He opened the show with 3 “rock show” rules:

  1. You’ve gotta sing
  2. You’ve gotta dance
  3. (looking out at the general admission floor) You’ve gotta take care of each other

Thankfully, it looked like people on the floor adhered to #3, and we definitely did our part in the seats for #1 & #2!

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Photos by my friends Devon & Katie

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The setlist, courtesy of setlist.fm
(additional comments and excessive exclamation marks are from me)

1. Amazing Grace
2. Making Due
3. Come To Light
4. Michigan Left
5. Never Thought That This Would Happen
6. 11:11 – exceptional!
7. Come Back Home
8. Private School – they brought up a fan from the crowd to play keyboard on the song!
9. Pullin’ Punches / Great Balls of Fire – The crowd (understandably) responds favourably to the Kingston name-check, Max disappears at the end of the song…
10. Drake’s Dad – …and reappears IN the crowd, performing the rest of this tune from the back of the arena!
11. Leather Jacket – the final line, “who the fuck uses a payphone?,” brought the house down!
12. And Then Some
13. Book Club
14. Oh, the Boss Is Coming! (A Hard Day’s Night intro) – nice punching IN/OUT audience callbacks
15. Whistleblower – a stripped down version, really well done
16. Dirty Blonde
17. A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)
18. My Heart’s Always Yours

Encore:
19. My Music at Work – see Katie’s comment below, a wonderful moment
20. Knocking at the Door – as Bing Crosby said in White Christmas, a slam-bang finish!

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The obligatory album breakdown graph

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The latest in the ongoing ‘Band T + Daughter(s)’ photo series.
Photo taken by the eldest daughter!

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And I’ll leave the final Word(s) to a pair of my fellow Arkells patrons:

“The show was greatly energetic and fun! A highlight for me was the touching tribute to the Tragically Hip, with the Arkells and Matt Mays together on stage singing My Music at Work.” – Katie

“I was impressed by the overall level of energy and how truly captivated the entire audience was! Max Kerman is one dancin’ fool! Loved it!!” – Devon

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Verbalize the Positive

Thanks Dan, Devon, Katie (and Arkells) for an outstanding night!

Paul Revere & The Raiders – Midnight Ride (1966)

[Album 584/1001]

Midnight ride?

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‘Round here, it’s more like a mid-nap ride.

Actually, that’s exactly what it was last Saturday afternoon.

2 Daughters asleep? Check.

Oldest daughter happily playing with a friend? Check.

Very well, exercise bike + (muted) 2002 Gold medal game + Midnight Ride it is!

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When an artist is self-aggrandizing? I often struggle with the recording.

But when the artist hires someone to hype them up (as in the intro to James Brown’s Live at the Apollo)? Somehow, I find it quite entertaining.

I’m not sure who wrote the notes about the band on the back cover of the LP…but the writer’s enthusiasm is simply delightful.

Some of the finer excerpts:

“Paul Revere & The Raiders are now firmly established as one of the most powerful and exciting groups in the world!”

“They’re five happening gentlemen from the northwest of America who’ve captured the hearts of a nation…”

“Their current fan-mail draw has surpassed all other major teen idols!”

“the bright new writing team of Revere and Lindsay joins the best of the musical penmen”

“an exciting array of tunes destined to capture the raves of the most hardened critics”

…and that is but a sample.

I’d love to have this writer/hype-person introduce me at the beginning of each semester!

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Now I may not be firmly established as a happening gentleman.

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I suppose my current fan-mail volume does not require an assistant to process.

Nor do I consider myself among the best of the musical penmen.

But even a hardened critic like myself can’t help but find something to enjoy among this array of tunes.

I might not be able to summon quite as much enthusiasm as the album notes writer, but I did quite like Midnight Ride (notably the side openers, Kicks & All I Really Need is You).

So consider my raves captured!

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Verbalize the Positive

The album lines up almost perfectly with the first period of the 2002 Men’s Ice Hockey Gold medal game.

The turntable arm returned to its resting position with 18 seconds remaining in the period, pretty close!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #47

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, The Beta Band, Talking Heads, Bee Gees, Megadeth, The Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, The Libertines, B.B. King, Beck, Coldplay, MadonnaWillie Nelson, The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, Neil Young, Ice Cube, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The Rolling Stones last week.

The results after 46 weeks:

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*Plus 10,000,000 bonus points for giving birth to our third daughter 😀

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Ready for Quiz #47?

Glad to hear it!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #47
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American Band formed in 1981, featuring a Danish drummer that chose music over pursuing a professional tennis career

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400 points……………….They have 4 albums on the 1001 list, including a double live album, S & M, recorded with the San Francisco Symphony in 1999

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300 points…………………During the 2016 Sharks vs. Penguins Stanley Cup Finals, guitarists Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield from this group played the Star Spangled Banner prior to Game 4 in San Jose

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200 points…………………One of the “Big 4” Thrash Metal bands, alongside Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax

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100 points………………..The artist is M_________________

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Answer: ميتاليكا

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I like that google translate had no problem whatsoever translating this to Arabic!