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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #3

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G.

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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 Notorious B.I.G. last week.

The results after 2 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #3?

Swell!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, 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 #3
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English singer/songwriter born September 14, 1983, her debut album, Frank, was on the initial 1001 albums list…

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400 points………………..though in recent editions of the book, it has been replaced with her second album, Back to Black (released 5 years before her death in 2011)

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300 points……………….En Français, her last name would be “maison de vin”

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200 points………………She shares a first name with the comedienne Schumer; her last name in photo form:

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100 points………………..The artist is A___ W_____________

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Answer: منزلايمي النبيذ

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Her tune, Pumps, is as catchy a tune as I’ve heard!

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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #2

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison

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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 George Harrison last week.

The results after 1 week (as of Wednesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #2?

Cool, cool, cool!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, 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 #2
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Born in NYC in 1972, this Artist’s birth name was Christopher George Latore Wallace…

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400 points………………..though a couple decades after his death in 1997, he remains much better known by his Infamous stage name (or its variations, including an oxymoronic nickname referring to his size)

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300 points……………….His album, Ready to Die, is on the 1001 list. Alas, it does not contain the track referenced in the graph below (featuring Puff Daddy & Ma$e)

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200 points………………The Byrds had a 1968 album, The _____________ Byrd Brothers; Carrie Bradshaw’s main love interest throughout Sex & The City was Mr. ____

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100 points………………..The artist is The N____________ (2nd letter of the alphabet) (9th letter) (7th letter)

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Answer: سيئة السمعة الكبيرة

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I enjoy his tune, mo’ money mo’ problems, and I appreciate being able to use it as the song of the day when teaching personal finance!

Weather Report – Heavy Weather (1977)

[Album 630/1001]

As a student, is there anything more exciting than seeing the ominous red bar on the weather network website?

With the cautionary lightning bolt icon to command your attention, or terrifying terms like ‘treacherous’ to describe the anticipated road conditions?

Click to LEARN MORE?

You can almost hear the buses being cancelled, snow day!

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Monday Evening’s Weather Alert in Kingston

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It’s a shame this Weather Report LP didn’t come with such an eye-catching red banner.

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For a couple of reasons:

1) Quite frankly, given the strong musicianship contained within, Heavy Weather ought to have a click option for listeners to open & LEARN MORE.

2) I’ll confess, the red banner has a way of claiming my undivided attention.

Though I’ve quite enjoyed my several Heavy Weather spins so far, I don’t believe any of the listens have been 100% uninterrupted/free of multi-tasking.

Perhaps that is the danger of instrumental music for me: if I’m not paying attention to lyrics, I have a tendency to just enjoy the ride.

Though there are plenty of thundering basslines & lots of lightning-fast timbale work, this enjoyable ride is far from treacherous.

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Alas, for Kingston students (and OK, maybe, just maybe, the Kingston staff too), the Monday evening weather warnings may have overstated the treacherous nature of Tuesday’s commute.

The bus cancellations were not to be; schools remained open, classes ran as scheduled.

But only for a couple more weeks until the semester 1 exams begin.

And while I’ve found this album works well in the background while marking, I look forward to the marking pile being completed, so I can give this Weather Report the full attention it deserves.

Verbalize the Positive

Some of these tunes (Birdland especially) would be fun to play with our high school jazz band!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #1

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes over the past two years.

This year, I’m excited to be hosting quizzes once again, to be published every Sunday morning at 12:01 a.m. E.S.T.

Welcome back to returning participants, welcome to new friends!

And my humongous thanks to Sarca for creating another exemplary logo to introduce this year’s series, Artist of the Week III!

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Ready for Quiz #1?

To quote Brad Roberts in the Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, let’s begin!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, 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 #1
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Ever the forgotten band member, in the Traveling Wilburys, he was the band member NOT named Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, or Bob Dylan

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400 points………………..In 1971, along with his Sitar Instructor/Maestro, Ravi Shankar, he co-organized the Concert for Bangladesh

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300 points……………….When artists release a triple album, chances are, references will be made to this Liverpudlian’s 1970 triple LP solo debut, All Things Must Pass

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200 points………………He’s the “Quiet” Beatle

Alternatively, as a ___ + ____ = ________ clue:
He shares his first name with a curious monkey and his last name with Indiana Jones/Han Solo/The President that yelled “Get off my plane!” in Air Force One, actor __________ Ford)

 

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100 points………………..The artist is G________ H____________

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Answer: جورج هاريسون

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Perhaps my favourite show growing up was a weekly show named, Hockey Week,

In one episode, they asked players to name the members of the Fab 4.

And I remember being so impressed with Brendan Shanahan that he knew all 4 – and in 2019, I’m quite pleased that the clip still exists!

The Auteurs – New Wave (1993)

[Album 629/1001]

The Auteurs’ New Wave is like a full Sloan album of Jay Ferguson’s Twice Removed tracks: in other words, it couldn’t be much more up my street.

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Verbalize the Positive

This Auteurs review is a part of the #OneSentenceReview Challenge.

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A brand new challenge suggested by 2loud2oldmusic in the comments section earlier today @ Thunder Bay Arena Rock (which I can only assume makes the #OneSentenceReview a totally official thing!)

Considering I’m way behind on my 1001albumsin10years review pace & school restarts on Monday, I’m quite appreciative of any challenge that helps me get caught up, so cheers John & Deke!

Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack (1963)

[Album 628/1001]

“Take me back, back to the shack…I know where we need to go, back to the shack”
– =w=eezer, Back to the Shack

Do you find that certain instruments inevitably take you back to certain times/places? Even places you’ve never been?

For example, the accordion.

If you can somehow not immediately picture an evening in Paris, I’m impressed.

Or a Hammond B-3 organ? chickenshack

Until recently, thanks to Booker T. & the M.G.’s, I’d picture large quantities of green onions.

Though now when I hear the Hammond, while still picturing agriculture, I find myself transported to Jimmy Smith’s chicken shack.

I quite like the juxtaposition in the album art: though “incredible” isn’t exactly modest, the photo with the animals (while seated at animal level) suggests much more humility.

I gather this album was recorded in 1960 and then finally released in 1963. Why it was cooped up for 3 years, I’m not sure, as I can’t see this recording being classified as anything less than grade A quality.

And that seems to be the pattern on the 1001 list for albums that have been shelved for a couple of years prior to release, such as The Modern Lovers & Tonight’s The Night.

Unlike farm products that are best served fresh, perhaps some music productions just need to age a bit before being consumed?

In any event, if like me, you find yourself in the mood for some Hammond B-3 jazz, I know where we need to go.

Back to the Shack.

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Verbalize the Positive

Speaking of green onions, last year when grocery shopping, I found myself reaching for green onions in the produce section beside Rob Baker (guitarist of the Tragically Hip).

As I’ve found with all the incredible members of the Hip, they have no trace of ego when out and about in town!

Soul II Soul – Club Classics Vol. One (1989)

[Album 627/1001]

Are there a finite number of ‘souls’ in the universe?

I recently heard a theory arguing that this is indeed the case.

The idea being that a soul joins a body for one lifetime, joins another for its next, and so on. Despite being in completely different human packaging & circumstances each time, from what I understand, the soul remains intact.

Of course, such a discussion is far beyond the scope of this blog!

However, when listening to Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Vol. One (also named Keep on Movin’ in the USA), I started to hear some merit in the soul transfer theory.

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Now it’s quite possible that I merely have a finite number of responses to an album.

It’s even more probable that the artist’s name, Soul II Soul (with the double ‘i’ rather than numeric ‘2’), sent me searching for a second vessel.Club_classics_vol._one

However, considering that I haven’t revisited Protection since its review last year, it’s not as though the Massive Attack album was fresh in my mind.

The musical genres are different, the record packaging is dissimilar, and the release dates are a half decade apart.

Yet the essence of the album is the same.

As if its soul was able to keep on movin’ from one artist to the next, coming back to life in a different form.

Should it re-appear in a third incarnation?

My request would be to have another show-stealing guest vocalist like Tracey Thorn or Caron Wheeler, ideally on more than just II tracks.

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy 2019!