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Artist of the Week II – Quiz #28

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk, Ryan Adams, Elvis Presley

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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 Elvis Presley last week.

The results after 27 weeks (as of Thursday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #28?

Splendid!

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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 #28
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..British band, formed in 1977, the lead singer/bassist’s (birth) name is Gordon Sumner

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400 points………………..Though their massive 1983 hit sounds like a beautiful love song, upon closer inspection of the constant/obsessive surveillance lyrics? Somewhat less beautiful

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300 points…………………They have a pair of albums on the 1001 list, Regatta de Blanc & Synchronicity (though arguments could be made that every little thing they did/recorded during their career was magic)
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200 points…………………The aforementioned lead singer/bassist earned his nickname as a youth, thanks to a sweater that resembled a bumblebee

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100 points………………..The artist is:    The P_______

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Answer: الشرطة

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

The first box set I ever purchased? This group’s Message in a Box!

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Solomon Burke – Rock ‘n Soul (1964)

[Album 608/1001]

“Without soul, there’d be no rock, and without rock, there’d be no soul.”
– Solomon Burke

The plan for this Solomon Burke review was flawless.

The album is called Rock ‘n Soul?

Time for quantitative analysis!

What % rock?

What % soul?

What % both of the above?

What’s the optimal rock/soul ratio?

The graphs practically construct themselves!

I hypothesized that they’d look something like this…

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…though I ran into one slight issue when listening: I simply couldn’t sort out Burke’s ingredients!

What constitutes rock?

Where does the soul begin/end?

And thus, my quest to separate the rock from the soul was over before it began.

It was foolish to think I could quantify the genre percentages, even more misguided to think I could identify an optimal rock/soul ratio.

Instead, I should have listened to the wisdom of Solomon: Without soul, there’d be no rock, and without rock, there’d be no soul.220px-Rocknsoul

In hindsight, I should have paid more attention to the conjunction in the album title.

It’s Rock ‘n Soul, not an optional Rock &/or Soul, nor a mutually exclusive Rock or Soul.

The album title could not be more fitting as its components are inextricable to my ears.

It pains me to say it…it appears that sometimes charts/graphs aren’t the answer.

But thanks to Solomon, I’ve been reminded that it can also be fun to give the spreadsheets a break & just sit back and enjoy the show.

And I reckon I’ll be enjoying Solomon’s Rock ‘n Soul show for years to come.

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Verbalize the Positive

Don’t worry spreadsheets, I can’t stay mad at you!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #27

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk, Ryan Adams

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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 Ryan Adams last week.

The results after 26 weeks (as of Thursday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 26

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Ready for Quiz #27?

Indubidubly!

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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 #27
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..According to Chuck D, this American Artist born in 1935 was a hero to most; but as with Chuck D, he never meant (much) to this author either

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400 points………………..His middle name is Aaron & he was name-checked (along with Andy Kaufman) in R.E.M.’s Man on the Moon, “Andy are you goofing on _______? Hey Baby, are we having fun?”

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300 points…………………He has a trio of albums on the 1001 list, all featuring his first name prominently in the title (self-titled debut, _____ is Back!, From ______ in Memphis)
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200 points…………………He shares a first name with the Canadian Figure Skater Stojko & the Irish Singer Costello

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100 points………………..The artist is:    E______ P_________

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Answer: إلفيس بريسلي

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I’m a big fan of (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame!

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (1968)

[Album 607/1001]

Sunday, July 1st, 2018 @ 1 p.m. – where were you?

If you live in Ontario, the answer is likely ‘somewhere with air conditioning,’ as it was a ridiculously hot Canada Day weekend this year!

I was in the basement, attempting to stay semi-cool, when 2 significant events happened almost simultaneously:

1. Through LeBrain’s facebook page, I learned that the Leafs had just signed John Tavares. Instantly, the Leafs became a Stanley Cup Favourite.

2. I heard the first few notes of Care of Cell 44. Instantly, I had the feeling I was listening to a new Favourite.

Better yet, after hearing the rest of Odessey and Oracle, I realized that this is a serious contender for my Favourite new-to-me album of the 1001 list.

I haven’t been this excited about an album in a while!

The When I’m 64-esque bassline on Care of Cell 44.Odessey_and_Oracle

The lovely piano-driven A Rose for Emily.

The big vocal harmonies on Maybe After He’s Gone.

The spooky guitar riff on Beechwood Park, also duly added to my world musical travel itinerary.

The dual-lead singer format on Brief Candles…and that’s not even the end of side one!

I’m likely 10 spins in (it’s pretty much been on repeat since Canada Day :D) and my enthusiasm for the record is only growing.

I may be 50 years late to The Zombies party but I’m thrilled to have finally arrived!

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Verbalize the Positive 

Good job Toronto on signing Tavares, he’s fun to watch!

Skunk Anansie – Post Orgasmic Chill (1999)

[Album 606/1001]

Confession: I can’t really smell skunk.

When driving in an area where a skunk has recently sprayed, my family will be gagging, observing the pungent skunk smells and…I’m oblivious.

Which I suppose is both a blessing and a curse:

a) People don’t seem to care for the smell & I don’t notice it, yay!

b) But if I ever get sprayed, I still won’t notice it…

Apparently, if the internet isn’t fibbing, I may have specific anosmia, where 1 in 1000 people lack the ability to detect skunk spray.

So, encouraging to read that while it’s not a huge club, I’m not alone.

Or to borrow a Tobias Fünke line, there’s nothing wrong with it, there are dozens of us, dozens!

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When I played the opening track, I was concerned that specific anosmia would hinder my ability to appreciate Skunk Anansie.

Charlie Big Potato sounded like an eventual Evanescence movie soundtrack song from the turn of the century: I understand why people make a fuss over it, but I lack the receptor neurons to enjoy it for myself.220px-Post_Orgasmic_Chill

However, as the album went on, whatever blockages were preventing me from enjoyment cleared.

In large part, due to the powerful performance by the lead vocalist, Skin.

She has the dynamic range & the ability to be equally effective regardless of a song’s tempo or pitch (the soaring chorus in Lately was a particular highlight).

She sounds like a formidable front-woman & if her vocals here are any indication, I imagine she would be a compelling presence on stage.

And she also played theremin & vibraphone on the record?

A triple-threat!

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Verbalize the Positive

I admire these albums that don’t reel me in right away but then win me over in the end!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #26

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk

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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 Björk last week.

The results after 25 weeks (as of Tuesday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 25

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Ready for Quiz #26?

I’m Ready!

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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 #26
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist born in 1974, he chose to open his 2000 debut solo album with a spoken track: an argument (with guitarist David Rawlings) about the correct parent album of the Morrissey song, Suedehead

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400 points………………..That alternative-country album, Heartbreaker, is one of a pair of his solo albums on the 1001 list (alas, none of his albums with Whiskeytown made the cut)

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300 points…………………His other 1001-listed album, Gold, features the hit New York, New York and the oft-covered When Stars Go Blue
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200 points…………………If you recklessly add a “B” to his first name, you’ve got a popular Canadian artist

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100 points………………..The artist is:    R_____ A______

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Answer: ريان ادامز

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Opening a record with a Morrissey debate? Obviously I approve of this artist!

Arkells – The Rally

“And I never thought that this would happen”
– Arkells, Never thought that this would happen

I didn’t think it was possible.

But it has finally happened:

I’m emotionally invested in a band that didn’t exist before the year 2000.

I know, right!

My friend Andy & I seem to have started a summer concert tradition (AC/DC in 2015, GNR in 2017); “The Rally” @ Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton was a perfect way to kick off the summer of 2018.

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pre-show @ Merit Brewery downtown

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Souvenir!

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The Setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm)

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9. Fake Money (first half acoustic) – solid delayed band entry

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Verbalize the Positive

Fantastic annual summer tradition AZ!