Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

 

If Sgt. Pepper kicked off the Summer of Love, the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, released in November of the same year marked its end. It was 50 years ago today, the Beatles taught a generation to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, the act we’ve known for all these years…

 

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

 

Today’s Runner is the paradigm album from 1967 which helped define psychedelic rock and ushered in the Summer of Love. On June 1st Sgt. Pepper turns 50. For me this record exists much the same as a highly worn paperback with its beat up cover, yellowing pages and turned corners. Like Tolkien’s The Hobbit or Kerouac’s On The Road, it too sits in my basement in a trunk along with many other treasures. Always ready to pull out and revisit on a day when the weather says “No, you may not pass!” or when the sun and beach are calling to spread out and soak in their rejuvenating rays.

The dialogue is friendly and familiar. The story is a dream that echoes memories of childhood hugs and the sweet tastes of a time when kids rode bikes and played outside in the good morning, good morning sun. Days filled with monkey bars and don’t touch the ground, and in the evening a Magical Mystery Tour of fireflies, ghost in the graveyard, and getting by with a little help from our friends.

Enjoy Sgt. Pepper here in its original iteration before all the fan fair on May 26th when the giant 6 disc box celebrating its anniversary is released.

 

You might also enjoy this Cheap Trick live performance of the album as well.

 

 

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Fables of the Reconstruction

 

Rock ‘n Roll music has always been a voice of self-consciousness and defiance. In the past it has called out abuse and questioned tyranny especially in the late 1960s and early 70s. It has rallied youth and provided a platform for generations to speak out against injustice, corruption and intolerance. Now especially is the time for underground American rock to reawaken. Who will be the new voice in these troubled times?

R.E.M’s Fables of the Reconstruction was one of the rural soundscapes of my youth in the 1980’s.

Here are a few other past trax that have shed some guiding light in darker times.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
CSNY– 1974
Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads
Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust
Utopia – Swing to the Right
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Billy Bragg –Talking to the Taxman about Poetry
R.E.M. – Document
Bob Dylan – Infidels
John Lennon – Imagine

Lets get together and listen to music. Lets speak up and speak out. Lets start a conversation and rally our voices.

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The Big Beat 12-26-86

 

Set the wayback machine to December 26, 1986. The place? “A place called space”, Chicago Illinois. Nope, there are no tweets, no Snapchat or Facebook, no Internet (Al Gore hasn’t invented it yet), not even email, hey there’s not even Grunge. You want to know what’s going on? What bands are playing where and when? You pick up a Reader or an IE (Illinois Entertainer) and/or on Thursday night at 10 o’clock you tune into WXRT’s the Big Beat hosted by a young (or somewhat younger) Johnny Mars, the man who at the time, for a time, had a finger on the pulse of alternative music scene in Chicago.

This year I thought I would dust off and serve up this treat, from the ghost of Christmas past. Pulled from old cassette tapes of the show, I would pop one of these into my Sony Walkman (make sure it’s rewound) strap it to the belt, and head out the door to catch the (L) red line into town. Yes, what’s old is indeed new again. See how many you can name, but don’t worry if you can’t guess them all. Mars will fill you in with names, titles and some enjoyable banter along the way. I always loved the show’s opening theme, with the commercials and the club listings, it’s like an audio time capsule from 30 years ago. Enjoy the tape and Happy Holidays from your friends at soundtrax.mobi

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Goodbye Jumbo

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Karl Wallinger celebrates our planet and the environment on World Parties’ second helping Goodbye Jumbo, a groovy Beatlesque album from the 90s. This one should be included in every collection. “Get to know the heart of it and give me your Sweet Soul Dream.”

I was going to save this album post for Earth Day, but unfortunately the earth can’t wait any longer. The vital signs for our planet have all reached critical levels. Carbon dioxide levels are increasing, the global temperature is rising, arctic sea ice is declining while the sea level steadily rises. Global forest cover is declining from deforestation, wildfires, windstorms and insects.

The world is crying out. Saving it starts here and now. It is time for a Private Revolution.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

 

The Speed of Things

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Speed of Things

I was listening to KCRW a while back and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. came on the radio singing “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” wow what a song! A great hook, cool melody and great lyrics. I thought “Beach Boy’sish” with something current and very cool. I encourage you to take this album out for a test drive, kick up the bass just a bit and see if these two Motor City guys can sell you their latest album “The Speed of things”. I’m sold. I’ll take one in gold!

If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)

You’re supposed to surrender to the bass
You’re supposed to blend into this space
You’re supposed to stay just long enough to be felt
But you’re not there for the noise . . . the noise
You’re not scared of their voice it’s just noise
I swear if you didn’t see me you weren’t on the dancefloor

you should know by now
we’re just gonna keep on moving on
we’re just gonna keep on. . . on the dancefloor

you’re supposed to roll your hips in time
you’re supposed to see your age rewind
you’re supposed to pull me like the sun pulls the earth
but you’re not there for the noise . . . the noise
you’re not scared of their voice it’s just noise
i swear if you didn’t see me you weren’t on the dancefloor

you should know by now
we’re just gonna keep on moving on
we’re just gonna keep on. . . on the dancefloor

keep on
keep on movin on
keep on
keep on movin on
keep on
keep on movin on
keep on keep on
on the dancefloor

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed of things – 2013
01. Beautiful Dream
02. Run
03. Knock Louder
04. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)
05. I Can’t Help It
06. Hiding
07. Beautiful Dream (Reprise
08. Mesopotamia
09. Dark Water
10. Don’t Tell Me
11. Gloria
12. A Haunting

Enjoy the Ride – David

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