Brandon Nelson's blog

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    Jul 07
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    Jul 10
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chicks who rock

courtney barnettthis week my daughter elise joins me to lay out some tracks by chicks who rock. i assure you, they can crank it up.

you'll hear the yeah yeah yeahs, courtney barnett [pictured], tilly & the wall, rilo kiley, and the kills. among many others.

check out the attitude and chorus to courtney barnett's brilliant, "pedestrian at best":

put me on a pedestal and i'll only disappoint you.
tell me i'm exceptional and i promise to exploit you.
give me all your money and i'll make some origami, honey.
i think you're a joke but i don't find you very funny...

  • Thu
    Jun 23
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  • Sun
    Jun 26
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pulse

pulsedance...

and don't be distracted...

by the bullets.

brave the hate...

keep on dancing...

and feel that pulse.

dance for the entire hour...

keep the pulse...

alive.

  • Thu
    Jun 02
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  • Sun
    Jun 05
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40 years ago

40 years ago, stevie wonder released his best and most creative album, featuring melodic classics, funky grooves, and jazz-rock fusion virtuosity. then there was boz scaggs, david bowie, heart, war....

toddalso in 1976, todd rundgren released the song that he should be most famous for ("love of the common man"). it's an inspiration, declaration, and fascinating song, musically, lyrically, and cosmically:

"i've been burned in my prime;
the simple things in life seem so hard to learn sometimes.
and it takes so long.
catch it while you can
too late tomorrow
and everyone....

we all know what comes of that:
living in your pockets and talking through your hat
but it won't take long to turn your head around
too late tomorrow,
'cause everyone needs the love of the common man
to turn the world around
too late tomorrow...

'cause everyone...

everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you.
won't you make a showing everybody knows what to do.
take a dive from your ivory tower,
and fall on...

  • Thu
    Mar 24
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  • Sun
    Mar 27
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crystal silence

musical silence...

debussy...air...airstream...aaron copeland...isao tomita...chick corea...silence

  • Thu
    Feb 25
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  • Sun
    Feb 28
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soul and the birth of modern r&b

what music was at the top of both the soul/r&b and rock charts 50 years ago? some killer music, that's what:

wilson pickettmarvin gaye & kim weston - "it takes two"

sam & dave - "hold on"

wilson pickett (pictured) - "mustang sally"

ray charles - "let's go get stoned"

the four tops - "reach out, i'll be there"

and

the temptations - "ain't too proud to beg"

  • Thu
    Jan 21
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  • Sun
    Jan 24
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get out and caucus

anitime to get psyched up to get out and vote. this week, all political music: muse, dylan, lennon, rundgren, cash, neil, and ani [pictured].

Lysistrata, open up the bedroom door
What is the matter, ain't you in love with me no more?
I enlisted in the army today,
One more time before I march away
Make me feel like a big strong man
You say you don't care about my pride,
You love me too much just to let me die,
And you won't let me come inside
Unless I don't go to war no more.

for people wanting to hear more oldies alla time, i've got just this to say: check out the best tunes released this year. music had a great year.

  • Thu
    Jul 09
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  • Sun
    Jul 12
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so far this year...

it's been an interesting year musically. first 6 months are in the books, and this week i review some of the highlights.

pokeyat times i thought i was hearing another century creep through the time/space continuum. first there was music from the 20th century (brian wilson with an often magically redeeming new cd, and some classic emotion from fairfield's robert reederpharrell-produced genuine r&b sung by snoop dogg).

but i also heard from the 19th century (pokey lafarge, [pictured] who sounds (and looks) like he just got off the boat from new orleans, along with fairfield friends the shook twins), and we even heard from the 22nd century (edgey indie motoponyunprecedented harmonies from fairfield's dagmar, and a melodic rihanna groove written by paul mccartney)

  • Thu
    Jun 18
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  • Sun
    Jun 21
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groundhog day and the best love songs from 1965

the theme song to the great cosmic love story, groundhog day, is sonny & cher's "i've got you babe," originally released in 1965.

groundhog dayturns out there were a lot of great love songs released in 1965 and this week we play them all (well, an hour's worth in any event). 

and you'll also be brought into the cosmic weave of "groundhog day" as well, with excerpts from that movie springled throughout these great songs that were released 50 years ago.

they're not all brand-spankling new, but most of them are still in our heads: the righteous brothers, otis redding, manfred mann...et al.

  • Thu
    Jun 04
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  • Sun
    Jun 07
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new muse

progressive, politically active, hard rock band muse has been selling out massive stadiums around the world for the past decade and winning all kinds of internmuseational awards for the best rock band/album/track/etc in the world. in america not so much.

in large part this is because lead singer/composer/guitarist/pianist/lyricist matt bellamy doesn't hold back the hard truths when he describes musically how america's violent and controlling foreign and domestic policies crush individual free will and personal integrity.

check out this anthem from "uprising":

if you could flick a switch and open your third eye

you'd see that we should never be afraid to die.

rise up and take the power back.

it's time the fat cats had a heart attack.

you know that their time's coming to an end.

we have to unify and watch our flag ascend.

but they also write some of the most powerful love songs and sing like queen. so if you don't, perhaps it's time you knew them.

this week i'll preview their new cd "drones" which is scheduled to be released next week. it's safe to say you hear it here first (if not before)!

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