Out of curiosity I posted early last Sunday morning on Facebook. Most times it’s something of popular consumption that nabs an eyeball or many – like the family nursing a porcupine with pumpkin bits or the Honeymooners dancing to “All About the Bass.” I didn’t expect the flood of responses. As you sort through the list there’s a couple things to keep in mind; there’s no two people listening to the same thing and Kanye West is mysteriously absent.
I’m seriously in need of a Sunday sound system. There was a time I owned cabinet speakers the size of Roman pillars and enough wattage to blow the lid off a bat cave. The past decade I’ve been content with my desk-top Bose speakers and PC hook-up. I do most listening with headphones. I love scanning the B&H online catalog for daily deals and will buy a rare pair like folks addicted to exotic shoe wear. The time has come to get a chain of floor speakers piping some sounds like the old days - maybe some retro Emerson, Lake and Palmer Tarkus'. For me and my pal Val, that was near ecstasy - a joint, a bag of Oreos and a cold Dr. Pepper. Second thought, this isn’t 1971, this is 2015 – black tea will have to do. Enjoy the read:
Becky Coles: The Honey Ants, Imaginary Cities, Zac Brown Band, July Talk
Bernie Finklestein: Lately I just hit “shuffle” on my computer and listen to whatever comes up. I’ve got a few thousand tracks on computer and it’s all over the map; from Getz/Gilberto to Bob Dylan; from the Delfonics to Lowell, from Birdy to Bruce Cockburn; The Lovin’ Spoonful to Wolf Parade. So it’s all over the map but it’s a map I like and I’ve got music on just about all the time. Brant Zwicker: The new Sugar Brown CD, Poor Lazarus. Killer.
Brad Savage: Pink Floyd's The Wall. I'm a bit of a retro guy most of the time.
Victoria Lord: Michael Bublé
Diane Roblin: Vjay Iyer
Brian Betsworth: Level 42, specifically Mark King's bass playing. And also, because I teach live sound and acoustics at Durham College, I'm listening to the rumble of the HVAC system; passing traffic on the road; the gurgle hiss and click of the coffee maker, and our four year old hum the tune of "Honey, I'm Good" by Andy Grammer. All really annoying compared to Mark King's triplets and slides.
Scoot Erwin: Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More...A Collection. And, in particular, "Missing Missing You," a duet with John Waite with whom I worked at Capitol Records when he was with The Babys.
Connar Van Grant: Monster Truck. Good Canadian Rock & Roll
Bob Roper: The Skeleton Crew album by Madison Ward And The Mama Bear. They are coming to The Church of the Holy Trinity on October 30. Bill...if you haven't heard them, do yourself a favour.
Tom Veitch: Marcia Ball
Braxton Raymond Hicks: Andris Nelsons/Boston Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich - Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10.
Desmond Gundy: Tame Impala, 'Cause I'm a Man & John Cale, Venus in Furs- live in Austria
Rick Maddeaux: Arthur Lee & Love
Donna Rae: Jacksoul
Eric Posner: The Gypsy Jive Band. Klezmer music from a long serving friend who lived in Owen Sound when this was recorded. Jewish folk music from the Bruce. Who woulda thunk it?
Fern Lindzon: Monk Live at the It Club! amazing.
Joshua Lebofsky: Kurt Elling
Victor Bains Marshall: Sixties soul outta Philly, Don Ross "Klimbim", The Hoa Hoas, John P. Kee.
Jaimie Vernon: The Enemy's new album It's Automatic. They're a 3 piece power pop act from Coventry.
Jim Jenkinson: Ed Bickert Trio.
Rueben Kincaid: Don Carlos Gold - Come In Girl - Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential - 1982 - Produced by: Niney & Joseph Hoo Kim - Backed by: Roots Radics – Bass: Flabba Holt - Engineer: Soljie Hamilton - Mixed by: Scientist - At Channel One (Kingston, JA)
Isaac Saragossi: Charles Aznavour, La Mama.
Dean Adams: Motorhead
Don Graham: I'm listening to Lowell Levinger's new album. Lowell is better known as Banana from the '60s group the Youngbloods. Both he and Jesse Young have redone "Get Together", their hit from the peace and love era. Banana has put together an awesome folk/roots album of some Youngblood hits done his way. There are some originals and covers. The album has some great playing and some friends as guests, Ry Cooder, Jesse Colin Young and a few others. A really fun album to listen to.
Brian Wolfe: Brad Mehldau new live recordings.
Reg Schwager: Leo Genovese – Seeds
Tim Moore: Little Feat
Paul Shubat: Of Monsters and Men
Edmond Yee: Iron Maiden – Book of Souls
Helen Lightstone: Newstalk1010 with Blue Rodeo in the background
Iain Grant: Believe it or not, the original “Seasons in the Sun” by the Kingston Trio; smile emoticon
Al Randall: Fourplay Jazz. Tasty!
Paula Gardin Judge: Harold Mabern with Norah Jones
Douglas Salter: Twisted Sister
Andrew M. Smith: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - Andrews Sisters
Gerry Mosby: Edith Piaf
Mike Mason: Six radio stations. French CBC is still the best for me because of the classical. I want to throw up a little each time I hear that same old song on heavy rotation from 50 years ago. Is that the best we can do?
Heidi Fleming: "Revolution", the Beatles
Ron Kish: John Hiatt...Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
Paul DeLong: Occultus Tramitis, Tim Tickner: Søren Bebe, "A Song for You".
Gordon Enright: New albums from standby Heavy Metal Bands... Iron Maiden - Book of Souls. Scorpions - return to forever (celebrating their 50th anniversary but with new material. Motorhead - Bad Magic. Sammy Hagar and the Circle - at your service... anxiously waiting new albums soon from Saxon (Oct 31), Lee Aaron and Def Leppard.
Ross Perlmutter: WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans
Robert Segarini: Fourplay's latest Silver, Dirty Loops "Hit Me", Rival Sons "Electric Man", Saint Paul and the Broken Bones, "Call Me", Jordan John "I Keep Falling in Love" and up next...the Chromeo video for "Old 45s". So Much Great Music!
Greg Simpson: The Best of Chaka Khan at the moment...
Marla Kleman: Pianist Lazlo Gardonay's new recording, Life in Real Time, with Bill Pierce, Stan Strickland, John Lockwood, Yoron Israel. Also, Heads of State-Search for Peace with Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams, Al Foster
Peter Boyd: Best record I've heard this year: Sturgill Simpson's Meta-Modern Sounds in Country Music
Wayne King: Catching up on blues songs like – “Goin’ Down” - B.B. King and Eric Clapton.
Lisa Hartt: Lucinda Williams' "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone"
Virgil Scott: Chilly Gonzales - solo piano - on a White Vinyl LP.
Jonathan Knight: Son Little
Bill McBirnie: (Actually, I'm practising with it, Bill!)
Marlene Weller: Jake Wilkinson - You By Me ...an unbelievable album everybody should have this.
Tabby Johnson: You...
John Stainton: Boz Scaggs
Wendy Lands: Gregory Porter
Lane Tietgen: Bill Withers........ also Grant Green
David Basskin: Handel's Ariodante, conducted by Marc Minkowski, starting Anne-Sofie Von Otter. Glorious and thrilling music
Randy Johnston: Son House Clarksdale Moan [1930-1942]
Paul Novotny: Ravel - Daphnis et Cloe.
Peter Stamp: The following is one of my future FB postings but thought you might find interesting - (Music) “Elvis had a passion for all kinds of music. The rhythm and blues, pop, gospel, opera, classical – he listened to all of it and he got something from all of ...
Elaine Overholt: Nothing at the moment. The ears need a break from listening all day every day. But after that - Dirty Loops and Tony Bennett's first duets album.
Darlene Stimson: Carole King
Thomas J Howieson: Tom Petty, Neil Young, Van Morrison, The Band, Willie Dixon
Rick Wharton: Now as in right now……? or in the last week etc? Rita Visser: Tom Waits
Dwight Grovum: I just listened to a clip of Carole Pope In Orillia - "H S Confidential". Before Liala Biali (Sea and Sky-I think with Tears of Hercules (M Jordan)) Wow, a pile of Canadian Content. Before that a full dose of video: Michael McDonald doing Motown with Ashford andSimpson - Doobies “Just Chillin’” now that the election is cast.
Sandy Crawley: Iron and Wine, first album
Elaine Overholt: And Raul Midon and Paul Ponnudorai.
Dave Askren: Guitarist Ed Bickert and various '60s Blue Notes
Sandy Crawley: Ella and Joe Pass
Jaymz Bee: Mirko Signorile covering Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence". SO TASTEFUL!
Linda Branham Greenwell: Uh Oh... Jim Croce and Sara K
Katherine Katey Morley: Rose Cousins and City and Colour
Robin Banks: Welcome to Jamrock Damian Marley
Jason Logue: Milestones.
Linda Tamburri: wish I could say I was all cool and hip, but currently the best of the Bay City Rollers is in my CD player (takes me back...nuff said...don't judge)
Sara Kay and Chris Jones: "Would You Break My Heart" -R Franklin Carter: On my CD player today: (1) Zoot Sims' Hawthorne Nights; (2) Melody Gardot's Some Lessons; (3) Gretchen Parlato Live in NYC.
John Lombardi: I am programming my lounge music program. I am listening to Sam Butera and Ray Gelato
Carolyn Fe: Sugar Pie DeSanto
Orin Isaacs: Top 40
Shelley Coopersmith: Literary interviews with Eleanor Wachtel on CBC radio, Ferne O Girling-Ferguson: Wayne tuning piano for YOU
Anthony Vanderburgh: Alan Parsons Project..."Time"
Duncan Hopkins: Nat Cole with George Shearing. Ralph Carmichael does the arrangements.
Chi Sharpe: Yo Bill!!! U kool! Listening to "Out of This World"- Coltrane !!!
Pip Wedge: Gerry Mulligan "Song for Strayhorn"
Bob Hathway: MGM Showtunes
LJ Folk: "Slip Away", Pat Metheny
Tom Marcello: Joe Locke - Elvin Jones - Jim Hall (today).
Anthony Terpstra: Kenny Barron and Charlie Haden, Night and the City.
Patrick Cassin: Lucinda Williams. “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.”
Deborah Ash: YOU GET UP Live Contemporary Gospel Music on 102.3 in Los Angeles, CA.
Don Gibbons: Papisoco.
Hubert Grenir: In A Silent Way, Miles
Robert Armes: Pat Metheny
Kit Lang: Gregory Porter and Natalie Cole on my CD player this evening...
Rob Yale: Crowded House and Split Enz.
Todd Booth: Emilie-Claire Barlow's latest : Midnight Sun.
David Greene: "The Impostor"- Béla Fleck & The Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Memo Acevedo: Sergio Mendes' Brasilerio.
Sy Potma: Ryan Adams, Live at Carnegie Hall -Gimme Something Good.
Lesley Mitchell- Clarke: Just finished listening to/reviewing great LA-based guitarist/composer/arranger Bruce Lofgren's new CD "Jazz Pirates", "Wind and Sand" He's still a genius!
Keith Stern: “Waterbabies” from CD Common Ground by Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carothers, an astonishing cover, mesmerizing, menacing, addictive.