Song of the Day #14 – “Rambler Gambler”by Linda Ronstadt

“Rambler Gambler” – b-side of “How Do I Make You” single by Linda Ronstadt (1980) One of the rarest Ronstadt tracks, this has never appeared on CD (apart from a compilation of women country artists), not even on her box set from years ago. I heard it for the first time while watching the recent…

Music Emergency Archival – April, 2011

Nine years ago I had a blog called Music Emergency, which consisted of once-per-month posted mixes. Sometimes centered loosely around a theme and sometimes not.  I stumbled on a few saved ones recently and thought I’d re-upload the April one, which came out pretty good (if I do say so in a not-so-humble way!) Below…

2019 Year End Wrap-Up

Another year, another favorites of the year blog entry.   I know it’s been quite a while since my last post (about a year, actually) and I don’t know if I’ll be returning to more frequent posting again, but  I can’t resist making lists. Lists, wonderful and succulent lists! Okay, moving on… These are the…

The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra – “The Saga of Padani”

For fans of Sun Ra, Terry Riley, Fred Frith and all intergalactic sounds— My review of the new (well, newish) Saga of Padani by The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra is in the new issue of Musicworks – a magazine that’s been covering adventurous music in the realms of the avant-garde, jazz, new classical, and the…

2018: Cerebrum Cerebellum Songs

A few years ago I started keeping an ongoing folder on my computer of the songs, both old and new, that made an impression on me that year.  Basically, my favorite songs of the year, which I’ve continued doing every year since.  In 2018 (as usual) it’s a pretty big list.  But, if I had…

Anthony Phillips – “Field Day” (2018 reissue)

In this age of mega box set re-releases of well-loved albums – the Beatles’ White Album and Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks being two recent examples – sometimes its nice to rediscover (or discover for the first time) a more under-the-radar re-release. Anthony Phillips’ Field Day is one such. It’s really under the radar…I…