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2012 in review

Posted: December 31, 2012 in What's New

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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Duran Duran have long been one of my favorite bands, and i’ve taken a lot of stick for it. Do i give a shit? What do you think?
Admittedly, their catalogue is hit and miss from about ’82’s ‘Rio‘ album, but when they hit, they really hit.

Which brings me to their new album (out December 21st), and their new single “All You Need Is Now”, released through iTunes for FREE today!

Maybe it’s just a lovely early Christmas present, or maybe it’s a shameless link with the anniversary of a tragedy, but hey, Free is Free.

The new songs were co-produced with the uber-hyp (misspelling intentional) Mark Ronson, but he seems to be making the boys do things that they seemed to have previously forgotten; like playing their instruments, instead of copy/pasting bits and pieces with ProTools. They are touting this new record as an imaginary followup to their biggest and best album, the aforementioned ‘Rio’, which is not really honest if you ask me. First of all, from the snippets that i’ve heard, it sounds like a followup to their lesser known, but great ‘Big Thing‘ album. But who, besides us fans, has heard of that one? Even jocks had ‘Rio’.

However, what’s bugging me the most about what i’ve heard, is that it indeed does sound very 80’s, but not like Duran Duran in the 80’s. It just carries that sound, without the real DD trademarks, but i’ll wait to hear the entire record before i make that judgement. Besides, i’m always happy to hear new Duran Duran music. The point of this band is to show you a good time for as long as you feel like listening. As Simon once famously said, they want to be “the band to dance to when the bomb drops”, which sounds even scarrier these days…

ToeZoo loves You…AND Duran Duran

…this is usually a music blog, and i’m going to talk about music a bit at the end, but i really just wanted to write down some of my current favorite things today. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get some gift ideas for that special someone…

First, let me just tell you how much i am enjoying Bridgeport’s Ebenezer Ale! Now, i’m not a beer connoisseur, but i know what i like, and me like 🙂 I’m not saying that it’ll cure what ails ya, but i did wake up in a fantastic mood after a night of many Ebenezers…

Perhaps i was visited by 3 spirits whilst a slumbering, or perhaps the pillows were laid just right, but whatever it was, i’ll attribute it to the Ebenezer Ale. If you want a better description of what awaits the palette, well that’s not my forte, so i’ll freely borrow from another blogger on the subject

“Bridgeport Ebenezer Ale is a tasty winter warmer with a slightly murky brown color, a light head formation, and a sweet, very malty nose. The palate is rich and complex, very yeasty, a tad musty, buttery, with hints of cinnamon toast and an almost Ringwood yeast like character. The finish is dry and balanced with a touch of hops. Alcohol is slightly elevated at 6.4% by volume, multiple roasted malts are used.”

Second, is the book i’m reading titled “Sonic Boom” by author Peter Blecha, and it’s a history of Pacific Northwest rock, r&b and soul. A rich history indeed, it starts from about 1955 and goes right up to today’s current scene (i’m only up to 1960).

Now, this may only appeal to the super music fan. If you were into Grunge, well, there’s a lot of bridges to cross before we get to Aberdeen. But what i love about it is how Peter Blecha paints a picture of the times, the kids and most appealingly, the venues of the time. I’m enjoying this book for the same reason i’d enjoy “Seattle, Then & Now“. I live here and know the surrounding areas pretty well, so it’s lovely to imagine what it was like, while staring at these sad strip malls that once were thriving venues.

If this book was about Boston or Austin, then i don’t think i’d give a damn, but because it all happened in my front and backyard, i find it thrilling. You might too…

Third, the new TBS show Glory Daze! It’s a comedy about college freshmen in 1986, which puts them at just a few years older than I, and it’s full of great characters and great music (as well as some shit music). It would’ve been easy to kitsch this show out, and make it all goofy and day-glo, but i’m sorry to disappoint today’s teens by telling you, nobody really wore any of that shit (unless you were some daft MTV VJ). It’s fairly spot-on with it’s cultural references without being Encyclopedic about it.

It boils down to this; it’s a great 80’s teen movie, but as a TV show. All the fun is there, and if that weren’t enough, did i mention that Tim Meadows is in it? He’s reason enough to check it out!

Lastly, i just finished reading the great Keith Richards self-penned biography “Life“. I cannot recommend this book enough to even the slightest Stones fan. It’s everything I had hoped it would be and more. Keef is telling it like it is (from his POV), and it’s fairly fascinating from beginning to end.

So, like i always do after reading about music, i start listening to what i was reading about. In 2002 i made a mix-tape (CD) for myself containing all of the Keef sung Stones songs from most of their albums.

It ended up being my absolute favorite Rolling Stones album! No disrespect to Mick, who is a God, but it was a new way to hear them after 30 years of the standard Mick sung stuff.

Here’s the tracklist, in case you want to hear what i’m talking about:

Little T&A
You Don’t Have To Mean It
You Got The Silver
Sleep Tonight
Thief In The Night
How Can I Stop
The Worst
All About You
Comin’ Down Again
Wanna Hold You
Too Rude
Before They Make Me Run
Happy
Slipping Away
Thru & Thru

Connection should’ve made it too, but i ran out of space on the disc 🙂

Go check this stuff out now!

ToeZoo loves You!

Tame Impala keeps coming out with great video after great video!

“Expectation” is no exception.

Maybe someday their record company will stop dicking around and give us their album in the US?

But that would make sense, and we all know how ‘making sense’ is a foreign term to a record company. Ironic, since all they’re really after is ‘making cents‘…

ToeZoo loves YOU.

My Best Of 2010 is almost done!

This next video is great, but it’s not from my list, i just thought i needed to put something out there, and this is super-fantastic!

Plus, it’s nearly Christmas!

Also, Happy Hanukkah!

If you don’t fall into either of those catagories, then Happy Holidays!

If that doesn’t cover it, then count your gold, Mr. Scrooge…

ToeZoo loves You!

More years ago than I’d care to say, I was sitting with some friends watching actual music videos on MTV (that should tell you how long ago…). The Stone Roses came on with their video for “I Wanna Be Adored“, and all I could think was “What the fuck is this, and who do these guys think they are?”. I loathed the attitude! Even the way they walked in the video bothered me!

But I could not shake the tune. It stuck in my head for days until it forced me to my musical knees, broke me down, and made me go buy the tape! It was their self-titled debut and it was and still is one of the greatest things i’ve ever heard…

The Stone Roses unfortunately only put out 2 albums, the 2nd one being quite unfairly unpopular, so their debut has been re-issued, re-packaged and re-evaluated to death. Add to that, multiple best-of’s and you’re beginning to get the picture. In fact, another ‘best-of’ is set for release this week!

But that’s not why i’m writing this. I’m writing because The Raveonettes have done a delicious cover of “I Wanna Be Adored”…

Great cover, even if it sounds like it is ALSO from 20 years ago…
You can download that track for free HERE!
No idea what either band has to do with Doc Martins, but maybe it’s some sort of retro-campaign, no?

Shit, while we’re reminiscing… let’s watch the original, shall we?

Ahhhh…that feels gooooooooooddd…

Tony
Media Producer
PlayNetwork, Inc.

Robyn Hitchcock has been around longer than most of the stuff you listen to, and there’s a reason for that; he’s fantastic!

For a limited time, you can head over to his site and download 2 tracks from his new project The Hungry Moment, which is a ‘psyche & western’ group he’s started with Abigail Washburn & Rayna Gellerd on board!

They’ll only be up for 1 week, so head over now to grab your Phantom 45’s

Tony
Media Producer
PlayNetwork, Inc.