MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 380: MONDAY MARCH 4, 2019

ALBUMS

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  • MIDNIGHT OIL: DIESEL AND DUST: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 1987:  Midnight Oil’s best album. Rolling Stone magazine named it the best album of 1988. Beds Are Burning was the song that got the most play-and the video. Dreamworld, Dead Heart, Put Down That Weapon, Sell My Soul are highlights. A political album -which probably went over a lot of American heads since these boys are Australian.  The biggest selling Midnight Oil album in American- it went platinum..

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  • THE RAMONES: PLEASANT DREAMS: 1981: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I went a little out of order in my Ramones listening- to Subterranean Jungle ahead of Pleasant Dreams. Pleasant Dreams was an effort to get the band pop success. It failed. Do what you do best- they were straying from their punk roots here. Not a total washout but not up to their standards.

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: LET IT BLEED: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am writing about the Let It Bleed songs so why not give the album another listen. One of the 1001 albums to hear. Gimme Shelter the opener sets the tone for the record- which came out in the final month of the 1960’s-  that song and this album were perfect for the times.

  • MITSKI: LUSH :2012: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I listened to this twice in a row. Piano based- outstanding songwriting- powerful vocals. Favorite songs- Liquid Smooth, Abbey, Brand New Day, Bag Of Bones, Pearl Diver. This was her debut- and a strong start- it has only gotten better since.
  • MITSKI: LUSH: 2012:

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  • THE BEATLES: THE BEATLES: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am working on a Mount Rushmore of Greatest Double Albums- will The White Album make the cut? This go through on The Beatles albums I have been rating the closers- Good Night written by John but sung by Ringo is a perfect finish coming after Revolution #9 but it doesn’t match up to most of The Beatles closers- #10 out of the 12. Of course the album is on the 1001 albums to hear list.

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  • THE CLASH: SANDINISTA: 1980: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The greatest triple album ever? Whether you like The Clash or not {one of my favorites} you can’t deny they were ambitious. This album has 36 songs and clocks in at 2 hours and 24 minutes and I did listen to it at one setting. There are all kinds of music genres explored here. They were ahead of the curve on the upcoming World Music explosion- you have funk. reggae, rap, disco, dub, R&B, punk, gospel, rockabilly, folk, calypso- in other words everything is here.  Some of it is brilliant- some of it could have been canned but they didn’t edit themselves. Massive. By the time it was over I was exhausted. Favorites-The Magnificent Seven, Ivan Meets G.I.Joe, Somebody Got Murdered, The Call Up, Hitsville UK, Police On My Back, Washington Bullets, The Equalizer. One of the most political albums of all times.

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  • SNAIL MAIL: LUSH: 2018: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A promising debut from Snail Mail headed by 19 year old Lindsay Jordan. Indie Rock. Favorites-Pristine, Dead Sea, Let Her Find Out, Heat Wave. It made a number of 2018 best of lists- Paste and Pitchfork at #5, Stereogum at #2. This was my first listen to the group and I am liking it.
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10 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 380: MONDAY MARCH 4, 2019

    • Saw them in concert- he was a giant of a guy- and was dancing around the entire concert while he was singing–i guess what he was doing was sort of dancing… great show.

    • I had read your post of a couple weeks ago about the trip was upcoming but I forgot when. That is going to be an awesome trip! I am envious! 3 months!!!

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