Friday, June 26, 2015

Songs of Love and Regret


What if I had read the signs
And acted a little more quick
When I think of what I might have done
It just makes my heart feel sick

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Frankie & Johnny


Very pleasing '70s rock, smartly produced by Al Kooper (which is why I originally bought it).

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Western Daylight


This album picks up where my last album, "Eastern Standard," leaves off. A sequel of sorts, then.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

My Son the Surf Nut


Don't know what it's like where you are, but it's pretty much summer weather-wise here in Boston.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Bell Curve


I construct my albums like puzzles, with each song a piece that's part of the greater whole - and the instrumentals play a critical role. They are meant to heighten or shift a mood, or add a sense of drama that lyrics can't quite convey. Removed from their respective albums, they take on whole different meanings. I have endeavored here to maximize the effect of each track by arranging them in such a way that creates a definite ebb and flow; an acoustic number is followed by a funk workout, which is followed by a more abstract ambient work followed by a hip-hop piece. You can play this collection a track at a time, but it is my hope that you will crank up the ol' headphones, fire up your favorite substance, tune out the world and tune in to "The Bell Curve" for the full two hours.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

Eastern Standard


I scream at you but you don't hear
You flash an evil grin
"I am Henry the Eighth," you say
"And you're my Anne Boleyn"

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

We Got a Groovy Thing Going


There's a dream that I have
And I'm with you again
There's a dream that I have
And we're laughing
And in this dream that I have
You are writing your name in the sky
In this dream that I have
You are dancing

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Split Level


By request, here is Split Level's "Divided We Stand," which has been described as a "record driven by a relentless wave of feel-good pop melodies - its eyes positively blaze with tartrazine-fuelled, can-do optimism - all mixed up with glorious sunshine psychedelia, none-more-timely 'raga' twanglings and, oh yes, full-on, churchified, ecclesiastical chanting."

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Spanky & Our Gang


Spanky and her cohorts reveal a more mature country-pop sound for what would be their final record. Who was buying it?

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Kids From C.A.P.E.R.


A re-up, by request. From the mind of Kirshner.

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Stu Phillips


A very mellow record of the hits of the day, arranged by Stu Phillips. This one goes out as a big thank you to Jason, who made a nice $$$ contribution to this site.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Surfing Song Book


The Rincon Surfside Band were really just an alias for P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, the production and songwriting team that eventually contributed to the careers of The Mamas & The Papas, Barry McGuire, and many others. Backing them were the Wrecking Crew, which turn what could be a minor piece of exploito into something pretty boss, as the kids used to say.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Westphalia


"Westphalia" was my fourth album, and even though several songs were done at least in part at Woolly Mammoth Studios in Boston, most of it was recorded on my own. In fact, the very first track I made for it, "Dime in My Pocket," was the first one I ever did solely at home. In the beginning I thought it would just be a demo, but the more I worked on it and the more it started to come together, the more I thought, "Hey, I can do this." The song itself is a bit strange - very few rhymes and I'm not sure exactly what it is about - but what it taught me was how to create a certain feel, and that was as important as just about anything else. Overall, I think this is me at my most unhinged, my head ringing with possibilities.

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