Music!

By francis-adminCULTURE, FUN, Music

From time to time, people still ask us why we don’t give-away CD mixes any more. Mainly because hardly anybody ever listens to CDs any more. Which is why we’re gradually converting our most popular mixes into Click-And-Play streaming files. Here’s hoping this page leads you to lots of great discoveries. If so, remember: Support the artists you like!   AMERICANA Country … Read More

Heartland 2017 – Let’s Twist Again

By francis-adminCULTURE, FUN, Music

Americana Made Great. #3 in the series.   (playlist under artwork) CLICK ARTWORK TO LAUNCH PLAYER OR DOWNLOAD Playlist JD McPherson  CRYING’S JUST A THING YOU DO Phil Cook  1922 Little Feat  DOWN ON THE FARM Maria Muldaur  THE WORK SONG Phil Cook  GONE Rolling Stones  SWEET VIRGINIA John Mellencamp  SUGAR HILL MOUNTAIN John Mooney  … Read More

Introducing The New Woman In My Life

By FrancisCULTURE, Music, Uncategorized

(FROM MY 8.10.10 B-METRO COLUMN) I have a Word file entitled “keepers”—where I’ve ranked my favorite records, by year, dating back to 1980. Aside from being critical to maintaining Geek Cred, it’s a handy reference tool I use before making over-the-top claims like this one: Stephanie Finch’s debut album, Cry Tomorrow, is my favorite pop … Read More

Fletcher Hare: YouTube Star

By FrancisCULTURE, Music, People, THE AGENCY, Uncategorized

(He’s in the middle, wearing the Parliament T-Shirt) Fletcher signed-up for Rock Band as his elective this Spring—and the band had its public debut in Birmingham’s world-famous Spencer Center last night. Click here for a sonic blast of primal rock at its absolute rawest. (Warning: May be disturbing to pets and small children). http://bit.ly/rokkband

My B-Metro column on Lady Gaga.

By FrancisCULTURE, Music, Uncategorized

(Ms. Gaga. With And Without Makeup.) I have adored, without shame or apology, some genuinely pathetic popular music in my day. Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again Naturally”, for instance. Closer to this millennium, I consider Hanson’s “Mmmbop” to be a brilliant piece of pop record-making—even if they did lift the hook, note for note, from the … Read More