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My favorite music: 1972

My favorite music: 1972

Music
If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1972. Fleetwood Mac, Bare Trees -- Oh sure, I love Rumours as much as the next person. But there's something about this particular, pre-Buckingham/Nicks incarnation of the band that speaks to me. Bare Trees is a bit uneven in spots but I keep coming back to it just the same. That said, the original version of Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" found on this record is far superior to the 1977 hit single version. Steely Dan, Can't Buy a Thrill -- I don't care if Donald Fagen and Walter Becker want to disown this record, I love it and I know a ton of Dan fans love it. Like all classic Steely Dan records, the hits are only part o...
Listening Booth – Be Bop Deluxe, “Ships in the Night” and “Maid in Heaven”

Listening Booth – Be Bop Deluxe, “Ships in the Night” and “Maid in Heaven”

Listening Booth, Music
I'm headed out for a mini-vacation so I'll leave you with a double shot from one of my favorite bands - the criminally overlooked Be Bop Deluxe.  Bill Nelson deserves a place in the pantheon of great songwriters and guitarists of the age, but for some reason neither he nor his '70s project achieved the wild success they deserved. First up is a performance from the TV show Pop Quiz.  It's "Ships in the Night", as infectious a piece of power pop as you're likely to hear.  The album that spawned it, 1976's Sunburst Finish, is nothing short of awesome. The second number is "Maid in Heaven", from the 1975 release Futurama.  You can hear how much more glam the band was at this point in their career.  A lot of BBD sounds like vintage David Bowie, which is always welcome.
8 Christmas albums you need to own

8 Christmas albums you need to own

Listcruft, Music
Radio stations across America started playing Christmas (sorry, holiday) music at least a few weeks ago, but I refuse to acknowledge any of it until Thanksgiving dessert is done.  So now that it's officially safe to enjoy some holiday tuneage, I thought I'd pass along some of my personal favorites to you.  Because not all Christmas music is crap. #1 A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi Trio Let's just get this one out of the way now.  I defy anyone to hear any part of "Skating" or "My Little Drum" and not be instantly transported back to their childhood.  I can't say anything that hasn't been said a million times about A Charlie Brown Christmas, so I'll just implore you to add this to your collection even if you hate Christmas music.  Just be careful what version you purcha
Concerning my “music snob” credentials

Concerning my “music snob” credentials

Music
Inspired by Jess's brave admission that he hasn't seen some of the most popular movies ever, I feel the need to come clean myself. But for me, it's all about the music. Despite owning hundreds of CDs and having thousands of songs in iTunes, I know there are some pretty big holes in my collection. When it comes down to it there's just not enough time to listen to all the bands I'd like to, so some tough choices must be made. David Bowie - I know some of his biggest hits ("Space Oddity," "Changes," "Let's Dance") and like them all. Still, I never really bothered to dig into his catalog any deeper. I downloaded a 2-disc greatest hits set today and am checking it out, however. U2 - I remember really liking the video for "Sunday Bloody Sunday," which MTV aired about every 20 minutes ...