Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Vote for the essential CDs of the 90s

Make sure to vote. One lucky listener who votes will be drawn at random to win a Bull Moose gift certificate to pick up the top 10 discs of the '90's! The deadline is 2/11/07 at (exactly) 11:59pm and the CD at Noon countdown begins Monday, February 12 at (oddly enough) noon.

Meanwhile, no one asked, but here are mine, in no particular order:

World Party-"Goodbye Jumbo"
Steve Earle-"I Feel Alright"
The Wallflowers-"Bringing Down the Horse"
Teenage Fanclub-"Grand Prix"
The Bottle Rockets-"The Brooklyn Side"
Sam Phillips-"Martinis And Bikinis"
Matthew Sweet-"Girlfriend"
Lucinda Williams-"Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"
Red Hot Chili Peppers-"Blood Sugar Sex Magik "
Joe Henry-"Shuffletown"
Buddy Miller-"Poison Love"
James McMurtry-"Where'd You Hide The Body"
Fountains Of Wayne-"Fountains Of Wayne"
Bill Lloyd-"Set To Pop"

You don't HAVE to watch humans play football this Sunday night.

Too many sports posts you say? Don't cast such aspersions so close to the puppies, yo.

Goo Goo Dolls on QVC

Most of us will buy pretty much anything on the QVC, but we won't hate ourselves in the morning when buying what the Goo Goo Dolls are selling!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Akin to what Eric Clapton does with a guitar

It's a big football weekend comin' up. Yup. Just sayin'.

This blog does a nice job reminding you that while you may think you have what it takes to enter the tobogganing championships up in Camden, there are still sports where you must be, shall we say, physically gifted.


This is a cool site, designed to keep you informed about where your favorite bands are playing. And I like the description, a "digital to analog lifestyle converter"!

The widest range of reactions to a story I have experienced in a long time.

You can find these reactions and variations all over the web, among your friends, and at your office. The range of vehemence and the range of emotions has been staggering.

1. I don't care.

2. Oh my, that's too bad, but that's the last I will think of it.

3. That's really, really sad and I will not get much work done today at all. I am overcome by grief.

4. It was just a HORSE. It DIED. Get OVER it.

Barbaro euthanized after months-long fight for survival.

Which category are you in?

This week on GFAC 207

This week I interview Rod Picott and he will play a couple of songs live in the studio. If you're not familiar with Rod, you should check him out (he's on GFAC 207 Volumes 4 & 6). He is a great singer/songwriter who left Maine about a decade ago for Nashville and he now lives in Austin.

January 29, 2007 is....

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Trying... so... hard... not... to... be... judgemental

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

This is the challenge: record an album in 28 days, just because you can.

Erin McKeown rips it up at Space

If you missed it, Erin McKeown put on another incredible show at Space on Thursday, 1/18/07. She was in town for a CD release party for her new album where she covers songs that are "a little bit naughty" from the 1920's, '30's and '40's. Give her an ear if you get a chance. It's worthwhile.

The sports equivalent of what I do every day

Y'know, sometimes I just get on a roll in the middle of the show and I'm celebrating the birthdays of Diane Lane and one of the D'Abo sisters and thinking about movies and TV from the eighties, and how they filmed "One Crazy Summer" on Nantucket island and listeners everywhere are screaming "just get to the song, already!!!!" and I stop and realize that I'm just being a little too much like Dick Vitale.

This week on GFAC 207

My interview with Roy Davis will air again this week. Two weeks ago my scheduled interview with Roy didn't air because of technical difficulties, so we are re-running it tonight and again on Sunday. The rest of the show is new. Next week, Rod Picott!

Crowded House set to regroup

If you're, like me, a fan of Crowded House, this is good news.

Monday, January 22, 2007

There's still time!

Not much time to practice with your team, but with a registration extension from Camden Snow Bowl you could still consider yourself eligible for the 2007 National Toboggan Championships!

Something for everyone: this year's Coachella festival lineup

Died and gone to music heaven lately? How 'bout this year's Coachella music festival lineup? And here's a list of possible reactions: sick, sweet, awesome, dyno-mite, spot on, schwing!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Finally, some concrete Wilco album news!

Jeff Tweedy announced that his band's forthcoming record is called Sky Blue Sky and it will be out May 15 via Nonesuch. It will be the band's first studio release since 2004's A Ghost Is Born.

Neil Young Revisits Vintage Toronto Gig

On the heels of the first release from his Archives Performance series last fall, Neil Young will unveil another vintage concert on March 13 via Reprise. "Live at Massey Hall" was taped Jan. 19, 1971, at the Toronto venue and finds Young performing solo.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I wasn't just babbling...

Rather than yammer on on-air about the backstory for the name "The Decemberists" (based on Russian History) and their new CD "The Crane Wife" (name based on a Japanese folktale,) as promised, I link to the Wikipedia for the easy details.

Sounds Like a Pretty Sharp Book Club at Kennebunk Library

The Arthur Miller play is a standard, but any book club that gets the general public reading David Ogilvy gets a mention here. Details here Kennebunk Free Library (207)985-2173

I always thought this was illegal...

Not the cassettes we used to make or the CD's we now burn for friends, which are good for an argument or two from the truly scrupulous types: this is the first time a couple of high profile "mixtape" producers have been busted. I would see these obviously illegal discs sitting on CD shop counters with price tags, and think "how are they getting away with this?" Well, apparently they aren't. Going to be watching this story unfold. Idolator.com is reporting that online sellers of "mixtapes" have been removing their listings faster that I can plow through a bag of ketchup chips.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

9 Pounds, People... 9 Pounds.

Four Words: Carole King Yoga Pants

I remember when, during high school, it was necessary to return to class after a concert sporting a brand new tour t-shirt. There was one Van Halen trip through town where I took the time to count 103 different students in my school with a shirt. (Confession time: I neither went, nor had anybody buy me that shirt, so I did feel a little left out.) Now you can buy almost anything with your favorite act's logo on it, and lots of other creative ways for an artist to derive revenue from their most ardent fans. I'm torn. I want my favorite artists to be rewarded for their work and talent, but something in the spending-money-on-junk-just-to-show-others-what-I-like or the spending-money-so-I-can-feel-like-an-insider notions rubs me the wrong way.

And yes, I was hooked on this article simply because of the mention of "Carole King yoga pants."

Kiefer Sutherland tortures Jack Bauer Action Figure!

If there's anything cooler than a Jack Bauer action figure hitting stores soon, it's that Kiefer Sutherland burned the prototype
a couple years ago while out drinking with friends. Does this surprise us?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

This week on Greetings From Area Code 207

This week I interview Dave Hunter of The Molenes a rootsy rock band from the Seacoast area. They have a cool new CD and they are playing their first Portland area gig at Chicky's Fine Diner with another cool Seacoast band Pondering Judd this Friday January 19th at 8PM. The interview airs Wednesday at 6PM and will repeat Sunday at noon.

Moby, Raconteurs, and One of Our Friends Set Adrift

News from Billboard confirmed what we first heard from one of our favorite music industry veterans: V2 Restructured, White Stripes, Moby Become Free Agents. Karen Durcott (formerly of V2, she brought Stereophonics to Studio Z and more recently stopped by with the Raconteurs before their gig with Bob Dylan at the Civic Center) is a woman of scruples and dignity in a sea of what is often referred to as "record weasels." We wish her the very best at a trying time for record labels. I think Moby and the Raconteurs will catch on somewhere. I hope for the same for Karen.

Good things to the east of us!

Got a press release from The Grand, Ellsworth Maine's arts outlet, letting CLZ know that the first of two James McMurtry shows this month sold out. Knowing what we know about how hard it is to convince national and international acts to tour through here in the snowy winter months, that venue is doing a bang up job. Not sure about their urgent need for a film projector.

Police to Reunite In 2007?

A&M issued a statement late last month saying, “Next year is the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘Roxanne,’ the first Police single. It is our intention to mark the anniversary by doing something special with the band's catalogue of songs.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Yusuf Islam

The artist formally known as Cat Stevens has a pretty spiffy new web site.

Angels On The Ground- Buy This CD!!

Tony McNaboe and his all star pals have put out a terrific CD single, with all the proceeds going to the Travis Roy Foundation to help spinal cord injury survivors and to fund research into a cure. Please buy a copy (or two!) at Bull Moose to help the cause, they are only $5!!