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We Are The World - Plus 40 Years
A Review Of "The Greatest Night In Pop"

I just stumbled into the We Are The World documentary on Netflix and wanted to share what I got from the experience. I'm always trying to show what it's like in a studio, but only this doc can show what it's like to be in the studio with 45 music legends.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2024-02-13 Read post
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Robbie Robertson
R.I.P. For One Of My Favorites

As pop-rock legends age and die, everybody in media seems to write think pieces about the artist and what they mean. I guess we're kind of doing that - but this is really just a hastily-assembled collection of thoughts about the music career of Robbie Robertson. Also: Listen to his album Storyville!

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-08-09 Read post
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Punchmade Dev
You Want Gangsta? He Puts The Organized In Organized Crime

No moralizing or attempts to break down the phenomenon that is Punchmade Dev. Just making sure you know about the breaking rap artist who has MULTIPLE songs that detail how to run credit card and other internet fraud. Wow. Just wow.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-07-25 Read post
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50 Randy Newman Songs You Need To Hear (2 of 2)
Part 2: The Playlist

We love celebrating our favorite musicians and songwriters around here with some words and also a playlist of our favorites. Here in Part 2 we tee up the whole 50-song playlist along with thoughts on each of the 50.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-06-06 Read post
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50 Randy Newman Songs You Need To Hear (1 of 2)
Part 1: Our Randy Thoughts

We love celebrating our favorite musicians and songwriters around here with some words and also a playlist of our favorites. This week it might be our #1 very favorite: Randy Newman. Part 1 here, we make our case for Randy (as if anybody should need us to tell them).

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-05-30 Read post
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Best Songs Of 2022 Playlist
Sorting Through New Music With A Machete

Our annual year-end exercise to do the research on what people liked in new music, we comb through it and add it to what got us excited during the year.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-01-10 Read post
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Top 100 Political Songs - Part 3
Songs 61 through 100

More of our curated playlist of 100 great political songs you should remember or become aware of. We go in depth about what we like about songs #61 through #100

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-11-01 Read post
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Top 100 Political Songs - Part 2
Songs 21 through 60

More of our curated playlist of 100 great political songs you should remember or become aware of. We go in depth about what we like about songs #21 through #60

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-10-25 Read post
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John Mellencamp - Underrated Songs
Check It Out

Some John Mellencamp non-hits that I love came up recently in the old random machine. So, I thought I should put 10 of his songs that deserved better in front of you here for your enjoyment. Dig in.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-02 Read post
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Prince's "1999"
It's Four Different Songs In Four Decades

An exploration of "1999" by Prince and how a party song actually changes its meaning over the years

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-06-07 Read post
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A Tom Waits Celebration: Part 1
Six Degrees Of Tom Waits

People either love or hate Tom Waits, not too much room in-between. In Part 1 of our celebration, we define the six degrees of Tom Waits

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-17 Read post
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The Mummers
The Band That Should Have Been Huge

I write about how The Mummers (and Raissa Khan-Panni) made such incredible music but went egregiously unappreciated. Please do yourself, her and me a favor and check out the two albums by The Mummers.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-02-01 Read post
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The Beatles: Get Back
Running Diary of The Beatles Documentary

Notes from the 8 hours I got to spend with The Beatles in the Peter Jackson documentary The Beatles: Get Back.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2021-12-14 Read post
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Stephen Sondheim
In This Case It's OK To Use The Word Genius

A personal tribute to Stephen Sondheim. What his music meant to me, his genius as a songwriting engineer, some anecdotes about how his brain worked and my 10 Favorite Sondheim songs with accompanying videos.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2021-12-07 Read post