Album Picks

Prokofiev, “Lieutenant Suite” by Bernie Heeder

Feb 24, 2020

I found this vinyl recording in a used bin for $6.00 marked Mint. It must have been an audio file recording, Japanese/German project. It is a Deutsche Grammophon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado –

Steve Vai, “Passion and Warfare”, by Grant Stoner

Feb 21, 2020

My album pic for this month is Steve Vai’s Passion and Warfare.  1990 Relativity Records Vinyl.   Guitar fans take note, this is one of the greatest guitar albums ever. 

Nightfall, “Little Big Town”, by David Hicks

Jan 31, 2020

I find Little Big Town to be kind of a folksy name for a musical group. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook formed the quartet twenty years ago and in equitable fashion they all take turns singing lead vocal at various times on various tracks and in addition they always harmonize well together.

Kate Bush, “Cloudbusting”, by Gregory Morgan

Jan 31, 2020

My 12” single recommendation is the UK 12” single for Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting.  The ‘B’ side has Kate singing the traditional Scottish ballad ‘My Lagan Love’ solo in a church.

Regina Spektor, “Live in London”, by Stefan Zorn

Jan 02, 2020

Do you have a “perfect live album”? Can there even be such a thing? Part of what makes music so special to me is that there is no right answer to this question.

Elvis Presley, “Elvis Presley”, by Gregory Morgan

Dec 18, 2019

My album of the Month is Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley (RCA Victor LPM-1254).  That’s right, my album of the month is Elvis’ first LP released in 1956.  This album can arguably be considered the first Rock’n’Roll LP. 

Nilufer Yanya, “Miss Universe”, by Stefan Zorn

Dec 01, 2019

This is the first album by a rising young talent from London. Nilufer has been making waves since she first started uploading her own twist on independent rock music to Soundcloud in 2014.

Smoke Fairies, “Through Low Light and Trees” by Gregory Morgan

Nov 01, 2019

My monthly music pick is Through Low Light and Trees the 2010 debut album by Smoke Fairies (V2 Cooperative Music SF001CDX). Smoke Fairies are Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire – two women from Chichester who met in grade school and bonded over their love of CSN,

Chester and Lester by Grant Stoner

Nov 01, 2019

So yes I may have mentioned my dislike for country music, but you may not understand. It’s not the music I dislike but the singing. So my album pic for this month is the primarily instrumental country flavored album Chester and Lester RCA records 1976 vinyl.

Lana Del Rey, “Norman Fucking Rockwell”, by David Hicks

Sep 30, 2019

Lana Del Rey has made a career out of writing lyrics that subtly, or not (“my pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola”), appeal to the desires of pubescent youth or simply come off as quirky/humorous to adults.