Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dave Clark Five Albums and National Record Store Day

This past Saturday, i stopped at my local mom and pop record store, Vinyl Frontier, in McHenry, Illinois, and was happy to find out that the big Record Store Day is this Saturday. Right now, it appears that the weather isn't going to be too good in DeKalb, where we were intending to go to the NIU spring football game, so we might be sticking around and if we do, I'm going for the records. //// Anyway, I walked into the Vinyl Frontier and, there, right at front of their album racks were three Dave Clark Five lps. I've had the desire to buy DC5 ever since seeing the PBS special on them this past week. //// I bought The Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits for $3; The Dave Clark Five Return for $3 with "Can't You See That She's Mine" and Glad All Over-- Dave Clark Five for $6 with "Glad All Over" and "Bits and Pieces." //// Now, Tbat's Some Great Music. --RoadDog

Some Streaming Internet Sites for New Ortleans/ Louisiana Music

Last month, I did a fast search on Yahoo! for some sites to listen to this music. I found several sites at Last FM like Zydeco Music, Louisiana Music, Cajun Music. //// Other sites: Mardi Gras Music Radio, NOLA Radio (Times-Picayune) WWOZ and Mardi Gras Radio (Nola.com) //// Of course, I played plenty of my own CDs. My Ultimate Jukeboc is well-stocked with the stuff as well, with ten CDs of it. //// Great Music, Where Ya Been Before? --RoadDog

Back to Mardi Gras: "The Big Easy"

Like I said back in Novemberaround Mardi Gras, I never knew much about New Orleans/Louisiana music until the movie "Big Easy" came out and really floored me. How come I'd never heard of this music before? //// The movie came out in 1987 and was set and filmed on location in New Orleans and took 50 days to film. //// It featured Cajun, zydeco, R&B and gospel music in it as well as a healthy dose of Mardi Gras music. //// Dennis Quaid was the leading actor, about a sort of legit/illegal cop. //// A Great Movie, and Then there Was That MUSIC!!! --RoadDog

Palindrone Dates This Week: 4-16-14

Same forward and backwards as it were since last Friday. Last Friday 44-11-14, Saturday 4-12-14, Sunday 4-13-14, Monday 4-14-14, Tuesday 4-15-14 Tax, Today 4-16-15, Thursday 4-17-14, Friday 4-18-14 and Saturday 4-19-14. //// Enjoy it while you can, because, as Tom Petty said, "T Can't Stay Long." --RoadDog

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Welcome Back Winter

It started snowing yesterday about noon and continued until about 9 PM. We ended up with about an inch on the ground and vehicles. Most of it has already melted, but it stayed cold all day with temps around freezing. //// The poor daffodils that were blooming took a beating and, because of the rain we received before the west snow, had frozen by this morning. //// Still Waiting for Tbat Global Warmin Stuff. --RoadDog

TV Shows Coming Back Next Season

From the April 3, 2014, USA Today "TV Fans, Rally the Troops" by Gary Lewis. //// USA Today is having its 17th annual Save Our Shows poll to ask which of the 15 shows that are on the bubble of cancellation or renewal. //// Myself, I'll be the first to admit that I watch way too much TV, especially the major networks (which come in big-size on my 55-inch HD TV). These are shows that I like that have been renewed or are almost so. //// ABC-- The Goldbergs, The Middle and Modern Family. //// NBC-- Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. Grimm and Parks and Recreation. ///// CBS-- Big Bang Theory, Bluebloods, CSI, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Mike and Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men (I still watch it, but it is time to go.) //// FOX-- Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons. //// Again, these are just the ones I watch and like. //// --RoadDog

Monday, April 14, 2014

Good Times This Weekend: Can Summer Be Far Off?

APRIL 11TH, FRIDAY-- Temps in 60s and did some yardwork. Went to Tommy's and had the 4-piece broasted chicken dinner for $5.99 and watched the sorry excuse for a Hawks game. Watched the last period at Antonio's and saw the Bulls rally to win and BOTH the Sox and Cubs win. Our baseball teams don't do very good of late. //// APRIL 12TH, SATURDAY-- Into McHenry for the McHenry Area Historical Society presentation on Grandma's Privy. Ate Chicago dogs at Tommy's in McHenry and did some shopping. Went to the local Mom and Pop record store, Vinyl Frontier and bought 3 lps and three CDs. Came home and enjoyed the yard with temps in the 70s. Went to Captain's Quarters for the summer band kickoff and saw Second Chapetr play two sets and then went to Tommy's to watch the last part of the Hawk game. (Another loss.) //// APRIL 13TH, SUNDAY-- Had the monthly brunch at the Polish Legion then signed up for the pub crawl to raise money for World War II veterans going to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Monument. Went to After the Fox, Corkscrew Pointe, Old Bridge Tavern, Polish Legion, and Town Club Tap before returning to After the Fox for food and a band. Last stop was Twisted Moose to watch the Cubs and Sox. //// Could Summer Almost Be Here. --RoadDog

Happy 4-1-4-1-4

So, it is April 14, 2014. Or do you say 4-14-14? //// 41414 --RoadDog

JSS: Snow-- Hail-- Climbing Chipmunks

JSS-- Just Some Stuff: 1. SNOW-- It has been SNOWING since about noon and we still have flurries out there. At LEAST it isn't sticking. For some reason folks 'round here really HATE SNOW nowadays. But, the grass is turning green big time, even it does receive a light covering of white stuff. //// 2. HAIL--Saturday, we had quite a hail storm which I missed because I was downstairs at a bank in the meeting room for a history meeting. Liz said our deck and driveway looked like it had snow. Some areas out here had quarter-size hail stones. //// 3. CLIMBING CHIPMUNKS-- Looked out the sunroom window this morning and saw a chipmunk running along a tree limb.. It then jumped to the limb of another tree. I'd never seen a chipmunk in a tree and had no idea they could climb. Liz looked it up and found out they can climb. //// Little Squirrels. --RoadDog

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Take Me Home (Country Roads)" Official W. Virginia State Song

On March 7th, the West Virginia State Senate named John Denver's "Take Me Home. Country Roads" as one of the state's four official songs. Other state songs: "West Virginia Hills," "This Is My West Virginia" and "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home." //// Of the four, I've only heard John Denver's song before. It was a favorite of mine while at Marine Corps training at Quantico in 1971. "Take Me Home," you know. //// Bluefield, W. Va. resident and DJ, Dreama Denver, widow of "Gilligan's Island star Bob Denver, led the effort to have the song included for two years. The resolution passed the House of Representatives last year.

Flashback to 1966-- Part 3: Magic Bus

Continuing With Wendy Rice's WXRT Saturday Morning Flashback from April 5th. //// I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS-- Jeff Beck // MAGIC BUS-- Who // REACH OUT IN THE DARKNESS-- Friend and Lover // SUZIE-Q-- CCR // LEGEND OF A MIND-- Moody Blues //// PIECE OF MY HEART-- Janis Joplin // HURDY GURDY MAN-- Donovan // SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL-- Rolling Stones // SPACE ODDITY-- David Bowie // BABY COME BACK-- Equals //// GOING UP THE COUNTRY-- Canned Heat // ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER--Jimi Hendrix // SHINE ON BRIGHTLY-- Procul Harum // DANCE TO THE MUSIC-- Sly & Family Stone // WHITE ROOM-- Cream //// TIGHTEN UP-- Archie Bell & Drells // FIRE-- Crazy World of Arthur Brown // I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT-- Bob Dylan // CRY LIKE A BABY--Box Tops // WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS-- Joe Cocker. //// Sure Took Me Back. --RoadDog

Friday, April 11, 2014

Every Bloomin' THing: Early April 2014

Well, it's getting to be about that time. Another year in the yard in the never-ending, nor won battle. //// It was kind of neat that this past week, we lost the last patch of snow inthe yard from this horrible winter and the next day, I found the year's first blooms by the furnace heat release pipe, always the first bloom of the year. The end and the beginning. I now have the first daffodil of the year. Ah! The smell of spring. I sure needed that. //// After that November wind storm that knocked down one of my Bradford pear trees and part of another, I had no more trees or major limbs down. About half of my yews have windburn damage. I've never had this much of that. //// Temps the last three days have been in the 60s and tomorrow it is supposed to get to 72!!! //// Lots of tulips and daffodills coming up now. //// It's Good to Be Back. --RoadDog

The Livers and Arlo

In the last post, I metioned that there was a song called "Beatle Time" by the Liver s on the WLS Top 40 for April 10, 1964. I'd never heard of it before, but went on You Tube and found it. I's have to say it was the Beatles meet the Ventures and Surf Guitar. //// The Feb. 9-15, 2014, American Profile Maazine had an answer about Arlo Guthrie in its "Ask American Profile." Frances Elliott, from West Union, S.C. asked: "When did Arlo Guthrie record 'City of New Orleans'" Is he still performing?" //// Answer: The folk singer, 66, had a Top 20 hit with "City of New Orleans" in 1972. (Of interest, the song was written by Chicago's Steve Goodman.) Still touring about ten months out of the year, he say, "Music is good for the soul, whether you're playing it or just listening." //// He was born in Coney Island, NY, the son of famed folk singer Woody Guthrie. Probably best-known for his great masterpiece, "Alice's Restaurant." //// You Can Get Anything You Want From .... --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten: April 10, 1964 (Fifty Years Ago)

The Beatles Were Knocked Out of #1 by Terry Stafford!!! #1. SUSPICION-- Terry Stafford // #2. GLAD ALL OVER-- Dave Clark Five // #3. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE-- Beatles // #4. CROOKED LITTLE MAN-- Serendipity Singers // #5. TWIST AND SHOUT-- Beatles //// #6. WHITE ON WHITE-- Danny Williams (jumped from #11) // #7. THANK YOU GIRL-- Beatles // #8. FUN FUN FUN-- Beach Boys // #9. MY HEART BELONGS TO ONLY YOU-- Bobby Vinton // #10. HELLO DOLLY-- Louis Armstrong //// The Beatles still had three songs in the Top Ten, though. Not too bad. Also, #31. Beatle Time-- Livers. The Beatles Second Albums was featured. //// Wonder How Bad a Song By the Livers Could Be? --RoadDog

Roothog Radio: Americana and Bluegrass-- Part 2

Like Roothog Radio says: "We play Honky Tonk, Bluegrass and Real Country Music. In that order." //// Continuing with the music listening to this morning. //// THE MOUNTAIN'S GONNA SING-- Steep Canyon Rangers // DOESN'T MEAN NOTHIN'-- Infamous Stringdusters // O DEATH-- Ralph Stanley (From movie "O, Brother Where Art Thou"-- // STEP IN THE CLUB-- Gangstagrass (A very unique combination of gangsta rap, with all its bad language and bluegrass. Who'd have EVER figured?) // TWO BOYS ON A DIRT ROAD-- Grascalls //// CONTINENTAL DRIFTER-- Old Tire Swingers // THE WEIGHT-- Dala and the Good Lovelis and Oh Susanna // COUNTRY GIRLS-- Kentucky Parlor Pickers // RIDE-- Dehlia Low // MESSED UP JUST RIGHT-- Keller Williams & the Travelin' McCourys //// NAPOLEON COMPLEX-- Jonas Friddle & the Majority // HARD WAKIN' UP-- Hillbenders // RAGMAN'S ROLL-- Moot Davis // TRYING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME-- The O's // RAVISHING RUBY-- Tom T. Hall //// LONE STAR-- Floyd Tolston // ALABAM-- Cowboy Copas // YOU CAN HAVE THE CROWN-- Sturgill Simpson // THE DEVIL AIN'T LAZY-- Foley Lafarge //// Ya Gotta Love a Station With a Name Like Roothog. Good Stuff, Maynard --RoadDog