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28 minutes ago, KarmaPolice said:

Be prepared for another sever-clogging post after this morning.   

Gotta start in on putting this damn exercise bike together and I am completely unmechanical.  Anger will be rising, so putting on the headphones, hitting shuffle, and praying no reggae comes on during my marathon no-skip session.  

:popcorn:

I have to replace our in ground basketball hoop that has a sixty inch backboard.

I think I'll leave it until tomorrow

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21 hours ago, simey said:

Right about the time the C19 started closing things down, I went and bought four new canvases to paint on. I already had three. I bought new paints too, although I have a lot. I figured I would do some painting during this, and it would let me focus on that instead health crap. It's therapeutic and something I enjoy, and I always listen to music while doing it. Well, I haven't touched it. I just haven't had the spark in me. Every day I look at a canvas, and think come on, let's do it. It's another rainy day, and a good day to work on it somewhat.  Maybe I'll mess with it this weekend. Maybe.

life comes with cares & woes, my friend. life can't be about cares & woes. the blessing of us is that we can reach past anything. reach, please.

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10 hours ago, Yo Mama said:

OK, so I’ve had a long short week this week so I’ve had a few drinks - pretty sure this hasn’t been taken after some perusal of the master list via phone. Dipping back into the seventies for another classic. Yo Mama welcomes The Thin White Duke and all his coked-out awesomeness to the island and selects:

 

27.19 - David Bowie - Station to Station (1976)

1 - Station to Station

2 - Golden Years

3 - Word on a Wing

4 - TVC15

5 - Stay

6 - Wild is the Wind

 

Hopefully this passes the #KristaFormatRequirements

 

Waited too long on this. Have to check what Bowie is left at this point but he may not make my island now 😞

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11 minutes ago, zamboni said:

 

27.03: Earth, Wind & Fire - That’s The Way Of The World (1975)

 

This is one of the best-sounding albums ever recorded. I've picked it so many times in these drafts, I went with another by EWF this time. Glad someone chose it.

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20 hours ago, Bonzai said:

Willie Nelson - Stardust (1978)

Doing this draft I realized that most of my consumption of Willie (which is considerable) is via playlists or compilations. Red Headed Stranger and Stardust are really the only albums that I tend to play of his. So I'll take this here, but I need to start digging into more of his albums.

Stardust

All Of Me

dang - getting sniped more late than early.

all my life i crooned cuz i have a deep voice. this record taught me that even the American Songbook can be sung organically & naturalistically. i remain in its debt -

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12 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

This is one of the best-sounding albums ever recorded. I've picked it so many times in these drafts, I went with another by EWF this time. Glad someone chose it.

Despite their several hit songs, these guys don’t get enough credit for how great of a band they were.

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13 hours ago, krista4 said:

"If I Had a Boat" - yes!!!

my bff and his wife had a late child (55 & 49) and, when i was struggling a decade ago, they offered me the carriage house on their property outside Boston in exchange for a li'l childcare. the greatest joy of my tenure as the World's Strangest Au Pair (besides freaking out the neighbors to see a 350lb hippie chasing 3yo Owen around the yard in a bathrobe w epaulets, duckboots, lightsabre & a sandpail on my head as General Thunderbucket) was the two of us freestyling on this song, turning it into one of those children's memory-stacking songs.

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48 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I believe that puts @krista4 ITC

WHOA.  I did not expect to see Rufus Wainwright’s name pop up, so I’d better take the one from him that I wanted.  His debut album was part of The Chicago Years and remains my favorite.

Round 27? Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright (1998)

Songs I want are Barcelona and Foolish Love.

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14 minutes ago, zamboni said:

Despite their several hit songs, these guys don’t get enough credit for how great of a band they were.

I never heard them try true power-chord rock, but I bet they could. They did everything else.

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22 minutes ago, krista4 said:

WHOA.  I did not expect to see Rufus Wainwright’s name pop up, so I’d better take the one from him that I wanted.  His debut album was part of The Chicago Years and remains my favorite.

Round 27? Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright (1998)

Songs I want are Barcelona and Foolish Love.

"Foolish Love" is probably my favorite of his. Lovely, lovely song.

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27.06 Gonna Take A Miracle, Laura Nyro (1971)

From the start, i've taken the desert island part of this exercise seriously. Therefore, my seduction & sex & sexual postcard records were str8out (even though selkies - Irish mermaids, seals who shed their skin - are a factor on Skelligmichael, i got a feeling righteous tuneage wont be important to them) as well as one of the most important records of my life - a yet-selected Laura Nyro album that was a monstrous life lesson upon what women are made of and the place i still go when life brings out the woman in me. Still, the artist herself is soooo important to me i had to take something of hers. This record (with LaBelle) of covers of the songs of her youth will do nicely.

You've Really Got a Hold On Me

It's Gonna Take a Miracle

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11 minutes ago, krista4 said:

This might make me a bad person, but I’m not going to this protest during a thunderstorm.

Honestly, the way the protests are turning out, it might be prudent, if not romantic, to sit one out. If it has any of the fervor of the Seattle WTO/IMF protests back in the day, then you might get swept up in some idiocy you didn't cause or ask for.

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1 minute ago, rockaction said:

Honestly, the way the protests are turning out, it might be prudent, if not romantic, to sit one out. If it has any of the fervor of the Seattle WTO/IMF protests back in the day, then you might get swept up in some idiocy you didn't cause or ask for.

Yes, this is a good point, too.  This is supposed to be “peaceful,” but I suppose most of them start that way.

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1 minute ago, krista4 said:

Yes, this is a good point, too.  This is supposed to be “peaceful,” but I suppose most of them start that way.

Yeah, you never know.

But then again, I'd say I did my share of protesting, but never really did. So that might just be a cop-out on my end. Not because I'm a system guy, but because nothing raised my feathers quite like this. This wasn't even talked about back in the day. We had the WTO and IMF, protests which disrupted my office in D.C., but there was nothing as seemingly cut-and-dried as this particular incident and the feelings it has engendered pretty much universally. 

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16 hours ago, Northern Voice said:

All sing-along songs. Walk the line between indie and mainstream rock, later turn pop with equally great results. 

Arkells - Jackson Square (2008)

1.    "Deadlines"    2:45
2.    "Pullin' Punches"    3:18
3.    "Oh, the Boss Is Coming!"    3:41
4.    "The Ballad of Hugo Chavez"    3:01
5.    "Tragic Flaw"    3:54
6.    "No Champagne Socialist"    3:44
7.    "Abigail"    4:17
8.    "Heart of the City"    3:59
9.    "I'm Not the Sun"    3:41
10.    "The Choir"    3:19
11.    "John Lennon"    4:04
12.    "Blueprint"    3:08

@Steve Tasker can lobby for different songs. 

First 3 songs are classics but a bit played out.  "John Lennon" is an very solid pick.  I'd probably go with "Heart of the City" and then either "The Ballad of Hugo Chavez" or "John Lennon".  Maybe "No Champagne Socialist" depending on the day.  "Heart of the City" is one of their best all-time songs for me personally.

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1 hour ago, wikkidpissah said:

26.35 Zenyatta Mondatta, The Police (1980)

Not a lot of beach on my island, but you just can't have a beach without occasional kickdancing to the Police on it

Driven To Tears

Voices In My Head

This was the other Police album I was weighing when I drafted Regatta de Blanc. Both are just full of great songs.

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13 hours ago, simey said:

I remember the old joke that the state flower of WV is the satellite dish.  West Virginia gets a rap for being a backwards bumpkin place, but it has some beautiful landscapes there. I like to go skiing in West Virginia or go to the river gorge. NC gets its share of hillbilly digs too. 

Appalachia in general is seriously underrated.

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1 hour ago, landrys hat said:

27.26 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals - Live From Mars (2001)

Ground On Down

Please Bleed

 

@JZilla

Pfff. I went through the spreadsheet looking for snipes last night and found nothing and bam. Beat me by an hour. Love Ben. Drafted studio tracks a few times.

I am still autoskip, but picking tracks from, I dunno, 8-9 picks I need to makeup. I am still in Tahoe but back in civilization. I even ate AT a restaurant last night, outside in glorious weather. Tahoe may be replacing Hawaii as my favorite place on earth. 

 

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27.23 - I Just Can't Stop It - The (English) Beat (1980)

The Beat came along and added splashes of bright color to the two-tone movement.  Wakeling and Roger got all the photo ops but I'm a big fan of the band's engine room with Andy Cox, David Steele and Everett Morton on guitar, bass and drums respectively.

I Just Can't Stop It was their debut and is still one of the top-tier party albums.  Side one in particular is one upbeat tune after another that you can dance to no matter how Caucasian or inebriated you may be.

Hands Off...She's Mine

Ranking Full Stop

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how many rounds we going, or is it open-ended now? since the shuffle will be the Collosus of this exercise, should i just avoid classical? 90% of my listening & thought-aids lie in classical music and i'd wanting to be catching up now that my necessities are all still on the board, but i can defer if it's for the best.

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Happy to see 'Justments is the only Withers taken. It doesn't crossover with what I think his best album. 
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Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall 1973


Better off Dead
World Keeps Going Around

 

First concert I took my kid to was The Eagles. Second was 


19
Cage The Elephant Unpeeled 2017


Cry Baby (more beatles that's not beatles)
Cigarette Daydreams

 

20
Intimate show in a small Texas  venue. 20 tracks, fills a void.


Steve Earle, Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark - Bluebird Cafe (date? released in 01, but...)


Dublin Blues (Guy)
Mercenary Song (Steve)
off playlist bonus Tecumseh Valley (Townes)

 

My love for reverb brought me to these guys long time ago. 
21 


My Morning Jacket - Okonokos 2006


O is One That is Real
Anytime

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2 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

how many rounds we going, or is it open-ended now? since the shuffle will be the Collosus of this exercise, should i just avoid classical? 90% of my listening & thought-aids lie in classical music and i'd wanting to be catching up now that my necessities are all still on the board, but i can defer if it's for the best.

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R24

Michael Franks / The Art of Tea

even the cos needs to mellow out now and then

Eggplant

Jive

This album might have saved my life. In 1977 I had probably taken quite a bit too much THC. I ended up in my brother's lesbian roomate's bedroom, where she played this LP until I gracefully and gratefully came down.

 

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4 minutes ago, cosjobs said:

Michael Franks / The Art of Tea

It's been over forty years but this stanza stuck in my mind.

You must have been Miss Pennsylvania
With all this pulchritude
How come you always load your Pentax
When I'm in the nude?

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16 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

how many rounds we going, or is it open-ended now? since the shuffle will be the Collosus of this exercise, should i just avoid classical? 90% of my listening & thought-aids lie in classical music and i'd wanting to be catching up now that my necessities are all still on the board, but i can defer if it's for the best.

I'd love to hear Ode To Joy and others come into the shuffle, personally. I don't think you need adjust your island picks because of communal concerns. Ain't nobody on that island but you, baby. 

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1 hour ago, Long Ball Larry said:

Still Skip (or whatever the hell we are doing) while I catch up

24.11

SIMON & GARFUNKEL - SOUNDS OF SILENCE (1966)

More shortly.

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again

And whisper'd in 1. The Sounds of Silence

And the  2. Leaves That Are Green
Turn to brown
And they wither with the wind
And they crumble in your hand


3. Blessed are the meth drinkers, Pot sellers, Illusion dwellers.
I have tended my own garden
Much too long.

4. Kathy's Song
I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing

Oh my life seems unreal, my crime an illusion,
A scene badly written in which I must play.
Before they come to catch me I'll be gone.

5. Somewhere They Can't Find Me.

6. Anji

Everyday's an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see
Reminds me that I long to be

7. Homeward Bound

Oh, I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be

8. Richard Cory
He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,
So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:
"Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head."
But I work in his factory
And I curse the life I'm living
And I curse my poverty
And I wish that I could be,


9. He was A Most Peculiar Man.
He lived all alone within a house,
Within a room, within himself,
A most peculiar man


10. April Come She Will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain
September I'll remember
A love once new has now grown old.


11. We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin'


I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
12. I Am a Rock,
I am an island.
And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.


 

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Donny was mentally ill. Heard voices. Jumped off a 15th floor hotel balcony not long after this tour. Aretha's best friend, Quincy's partner in the studio. Some think as talented as both on either side of the glass. His career arc was as steep as Marvin's in 71. This is easily one of the best recordings of live soul music. Terrible exercise choosing tracks. I chose short ones. 


Donny Hathaway Live 1972


Little Ghetto Boy
Jealous Guy 


So good, on finishing this recording, i just let spotify roll through his studio recordings for a few hours as I drifted away in a hammock overlooking the lake. Asocial vacations rule. I hope my links are working. Usually I am on pc with two monitors and too many tabs. Chromebook here. 
 

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