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Song of the Day, 1/14: “So It Goes,” Nick Lowe

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 14, 2019 0 Comments

This single was bassist/songwriter Nick Lowe’s first “solo” release as well as the first single released by Stiff Records, which Lowe founded with £400 he borrowed. He played everything but drums on the recording but, as the video shows, he recruited Dave Edmunds and the rest of Rockpile to perform this catchy slice of New […]

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Song of the Day 1/13: Mandolin Orange, “Take This Heart of Gold”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 13, 2019 0 Comments

Let’s end the week with something quiet. Mandolin Orange is a prolific duo from North Carolina. This spare ballad was released on the 2016 album “Blindfall.” They’ll be in Philadelphia Feb. 6 for a show at Union Transfer.

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Song of the Day 1/11: Warren Zevon, “I Was in the House When the House Burned Down”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 11, 2019 0 Comments

Friday calls for kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll, and this is one of my go-to songs for getting revved up. The Warren Zevon songs everybody knows mostly come from the mid-1970s, when he was a favorite of the LA “Mellow Mafia” and championed by people like Jackson Browne and frequently covered by Linda Ronstadt. After that […]

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Song of the Day 1/10: World Party, “Ship of Fools”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 10, 2019 4 Comments

This song sums up the way I’ve felt just about every morning since Nov. 9, 2016. In fact, the refrain “save me from tomorrow” hasn’t lost an iota of urgency since Karl Wallinger released it in 1986. It was the only World Party single to reach the U.S. Top 40.

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Song of the Day 1/9: “Blind Willie McTell,” The Band

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 9, 2019 2 Comments

Most people, myself included, think this is one of Bob Dylan’s greatest songs, but almost nobody would have heard it if The Band hadn’t plucked it from obscurity for their “Jericho” album in 1993. A searing rumination on the the blues and the American South, Dylan wrote it for his 1983 “Infidels” album but — […]

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Song of the Day 1/8: “American Tune,” Crooked Still

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on January 8, 2019 3 Comments

Paul Simon once said this was the closest he came to an overtly political song. He wrote it shortly after Richard Nixon’s landslide victory over George McGovern in 1972, well before the Watergate scandal broke, which makes its mood of grief seem prescient. I heard this spare version by Boston sort-of bluegrass band Crooked Still […]

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Enjoy A Great Concert, Have A Complimentary Libation, Courtesy Of El Somnambulo

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on January 4, 2019 7 Comments

I’ve got a great concert coming up at the Arden Gild Hall on Saturday, January 12 at 8 pm.  If you come to the show, I will pay for your first beverage, alcoholic or otherwise (BTW, I select the wines, and they’re good. I should know, I drink enough of them.) Leyla McCalla is a […]

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Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: The Top 10!!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on December 31, 2018 10 Comments

But, first, the obligatory catch-up threads for those who like to binge-listen (Whoa! Looks like our ‘new improved’ editing function has kicked in.): Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 50-41 Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 40-31 Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 30-21 Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 20-11 And now, finally, My […]

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Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 20-11

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on December 29, 2018 0 Comments

20. 19. 18. My fave frothy pop song of the year: 17. 16. 15.   14. 13. 12.  Is it the video, or is it the song? Can’t decide. This seems about right:   11.  Highest-ranked Philly-based artist on the list? Maybe yes, maybe no. Find out on New Year’s Eve day. Until then:

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Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 30-21

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on December 28, 2018 0 Comments

30. 29. 28, 27.  26. 25. 24. 23. 22. 21. 

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Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 40-31

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on December 27, 2018 0 Comments

A little Western-noir to kick things off: 40. 39. 38. 37. 36. 35. 34. 33. 32.  31.  

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Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2018: #’s 50-41

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Featured by on December 26, 2018 1 Comment

My annual Christmas gift to you, whether you want it or not. I guarantee that you will find some songs that you love and some songs that you can’t stand. Let me know which is which. Also, share your faves.  As always, counting down in reverse numerical order: 50. 49. 48. 47. 46.  45. 44. […]

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So, I Saw ‘Vice’ Today…

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 25, 2018 5 Comments

Liked it, didn’t love it.  If the trailer makes you think it’s gonna be full of laffs, you’ll be disappointed. If you didn’t know what a monster Cheney was, you will after you’ve seen it. Most of the performances were of the ‘caricature’ variety.  Yes, Christian Bale effectively inhabited Cheney, but Cheney’s emotional range, to […]

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