Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

10 years of missing Johnny Cash

It’s been a decade since we lost the Man in Black. This blog didn’t exist when Johnny Cash died, so consider this a long-awaited catch-up post.

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Thu, September 12 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on 10 years of missing Johnny Cash

Goodbye Richie Havens

Folk singer Richie Havens died today at age 72. Here he is performing “Freedom” at the Woodstock Festival in 1969:

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Goodbye Richie Havens

I feel loss

Disco diva Donna Summer has died of cancer at age 63. She provided the voice, with Giorgio Moroder producing, for this landmark song:

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Thu, May 17 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on I feel loss

Oh, that fertile New York music scene of 1973-78

Got a Chapters gift card for Christmas and used it to pick up Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five years in New York that changed music forever, by Will Hermes. Think about it: Punk, salsa, hip hop, new wave, new minimalist classical music from Philip Glass … all were born in New York in […]

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Fri, January 6 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Oh, that fertile New York music scene of 1973-78

Pictures of Matchstick Men

First recorded in 1968 by Status Quo, this Wikipedia entry classifies Pictures of Matchstick Men as “bubblegum psychedelia.” That may be true, but I like it anyways. In any event, to catalogue them for my purposes, here is Status Quo performing the song on Tops of the Pops.  I will follow will some favourite cover […]

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Sun, September 25 2011 » multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Pictures of Matchstick Men

Saying goodbye to one of the voices of Philly soul

From NPR on Tuesday: Bernard Wilson, 64, who helped define the sound of Philadelphia soul in the 1970s, died Sunday at a hospital in New Jersey after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. Wilson’s velvet baritone backed up the hits he performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, including “If You Don’t Know […]

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Wed, December 29 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Saying goodbye to one of the voices of Philly soul

All for the love of a certain guitar sound

I tweeted thusly: Because I’m a fan of shimmering guitar sounds, Nancy Sinatra, ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ – http://tinysong.com/k8uo Tommy James & The Shondells, ‘Crimson and Clover’ –http://tinysong.com/yuZj The Raveonettes, ‘Love In A Trashcan’ – http://tinysong.com/CnND The Poppy Family, ‘Where Evil Grows’ – http://tinysong.com/CnNF Tommy James & The Shondells, ‘Draggin’ the Line’ –http://tinysong.com/CnNL

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Mon, December 20 2010 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on All for the love of a certain guitar sound

Three versions of ‘My favourite things’

On Wednesday night, I tweeted the following: Beautiful, fluffy snow falling at Bloor/Bathurst. Had I been feeling more literary, I might have written, “Beautiful, fluffy snow softly parachuting down at Bloor/Bathurst.” In any event, snowfalls such as that make me think of My Favourite Things, made famous by Julie Andrews but also recorded by artists […]

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Thu, December 16 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Three versions of ‘My favourite things’

Bass!

I first encountered British house music producer Simon Harris through his 1989 album Bass. In the digital era, I tried finding his tunes on Blip.fm and Grooveshark, but had no luck. However, YouTube delivered this evening! First posted to Twitter: Simon Harris, ‘Bass (How low can you go?) [Bomb The House mix]’ –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Nk7aP9o18 Simon Harris […]

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Wed, December 1 2010 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Bass!

Speedy J – ‘Ping Pong’

A nice bit of trance posted by Matt M over on Facebook. I liked it so much, I’m archiving it here:

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Wed, November 24 2010 » Main Page, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Speedy J – ‘Ping Pong’