Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

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’

Was introduced to some new/old garage rock

I love garage rock from the mid-1960s. Heard a band tonight that sounds like that era, but actually recorded in the 1980s. That band would be Thee Headcoats. Here’s a few songs I pulled together: Thee Headcoats, ‘Comanche’ – http://tinysong.com/dQph Thee Headcoats, ‘Something Went Wrong Again’ – http://tinysong.com/uN6C Rain Parade, ‘This Can’t Be Today’ – http://tinysong.com/f66n United […]

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Tue, November 23 2010 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Was introduced to some new/old garage rock