podcast episode 3: will the CD die?

This show combines monologues I made in the car along with selections from Barry Manilow’s 70’s albums. A rambling consideration of where the world of music consumption may be heading, with a special emphasis on the waning popularity of physical media, especially the CD.

Podcasting again at vinylessence

http://www.turksheadreview.com/vinylessence/ve76.mp3 All Vinyl lineup this time, featuring the Cars, and a spotlight on The Warner Bros. Loss Leaders compilation: TROUBLEMAKERS. You’ll hear songs by The Sex Pistols, Urban Verbs, Marianne Faithful, Devo, The Buggles, Modern Lovers, and Gang of Four.

via Show #76: Punk and New Wave TROUBLEMAKERS — Vinyl Essence podcast

Saturday listen: “I Remember the Boy”

I came across this tune on the LP this is Jackie DeShannon (Imperial LP-9286). Good album, by the way. This was the B-side to her 1965 hit single “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”  

Here’s DeShannon’s lyric:

I remember the boy who held his hand in mine
He was the boy not looking to change my mind
And let me tell you now, every day that he’s been away
You know, I cry all night, somehow I feel like I didn’t do right

And I can still see his face ’cause is deep in my memory
Ringing in my ears are all the things he once told to me

I don’t think he was putting me on
When he said he just had to move on
The stars up in the sky he’s reaching for
Only make me love him more

And I wonder, I wonder, I wonder

Will he remember me in some little town, ready to settle down?
Will I be there to share his pleasant dreams?
He does not know how much it means, oh, no

I remember the boy who’ll always be a part of me
And I can’t help but feel that he’ll often think of me

And I wonder, I wonder, I wonder
Will he remember me in some little town, ready to settle down?
Will I be there to share his pleasant dreams?
He does not know how much it means, oh, no


O Pioneers

We got back from a relaxing cabin vacation in Tioga county, Pennsylvania last Friday. As someone who teaches Thoreau often for my Literature and Environment course, I was thinking of Henry David a lot while in our small cabin near a lake. The message from Walden that seems to resonate with me and my students the most is his advice that we simplify, always simplify our lives.

Simplicity can be a hard row to hoe today. Too many distractions, too much clutter. If we want to practice what Thoreau preaches, we need to do so in small steps and tiny gestures. Allow yourself to inch towards the goal of simplicity. I will give you a mildly absurd case in point. Let’s talk home stereos. Continue reading “O Pioneers”

Warner Bros. “Loss Leaders” Series

Back in the 1970’s, Warner Brothers made a habit of issuing single and double album LP compilations from their stable of artists for ridiculously low prices. The concept was simple: entice customers to discover new artists, take a loss in distributing what was in effect a promotional album, while hoping to pull in increased sales across their catalog. It’s all about the thrill of front9discovery. What made the compilations so interesting were the witty and lovingly composed liner notes, album themes, and truly obscure tracks, some of which are very difficult to find anywhere else. They defied the current penchant for “niche marketing” with gusto. Essentially, you have what would now be called “deep tracks”. I’ve collected quite a few of these on used vinyl, and they are loads of fun.

Willard’s Wormholes has a comprehensive list of titles and background info about the Warner series, indispensable for collectors and idly curious pop culture anthropologists. Check it out: The Warner Bros. “Loss Leaders” Series (1969-1980)