Sunday Music: Chet Atkins Picking On The Beatles

Chet Atkins is a guitar person’s guitar person. His instrumental takes on the Beatles take my brain into another room and focuses it.  I know, I know - it’s the Beatles composition at the core, but hearing how he re-arranges these and chooses his tone, when to use chords, when to bend notes - it’s … Continue reading Sunday Music: Chet Atkins Picking On The Beatles

Sunday Music: 30 Days (Chuck Berry)

Chuck Berry has too many classic songs, but this has to be one of my favorites, “Thirty Days (To Come Back Home).”  Maybe it’s the boom-chick-boom-chonk rhythm guitar thing I love so much.  Maybe it’s the escalating threats in the lyrics, where he calls on everything from the gypsy women to eventually levying the FBI … Continue reading Sunday Music: 30 Days (Chuck Berry)

Sunday Music: Disco Devil

How have I not sung the praises of this song here before?  Max Romeo was a Jamaican reggae star and bonafide island crooner.  Lee “Scratch” Perry was personally delivering dub (and the insane tech behind it, which he was creating by hand) to the universe.  This song is one of my favoritest things either of … Continue reading Sunday Music: Disco Devil

Sunday Music: Mehldau’s Blackbird

I’m a big fan of Robert Gilbert’s Listening Sessions substack and twitter feed (@listensessions1). Not only am I crazy in awe of his vinyl collection, the guy literally seems to be putting interesting music on 24/7 and sharing what he’s spinning every time.  My tastes and his have some overlap (especially with jazz, apparently) and … Continue reading Sunday Music: Mehldau’s Blackbird

Sunday Music: Wynton Kelly’s “I Want A Little Girl”

It breaks my heart this isn’t broadly streaming, but at least it’s on YouTube. After being all fired up the past few months, I needed to relax a bit and Kelly’s trio work consistently puts me in one of my happiest places.  “I Want A Little Girl” is standard, laid-back, bluesy-piano-pop at its finest. Recorded … Continue reading Sunday Music: Wynton Kelly’s “I Want A Little Girl”

Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

The first time I read Tolkein was in middle school. Maybe The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were a bit much for a 6th/7th grader, but I was hooked. Hard. It didn’t hurt to have the Led Zeppelin connection either - obviously, this wasn’t just for nerds.  The second time I read the … Continue reading Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

I’m not a big instrumental hip-hop guy. And while there are some vocals and other things on here, I haven’t been this into an album in this space since Dilla.  If you need some semi-background music to vibe to, throw this on. Magic. Kenny Beats, give me more.  It’s a 33 minutes album and you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!