Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 Pop Explosion

The Pop Explosion for Feb 28, 2018

1)Le Comte   Boy of My Dreams
2)Ian Cat   - Shake the Sheets
3)Berlin Airlift - D
4)Peter Noone - I Don't Wanna Love You But You Got Me Anyway   Sept 28, 2018 Lynn Auditorium
5)Batdorf & Rodney  Somewhere In The Night
6)Stigmatics  - Lies  Mixtape 1
7)Akim   I'm The Light  Blue Cheer cover
8)Interview with John Batdorf
9)Ronnie Spector - Say Goodbye to Hollywood
10)Highway Chapel Substitute (Who song)
11)Dick Wagner "I'd Take a Bullet"
from the album Full Meltdown
12)Barbara Streisand  Where You Lead
13)Silver/John Batdorf    Wham Bam
14)Four Seasons  Let's Hang On (We All Shine On)
15)King Crimson "I Talk to the Wind"
16)Buster "Drop in the Ocean"
17)How Does Uncle Albert Sleep in his Magical Misery Tour?
18)John Lennon - Instant Karma
19)Melissa Manchester with Arnold McCuller
"Whenever I Call You Friend"
20)Return of the Jedi
21)Genya Ravan "Do You Know What I Mean"
22)Feed The Kitty  My Hotel
23)John Tamilio   Everything But Peace
24)Pop Gun  Middle Class Bad Ass
3 PM
25)Blue Cheer  Peace of Mind"
26)Lorraine Ellison "You Don't Know Anything About Love"
27)Nightmare Paint it Black
28)Jimi Hendrix/Curtis Knight - Killing Floor
29)Iggy Pop  Chocolate Drops
30)Nazz  Take the Hand
31)Jethro Tull  Hymn 43
32)Ronnie Spector "Don't Worry Baby"
33)Eric Lee "Life Without You"
34)Rolling Stones  Ruby Tuesday Instrumental
35)Essra Mohawk  "Silver Ships"
36)Odiseas  "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb)
37)Spooky Tooth" Evil Woman
38)Roger Miller "Me and Bobby McGee"
39)King Crimson "Epitaph"
40)Buster "Bring me the Darkness"


AllMusic Review by   [-]

Though an essential songwriter/singer behind the scenes in the music and film industry, John Batdorfdeserves equal time on the radio and Home Again provides solid evidence for that argument. A reunion of sorts with '70s partner Mark Rodney, the title track is a remake of a Batdorf tune from their second release as a duo, 1972's eponymous Batdorf & Rodney. As with Ian HunterBuzzy Linhart, the group Epitaph, and a notable list of other veteran artists, the music they are generating in the new millennium is in many ways superior to their previous efforts, and better than what radio and what's left of the industry is attempting to force on the masses. Mark Rodney writes the liner notes here inside this elegant package with over a dozen photo images of the players and he mentions the sound of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Yes, the title track could fit nicely into that trio's repertoire, though Batdorf takes this disc through his own personal journey. "Me and You" is one of seven co-writes with Michael McLean and it would be a nugget on any Paul McCartney album. Vocally sounding like a cross between Jon Anderson from Yes and Seals & Crofts (both of them; and yes, Batdorf & Rodney have been compared to that duo in the past), Batdorf generates a striking album with help from his colleagues, a master craftsman delivering the goods without resting on past laurels or going through the motions. Though there is nothing groundbreaking here, that isn't the objective; it is refreshing to hear an artist do what he does best and do it without concern for Top 40 airplay or commercial success, though this album is oh-so-very radio-friendly. Drifting through folk/pop and the blues of "Solitude," Batdorfcommunicates his ideas superbly, backing vocals cascading in a spacious production that is minimal yet still big. "I Don't Always Win" evokes that minstrel-in-the-gallery-feel Ian Anderson spoke of, the voices matching the guitar sounds with amazing effect. The ten titles clock in at under 45 minutes but it is great playing and well-considered production that make this a very special project. The final track, "Where Are You Now?," is an old Batdorf & Rodney number which previously only showed up on their Live at McCabes release. Perhaps collaborations with Jonathan Richman and other quirky originals could take this music to an even different path and audience in the future but for right now, the sounds on Home Again are warm, eloquent and very enjoyable.

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