Avett Brothers – Live at the Orpheum

We took in the Avett Brothers last night at the fabulous Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, part of the 2012 Vancouver Jazz Festival. What the hell the Avett Brothers have to do with ¬†jazz I’ll never know, but that’s not a question i really need to consider. We have one Avett Bros album, the 2009 smash … Continued

Weary Blues From Waiting – Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Well, there’s a band that’s got the right handle for a death list – Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter. The song I’m adding tonight comes from a Wanda Jackson tribute album put out a few years ago by Bloodshot Records (I have got so much great music from this label over the years) entitled … Continued

These Days – Glen Campbell

I first heard about Glen Cambell’s album Meet Glen Campbell when listening to Peter Togni’s Weekend on CBC Radio 2. Togni introduced the song in such a complimentary way that I paid particular attention, and bought a digital copy of the album later that day. I was so proud in a way of this effort, … Continued

In The News

Another addition to my Death List, this time from Kris Kristofferson, In the News. This is a sad and angry anti-war song from one of the premiere songwriters of the last half of the twentieth century. I remember when I was a student at the University of Saskatchewan and taking a variety of courses, one … Continued

Shredding The Document

Starting to fill out my Death List here. John Hiatt is for my money right near the top of a very exclusive collection of singer-songwriters, somewhere above Bruce Springsteen and somewhat below God. I love the sentiment in this one, Shredding the Document, and the relevance has only grown with the advent of the internet … Continued

5000 Country Music Songs

“I’ll have a Ry and Cooder”. Dan Jones It’s been true for a number of years now – since Chris picked up Chavez Ravine after hearing about it on a CBC Radio One spot – that Ry Cooder is at the top of my playlist. The very top mind you. Starting with Chavez, and onto … Continued

Time Has Told Me

OK, I came home late tonight after a summer-league hockey game and had some extra adrenalin kicking around. So I poured myself some Woodford Reserve and screened The Royal Tenenbaums, to singular enjoyment. I remember when I first saw this movie in the theatre. The suicide scene had an impact on me. “Baumer” doing himself … Continued

The Good Cookies

Okay, the good cookies. The original go-to recipe from way back before. Brought back here at the request of my brother Jim, who was an early champion of this recipe. Cheers bro! Ingredients: 1 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs 2 cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 … Continued

Sit This One Out – Solomon Burke

Adding this to my death list. It passed me by on the random playlist tonight and I thought, my god, that’s it right there. My personal philosophy is to keep 10 songs on the death list at all times, but keep it current. If something grabs me at a particular point in time it’s going … Continued

Getting the Death List Started

Here I’m adding song number one to the death list, Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre, which has little to do with bourbon, less with death, and even less with anything I know personally in terms of actual experience (i.e. the actual land mass the song celebrates). It’s a vibe is all, and I do love … Continued