End of the Year Odds & Sods...

Hi everybody! I just finished listening to the guys' latest episode (136) and enjoyed it very much. Great stuff on their lists for Favorites of the year - if you haven't listened to it yet, make the time! It's a double episode stuffed with all kinds of goodness. Hopefully they will all take the time to transfer their lists to the website here so we get a chance to look them over. Maybe I should have been writing them down? I wanted to take the time to thank each of them for the kind words - you guys flatter me! Honestly, Joel asked me to start doing this last October (I think) and I have had a blast doing it since then. I hope you all have enjoyed reading it as much as I have writing it. It's not something I would have thought to do on my own but I'm glad I said yes.

This will be my last article for the year - I'll be back in January with more articles that will hopefully keep you entertained. But in the meantime....

Christmas Music: I work in retail, so for me, Christmas music is a double-edged sword. I genuinely like much of it (not just the outta site stuff from a few posts ago) but by this point in the year I have been forced to listen to it everyday at work for weeks. The last thing I want to do is put on more at home. So I tend not to listen to it there, which is a shame since I own so much. There are some records that I have to listen to during this last week run up to Christmas. The first one I go to every time is the soundtrack to Jingle All The Way. If you don't have it, look around for it. It's relatively short, but has many of my favorite tracks on it, as well as Brian Setzer Orchestra's first real stabs at music for the season. Lots of gems on here, and a must have. After you're done with this, get Brian Setzer Orchestra Boogie Woogie Christmas and Elvis Presley Elvis Christmas Album. Don't forget the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas and Christmas With The Rat Pack and you are all set.

Once Christmas is over with, I tend to be in a Frank Sinatra mood, so I'll spend a few weeks with his records while gearing up for the new year. I like everything he does (what a voice!) but I'll usually get stuck with his late 50's, early 60's albums. That's my favorite time period for him....

Last minute recommendations: I mentioned them in my last post, but be sure to carve out some listening time for Clutch's 2015 album, Psychic Warfare. Seriously a good album - Clutch have long been one of my favorite bands, so every release is eagerly awaited. It's been a year and some change since this one, but it's still dominating my stereo. Also from 2015, check out Supersuckers Holdin' The Bag. This is another country album from Eddie Spaghetti and co, and it is a good one. Lots of people tend to look at the early work as their best, and there is a case to be made for that, but for me they just scratch that itch for straight ahead rock and roll (and country). Eddie is the only original member left, and in concert, I do miss Rontrose Heathman and Dan "Thunder" Bolton, but they still have some good players....

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season! See you next year for more!!

Current listening: Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits ; Alice In Chains Alice In Chains; Personal & The Pizzas Personal & The Pizzas