Goodbye to Gordo. Escape is at hand for the Travelin’ man

This is true class from Tragically Hip fan and Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Well, the day is upon us.  Even though we knew it was coming, we hoped maybe it never would.  I wrote this article below in 2016 and we knew that Gord Downie had brain cancer and his time was short.  We were lucky to have him with us for another year.  Gord Downie won my love through his writing and performance and love for life.  I shed tears today because the world will no longer be able to see his greatness in person but his presence will be felt for generations to come.

(Repost from 2016)

2016 has been a tough time for us music lovers. With David Bowie and Prince not part of our physical world anymore, I check the morning headlines very cautiously hoping that we do not lose another one.

I am not sure if 2016 will be the end for Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip but it will be the end of touring. Earlier this year he announced a diagnoses of terminal brain cancer.  I have to believe that they determined the touring schedule around a doctor’s longevity timeline. His music and impact will, of course, live forever.

I have had the good fortune of seeing the Tragically Hip live several times.  Their music, and front-man, grabs you by the strongest emotions.  You experience feelings that you didn’t know you had.  Gord could inspire you into battle and the next minute have you on the floor in a fetal position crying uncontrollably.   I remember attending one Hip show and all of a sudden I was galvanized towards the merchandise stand to purchase a Tragically Hip hockey jersey.  They only took cash and I didn’t have cash.  They only had XL and I am not an extra large, but I found a cash machine and I purchased the XL Tragically Hip hockey sweater.   The next day when the haze cleared I was out $85 for a hockey sweater that was as big as a dress and it was the middle of summer.

Today that hockey sweater hangs in my office with my other rock and roll memorabilia.  Tonight the whole world will feel that joy and pain that Gord makes us all feel.  I especially feel for our neighbors to the north, Canada, as I know how much this band means to the whole country.

“Gord Downie is a true original who has been writing Canada’s soundtrack for more than 30 years.” – Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist 91.9 FM KPTZ 10/16/17

Thank you for tuning in! New releases this week from Dhani Harrison, Foo Fighters, David Gilmour and much more.



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Let These Geezers Guide You To The Purple Rain

I would only call someone else a geezer because I know I live in that neighborhood as well. I mean it in a most endearing way.  I love the Waterboys and I love Prince. Here is their cover of Purple Rain because it needs to be heard. What’s not to love?


Enjoy a life filled with music.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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God Bless Wes Anderson

The new trailer came out today for Wes Anderson’s next movie ISLE OF DOGS.  It looks so GREAT! The hardest part will be waiting until its release in March.

Who doesn’t love Dogs? If you know someone who doesn’t love dogs, then they are probably not worth knowing.

Isle of Dogs Official Trailer: Wes Anderson‘s new stop-motion animated feature.

If you haven’t checked out his other stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox, do it.

Here is some Wes Anderson film highlights thanks to Isaac Milton on youtube as Iceman Vids

Wes always has great music in his movies.

Here is a playlist showcasing music from his films by youtuber hawkmoon03111951

To see Spool Going Round’s list of The Best Music in Movies Click here >#10 through #1 of The Best Music in Movies as chosen by Spool Going Round

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist on KPTZ 9/18/17

Nice segues as always. Here is the playlist if you are looking to buy the music you heard.

Thanks for listening! -Mike @ Spool Going Round


London Grammar with “Non Believer”


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The National “Sleep Well Beast” album review

New Release available 9/8/17 via 4AD Records

I like to start the morning off with a brisk walk.  I head to the beach and then walk through town. As I came into the final stretch, round the local movie theatre, I noticed a poster for a movie playing titled Band Aid.  Being the music lover I am, it intrigued me.  So when I returned home from my walk,  I looked it up.  The premise is that a couple is uncoupling and as part of marriage therapy they go back to their first love, music.  The couple starts writing songs together and out of that is a way to voice their problems and work together to solve them.   They get the band back together and maybe the marriage too? What a great premise for a movie!

After putting the movie on my list of “to see” films, I started listening to the new album by The National called “Sleep Well Beast” coming out 9/8/17 via 4AD records.  I couldn’t help but notice in many of the songs they seem to be dealing with relationship issues.  After further investigation, I see that the principle songwriters on the album are Matt Berninger, the vocalist, and his wife, Carin Besser.  Am I listening to the recorded musical version of the movie poster I just saw? Is this the old adage “which came first the album or the movie?” People ask that, right? I’m pretty sure it was asked when Steely Dan came out with the song “Cousin Dupree” and then Owen Wilson wrote a film called “You, Me, and Dupree.”

Much of the sound on Sleep Well Beast is familiar and reminds me of  The Boxer which was the first National album that I loved.  They have added some electronic touches and samples like in the track “Walk it back” but I would not call this some outrageous leap, it still sounds like The National.   You are going to hear just as much piano as beep-bop-boops. Oh and “Turtleneck” is an outright rocker!

Back to the relationship problems, is it the band or marriage, or both? In the track “Day I Die” there are lines of “…I barely ever see you anymore..when I do it feels like you’re only halfway there…” After some more accusations are thrown back and forth we get to the song titled “Guilty Party” I assumed we would come to some conclusions but only to hear Matt sing “..It’s nobody’s fault..” Isn’t it true though? And we are all to blame.  Pick up Sleep Well Beast and I am sure you will find something in there that you are guilty of doing and also something that will have you glaring recriminations at your partner. Is “Sleep Well Beast” what Matt and Carin say to each other before going to bed? No.  That’s mean.  Or, it could be cute?  They’ll figure it out.  We will enjoy the great writing from the pair.

It is a valuable listening experience and will definitely rest in the Top 5 of 2017.

One of the best tracks on Sleep Well Beast is “The System only dreams in Total Darkness.”

Catch them live on their world tour

9/16/17 – Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour – Cork, IRELAND

9/17/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND

9/18/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND

9/20/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK

9/21/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK

9/22/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

9/23/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

9/25/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

9/26/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

9/27/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

9/28/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK

10/05/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA

10/06/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY

10/11/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA

10/12/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA

10/14/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA

10/21/17 – Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg, GERMANY

10/23/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY

10/24/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY

10/25/17 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

10/28/17 – Coliseum – Lisbon, PORTUGAL

10/30/17 – Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM

10/31/17 – Bozar – Brussels, BELGIUM

11/02/17 – 11/04/17 – Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE

11/04/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN

11/05/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN

11/06/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY

11/07/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY

11/27/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR

11/28/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA

11/29/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA

12/01/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA

12/02/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA

12/04/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA

12/07/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA

12/08/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA

12/09/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA

12/10/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA

12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL

12/13/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist 9/4/17

The National at Seattle’s Moore Theater 10/9 & 10/10/17

The new album title “Sleep Well Beast” available this Friday, 9/8/17.

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist on KPTZ

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Help Charlottesville Heal with Music

In the past year I have spent a lot of time in Charlottesville and working with the people of Charlottesville, VA.  I was devastated to see the civil war going on there.   It is now time to heal and there is no better way to do that than listening to the great jam bands of now and forever. 

You can be a part of it through this livestream event.  Sending good vibes to Virginia.

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) has established the Heal Charlottesville Fund to support both immediate needs and longer-term reconciliation and healing efforts.

As an immediate step, the Fund will work with local mental health providers to provide access to trauma and mental health services for residents, and ensure that residents are aware of this opportunity. It will also support victims injured in the car attack who may need assistance with medical expenses.

The LOCKN’ Festival is supporting the Fund by making it easy for fans to donate via text message. Fans in attendance of watching at home on the webcast can text “LOCKN” to 444999 to donate any amount they wish.

All donations are tax-deductible, and administered by HeadCount is a non-profit civic engagement organization that also runs the “Participation Row” social action village at LOCKN’. This year, 16 non-profit organizations will be featured at LOCKN’s Particpation Row, including 10 based in Charlottesville or Nelson County. A full list can be found here.

Ben & Jerry’s is sponsoring both the webcast and Participation Row. They’ll be giving free scoops of ice cream to any LOCKN’ attendee who visits Participation Row and takes actions with the various non-profit organizations.

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist 7/31/17

Playing good tunes on the radio because he digs them. King of the Great Segues.

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