The Best Christmas Song I heard in 2017 was recorded 7 years ago and is about how great Christmas was in the 80’s

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Best Albums of 2017 From the Fires by Greta Van Fleet

Monday, 1/1/2018 Spool Going Round Radio will run down our favorite albums of the year on 91.9fm KPTZ and on www.kptz.org

Greta Van Fleet have great taste in Vinyl

Here’s what Spool Going Round wrote when first hearing this exciting new band:

I had to post something on this band I ran across yesterday. What is appearing to be a weird trend, is that I find a new band that sparks my interest and then I start learning about their history and music and check live dates. The weird trend is that on more than one occasion after checking the tour dates for my new discovery, I find out that they played my town LAST NIGHT! What?

So is the case with Greta Van Fleet. I missed them playing the Tractor Tavern in Seattle the very last evening. This discourages me but then after seeing the show was sold out and there were many people enjoying this band makes me have some solace.

I’ve written a few paragraphs and haven’t mentioned Led Zeppelin yet, so let’s get that out of the way.  When you hear this band the comparisons will rise to the top rather quickly.  Now this sounds like a rather common goal for new bands jamming together.  I am sure most start out this way but then realize it’s a slippery slope, which rarely can be obtained or sound too carbon-copied. With Robert Plant turning down $800 million offers to tour with Led Zeppelin, you can easily see the appeal here. Greta Van Fleet have created new original songs with the reference to the golden gods but it doesn’t go over like a lead balloon.

The band has 3 brothers and that seems to be a good equation for bands.  We know the 2 brothers is more of a short term fight (see Oasis, Kinks, etc.) but the 3 brother seems to add a new level of mediation much needed for longevity. The first song that pulled me in is “Highway Tune” and putted me right into a state of elation.  Then I had to find everything out there by this band and that is why I am urging you to do the same.  It is a great reward for your time spent.   The voice from that young man on vocals will set you easily in stun-mode.  Then you catch the riffs and even a drum solo

I personally want to thank Greta Van Fleet for being a new, young, ROCK BAND.  Rock is not dead.  Rock will never die.  As a father I know it is part of my responsibility to teach my children about rock, just as it is yours.  They may act cool and disinterested but the seed is planted. After some internet searching this band seems to hail from near Detroit, Michigan and the band name comes from a deviation on a local woman’s name.  I urge you to listen and enjoy.  Check out there tour dates before it is too late and you realize they played in your town last night and you missed them. Why does this keep happening? I am looking forward to my next time on the radio so I can rock out to “Highway Tune” and share the love with my listeners.

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Best Albums of 2017 Sleep Well Beast by The National

Monday, 1/1/2018 Spool Going Round Radio will run down our favorite albums of the year on 91.9fm KPTZ and on www.kptz.org

It’s time to run down some of the best albums of 2017 according to Spool Going Round. The National released a beast this year. Here’s what we said when the album was released.

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.”

 

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Best Albums of 2017 Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes

Monday, 1/1/2018 Spool Going Round Radio will run down our favorite albums of the year on 91.9fm KPTZ and on www.kptz.org

It’s time to run down some of the best albums of 2017 according to Spool Going Round. Fleet Foxes returned to form and delivered another incredible release this year. Here’s what we said when the album was released.

 

The new Fleet Foxes album comes just in time for sitting out on the deck and looking at nature as their sweet harmonies fill the air.   After listening to the whole new album Crack-Up, due June 16th via Nonesuch records,  I can tell you it is well worth the wait. 

I have always loved songs that start out as one thing and completely morph into another. Fleet Foxes are taking this concept to a new higher level by doing their version of suites. “I am all that I need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint scar” is a perfect example and starts the album off.  I wonder why more artists are not doing this, especially with this MP3 format and being such a singles driven listening experience these days, it makes sense that if you want the listener to experience three songs together: you would put them together as a suite.

I can’t help but feel that Fleet Foxes should spend their entire time recording because they are so fantastic at album making.  Album making is becoming a lost art form and we must not let it die.  It is important to our survival.  This goes against my great love of seeing bands live (I also believe that the concert experience is what will bring the world together.)  I have only seen Fleet Foxes live on video and it seems that these delicate pieces with beautiful harmonies must have trouble competing with an audience of chatter-boxes (bros talking) on loudmouth soup (alcohol) who believe that everything they say is brilliant and need to be heard by all (bloggers).  Even with this being said the only way bands make money in 2017 is to tour. Fleet Foxes will take this album out on a pretty extensive road trip including shows in Seattle.

TRACKLIST
1. I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
2. Cassius, –
3. – Naiads, Cassadies
4. Kept Woman
5. Third of May / Ōdaigahara
6. If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
7. Mearcstapa
8. On Another Ocean (January / June)
9. Fool’s Errand
10. I Should See Memphis
11. Crack-Up

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We Salute You

For Malc, a 21 gun salute. FIRE! Mike @ Spool Going Round’s first concert was the powerful AC/DC.  It shaped everything to follow.

I’m just sorry that he had to see Axl Rose front his band. Hopefully he didn’t see it and just remembered the original thunder as I do and Malcolm was the pillar of that sound.

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist from KPTZ 91.9 FM

Thank you for listening! Here is the playlist from this show. You can listen ON DEMAND for the next two weeks. Click ON DEMAND

New music this week from Lo Moon, Belle & Sebastian, Wild Belle, and proving that ROCK IS NOT DEAD AND WILL NEVER DIE…Greta Van Fleet!

 

Mike @ Spool Going Round

 

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I’ve Fallen in Love with Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet have great taste in Vinyl

I had to post something on this band I ran across yesterday. What is appearing to be a weird trend, is that I find a new band that sparks my interest and then I start learning about their history and music and check live dates. The weird trend is that on more than one occasion after checking the tour dates for my new discovery, I find out that they played my town LAST NIGHT! What?

So is the case with Greta Van Fleet. I missed them playing the Tractor Tavern in Seattle the very last evening. This discourages me but then after seeing the show was sold out and there were many people enjoying this band makes me have some solace.

I’ve written a few paragraphs and haven’t mentioned Led Zeppelin yet, so let’s get that out of the way.  When you hear this band the comparisons will rise to the top rather quickly.  Now this sounds like a rather common goal for new bands jamming together.  I am sure most start out this way but then realize it’s a slippery slope, which rarely can be obtained or sound too carbon-copied. With Robert Plant turning down $800 million offers to tour with Led Zeppelin, you can easily see the appeal here.

Greta Van Fleet have created new original songs with the reference to the golden gods but it doesn’t go over like a lead balloon.  The band has 3 brothers and that seems to be a good equation for bands.  We know the 2 brothers is more of a short term fight (see Oasis, Kinks, etc.) but the 3 brother seems to add a new level of mediation much needed for longevity.

The first song that pulled me in is “Highway Tune” and putted me right into a state of elation.  Then I had to find everything out there by this band and that is why I am urging you to do the same.  It is a great reward for your time spent.   The voice from that young man on vocals will set you easily in stun-mode.  Then you catch the riffs and even a drum solo.

I personally want to thank Greta Van Fleet for being a new, young, ROCK BAND.  Rock is not dead.  Rock will never die.  As a father I know it is part of my responsibility to teach my children about rock, just as it is yours.  They may act cool and disinterested but the seed is planted.

After some internet searching this band seems to hail from near Detroit, Michigan and the band name comes from a deviation on a local woman’s name.  I urge you to listen and enjoy.  Check out there tour dates before it is too late and you realize they played in your town last night and you missed them. Why does this keep happening?

I am looking forward to my next time on the radio so I can rock out to “Highway Tune” and share the love with my listeners.

Greta Van Fleet will release a double EP titled From The Fires to be released on Nov. 10

Approved by Mike @ Spool Going Round

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

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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.

SPOOL GOING ROUND on the RADIO 91.9 FM KPTZ.ORG

SPOOL GOING ROUND on the RADIO 91.9 FM KPTZ.ORG

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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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