Why should ‘The Devil’ have all the good music?

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. This week we’re looking at songs about the Devil. Here’s my list, highlighting the sad lack of metal, Van Halen, Charlie Daniels and Mitch Ryder in my iTunes library. [Read more…]

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The other side of ‘Summer’

Today is the last full day of summer. Autumn officially begins tomorrow morning at 10:49 a.m. And don’t get me wrong, dear, in general I’m doing quite fine  … “The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + The Machine “Endless Summer,” Daniel Amos “The Other Side of Summer,” Elvis Costello “Rain [Read More…]

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Musical mendacity

It’s time to stop pretending things are real “Another Good Lie,” Mark Heard “Asking Me Lies,” The Replacements “Counterfeit King,” Randy Stonehill “He Lied About Death,” Stars “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira (feat. Wyclef Jean) “How Much I Lied,” Elvis Costello “The Lie and How We Told It,” Yo La Tengo “Lie to Me,” Tom Waits [Read More…]

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Alternate routes

We did “street” songs, then “road” songs, so here are the songs that didn’t quite fit into those lists. The stars they’re just pretending to hide “Avenue B,” Gogol Bordello “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day “Desolation Row,” Bob Dylan “Kentucky Avenue,” Tom Waits “Manhattan Avenue,” Nellie McKay “Memory Lane,” Daniel Amos “On the Avenue,” [Read More…]

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Hitting the ‘Road’

After doing “street” songs last week, this seemed like the logical next step. Oddly, I had exactly 31 songs with “street” in the title, and the same number with “road.” Some kind of volatile helplessness reigns … “At the End of the Road,” Julie Miller “Bright Side of the Road,” Van Morrison “Car Wheels on [Read More…]

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Takin’ it to the streets

Following after the theme of last week’s “driving” songs, here’s the word on the street. I know this is where the sidewalk ends … “59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy),” Simon and Garfunkel “Accidently Kelly Street,” Frente “Across 110th Street,” Bobby Womack “Alphabet Street,” Prince “Fannin Street,” Tom Waits “In the Streets of Boston,” Dropkick [Read More…]

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Learning to Drive

But we’re still a ways away … “Drive,” The Cars “Drive Away My Heart,” Ida Maria “Drive In, Drive Out,” Dave Matthews Band “Drive My Car,” The Beatles “Drive My Car,” Jonas Brothers “Drive South,” John Hiatt “Drive, He Said,” Steve Taylor “Driver 8,” R.E.M. “Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed,” Don Henley “Driving Fast Through [Read More…]

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The Way to A Ways to Go

Light a candle for the world war torn “The Way,” Billy Crockett “Way Down in the Hole,” Tom Waits “Way Down Now,” World Party “The Way I Was Made,” Griffin House “The Way of Love,” Charlie Peacock “The Way of Men,” Mark Heard “The Way We Make a Broken Heart,” John Hiatt “The Way You [Read More…]

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