Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads One of the musical highlights of our 16 hour car trip from The Outer Banks of North Carolina back home to Chicago was listening Talking Heads’ live double album entitled The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. The second half of […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements When they were good, they were really great. But when The Replacements were bad, they were truly awful. Seeing The Replacements in concert was always a crap shoot. Whether it was boredom from being on the road, or just youthful blowing off […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Harlem Hendoo” by Al Hirt

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Harlem Hendoo” by Al Hirt Time was running out. By 1968, the gravy train that artists like Al Hirt and Herb Alpert had ridden to fame on, was about to make a stop. Sure, Alpert would score his last huge hit, the #1 Bacharach and David gem […]

Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – “The Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric

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Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – “The Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric Dance crazes come and go, but they are never forgotten. Most recently there was Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” wreaking havoc across dance floors all over the world while the youth of America (and Myley Cyrus) began to twerk. In the 1990s, there […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Half A Man” by Willie Nelson

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Half A Man” by Willie Nelson Right from the outset everything was in place…timbre of voice…unique phrasing…clever lyrics…it was all there back in 1965…everything perhaps, except his beard was fully formed. The arrangement was standard for Nashville at the time with heaping helpings of strings and anonymous […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Creepin’” By Stevie Wonder

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Creepin’” By Stevie Wonder When it comes to a vibe, this song’s got it all in spades. Today’s Song Of The Day comes from 1974′s Fulfillingness’ First Finale which was released shortly after Wonder’s near-death car accident, making this album an all-the-more-important part of his canon. However, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “‘Til I Die” by The Beach Boys

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “‘Til I Die” by The Beach Boys Today’s Song Of The Day is one one of Brian Wilson’s deepest creations from the 1971 album originally titled Landlocked but ultimately released as Surf’s Up. The lyrics really show where Brian’s head was at the time which was not […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cry Me A River” by Julie London

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cry Me A River” by Julie London It would be hard to think of Julie London without all of the sexy cheesecake album covers, but behind all of the va-va-voom was the va-va-voice which was soft, supple and sexual. Today’s Song Of The Day was written by […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3 Review by Eric Berman

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3 Review by Eric Berman The final day at Pitchfork Music Festival provided the usual array of adventurous music including indie rock, experimental sounds, electronic dance music and much more hip-hop than has been featured in previous years. Highlights included the return of Grimes (aka Clair Boucher) whose brand […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 2 Review by Eric Berman

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Pitchfork Music Festival – Day 2 Review by Eric Berman The second day of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival was all about the ladies with stunning performances by St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) whose theatrical set leaned heavily on her latest self-titled album that came out late last year and is better than any other record […]

Pitchfork Music Festival – Day 1 Review

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 1 by Eric Berman It was an exceptional first day at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Every year I go to this festival and come away with all kinds of new bands I would never otherwise have heard that become new favorites. Day one was no different with a […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Dance At The Gym” from the Original Soundtrack of “West Side Story” – Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Dance At The Gym” from the Original Soundtrack of “West Side Story” – Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim Broadway musicals don’t get any better than this! You can keep your Andrew Lloyd Webber with his one song per musical that gets repeated to oblivion; Leonard Bernstein and […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad This is not exactly the “Footstompin’ Music” that Grand Funk Railroad were known for in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But once they lost the Railroad in their name and came under the aegis of Todd Rundgren and Jimmy Ienner, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Rednecks” by Randy Newman

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Rednecks” by Randy Newman Here is what Randy Newman had to say about the lead song from his 1974 masterpiece Good Old Boys: “I wrote ‘Rednecks’ soon after I saw Lester Maddox (Georgia Governor from 1967-1971) on The Dick Cavett Show. They sat Maddox next to Jim […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Chicken Fat” by Robert Preston

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Chicken Fat” by Robert Preston I felt the need to repost this gem today because I saw today’s Song Of The Day hawking an exercise app from Apple. It’s “Poultry in motion!” (Sadly, I didn’t write this line but it was too great to pass up.) How […]