Year of the Stevie: Episode #1

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In the first episode of “Year of the Stevie”, we take a look at the events from Stevie Wonder’s childhood that would go on the shape the icon behind some of the biggest hits in the genres of funk, soul, and R&B. You can hear it HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.

WORKS CITED
INTERVIEWS (Can be found on YouTube)

Superstars and their Moms (Stevie and Lula)

Interview with Mesha McDaniel

Stevie Wonder on Visualizing Food

PBS Interview: Songs in the Key of Life

Larry King Now

CNN Interview (2010)

MOVIES

Hitsville: The Making of Motwon

Standing In the Shadows of Motown

MUSIC
Stevie Wonder:

“Evil”

“I Wish”

“Mother’s Eyes”

“Wondering”

Others:

Bessie Brown “Song From the Cotton Field”

Count Bassie’s Orchestra “Topsy”

Memphis Minnie “Down in the Alley”

Wes Montgomery “D Natural Blues”

Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops”

RESEARCH:

Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder’s Mother by Dennis Love and Stacy Brown

Motown: The Sound of Young America by Adam White

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder by Mark Ribowsky

 

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Top 20 Albums of 2019 (So Far)

2019 has been a toss-up year in terms of music so far. Without any major releases as of yet other than maybe Vampire Weekend or Solange, a batch of new artists have arisen to fill the void. It’s been exciting so far as lesser known musicians have elevated the year with exciting new sounds. Here are some of my favorite albums so far.

(NOTE: All albums on this list were released before July 1st)

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #79 (the Music of 1976)

In this episode of BDWPS Podcast, we check out some of the best music to come out in the year 1976, including tracks from The Ramones, The Modern Lovers, Selda, Judas Priest, Mighty Diamonds, Flamin’ Groovies, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Steely Dan, Thin Lizzy, and Bob Dylan.

Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes or Sticher (just search: BDWPS Podcast).

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Top 40 Albums of 2018 (20-1)

Click here to check out album’s 40-21!

20. Superorganism

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[Domino; 2018]

We live in a world that is more connected than ever thanks to technological innovations over the past 20 years. Through this blog alone, I’ve been able to interact and connect with fellow music lovers from Britain, Canada, and even Iceland. It was only a matter of time before a group of musicians from around the globe decided to use the power of the internet and collaborative applications to create an album together, all while being on different continents.

Superorganism is a fitting name for a band composed of eight members from around the globe, ranging from New Zealand to Japan, from Britain to the United States. The result is a debut that is an amalgam of creative energies. Their powers congeal into one gleaming bolt of energy, the songs lighthearted, filled with joyful melodies and silly lyricism. Superorganism’s debut is what it would sound like if the Disneyland’s “Small World” children grew up and combined their positive energy for world pop domination.

 

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The Top 40 Albums of 2018 (40-21)

This has not been the best year for content here at BDWPS.com, and I apologize for the lack of reviews. Despite this absence of material, my insatiable search for new and exciting music continued, as you will see in this year’s “Top Albums of 2018” list. I will hopefully return BDWPS to its former glory in 2019, but for now, take a look at the first half of the year-end list and hopefully you’ll find that the BDWPS stamp of approval still carries weight.

Honorable Mention:

Anna Calvi, Hunter

Grouper,  Grid of Points

Idles, Joy as an Act of Resistance

Kraus, Path

Meek Mill, Championships

Senyawa, Sujud

Sleep, The Sciences

Spiritualized, And Nothing Hurt

Sumac, Love in Shadow

Vundabar, Smell Smoke

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Year of the Joni: Episode #3

In the third episode of “Year of the Joni”, we take a look at Joni Mitchell’s first attempts at making it in the music business. You can listen to the first episode HERE, or better yet, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher (search: Year of the Joni).

WORKS CITED
INTERVIEWS

Judy Collins on Leonard Cohen

CBC Music Interview

Bill Boggs Interviewing Judy Collins

MTV Influences: Joni Mitchell

“The Way It Is” Interview with Joni Mitchell

Malka Marom interview with Leonard Cohen

Joni Mitchell on Meeting Jimi Hendrix

Howard Stern Interview with David Crosby

A Woman of Heart and Mind (Documentary)

MUSIC
Joni Mitchell:

“The Cactus Tree”

“A Case of You”

“The Circle Game”

“The Dawntreader”

“I Think I Understand”

“Marcie”

“Song About the Midway”

Others:

Leonard Cohen “Suzanne”

Leonard Cohen “Bird On the Wire”

Judy Collins “Both Sides Now”

George Hamilton IV “Urge for Going”

Tom Rush “The Circle Game”

Buffy Saint Marie “The Circle Game”

 

RESEARCH:
Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words by Malka Marom

Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell by Katherine Monk

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller

“Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell: Just One of Those Things” by Cohencentric.com

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Top 20 Albums of 2018 (So Far…)

I know I haven’t been posting much on here lately (heck, I haven’t posted one album review all year!). Despite my lack of content, I’m still checking out new music obsessively and was able to conjure up the energy to finally put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and create my mid-year list. Hopefully the rest of 2018 I’ll get back on track. Until then, here are some great albums to check out.

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