Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on


Well alright, Doobie Brothers….

World Gone Crazy sounds like an appropriate album title for the new Doobie Brothers album that will hit the streets on September 28th.  Listening to the first single "Nobody," I think that the world must have gone crazy, because I can't believe how good this tune sounds!

Resurrected from the band's very first self-titled album in 1971, the song has been successfully recast and although it hasn't necessarily been updated for the current times (I think that would require samples and some rapping), it sounds damn good.  As soon as you hear those classic Doobie harmonies, you start to understand why they were able to lure their longtime producer Ted Templeman out of retirement and into the studio for his first Doobies collaboration in 30 years.

The new album features 13 tracks, including "I Know We Won" with special guest Willie Nelson and also "Don't Say Goodbye" featuring occasional Doobie Michael McDonald.  The band recently spent some time discussing the new album prior to their appearance at the HullabaLOU Festival in Louisville, KY.

"Nobody" is a perfect summer song, and it sounded great tonight when I heard it on the radio courtesy of V107.3 while driving home. (Kudos y'all, for an excellent bit of programming there, adding this one to your playlist.)

As nostalgic as the feel of the song itself is, it's the video for "Nobody," featuring lots of vintage Doobies footage, that really brings it all home.  Can't wait to hear the whole album!


Cage Match: Sweet vs. The Eagles

This week's Cage Match is another one courtesy of Michael's warped mind. This one slips quietly in front of another great suggestion by The Cleveland Caper that we'll have to save for a future week. And ya know, if you have a suggestion for a future Cage Match, drop us a line and we'll add it to the ever-growing list!

I'm still smarting a bit from how bad our friend Pat Benatar got her ass handed to her in last week's Cage Match, but thanks to Michael's help, I've found a way to press on with a new batch of contenders.

In the left corner, we've got our good pal Timothy B. Schmit, his pals The Eagles, and their song "Love Will Keep Us Alive."

On the other side, we've got glam kids Sweet, and the 80's glitz of "Love Is Like Oxygen." Not bad since it was recorded in 1978. Nicely done guys, you were trendsetters!

"Love Will Keep Us Alive" vs. "Love Is Like Oxygen." Get it? These are the crazy wacky things that Michael and I think of.

In 1994, The Eagles finally reunited for that big huge reunion tour that was 115 dollars too rich for the only-semi-employed concert-going me to attend. But damn, I should have sold some CDs or plasma (plasma wins this one) to attend it. I realized that after I saw the MTV broadcast, picked up the home video, bootlegs, etc. Oh well.

Hell Freezes Over was released on both audio and video to document the initial stages of the Eagles relapse, and weren't you SO excited that there was new material included? I know that I was.

Now let's look at the recorded results.

Get Over It. Ick.
The Girl From Yesterday (Frey). Eh.
Learn To Be Still (Henley). This is actually my favorite track of the batch. Typically good stuff that you would expect from Henley in that time period.

But unfortunately, they let Timothy B. Schmit sing a track. And Paul Carrack co-wrote it, which sounds good on paper, but Paul forgot to send over one of the tracks with a sound like "Tempted" or "Silent Running." Or even "I Live By The Groove."

Instead, he sent "Love Will Keep Us Alive" in that fateful FedEx package.

Soccer moms worldwide were swooning to the sounds of "Love Will Keep Us Alive," packaged with Schmit's still-boyish looks.

I was pissed off that they weren't playing "Boy's Night Out" on the tour.

And many years later, Jason Hare tied it all together nicely with his loving portrait of Timothy B. Schmit, the artist.

As a bonus track, here's the sign language version of "Love Will Keep Us Alive."

Dude, Sweet!

Sweet is one of those bands that is hard for me to think about. I'm sure that they might be really great, but they've been forever tainted in my world by the 6 million times that I've heard "Ballroom Blitz."

And yes @jukebox65, I will listen to REO Speedwagon instead.

While working at the radio station, we played the hell out of "Ballroom Blitz," almost as if it was a current single. But it wasn't. It had been in the ears of music fans for 20+ years at this point, and now could be identified as one of the staple tunes at classic rock. I heard it for the first time in nearly 10 years about two months ago, and it still hasn't been long enough.

"Love Is Like Oxygen" is a different story - always liked this one, still do.

These days, you can choose from two different versions of Sweet that are touring - one featuring Andy Scott, and a recent addition featuring bass player Steve Priest.

Thanks to the Priest version, we can play the fun game "Sweet or Quiet Riot?"


Can you really raise hell at 61 years of age without hurting yourself?


How 'bout you? Are you going to go with The Eagles or Sweet?


The Monday Morning Mix – Honky Tonks & Hootenannies – 5/25/09

What It Is: A weekly mix tape posted on Mondays, created by the fans of Addicted to Vinyl, posted for all to enjoy! The mix is available for one week, until the new one goes up.

The Goal: Introduce yourself to great new music from bands of the past and present, from albums that are new and old. Buy music. Repeat.

Be A Part Of It: I want you to make me/us a mix CD. I want to hear the tunes that you are into, new or old. And I want to feature your mix on this site!

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Welcome to today's mix. And you thought we'd be delivering this sucker a day late because of the holiday, didn't you? Truth be told, I thought about that, but then realized that since this is the "Monday Morning Mix," I'd better deliver it on time. At least for now. Now, three months down the road when I don't give a crap about it anymore, it might be another story.

Anyway, this week's mix comes to us courtesy of The Cleveland Caper who sent me not one, but TWO mixes to share with all of you. We'll share the first one this week, and then the second one will follow at a point to be named later.

Wait for it.

The Caper delivered a helluva mix that really speaks for itself. And for everything that the music doesn't communicate, her notes will tell you the rest - if you can stop movin' your ass long enough to read 'em, that is.

Well done Caper, well done.

Here goes:


Honky Tonks & Hootenannies (Download)

1. "Old Number Seven" - The Devil Makes Three (The Devil Makes Three)

I figured I'd ease into it with this one...This is a new discovery (passed to me, not made myself) of a great band from Cali. Their fusion of punk, rockabilly and blues is so believably authentic you can't help but think you're listening to something, like, you know, old;) Rarely do I enjoy every song on a band's album, but DHT totally delivers on this one. I also thoroughly enjoy "The Plank."

2. "Black Betty" - Ram Jam (Ram Jam)

If you can listen to this song without at least tapping your foot then we wouldn't like each other. Ram Jam took Leadbelly's classic and short song and turned it into a hit. Spiderbait also does a great job covering this badass tune. This song makes me want to slam back a sixer of PBR while tuning my (imaginary) '69 Pontiac GTO.

3. "Swing Low" - Rocco DeLuca & The Burden (I Trust You To Kill Me)

I have Jack Bauer, I mean Kiefer Sutherland to thank for my exposure to this band in '06 via the documentary, "I Trust You To Kill Me." The documentary was sub-par, but the music rocked and I think he (they) is highly underrated.

4. "Jack Killed Mom" - Jenny Lewis (Acid Tongue)

First, I loved her in "The Wizard" then I loved her with Rilo Kiley and now I crush hard on solo Jenny Lewis. Maybe it's because I am one, but I love when a chick makes a kick-ass album and Jenny did it with Acid Tongue. Her songs are also great for singing in the shower (oooo, another mix idea!)

5. "Come Pick Me Up" - Ryan Adams (Heartbreaker)

If I listed the reasons I love my boyfriend, exposing me to Ryan Adam's music would be close to the top of the list. This song, along with his duet with Emmylou Harris, "Sweet Carolina" are my absolute favorites. When I heard this song for the first time, I couldn't believe my ears. I love when a song is darkly beautiful like this.

6. "Ted's Jam" - Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Live at The Wetlands)

Oh this song. Ummm, this one is a sore spot for me as I was invited to this show in '01 and didn't effing go. Stupid. (Editor's note: Yup!) Anyway, I don't know if there's anything to say about RR, you just have to listen. I will say this song has no words and I never notice.

7. "Home" - Marc Broussard (Carencro)

I discovered Marc Broussard (again thanks to the boy) when this song appeared on a free mix CD in a copy of Esquire. This song makes me want to eat a big bowl of jambalaya. 'nough said.

8. "Dixie Chicken" - Little Feat (Hotcakes & Outtakes Disc 1)

I love this song for so many reasons, namely because Little Feat is one of my Dad's favorite bands, so it reminds me of him. When, I hear this song, I am 6, back in our old living room on a sunny, Spring Saturday morning. No TV allowed, just music as we were all doing chores with several impromptu dance parties of course. My favorite version of this song is the band joined by Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris. Youtube it, it's so worth it.

9. "Stack-O-Lee" - Samuel L. Jackson (Black Snake Moan)

Who knew he could sing? Not I. I loved this movie and I love this scene where he is singing this song in a bar and there are sweaty, happy people gyrating all over the place. Great movie. Great song.

10. "Talk On Indolence" - The Avett Brothers (Four Thieves Gone)

The first time I saw The Avett Brothers was at my cousin's wedding in a barn in PA. How cool is that? They got married in a barn and were lucky enough to be able to book the Avett Brothers before they blew up and got signed by Rick Rubin. I fell in love. These guys are awesome! I think this song is quintessential AB with elements of rock, folk and even a little punk.

11. Long Ride Home - Patty Griffin (A Kiss In Time)

I just love her distinctive voice. It makes me feel like I'm back in time, at the Kentucky State Fair with a caramel apple in my hand.

12. Medicine Bag - C. Gibbs (Medicine Bag Single)

This song is a great one by C. Gibbs of Lucinda Black Bear. To my knowledge it was only released as a single/video. The video is just as awesome as the song and all I wanna do is run my fingers through his big hair.

13. Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver (The Essential John Denver)

Maybe homeslice was a country boy, but anyone who rocks out with the Muppets and meets his maker in a fiery plane crash is a total rock star in my book. Also, this song makes me want pancakes reeaaaaalll bad!

14. Champagne & Reefer - Muddy Waters (Muddy Mississippi Waters Live)

I mean c'mon, it's Muddy Waters. In other news, check out his website for music info and some Mud-tastic recipes.

15. I Never Picked Cotton - Johnny Cash (American I: Unchained)

Because the Man In Black always gets the last word. Always.


Spinning vinyl: The Go-Go’s

Winding down tonight after a busy day of work, and an evening of fellowship and food with Kevin Mason, I found myself back at home "spinning the black circle."

Tonight's selections - the Mudcrutch Extended Play Live EP release that I just got in the mail, and after that, Talk Show by The Go-Go's. Another cool label, and I thought I'd share a cell phone pic of it with you all....

The Go-Go's - Talk Show

The Go-Go's on The Drew Carey Show