2016 Fall New Music Showcase, Pt.2!!!

Part 1 of my 2016 “Prime Time Fall New Music Showcase” was a lot of fun resulting in 24 new tracks being featured! I’m sure several will show up on future “Phil’s Faves” lists!

The next segment of my annual “Fall New Music Showcase Show, Pt.2” will be featured on “Theme Attic,” this Wednesday morning from 10AM-12PM ET! As I feel I have to explain, the music featured on this show isn’t so much “new” as it is music that I have not played on either of my shows. However, the goal of the show is to play as many songs and artists that I have not played yet to make the albums eligible for this year’s Philby Awards—which will start with next week’s “Hot 100 Songs of 2016!” This DOES NOT mean that they will appear on either of my year end lists. It only means that that the artists and their music can be considered for them.

Songs by artists on Wednesday morning’s show will include Nick Waterhouse, Teaheads, Voo Davis, Jo Philby, Sarah Blacker, Laura Rain and The Caesars, Sparrow Sleeps, Mood Elevator, Michael Simmons, Paul Melancon and The New, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Hutensil, Peter Madcat Ruth, Zoe Muth, Toronzo Cannon, The Supplement, The Liquid Scene, Pole Barn Rebels, New Guitar Summit, Clay Cambeck, The Rutles, and maybe more!

Let’s have even more fun exploring new music together!!!

Here’s a link for the show to listen to and share: http://www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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2016 Prime Time Fall New Music Showcase!!!

Well, it’s time again for my annual “Fall New Music Showcase Show, Pt.1” featured on “Prime Time Theme Attic,” this Monday night from 8PM-10PM! As I feel I have to explain, the music featured on this show isn’t so much “new” as it is music that I have not played on either of my shows. However, the goal of the show is to play as many songs and artists that I have not played yet to make the albums eligible for this year’s Philby Awards—which will start with next week’s “Hot 100 Songs of 2016!”

This show will have my last “Top 9 at 9:09 Countdown” until next month. It will return again on January 23, 2017, but the songs and albums lists will continue to appear weekly on this website.

Here’s a link to the show: http://www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

Songs by artists on tonight’s show will include Xposed 4Heads, Jon Pousette-Dart, Shwizz, Nikki James, Tommy Keene, Mimes on Rollercoasters, SIMO, A Fragile Tomorrow, Babes, The Turnback, Million Sellers, Nick Waterhouse, Chritsa Gniadek, Kristen Toedtman, Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid, Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles, Andy and The Pandys, Attic Wolves, Gretchen’s Wheel, Andy Reed, and maybe more!

Let’s have fun exploring new music together!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Songs, December 4, 2016

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

 

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The Prime Ministers from Detroit climb to the top with their first #1 Fave’s Song! And there are two other local artists on this week’s list: The Secrets (DetroitSecrets) and Audra Kubat!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of December 4, 2016

1. Chaperone—The Prime Ministers
2. A Long Way Home—The Turnback
3. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)—La Luz
4. Blowing in the Wind—Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid
5. Temptation—Jeff Healey [Hall of Fame]
6. All Your Favorite Bands—Dawes
7. Talking About Me—The Secrets (DetroitSecrets)
8. The Devil Does the Driving—Dismal Swamp Lords
9. Already Gone—Audra Kubat
10.Jacksdaws Rising—Sarah McQuaid

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, November 27, 2016

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Detroit’s own Andy and the Pandys has their second #1 album, “Bad Church,” on Phil’s Faves in as many years!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of November 27, 2016

1. Bad Church—Andy and The Pandys
2. Never Twice—Nick Waterhouse
3. Are We There Yet?—The Turnback
4. Subcontinental Divide—Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid
5. Heal My Soul—Jeff Healey [Hall of Fame]
6. Sufficiently Rude—Million Sellers
7. The Traveling Kind—Emmylou Harris [Hall of Fame] and Rodney Crowell
8. If It Feels Good, Do It: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
9. Leaving Boston—Christa Gniadek
10.A Decade in the Shadows—These Curious Thoughts
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, November 27, 2016

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

 

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Second week at the top for The Turnback with “A Long Way Home!”
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of November 27, 2016

1. A Long Way Home—The Turnback
2. Temptation—Jeff Healey [Hall of Fame]
3. Chaperone—The Prime Ministers
4. Bags of Cool—Tommy Z
5. Tugboats—The Brother Brothers
6. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)—La Luz
7. All Your Favorite Bands—Dawes
8. Blowing in the Wind—Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid
9. Already Gone—Audra Kubat
10.The Devil Does the Driving—Dismal Swamp Lords

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For Your Viewing and Listening Pleasure: The Hangabouts AND Beethoven!!!

In the past couple of days, I have run across a couple of amusing videos. Actually, they are both very simple in their video concepts and how they convey their ideas.

The first one is by Dearborn, Michigan’s The Hangabouts. I rarely find Christmas songs—or videos, even worth talking about. But the band—without even appearing in the video, use scrabble tiles to simply demonstrate ideas that may be complex in nature. The whole of the song is a nice deviation from the bombastic audio assault that radio listeners are met with this time of the year!

The second video, tackles something that I thought may have been impossible to make a video about—classical music. I am selecting what I think may be the greatest piece of music ever written! EVER! [GSER] This would be Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony, Second Movement, Molto Vivace” by Philharmonia Baroque with Nicholas McGegan conducting. I am not commenting on the technical quality of the recording. What I am fascinated with is the scrolling bar graph that contains so much information on the instruments. To me, it’s the equivalent of movable liner notes!

 

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An Open Letter to Nina and The Buffalo Riders

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I am currently writing this as I have just learned that Detroit based Nina and The Buffalo Riders, a modern day juggernaut of musical talent that has a collective hippie soul and mindset, are traveling to Seattle to record their next album. They will be working with producer Shawn Simmons, who has notably worked with Audioslave, a band named Brad that I like as well, and with indie cult favorites The Head and The Heart, for their new project! Here are my wishes for the band for their journey:

Ye shall ride the wings of the great metal bird, to a city named after a great Native American chief. Then channel the mighty spirit of the buffalo and the other beneficent spirits swirling around you. The musical journey may be tedious, nay, even perilous, but do not despair! That is the time to join together as one, to make the album you are destined to make!

And, oh yeah……Congratulations! That’s pretty freakin’ awesome!!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, November 20, 2016

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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A new #1 this week!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of November 20, 2016

1. The Traveling Kind—Emmylou Harris [Hall of Fame] and Rodney Crowell
2. Heal My Soul—Jeff Healey [Hall of Fame]
3. Are We There Yet?—The Turnback
4. Bad Church—Andy and The Pandys
5. Never Twice—Nick Waterhouse
6. Sufficiently Rude—Million Sellers
7. Subcontinental Divide—Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid
8. A Decade in the Shadows—These Curious Thoughts
9. Leaving Boston—Christa Gniadek
10.If It Feels Good: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, November 20, 2016

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.
Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.
Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show” on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!
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The Turnback have their second #1 song on the Faves list from their Grammy considered album, “Are We There Yet?”

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of November 20, 2016

1. A Long Way Home—The Turnback
2. Tugboats—The Brother Brothers
3. Temptation—Jeff Healey [Hall of Fame]
4. Bags of Cool—Tommy Z
5. Livin’ the Good Life—Jo Serrapere and The LaFawndas
6. Chaperone—The Prime Ministers
7. You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try—Emmylou Harris [Hall of Fame] and Rodney Crowell
8. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)—La Luz
9. Fall in California—Jill Suttie
10.All Your Favorite Bands—Dawes

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, November 13, 2016

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 9:09” segment of my “Prime Time Theme Attic Show,” (Mondays, 8P-10P ET) on alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

They may also turn up on my “Theme Attic Show,” (Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET)

Here’s a link:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of November 13, 2016

1. Heal My Soul—Jeff Healey [Hall of Fame]
2. The Traveling Kind—Emmylou Harris [Hall of Fame] and Rodney Crowell
3. Are We There Yet?—The Turnback
4. A Decade in the Shadows—These Curious Thoughts
5. Bad Church—Andy and The Pandys
6. Never Twice—Nick Waterhouse
7. Sufficiently Rude—Million Sellers
8. Subcontinental Divide—Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid
9. Leaving Boston—Christa Gniadek
10.If It Feels Good: A Sloan Tribute—Various Artists
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