Phil’s Faves: Albums, September 12, 2021

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 2:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

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.

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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Julianne Ankley and all of her Lake Huron Love are this week’s #1 Faves Album!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of September 12, 2021

1. With Love From Lake Huron—Julianne Ankley
2. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies and Other Joedai Pilgrims
3. In the Corner—Linda Hicks
4. Songs for An American Hero—Tom Alter
5. The Wreckage—Carl Caballero
6. Wow and Flutter—Amilia K. Spicer

7. Spirit of 74—Spirit of 74
8. One of These Days—The Regulators
9. Serious Issues—DeeCRACKS

10.Old Ghosts and Lost Causes—Helene Cronin
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, September 12, 2021

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 show, Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 2:09” segment of my show on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for my weekly Faves Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! : https://philmaq.com/philbys/

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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Uh-wuh-oh! Jillian Rae’s “Don’t Think” stays at #1 for a second week!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of September 12, 2021

1. Don’t Think—Jillian Rae (I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be)
2. Southland—Lindsay Lou (Southland)
3. Boss HogShwizZ (ShwizZ II)
4. Turn My Heat On—Scott Greeson with Warriors, Zombies, and Other Joedai Pilgrims (Collaboration)
5. Learn—Nina and The Buffalo Riders (For the Dirt)
6. Black Patch—Kelsey Waldon (White Lines/White Noise)
7. No Way to Live—Mike Ward (The Darkness and the Light)
8. Consolation Prize—Jeremy Porter and The Tucos with Jennifer Westwood (Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious)
9. Wrong Side of Right—Tosha Owens (Wrong Side of Right)
10. Never Let You Go—Biltmore (Revolutions and Romantics)
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The 2021 Summer New Music Showcase #3, Wednesday, from 2PM-4:30 PM EDT!!!

Summer is winding down, but I still have time to squeeze in another “2021 Summer New Music Showcase #3” on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” from 2PM-430 PM EDT with host Phil Maq!!!
There will also be a Faves Album Top 9 at 2:09 Countdown!
Remember that a New Music Showcase doesn’t necessarily mean something that is “brand new.” It just has to be new to the show.
That being said, every song I play will be for the first time!
There are 17 artists I’ve never played before, 9 artists are from the Southeast Michigan region, and 20 selections are from within the past year!!!
Now that’s what I call a New Music Showcase!
Songs by artists will include Amilia K Spicer Music, Getters, Bob Malone (His new album “Good People” is second from the right in the banner!), Spirit of 74, Analea Brown, Gerard Smith (His new album “Lullabies in an Ancient Tongue” is third from the right in the banner!), Julianne Ankley, Julianne Ankley & The Rogues, Eric Harrison – Singer-Songwriter, Matt Watroba (His album cover for–(deep breath), “The Far Si: The Si Kahn Funny Song Sing-Along Song Book” is second from the left in the banner!), DeeCRACKS, Ruth and Max Bloomquist, Rod Johnson (His brand new album, “Looking for a Perfect Trip” is in the banner, furthest on the left!), Tom Alter Music, Joe Peters & Friends with Melanie Hahn-Greene, Judith Hill (Her album, “Baby, I’m Hollywood” is third from the left in the banner!), The Regulators, How To Live Together, Kiss the Tiger (Their album cover for “Vicious Kid” is furthest on the right in the banner!), June IND, Daryl Shawn, The Chills, Anthony Arya Music, Robin Tucker, The Bennett Brothers, Twin Peaks, Nick Moss Band, Charlie Bedford, Linda Hicks, Carl Caballero, and a world premiere from some guy named Phil Maq (his picture is in the upper left corner!) with David Roof and Michael Kelsey!!!
Grab a comfortable chair, a couple of friends to listen with, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 2PM-430PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, download the WHFR app, or use this special No.3 Showcase link : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “True Heroes” by Eric Gnezda!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

My radio show, “Theme Attic,”  is on Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET.

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

The Greatest Songs will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

Here’s a link to have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”: https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey!

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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I originally posted “True Heroes” by Singer/Songwriter Eric Gnezda when he released his latest version of it.

Since it had up to the minute significance, I couldn’t resist honoring the song that honored the true heroes in our life.

Originally written to honor those who helped the first responders and everyone who gave their lives on 9/11, it seemed only natural to expand its reach to include all front line workers who were blindly working to attack a disease that could be simultaneously attacking them.

On the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, this beautifully powerful ballad conveys its strongest feelings!

Eric Gnezda‘s best songs explode in your heart as you listen to them!

“True Heroes” is one of them!

It also features the amazing talents of Arkadiy Gips on violin, and Dave Powers on piano!

The song, for me, may now always have a dual meaning, but it won’t mind if the sentiment is honest!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “True Heroes” by Eric Gnezda!!!

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I have plenty of other musical areas to explore:

Here’s a link for my weekly list of Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

Here’s a link for my weekly Fave Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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

#TrueHeroes #EricGnezda #ArkadiyGips #DavePowers #PhilMaq #OneoftheGreatestSongsEverRecorded #GSER

 

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, September 5, 2021

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 2:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

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.

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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Carl Caballero hauls “The Wreckage” as this week’s #1 Faves Album!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of September 5, 2021

1. The Wreckage—Carl Caballero
2. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies and Other Joedai Pilgrims
3. With Love From Lake Huron—Julianne Ankley
4. Old Ghosts and Lost Causes—Helene Cronin
5. Songs for An American Hero—Tom Alter
6. Pirate—Michael Jonathon

7. In the Corner—Linda Hicks
8. Whiskey—ThorNton Creek
9. Wow and Flutter—Amilia K. Spicer

10.This Is Dolph Chaney—Dolph Chaney
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, September 5, 2021

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 show, Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 2:09” segment of my show on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for my weekly Faves Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! : https://philmaq.com/philbys/

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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It’s alright to think about Jillian Rae’s fifth #1 Faves song!!!!! (and all her other ones, too)!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of September 5, 2021

1. Don’t Think—Jillian Rae (I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be)
2. Southland—Lindsay Lou (Southland)
3. Never Let You Go—Biltmore (Revolutions and Romantics)
4. Boss HogShwizZ (ShwizZ II)
5. Wrong Side of Right—Tosha Owens (Wrong Side of Right)
6. Learn—Nina and The Buffalo Riders (For the Dirt)
7. Turn My Heat On—Scott Greeson with Warriors, Zombies, and Other Joedai Pilgrims (Collaboration)
8. No Way to Live—Mike Ward (The Darkness and the Light)
9. Black Patch—Kelsey Waldon (White Lines/White Noise)
10.Consolation Prize—Jeremy Porter and The Tucos with Jennifer Westwood (Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious)
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“Theme Attic” Gets Back to School, Wednesday, 2PM-4:30 PM EDT!!!

For many parents, this is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” (Ya get the kids out of the house for a while!)
Therefore “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq is grabbing its backpack and going back to school, Wednesday from 2PM-4:30 PM EDT!!!
The show gets rollin’ with a Top 9 at 2:09 Countdown!
Songs by Artists will include Joanie Leeds, Julianne Ankley, Julianne Ankley & The Rogues, Linda Hicks, Allan Thomas, Mick Clarke, Jeremiah Johnson (His album cover for “Straightjacket” is in the banner, on the top!), Michael Kelsey, ThorNton Creek, Mark Jewett Music, Tom Alter Music, Rod Johnson, Dave Solo, Eric Gnezda – Songwriter and Speaker, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Quicksand (Their album cover for “Distant Populations” is in the banner, on the bottom!), Joe Peters & Friends with Sharon McKnight, Helene Cronin Music, Gifts or Creatures, Strawberry Heritage, Mollywop, Carl Caballero, Amilia K Spicer Music, Joel Mabus, Michael Jonathon, and more!!!
Grab an extra notebook, a couple of friends to listen with, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 2PM-430PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, download the WHFR app, or use this special No.2 pencil link : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
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Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020

Better late than never?

I like to think so.

I always feel that everyone likes recognition for their work no matter when or how it occurs!

I am happy to announce that the Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020 is ready for release!

I’m in my own world on my own timetable, and right now I personally have a lot going on.

However, I like not being part of a year end stack of “best of” lists.

I also like that even I’m not sure when my lists are going to come out, and I’m the one who puts them together!

Alone.

Just me and the music!

And it finally happened: I listened to less albums in 2020–but it took a pandemic to cause it.

One would think that under the circumstances I would have been able to listen to even more.

But just like everyone else, my habits and patterns were forced to change and that meant a little less music, for a lot of reasons which I won’t burden you about. `

I’m estimating that I probably listened to 2,000-2,500 albums.

That’s still pretty respectable.

The album list is based mostly upon releases from 2017-2020, but I have made some changes to the entries and expanded the opportunity for older, relatively unknown works to be eligible for the list.

The Philbys are more interested in brilliant musical achievement and not a yearly time stamp.

Therefore, this year’s lists goes back as far as 1970!

The emphasis will always be on fairly recent works, yet include room for a few “lost classics!”

Even with the pandemic, it was another incredible year for music!

In fact, recorded music was even more important to me than it has been in a long time!

I’ve probably listened to everything on this list at least ten times each on average!

In other words, these are my 100 choices out of, conservatively, 8,000-10,000 albums! (4 years x 2,000-2,500 albums per year!)

I always think of diamonds when I try to compare these works of art.

Each album, like a diamond, has its own unique brilliance, and a song on an album, as being similar to a facet of a diamond: it has to be held at the correct angle to reflect the most light. A song, in a similar vein, has to be listened to under the right circumstances to reflect its “light” or “brilliance!”

So without even further delay, these are the PHILBY 100 BEST ALBUM WINNERS for 2020!

Just remember that even at album 100, there are truly tens of thousands of albums on the other side of that number.

Each one is an artistic work of art, no matter what the genre is. The musicians were artists at the top of their game! Hope you find something you enjoy!

Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020

1. Stand Up!—Mollywop! [Best Album][Best R&B Album][Best Neo-Soul Album][Best Reggae Album][Best Political Album][Best Dance Album][Best Political/Dance Album] [Best Drums, Best Bass Drum] [Best Guitar][Best Background Vocals]

2. The Darkness of Birds—Amy Petty [Best Female Americana/Pop Album] [Best Female Vocals] 

3. Fierce—Tracy Kash [Best Pop Album][Best Female Pop Vocal]
4. Scarecrow—Linden Thoburn [Best Folk Album][Best Female Folk Vocal][Best Arrangements]
5. Scenes From the Fragile, Agile Avian World—Erin Zindle [Best Solo Album]
6. Buffalo Motel—Judy Banker [Best Country/Folk Album]
7. Lost on the Range—The Whiskey Charmers [Best Alt/Country Album]
8. Seven Worthies…Of the Bamboo Grove—Becki Digregorio [Best Progressive Album]
9. Earn Every Scar—The Steve Taylor 3 [Best Male Americana Album]
10. Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words—Nora Jane Struthers [Best Bluegrass/Rock Album]
11. Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon—Jon Shain and FJ Ventre [Best Folk/Blues Album]
12. Listen to Crows—Ariane Lydon [Best Folk/Celtic Album]
13. Moon Over Havana—Wendy Webb [Best Female Jazz/Pop Album]
14. The Power, The Glory, and The Monkey Time Redux 2020—George S. Kelly [Best Blues Album][Best Horn Arrangements][Best “Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere Before?” Album][Best Album Title]
15. Live Split Vinyl: The Stereogum Sessions—Angela Perley/Erica Blinn [Best Split Album]
16. In Time—Rochelle Clark [Best Debut Album]
17. Here to This—Downriver Dan [Best Downriver Blues Album]
18. A Little Pain Never Hurt—Dick Siegel [Best Almost Overlooked Album]
19. Transition—Eddie Arjun [Best Instrumental Album]
20. Garden of Earthly Delights: An XTC Celebration [Best Tribute Album] 
21. Out of the Blues—Boz Scaggs [Best Blues/R&B Album]
22. Prophetstown—The Joedai Warriors  [Best Story Songs] 
23. All That’s Real—Gathering Sparks [Best Canadian Americana Album]
24. Grievous Angel—Grievous Angel
25. Everyone Comes From Somewhere—Don Arbor
26. Echoes: Remembering The Music of Tom Petty—Various Artists
27. Steady Heart—Vicky Emerson
28. NOLA to New York—Jeff Scott [Best Male Jazz/Pop Album][Best Male Vocals]
29. Please Yourself—Michael on Fire
30. Almost Ready for the Future—Tom Curless and The 46% [Best Pop/Rock Album]
31. These Are Vitamins—Gladshot [Best Rock/Pop Album]
32. Lines and Spaces—Heather Pierson [Best Lyrics]
33. Asilomar—Fathom Lane
34. Can’t Take My Soul—Kelly’s Lot
35. High Times in the Dark—The Claudettes [Best Keyboards: Johnny Iguana]
36. The Landing—Katie Pederson
37. Silver City—Sarah Borges [Best Re Release] 
38. Indian Summer/Greater Heights—Walrus [Best Jazz/Rock Album]
39. Good Fortune—The  Forty Nineteens [Best Garage Rock Album]
40. All Mine—Sarah Morris
41. The Way It Rolls—Michael Kelsey
42. Songs of Hope in a Changing World—Eric Gnezda [Best Inspirational Album]
43. A Fragile Peace— Lucky Jr.
44. Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin [Best Homemade Album]
45. We Get By—Mavis Staples [Hall of Fame]
46. Red Sky Remembers—Gary Browe
47. Ultra Cloud—Xposed 4Heads  
48. Toward Home—Ellie Zwart
49. Addicted—Will Ludford
50. Singin’—The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
51. Boomerang—Your Gracious Host
52. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase—Eliott Schneider
53. We Won’t Get Out of Here Alive—Transit Method [Best Hard Rock Album]
54. Never Trust the Living—Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys 
55. No Control—Alex Little and The Suspicious Minds [Best Rock Album]
56. Peculiar—The Slackers [Best Ska/Punk Album]
57. Tales of Whoa—Michael Snyder-Barker
58. November Rain—Steve Sterner and Sundown
59. Fight Another Day—Heathcote Hill
60. String Theory 2.0—Greezy Wheels
61. Wanderlust—Jillian Rae
62. Spirit of the Island—Makoto [Best World/Jazz Album] 
63. Time Hasn’t Changed You—Altameda
64. 12—Sloan
65. Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales—Gina Forsyth [Best Fiddle Album]
66. My Own Magic—Liz E. Brooks [Best Album Cover]
67. Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker
68. The Emmylous—The Emmylous
69. So Many Stars—Friction Farm
70. The Ballad of Billy Bob and Other Generic American Folklore—Barker and Broski [Best Comedy Music Album]
71. Don’t Look Back—Merlot Embargo
72. Simple Life—Nick Carter
73. Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious—Jeremy Porter
74. Light Magic—Strawberry Heritage
75. Now-A-Daze—Caleb Nettles
76. Cut Loose, Vol. 2—Mick Clarke [Best British Blues Album]
77. Bloodshot Red—Popular Creeps
78. Dancing Through the Storm—Amy Dixon-Kolar
79. Almost Extinct—Dirty Mind Detroit [Best Classic Rock Album]
80. The Open Sea Before Me—Joanna and The Jaywalkers
81. Revolutions and Romantics—Biltmore  
82. Fun and Fancy—Sundae and Mr. Goessl  [Best Jazz Duo]
83. The 7 Melodies—The Silver Snails [Best World/Pop Album]
84. Waterbound—Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler [Best Hammered Dulcimer]
85. The Quietest Place—Hannah Baiardi
86. Time and Truth—Joel Mabus
87. Fantastic Plastic—Flamin’ Groovies
88. Kill or Be Kind—Samantha Fish
89. Sundown Over Ghost Town—Eileen Jewell
90. Route 5—Jehova Waitresses
91. Blink—Rebecca Loebe
92. The Day After the Night Before—Terri Binion
93. No Drop of Love Is Ever Wasted—Valerie JanLois
94. 1932—Davy Knowles
95. In My Element—George Heritier
96. Transitions de Vie—Mary Ann Kirt
97. Ask Yo’ Mama—The Groovalottos
98. Lonesome City—Dave Karchner
99. Wading in the Lesser Middle—Tom Alter
100. Struggles and Love—Wattle and Daub
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Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2021 is 2018-2021.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2018, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2018, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, this year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to phil@philmaq.com.

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!
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My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse on my website!

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Hard Times in the Land of Plenty” by Kenny Parker!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

My radio show, “Theme Attic,”  is on Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET.

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

The Greatest Songs will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

Here’s a link to have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”: https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey!

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 original text for this post was published on May 31, 2020)

We’re going to go local today, but I’m going to pick a song from an album that went over well all over the world!

Kenny Parker has been delivering the blues to Detroiters for several decades, and continues to hone his skills!

Last year, he released his Philby Award winner and best album to date, “Hellfire!”

The album is packed with a solid collection of many styles of blues tunes.

But the final song, “Hard Times in the Land of Plenty,” has enough juice to short circuit the rest of that fine album!

It’s a song with a familiar blues theme: In a country as wealthy as ours, it sure is hard to make a living, let alone survive.

The song starts with a guitar riff that sounds like it was borrowed from Paul Burlison when he was with Johnny Burnette!

The driving rhythm takes you hostage until the end of the song!

Dan Devins passionately belts out the lyrics!:

“You gotta rob Peter to payback Paul/

You used to stand up straight, but now you gotta crawl/

Hard times in the land of plenty/

Some got it all/

And the rest ain’t got any.”

Legendary guitarist Jim McCarty keeps things going at warp speed by cutting loose with a wicked guitar solo, then Dan returns for a final verse before the ride rocks to a stop!

Kenny Parker keeps the band tight and going in the right direction!

And as bad as things were when this song was written, world situations now are considerably worse with a pandemic virus, sky high unemployment, racial tensions, and lack of any kind of leadership at the Federal level.

This is angry blues!

This is combustible blues!

This isn’t blues/rock.

It’s damn near punk blues!

We can only hope that things get better!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Hard Times in the Land of Plenty” by Kenny Parker!!!

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I have plenty of other musical areas to explore:

Here’s a link for my weekly list of Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

Here’s a link for my weekly Fave Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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

#KennyParker #Hellfire #HardTimesintheLandofPlenty #PhilMaq  #OneoftheGreatestSongsEverRecorded #GSER

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, August 29, 2021

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 2:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

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.

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:https://philmaq.com/the-greatest-songs-ever-recorded/! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

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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Helene Cronin had more “Old Ghosts and Lost Causes” to return to #1 for a second week!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of August 29, 2021

1. Old Ghosts and Lost Causes—Helene Cronin
2. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies and Other Joedai Pilgrims
3. The Wreckage—Carl Caballero
4. This Is Dolph Chaney—Dolph Chaney
5. Whiskey—ThorNton Creek
6. Pirate—Michael Jonathon

7. With Love From Lake Huron—Julianne Ankley
8. In the Corner—Linda Hicks
9. The Darkness and the Light—Mike Ward

10.Victor V. Gurbo—Victor V. Gurbo and Co.
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