Phil’s Faves: Albums, May 20, 2018

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:

https://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.

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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Caleb Ford stays on top for a second week!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of May 20, 2018

1. A World Unknown—Caleb Ford
2. Extralife—Darlingside
3. Clear Blue Sky—Joe Overton
4. The Gap of Dreams—Altan [Hall of Fame]
5. Weighted Mind—Sierra Hull
6. The Threshold and The Hearth—The Ragbirds
7. Raven Hotel—Matt Harlan
8. Play—The Scott Martin Band
9. Castles—Lissie
10.I Dug It Up—Whit Hill
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, May 20, 2018

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: https://whfr.fm/streamer/

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 Whiskey Charmers haul “The Valley” to the top of the charts!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of May 20, 2018

1. The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
2. What’s Your Story?—The Scott Martin Band
3. God Complex—Blood Red Shoes
4. Flowerin’—Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers
5. Advaita Shuffle—The Fratellis
6. Broken Favorite Coffee Mug Blues—Mark Jewett
7. Close to You—Vandenberg’s MoonKings
8. Steak and Shake—Signal Flags
9. Cosmos—The Ragbirds
10.Brighter Side—Scott Fab
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Day 8 of New Rotation Albums List: “Arrival and Departures” by Phil Ayoub!!!

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My next selection is, “Arrivals and Departures” by Phil Ayoub.

Wow! Another “Phil” makes my List to join Phil Lee! Two Phils! Two Dutch bands! Go figure!

The album was released in 2010—although I only started listening to it a couple of years ago.

This is Day 8 of my “New Rotations: Albums” list! These are albums that are still in my listening rotation beyond what I would consider to be a normal run on my music player. They are post influence forming, but are awesome nonetheless! They should have been deleted long ago to make room for other new music, yet I like them so much, I break my own rules for this music.

I found it roaming the station’s archives. I was hooked on it in January of this year, when I featured it as one of my spotlight albums when I was doing “Mid Day Theme Attic.” In my January 24th show preview, I wrote: “Arrivals and Departures” by Phil Ayoub, has such a variety of musical styles that it’s no surprise why I like it! I’m still jonesing for it!

This is a singer/songwriter at the top of his game! The songs are mostly about relationships. I guess those would be the “arrivals and departures.” You can choose between romantic (“Walk You Home”, “Flowers at Work,”), sexy (“Body Language”), and bittersweet (“32 Memory Lane,” “Things That Remind Me You’re Gone”).

But underneath the whole album is a feeling of hope, no matter what!

“Get Out (Live a Little, Love a Lot)” sums it all up. Don’t stay at home letting “life” pass you by. Roll the dice! Take some chances!

https://youtu.be/NmbgDg8xzWs

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Check out my radio shows, “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET!

Listen live: https://whfr.fm/streamer/

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

The List so far:

Day 7: “Get Well” by Birth of Joy: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-7-of-new-rotation-albums-list-get-well-by-birth-of-joy/

Day 6: “Out From the Door” by Dylan McDonald and The Avians: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-6-of-new-rotation-albums-list-out-from-the-door-by-dylan-mcdonald-and-the-avians/

Day 5: “All Your Favorite Bands” by Dawes: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-5-of-new-rotations-list-all-your-favorite-bands-by-dawes/

Day 4: “Revolutions” by The Liquid Scene: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-4-of-new-rotations-list-revolutions-by-the-liquid-scene/

Day 3: “Vandenberg’s MoonKings” by Vandenberg’s MoonKings: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-3-vandenbergs-moonkings-by-vandenbergs-moonkings/

Day 2: “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You” by Phil Lee: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/day-2-of-new-rotations-list-so-long-its-been-good-to-know-you-by-phil-lee/

Day 1: “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/day-1-of-new-rotations-list-brill-brusiers-by-the-new-pornographers/

New Rotation List Introduction: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/phils-maqs-ten-rotation-albums-new-introduction/

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Memorial Day, Buckets, and Mint Juleps, on Wednesday Morning’s “Theme Attic,” 10AM-12 Noon EDT!!!

Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of summer and Wednesday morning’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq, from 10AM-12Noon EDT, will kick things off!

First up, there will be a somber look at music focused on the reason for the holiday.

Then, in case you didn’t know it, today is also Mint Julep day as well as Hole in My Bucket Day. I’ll have some fun with those two topics!

Songs by artists on the show will include Mick Clarke, James Taylor, Whit Hill, Hank Williams Sr, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, Crystal & Runnin’ wild, Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke (album cover “Everybody Has a Purpose” pictured in the banner) (Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke), Billy Joel, The Accidentals, Five Finger Death Punch, Elton John, Traffic, Mary Gauthier, The Who, Ricky Nelson – Singer, Les Sampou, Bob Dylan, Savage Grace, Danny Schmidt, Telamor, and more!!!

Tune in to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, stream it anywhere in the world with this special Memorial Day/Bucket/Julep link: https://whfr.fm/streamer/ (Press the “Listen Live Now” button), or use Tune In Player to stream it.

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“Are You Listening?”: A New Album By Billy Brandt and Sarana VerLin (Hint: You Should Be!)

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It’s been almost four years to the day since the last brilliant Billy Brandt album, “The Time Is Now.” (Philby award winner.)

It’s been almost five years since the last “Billy Brandt and Sarana VerLin collaboration, “Goin’ Home.” (Pre Philby awards) That wait is now over!

“Are You Listening?” by Billy Brandt and Sarana VerLin has just been released and it’s worth the wait.

The album features well crafted songs that glisten with spirit as both Billy and Sarana alternate lead vocals and songs. The mix works incredibly well and almost feels like a “songwriters in the round” session.

Brimming with confidence, “Are You Listening?” moves seamlessly from song to song. The opening track, “Ophelia” sets the pace for the whole album. It’s a haunting melody, perhaps inspired by her namesake in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” that features Sarana’s lighter lead vocals with Billy’s earthy harmonies offsetting, but complementing hers. They continue to swap lead and harmony throughout the album.

“Judgment Day” covers territory similar to what Leonard Cohen mined on some of his last recordings. It’s not as bleak as his, but it’s definitely the grittiest song on the album.

It’s kinda fun to hear both artists share their influences throughout the album. Brandt never steers too far from his folk/rock roots of The Byrds, Gram Parsons/The Flying Burrito Brothers, and The Grateful Dead, to name a few. Sarana has both classical, rock, and Celtic influences to draw upon, and they push each other to leave those influential comfort zones.

I personally like what was done with “Sailing Away,” a medley of two separate tracks pushed together in the best George Martin compromise!

Sarana’s violin provides warmth to “Everything’s Falling” and “Can’t Let Go.”

There are so many great songs to choose from, but the artwork itself, put together by Sarana, is both mystical and interesting!

“Are You Listening?” ponders the question. My advice is to say, “yes” and determine for yourself that this album is in an elite category!

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Listen live: https://whfr.fm/streamer/

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Day 7 of New Rotation Albums List: “Get Well” by Birth of Joy!!!

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Wow! Another Dutch band in recent rotation list joining “Vandenberg’s MoonKings!” I guess it’s obvious where some of the best new rock comes from!

This is Day 7 of my “New Rotations: Albums” list! These are albums that are still in my listening rotation beyond what I would consider to be a normal run on my music player. They are post influence forming, but are awesome nonetheless! They should have been deleted long ago to make room for other music, yet I like them so much, I break my own rules for this music.

When Birth of Joy released “Get Well” in February of 2016, I had already been a fan for a couple of years. I had picked their last album, “Prisoner” as the #11 Philby Award winning best album of 2014! I bonded with the hard rock grooves of the album as well as their trippy psychedelic adventures. That album stayed in my rotation list for several years, too!

Fast forward a couple of years to when “Get Well” came out. The album was a solid followup featuring many of the same approaches as “Prisoner.” My initial impression was that it was a very good album, but lacked the songs that could be used as “singles” like “Mad Men” and “Rock and Roll Show.”

However, since that time, just like classic albums from the 60s and 70s, it kept growing on me and still does to this day. It’s unsettling as to melodies that go up or down in unusual patterns—with harmonies(!), like on “Choose Sides.” “Numb” starts out with a ton of quiet atmosphere sounding like “Meddle” era Pink Floyd. But don’t worry. The rock isn’t far behind! Then it’s back to more mellow atmospherics. There’s plenty of great dynamics throughout the album!

“Midnight Cruise” and “You Got Me Howling” sound like “Fireball”/”Machine Head” era Deep Purple.

Birth of Joy are not just Classic Rock imitators. They refer to their style of music as “sixties on steroids.” That’s a pretty bold statement to live up to, but band members Kevin Stunnenberg (Vocals & Guitar), Bob Hogenelst (drums & backing vocals), and Gertjan Gutman (organ & bass) more than live up to it by using their own creative approaches. Here’s a line from their own biography:

Influenced by psychedelica, blues and steaming rock&roll this trio takes you back to the old times of MC5, The Doors and even Pink Floyd!”

Any current band that references the MC5, as well as The Doors, and Pink Floyd has my attention!

I’m pretty sure “Get Well” will continue to be on my rotation list for the near future and beyond!

Here’s a sample from 2016 Philby award winner, “Get Well”: Philby award winner, “Meet Me at the Bottom”:

https://youtu.be/F8SLGPJOo2w

From 2014 Philby award winner, “Prisoner”: Philby award winner “Rock and Roll Show:

https://youtu.be/w9Z2VG-ZnS0

Just like with Dylan McDonald and The Avians albums, Birth of Joy’s albums are two of the best of the past 10 years, this century, this millennium…

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Listen live: https://whfr.fm/streamer/

The List so far:

Day 6: “Out From the Door” by Dylan McDonald and The Avians: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-6-of-new-rotation-albums-list-out-from-the-door-by-dylan-mcdonald-and-the-avians/

Day 5: “All Your Favorite Bands” by Dawes: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-5-of-new-rotations-list-all-your-favorite-bands-by-dawes/

Day 4: “Revolutions” by The Liquid Scene: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-4-of-new-rotations-list-revolutions-by-the-liquid-scene/

Day 3: “Vandenberg’s MoonKings” by Vandenberg’s MoonKings: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-3-vandenbergs-moonkings-by-vandenbergs-moonkings/

Day 2: “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You” by Phil Lee: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/day-2-of-new-rotations-list-so-long-its-been-good-to-know-you-by-phil-lee/

Day 1: “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/day-1-of-new-rotations-list-brill-brusiers-by-the-new-pornographers/

New Rotation List Introduction: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/phils-maqs-ten-rotation-albums-new-introduction/

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The Semi-Annual Theme Attic Hall of Fame Continues on “Prime Time Theme Attic,” Monday Night, 8PM-10PM EDT!!!

One of the good things about having a second radio show is The Semi-Annual Theme Attic Hall of Fame show continues on to Monday night’s “Prime Time Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 8PM-10PM EDT!!!

Until this week’s “Top 9 at 9:09” (and maybe a song or two after!) the Hall of Fame comes alive again!

Songs by artists on the show will include Jackson Browne, Jeff Healey, The Ragbirds, Bessie Smith, MC5, Signal Flags, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, The Fratellis, Mark Jewett Music, The Rolling Stones, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, The Whiskey Charmers, Alice Cooper, Scott Martin BAND, Janis Joplin, Blood Red Shoes, The Carpenters, Billy Brandt & Sarana VerLin, Randy Ellison, and who knows what else!

Tune in to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, stream it anywhere in the world with this special “Hall of Fame” link: https://whfr.fm/streamer/ (Press the “Listen Live Now” button), or use Tune In Player to stream it.

Please share freely with your fans, friends, and families, but say something about yourself in the comments section when you repost it, so that everyone knows why you’re posting it!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, May 13, 2018

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:

https://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.

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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Caleb Ford brings “an unknown world” to #1!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of May 13, 2018

1. A World Unknown—Caleb Ford
2. Extralife—Darlingside
3. Raven Hotel—Matt Harlan
4. Weighted Mind—Sierra Hull
5. The Gap of Dreams—Altan [Hall of Fame]
6. Clear Blue Sky—Joe Overton
7. The Threshold and The Hearth—The Ragbirds
8. Play—The Scott Martin Band
9. Castles—Lissie
10.For the Dirt—Nina and The Buffalo Riders
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, May 13, 2018

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: https://whfr.fm/streamer/

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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Roger Clyne stays put for a second week at #1!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of May 13, 2018

1. Flowerin’—Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers
2. The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
3. What’s Your Story—The Scott Martin Band
4. God Complex—Blood Red Shoes
5. When Love Is a Game—Linda McRae with Ray Bonneville
6. Brighter Side—Scott Fab
7. Broken Favorite Coffee Mug Blues—Mark Jewett
8. Advaita Shuffle—The Fratellis
9. Twelve Songs—The Hangabouts
10.Close to You—Vandenberg’s MoonKings
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Semi-Annual “Theme Attic Hall of Fame” Show, Wednesday Morning, 10A-12 Noon EDT!!!

It only happens twice a year, the middle of May and the middle of November. It’s the shows when I take the Theme Attic Hall of Fame artists out to play to put their greatness on display!

Outside of new songs by Lissie and Van William who will be playing Thursday, May 17th at The Ark – Ann Arbor (I have passes for the show so call me at 313-85-9676) when I get started to claim them!), everything else on Wednesday morning’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 10A-12 Noon EDT will be classic hits, deep cuts, or anything else I can think of!!!

Feel free to make a suggestion, but it has to be a song by artists on my Hall of Fame list!

I know by my banner that there will also be songs by Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, and Black Sabbath (How’s that for variety?!), as well as Ten Years After – Band, Jonathan Richman (Happy Birthday!), Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Nick Lowe, Ray Charles, Link Wray, and who knows what else! Tune in to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, stream it anywhere in the world with this special Hall of Fame link: https://whfr.fm/streamer/ (Press the “Listen Live Now” button), or use Tune In Player to stream it.

Please share freely with your fans, friends, and families, but say something about yourself in the comments section when you repost it, so that everyone knows why you’re posting it!

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