Hello 2022! Goodbye 2018!!!

The Philby Award

I have several reasons why I look forward to the start of a new calendar year.

First of all, I love the somewhat confusing headline that contains the expected “hello” for the incoming new year, yet the “goodbye year” is not the most recent but one from four years prior.  However, when the new year starts, the old Philby year is far from over. And since I have lengthened the whole “season,” (The finales probably won’t happen until June.)  the actions that I do in the first days of the year seem to contradict the whole process.

A somewhat obvious New Year ritual of mine is the annual formatting of the next year Philby album list.

Even though it might be another eighteen or so months before that official list ever gets published, it actually helps to start the ending process for the previous year’s list.

For example, the new list can take on the role of a “safety valve.”

I always have more albums than I can possibly fit on any list. And I refuse to put an album on a list just because it seems like it should be on the list.

I want to know a release inside and out! If I have it listed on an early tentative list and I just haven’t been able to work it on to my player, then it will move on to that brand new list.

See: safety valve!

That allows me to really focus on the one hundred fifty or so albums that I’m really trying to listen to for the current Philby list.

But, not to worry.

I’ve had some albums transfer to that beginning year list several times and still make a final list!

I’ve said it before, that I kind of like to think of the selections as someone looking for a historical Hall of Fame selection in baseball. I want to make sure that all worthy selections find their proper spot!

Anyway, here’s what that blank list looks like right now.

All slots are open at the moment!

They all start this way.

A hundred choices sees like a lot. But trust me. It’s never enough.

And going forward, any reference for Philby submissions will reference the years 2019-2022

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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 2022 is 2019-2022.

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 2019, 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 dislike 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, 1PM-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/!

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/!

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Phil’s Faves: Songs, January 16, 2022

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 1PM-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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Jeff Scott’s hopeful “Some Better Days” is this week’s #1 Faves Song!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of January 16, 2022

1. Some Better Days—Jeff Scott with Smoke Jones and Duane Allen Harlick (Single)
2. The Things That MatterMatthew French (M French) (Sweet Love)
3. Foolish Heart —Wendy Webb (Moon on Havana)
4. Trust SomebodyBilly Brandt and The Sugarees (Riverside)
5. The Dreams That Are Waiting for UsAmy Petty (The Darkness of Birds)
6. Fire and Flame—The Whiskey Charmers (Lost On the Range)
7. If You Only Knew—Bill Edwards (Sounds Like Love)
8. Shine—Heather Layne (Single)
9. When You’re Gone—Emily Mure (Sad Songs and Waltzes)
10.I’m in Trouble Once Again The Satin Cowboy and The Seven Deadly Sins (Duel)
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New Key Song of the Week: Ghost Town—Michael Snyder—Barker and David Roof (Bark and Roof Tales)
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New Key Song of the Week: “Ghost Town” by Michael Snyder-Barker and David Roof!!!

Whenever I run across a fairly recent song that grabs my attention, I’ll try to bring it to other people’s attention by naming it a “New Key Song of the Week!”

The seed for this idea came from 60’s radio station WKNR (Dearborn, Michigan) music guides, that featured a weekly Key Song of the Week, so it’s kind of an homage to the station.

My distinction will be an additional, occasional weekly “New Key Album of the Week!”

The goal, as always, is to continue exploring new music!

I invite you to join me on that journey by signing up for my blog and receiving notices when I post a new entry!

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For most people, the pandemic of the past two years disrupted any sense of normalcy.

However, for some people, that shutdown provided a different kind of “atmosphere” to develop creative circumstances that might have never happened.

For both Michael Snyder-Barker and David Roof, it allowed for a team up and the right situation!

Michael proposed a project where he supplied the lyrics, and David (who runs the highly  acclaimed Rooftop Recording studio in Grand Blanc, Michigan), having to work with then new covid safety protocols, would supply the music.

Many months later, the duo have released their new album, “Bark and Roof Tales,” that highlights some boundary pushing creativity!

Michael Snyder-Barker and David Roof are multiple Philby Award winners–my award for brilliant musical achievement, on many separate projects!

“Ghost Town” is their first single off the album that leads to even more inventive ventures on “Bark and Roof Tales!” 

They even experimented with a video to showcase the song–one  that includes a pesky homemade ghost floating through scenes!

Featuring a tasty guitar solo as well as plenty of memorable hooks, “Ghost Town’s” lyrics recall those early first days of the pandemic!

The New Key Song of the Week is “Ghost Town” by Michael Snyder-Barker and David Roof!!!

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I’m Phil Maq and I normally do a weekly College radio show, “Theme Attic” which can be heard every Wednesday from 1PM-4PM ET.

Here’s a link to stream it: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

I’m on the lookout for new music and artists!

Actually, I’m looking for any and all “good music” all of the time!

If you read this and want to send me your music, please send mp3s to phil@philmaq.com!

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

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!

#GhostTown #BarkerandRoof #BarkandRoofTales  #RooftopRecording #PhilMaq #NewKeySongoftheWeek

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, January 16, 2022

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 1PM-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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The Wolf takes over the #1 Faves spot for a full week! Wolf B. Reuter that is, along with his “Hour of the Wolf” album!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of January 16, 2022

1. Hour of the Wolf—Wolf B. Reuter
2. The Outsider—Davy Knowles
3. Makin’ Honey—Lauren Crane
4. Trouble With a Capital T—Niecie
5. On a Canvas Painted Blue—Ruth and Max Bloomquist
6. Fable Bait—Eve’s Twin Lover
7. Be Here Now
: Songs Inspired By and Offered for Meditation—Heather Pierson
8. Seekers and Finders—Gogol Bordello
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Things I Dream About—2Bit Palomino
10.Ordinary Joe—The Joedai Warriors

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It’s a Second 2022 Winter New Music Showcase on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic,” 1PM-4PM EST!!!

Three shows into the new year and I feel it’s time for a second 2022 Winter New Music Showcase on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 1PM-4PM EST because new music and new artists are so important to me!!!
I have a weekly goal to debut at least two new artists I’ve never played before!
This week’s stats are 22 artist debuts (22!!!), 16 brand new songs (1 world premiere!!!), and 8 artists connected to Southeast Michigan!!!
Whew!
AND THE 89.3 WHFR.FM ANTENNA IS WORKING ONCE AGAIN FOR THE DEARBORN-DETROIT AREA!!!
IT’S EVEN STRONGER THAN BEFORE AND MORE AREAS SHOULD BE ABLE TO LISTEN IN THAN EVER BEFORE!!!
WOW! THAT’S A LOT OF NEWS!!!
Therefore, “Theme Attic” is bigger than ever!
Songs by artists should include brand new The Stone Souls, brand new Andrew Cole & The Bravo Hops (a song about oysters!) (Twin Vision), brand new Dan Hazlett (His album cover for “Turning Stone” is in the lower left corner of the banner!), Wolf B. Reuter with Jill B. Becker (WolfSounds), Lauren Crane, brand new unreleased Suburban HiFi (Their album cover for “Superimposition” is third from the right in the banner!), Niecie, brand new Empath, brand new Janis Ian (Her album cover for “The Light at the End of the Line” is in the banner on the right!)(Art Menius Radio), DAVY KNOWLES (He’s playing The Token Lounge in Westland this Friday!), Ruth and Max Bloomquist, brand new unreleased Tom Curless (His new album “Person of Interest” is second from the right in the banner!) (Tom Curless & the 46%, Futureman Records), brand new Gretchen’s Wheel, Heather Pierson, brand new The Joedai Warriors (Their album cover for “Turf Wars” is in the upper left corner of the banner!), brand new Rodney Collins Music City (He’s the owner of The Troubadour Nashville!), a WORLD PREMIERE song from Bob Hausler!, Mottau, Drew & Clark, Mindi Abair, brand new Confidence Man, Hash Cabbage, brand new Kyra Alana (Her album cover for “Film Noir Dreams” is second from the left in the banner!), Ellen Bukstel, Dizzy Box Nine, Christopher Lockett music page, Erick Baker, Rob Lutes, Scott Waters Music, Sonny Landreth- Official, FeuerschwanzEve’s Twin Lover, Alfa Mist, Bobby Rush, Gogol Bordello, and maybe more!!!
So grab a snackie or two, some paper to jot down notes, a friend or two to listen with, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 1PM-4PM EST with Phil Maq!
You can hear the show in the Dearborn-Detroit area by tuning into 89.3 FM!!!
The best way to make sure that you don’t miss a single note is to stream the show from the “listen live button” on the www.WHFR.FM website, by the TuneIn App, download the 89.3 WHFR.FM android app from our website homepage, or ask Alexa to find it for you!
Here’s the winshowcase link to stream it : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!!!
Feel free to share and spread the fun!
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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Moon Bog” by Oh Sees!!!

I have a feature to recognize a slice of good music: The Most Awesomest Song of the Day! 

Here’s a link to the complete list: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

I want to emphasize mostly, relatively newer music, just like on my weekly “Theme Attic” show, Wednesdays, from 1PM-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/!

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!”

But I can promise this: I will not force my selections. If something doesn’t hit me, I won’t post one.

Everything I do has always been about shining a spotlight on the artist and their music.

Now I will have the potential to shine 365 more spotlights if I want to!

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Another moon cycle has been completed, so another #MoonTune is required.

This month, I have selected a song by a band that I can never figure out: Oh Sees!

They have released at least twenty-six albums since their beginning in 1997.

However, eighteen of those have been in the past twelve years under six variations of their name centered around the letters “O” and “C!”

“Moon Bog” is today’s choice from their 2018 album, Smote Reverser.”

The song’s lyrics sound like it’s about a dream/nightmare involving a mysterious figure.

It’s possible that “Moon Bog” is based on an H.P. Lovecraft story.

There’s an occasional marching snare drum rhythm that drives the song.

But the wickedly cool guitar solo is what gets my attention!

Other than that, I have no idea what “Moon Bog” is about.

One thing you can say about Oh Sees is that they are unpredictable yet always make interesting music!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Moon Bog” by Oh Sees!!!

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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!

#MoonBog #OhSees #SmoteReverser #themostawesomestsongoftheday #philmaq

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Phil’s Faves: Songs, January 9, 2022

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 1PM-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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Matthew French’s “The Things That Matter” matters at #1 for a second week!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of January 9, 2022

1. The Things That MatterMatthew French (M French) (Sweet Love)
2. Some Better Days—Jeff Scott with Smoke Jones and Duane Allen Harlick (Single)
3. Foolish Heart —Wendy Webb (Moon on Havana)
4. If You Only Knew—Bill Edwards (Sounds Like Love)
5. Trust SomebodyBilly Brandt and The Sugarees (Riverside)
6. The Dreams That Are Waiting for UsAmy Petty (The Darkness of Birds)
7. Fire and Flame—The Whiskey Charmers (Lost On the Range)
8. No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted)Valerie JanLois (No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted))
9. You Make Home—Upstairs Party (Upstairs Party)
10.Real Love—Wolf B. Reuter (Hour of the Wolf)</span
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Phil’s Faves: Albums, January 9, 2022

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 1PM-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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Niecie takes her “Trouble With a Capital T” to number one with a numeral 1!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of January 9, 2022

1. Trouble With a Capital T—Niecie
2. Makin’ Honey—Lauren Crane
3. Hour of the Wolf—Wolf B. Reuter
4. Ordinary Joe—The Joedai Warriors
5. On a Canvas Painted Blue—Ruth and Max Bloomquist
6. The Outsider—Davy Knowles
7. Fable Bait—Eve’s Twin Lover
8. Be Here Now
: Songs Inspired By and Offered for Meditation—Heather Pierson
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Seekers and Finders—Gogol Bordello
10.The Stone Souls—The Stone Souls

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Philby Hot 100 Songs of 2021 Countdown Continues, #60-41, Wednesday on “Theme Attic,” 1PM-4PM EST!!!,

The Philbys return for another twenty more winners on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 1PM-4PM EST!!!
The Philby Hot 100 Songs of 2021, #60-41 will be revealed!
There will be an additional weekly Faves Albums Top 9 at 3:09! (Info for artists who are not part of the Philby segment will appear in the comments section to not cause any confusion.)
The whole show has 14 Southeast Michigan artists and 2 artists making their “Theme Attic” debut!!!
Songs by artists will include Ben Levin Piano, Sydney Sprague, Lindenthoburnmusic (Her Picture is in the upper left corner of the banner!), The Joedai Warriors with Scott Greeson Music, Popular Creeps, Mike Ward: PsychoSongs (His picture is on the top second from the left!), Mike Galbraith, Lindsay Beaver with Marcia Ball, Gary Browe Music (His picture is in the lower left corner of the banner!), Heathcote Hill, Steve Leaf Music, The Stone Souls (Their picture is on the bottom, second from the left!), Transit Method, Biltmore (Phil Ayoub), Christone “KINGFISH” Ingram (He is pictured in the banner in front of The Motown Museum!), Arnold Mitchem Band, Cool King Chris, Karen Nash (Her picture is in the banner on the right!)(Bob Malone), Vegas Strip Kings, and The Simon Kennedy Band!!!
So grab a snackie or two, a friend to listen with, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 1PM-4PM EST with Phil Maq!
You can hear the show in the Dearborn-Detroit area by tuning into 89.3 WHFR.FM!!!
The best way to make sure that you don’t miss a single note is to stream the show from the “listen live button” on the www.WHFR.FM website, by the TuneIn App, download the 89.3 WHFR.FM android app from our website homepage, or ask Alexa to find it for you!
Here’s the philby3link to stream it : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!!!
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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley!!!

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 1PM-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!

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When I was a kid discovering music, Elvis Presley never really interested me.

Yes, I was familiar with him and his music.

But I knew him more as a movie star who recorded mediocre songs for his movies.

Elvis was someone that my brothers or sister might like, so I sure wasn’t going to anxiously await new music from him.

Two of his singles in 1968 were “If I Can Dream” and “In the Ghetto.” Elvis wasn’t trying to appeal to a younger audience.

Therefore, at the time, I was mostly interested in British Invasion and Bubblegum with a “little bit of soul” thrown in.

However, things changed at the beginning of 1969.

It happened so imperceptibly, that even I couldn’t detect it.

“Suspicious Minds”–a song that would become one of Elvis’ biggest hits, was released as a single, taken from his “From Elvis in Memphis” album.

I’m pretty sure I ignored it when it came on the radio.

I’m almost positive that I scanned the AM dial to find a better song.

But, like most songs back in the 60s, that heavy rotation began to have some effect. I mean, no matter how hard one tried, you couldn’t change a song every time it came on.

You might be riding in the back seat of the car and couldn’t control the dial.

Others in the car might like a song and leave it on no matter how much you whined!

So, a change might have been inevitable.

The first hook that grabbed was that inconspicuous guitar lick that opens “Suspicious Minds” and gets repeated throughout the song. Sometimes the notes change, but it’s the same riff.

It sounded to me like, “durdle lurdle lurdle durn durn.”

I know it snagged me because I kept mimicking it out loud whether the song was on or not.

Actually, initially, I was unaware I was doing it. I only know I was because I was driving my best friend crazy when we were working on some after school homework.

Apparently, I had been doing it for several days.

And I couldn’t stop even when my friend was yelling at me!

It kept playing over and over in my brain!

And, of course, from that infectious riff, it was only a matter of time before I got hooked on the rest of the song.

And, what a song!

“Suspicious Minds” is an incredible song that includes everything plus the kitchen sink!

There’s a choir of amazing back up singers!

There’s horns!

There’s strings!

There’s time changes!

Mood changes!

A fake ending! (I’ve always loved those starting with “Do You Love Me?” by The Contours!)

And rising above everything else on “Suspicious Minds” was Elvis Presley’s powerful vocal!

So much was happening all at once!

I couldn’t resist!

I took some of my paper route money, bought a copy of it, and listened to it even more heavily than radio was playing it!

I still wasn’t exactly sold on Elvis yet. That would come years later when I got hooked on rockabilly!

But “Suspicious Minds” was the first song that made me appreciate Elvis!

Also, I had zero interest in the adult lyrical content. It never registered what the song was about for several years.

One last thing: Chips Moman, the producer of the original session that produced the song, did not have the fake fade out as part of the track. That was added later by RCA producer Felton Jarvis.

Chips hated it and referred to the gimmick as a scar on the record. He thought it ruined it, much like George Martin always talked about putting the two different versions of “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles together to make the single.

Obviously, millions of Elvis fans can’t be wrong!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley!!!

Elvis stated many times in interviews that he loved playing “Suspicious Minds” in concert!

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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!

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