January Things, MLK, Jr., and a Lot of Luck on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic,” 12PM-4PM EST!!!

January often seems to be a slower time of the year.
Well, Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from
12PM-4PM EST, has found plenty to keep things jumping!
There’ll be some songs about the month, some on Martin Luther King, Jr., and plenty about luck in front of this week’s Friday the 13th!
A Top 9 at 2:09 will add to the fun!
And we salute a new addition to the “Theme Attic Hall of Fame”: Sandy Nelson!
The stats for this show are: 10 artist debuts, 8 new releases, 10 artists with SE Michigan ties!!!
I will divide the tags into sections, but they will only be an estimate.
I can’t guarantee that everything will fit into those slots, but I will try very hard to stick to them!
And…they are NOT in chronological order.
Songs by artists between 12PM-2:09 PM EST should include Tom Alter, Marianne Flemming (Marianne Flemming), Emma’s Revolution (Cathy Fink), Divining Rod, Fred Arcoleo (Fred Arcoleo), Kirby Heard – Songs from the Heart (Kirby Heard), Mike Latini(His album cover for “Ace LaVida” is second from the left in the banner!), Walter Trout, Jaspar Lepak (Jaspar Lepak),(Her album cover for “Send Me Home” is second from the right in the banner!), Sue Radner Horowitz, The Decemberists, The Joedai Warriors (Joe Peters & Friends, Joe Peters), The Rubinoos, Bridget Kelly Band (Bridget Kelly)(Her album cover for “Winter’s Coming” is on the upper left in the banner!), Big State, Eric Kilburn, fRiCTiON fARM, Million Miles (Their album cover for “Good Luck, Honey” is on the lower left corner of the banner!), Steve Howell, Corey Harris and more!!!
Songs by artists from 2:09 PM-4PM EST should Include Linden Thoburn, Mark Jewett, Lyn Stanley (Lyn Stanley), Sigrid Christiansen, Suburban HiFi (Gregory Addington), Mike Ward, Nick Frater Music (Nick Frater), Corndaddy (Kevin Brown), Aoife O’Donovan (Her album cover for “Apathy” is third from the right in the banner!), Bill Price, Laura Rain and The Caesars, Mississippi Heat with Daneshia Hamilton (Pierre Lacocque), DeeCRACKS, and more!!!
So grab your lucky dice or earbuds, get a friend or two to listen with, and come along for the ride on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” from 12PM-4PM EST with Phil Maq!!!
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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “I Want You With Me” 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 12PM-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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Elsewhere on my blog, I wrote about how much I liked, “Just Tell Her Jim Said, “Hello”, (probably Elvis Presley’s wimpiest songs!), yet still felt it was One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!”

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Elvis is in full bravado mode on “I Want You With Me” from his 1961 album, “Something for Everybody!”

Songwriter Woody Harris had to be overjoyed with The King delivering lines like:

“There ain’t no mountain that I can’t climb/

You find the mountain, child, and I will find the time!”

or

“I’ll swim in an ocean with a raging foam/

If I know that you’ll be there when I come back home!”

in a cocksure, alpha male vocal!

The Jordanaires provide strong, playful backup vocals, especially from bass man Ray Walker!

Floyd Cramer delivers a wicked piano solo!

Scotty Moore, Boots Randolph, D.J. Fontana, and Bob Moore are about as tight as a band could be!

It’s just great fun from a seasoned group of musicians on a romping R&B/gospel flavored song!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “I Want You With Me” by Elvis Presley!!!

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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!

#ElvisPresley #TheKing #IWantYouWithMe #SomethingforEverybody #PhilMaq  #OneoftheGreatestSongsEverRecorded #GSER

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The Most Awesomest Song of the Day: “Silhouette Moon” by Dan Gibson!!!

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 12PM-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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A series of albums that I ran across at every gift shop in a National Park, National Monument, or upscale bookstore were the Solitudes series of albums.

They consisted of atmospheric instrumentals featuring actual sounds of nature!

There wasn’t any jarring tracks and they emphasized serene, low key and lengthy, almost ambient moods.

I’ve picked up several of them over the years, and it seems to me that they all featured Canadian outdoorsmen, Dan Gibson.

I’ve since been pleased to find out that those recordings were groundbreaking both in their approach to natural settings as well as equipment that continues to evolve.

My selection for tonight’s Full Wolf Moon is “Moon Silhouette” from his “Wild Wolf: Mysterious Beauty” album.

I feel fortunate that I have had the experience of wolves howling in the wilderness.

Dan Gibson’s tracks put the listener right in the middle of those surroundings!

If you have headphones, use them for an even more intimate listen!

The Most Awesomest Song of the Day is “Moon Silhouette” by Dan Gibson!!!

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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!

#themostawesomestsongoftheday #philmaq #DanGibson #WildWolfMysteriousBeauty #wolf #wolves #wildwolves #Solitudes

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, January 1, 2023

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 12PM-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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Lyn Stanley swings and sways and boogies her “Novel Noel” to the top for her second #1 Weekly Faves Album!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of January 1, 2023

1. Novel Noel: A Jingle Cool Jazz Celebration—Lyn Stanley [4]
2. Every Moment—Sigrid Christiansen [2]
3. Particles to Pearls—Mike Ward: Psychosongs [7]
4. Rise Again—Laura Rain and The Caesars [6]
5. Tanglewoods—The Empty Pockets [11]
6. Pressed and Ironed—Crossword Smiles [11]

7. Get Your La Las Out—Chris Richards and The Subtractions [NE]
8. The Christmas Collection—Bob Malone [5]

9. Superimposition—Suburban HiFi [NE]
10.Merry, Little, Light—Sarah Morris [2]
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, January 1, 2023

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 12PM-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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Tracing Erin Zindle’s musical weekly “Family Tree,” there is evidence that this is her fifth #1 song!!!!! (Three are with The Ragbirds!!!)
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of January 1, 2023

1. The Family TreeErin Zindle (Scenes From the Fragile, Agile, Avian World) [9]
2. Love More, Hate Less —Detroit Strong with Tosha Owens and Bob Mervak (Single) [6]
3. Living in the Right Place—The Dirk Kroll Band (Would It Be the Same (If I Still Loved You?)) [5]
4. Treacherous and BeautifulLinden Thoburn (Scarecrow) [3]
5. Paris 1919 —The Armoires (Incognito) [9]
6. HomespunWendy Webb (This Is the Moment) [3]
7. Failure Brings Smiles—Bobby Pennock (The Vestiges of Art) [4]
8.
Memory in the Rain—Gary Browe (Red Sky Remembers) [2]
9. Light From the Underground—Roger Ponder (Single) [2]
10.Second Chances—Happy Curmudgeons with Amy Dixon—Lavery (Single) [2]
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Philby Hot 100 Song Countdown Begins on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic,” 12PM-4PM EST!!!

The stars have finally aligned!
Well, at least there is a Full Wolf Moon this week!
Actually, it’s a 2002 recap week at the station and I synchronized the Philby Hot 100 Songs Countdown #100-81 to kickoff on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq!!!
The whole show is from 12PM-4PM EST!
To avoid any Philby confusion, I am only posting artists that are in that segment in this post.
The Philby section will start around 1PM EST!
The first portion of today’s show will include a Top 9 at 12:09 EST countdown of this week’s Phil’s Faves Weekly Album Countdown!
The final hour, starting at approximately 3PM EST will feature some highlights of 2022 including some verbal offerings from yours truly!
Here’s the stats: 2 artist debuts, 5 new releases, 11 artists with Southeast Michigan ties!!!
Other participants of the show will be posted in the comments section!
And the tags will NOT be in order of appearance!
In the Philby portion of today’s “Theme Attic,” will be songs by artists from Emily Mure, Valerie JanLois (Valerie JanLois), New Chums, King Ropes, JD Dominowski Music (JD Dominowski), The Rosebuds, Doug MacDonald (Doug MacDonald), Eyelids, Lee Anna Atwell Music (Lee Anna Crane Atwell) Allison Edberg Nyquist Linda Hicks Joe Peters (Joe Peters & Friends), (Joe will also appear in the 3PM hour!), The Alonzo Spirit Band, PKEW PKEW PKEW, The Chats, The Regulators, Katie Pederson (Katie Pederson), Vandenberg’s, The Clifford/Wright Band, The Satin Cowboy and The Seven Deadly Sins (Silas Hite), Travis Bowlin (Travis Bowlin), Jehova Waitresses, and Upstairs Party!!!
Congratulations to all!!!
So grab some noisemakers, get a friend or two to listen with, and come along for the ride on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” from 12PM-4PM EST with Phil Maq!!!
OUR NEW ANTENNA AND TRANSMITTER MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO HEAR THE SHOW ALL OVER THE METRO DEARBORN-DETROIT AREA BY TUNING INTO 89.3 WHFR.FM!
However, you can also stream the show from the “listen live button” on the www.WHFR.FM website, by the TuneIn App, Simple Radio App, download the 89.3 WHFR.FM android app from our website homepage, or ask Alexa to find it for you!
Here’s a special 2022Philbysbestarting Link to stream it : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!!!
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Philby Best Albums of 2021

Ok.

I’ll admit it.

The year end Philby post release could use some tightening up.

On the eve of starting my 2023 list, I have literally run of time for posting my Philby Best Albums of 2021 list.

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m not into time.

However, I refuse to be more than one year behind.

I guess even I have standards that I’m unaware of!

But I have placed myself in the middle of a spot that I don’t even want to be near: that of a year end list.

And even though this is for the prior year, I don’t want there to be a misconception that I am joining the standard list of ad nauseum year end presenters.

So, next year this must change!

Thrrefore, I am happy to announce that the Philby 100 Best Albums of 2021 is ready for release!

I think I listened to about the same amount of music.

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 2018-2021, 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 1995!

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

The pandemic effects were still being felt, but it was another incredible year for music!

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 2021!

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 2021

 

  1. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies, and Other Joedai Pilgrims [Best Album of the Year][Best Compilation Album][Best Collaborative Effort] 
  2. With Love from Lake Huron—Julianne Ankley [Best Pop Album][Best Country Album][Best Female Country Vocals][Best Album Cover]
  3. Near—Kate Hinote Trio [Best Album by a Trio][Best Songwriter Covers Album][Best Haunting Melodies][Best Haunting Female Vocals][Best Violin Album] 
  4. Another Sky—Kelly’s Lot [Best Acoustic Blues Album][Best Female Acoustic Blues Vocals]
  5. All the Ladies—Joanie Leeds [Best All Females Album-Ever][Best Kindie Album][Best Female Pop Vocals]
  6. Refuge—Sultans of String [Best World Album][Best International All Star Roster]
  7. Discount Cowboy—George Stephen Kelly [Best Country/Blues Album]
  8. Lullabies in an Ancient Tongue—Gerard Smith [Best Prog/Rock Album][Best Rock Guitar]
  9. Never Found a Way to Tame the Blues—Jon Shain [Best Folk/Blues Album]
  10. Robin Hood—Jan Krist [Best Female Americana Album]
  11. Looking for a Perfect Trip—Rod Johnson [Best Rock Story Songs]
  12. Trouble with a Capital T—Niecie [Best Blues Album][Best Female Blues Vocals]
  13. Chapter 3—The Legal Matters [Best Pop/Rock Album][Best Synthesizer]
  14. Old Ghosts and Lost Causes—Helene Cronin [Best Female Americana Story Songs][Best Female Americana Vocals]
  15. Downtime—Nick Piunti and The Complicated Men  [Best Rock/Pop Album]
  16. Ordinary Joe—The Joedai Warriors [Best Male Americana Story Songs]
  17. The Lucky One—Mark Jewett [Best Male Folk Album]
  18. In the Corner—Linda Hicks [Best Overlooked For Years Album][Best Female Folk Vocals]
  19. The Whole Half—Diamonds in the Rust [Best EP][Best Harmony Vocals]
  20. Whole Cloth—Bill Edwards [Best DIY Album]
  21. London Calling: A Toast to Julie London—Lyn Stanley [Best Big Band Album][Best Female Jazz Album][Best Arrangements]
  22. Bang at the Door—Donna Herula [Best Slide Guitar]
  23. Makin’ Honey—Lauren Crane [Best Female Folk Album][Best Female Folk Story Songs]
  24. Incognito—The Armoires [Best Internal Compilation Album] 
  25. Hour of the Wolf—Wolf B. Reuter [Best All Genre Album]
  26. Tonight at Johnnie’s Speakeasy—Jo Serrapere and The Wille Dunns [Best Live Album]
  27. Would It Be the Same (If I Still Loved You?)—The Dirk Kroll Band
  28. Iron City—Mike Latini
  29. Plantastic Voyage—Kenny Young and The Eggplants [Best Intergalactic Album][Best Pop/Rock Comedy Album][Best Animated Cover]
  30. The Far Si: The Si Kahn Funny Song Sing—Along Song Book—Matt Watroba [Best Folk Comedy Album]
  31. The Darkness and The Light—Mike Ward
  32. Soul Doctor—Jimmy Carpenter [Best Saxophone Blues Album][Tightest Sounding Band Album]
  33. Between Here and There—Sarah Morris
  34. After You—Cold Tone Harvest
  35. Seven Stars Around the Moon—Dave and Kristin [Best Album by a Duo]
  36. Before Me—Ben Levin
  37. Beside Me—Steve Taylor
  38. Gratitude—Eric Harrison
  39. There Is No Light Without the Dark—The Stan Laurels
  40. Plug in and Play—Tommy Z [Best Blues Guitar]
  41. The Stone Souls—The Stone Souls [Best New Artist]
  42. The St. Buryan Sessions—Sarah McQuaid
  43. This Is Dolph Chaney—Dolph Chaney
  44. Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular—Johnny Iguana [Best Piano]
  45. New Roaring Twenties—The Forty Nineteens
  46. Pieces Break—Jeff Karoub
  47. Trippin’ Dinosaurs—Rick Hromdka
  48. Wow and Flutter—Amilia K. Spicer
  49. On a Canvas Painted Blue—Ruth and Max Bloomquist
  50. Come Summer—Liz E. Brooks
  51. Victor V. Gurbo and Co—Victor V. Gurbo
  52. Lost and Found—Odds Lane [Best Blues/Rock Album]
  53. Tea and Tunes—Katherine Moller [Best Celtic Album][Best Fiddle Album]
  54. Zoom In—Ringo Starr
  55. The Outsider—Davy Knowles
  56. Chevy Town—Charlie Walmsley
  57. Ride the Wave—Jay Elle
  58. Be Here Now—Heather Pierson [Best New Age Album]
  59. At King Electric—Ray Bonneville
  60. Random Rex—Random Rex [Best Electronic Album]
  61. Not Made for Hire—The Bennett Brothers
  62. Someday Soon Somehow—Scott Fab
  63. Bent Frets—Mick Clarke [Best British Blues Album]
  64. Songs for An American Hero—Tom Alter [Best Political Album]
  65. Duel—The Satin Cowboy and The Seven Deadly Sins
  66. Thieves and Yesterday—Dan Bubien and The Delta Struts
  67. Life in the City—Turkuaz [Best R&B Album][Best Funk Album]
  68. What You Love Comes Along—Bad Camper
  69. Marty and Laura—Marty and Laura Kohn
  70. One of These Days—The Regulators
  71. Transitions D’eau—Mary Ann Kirt
  72. White Noise/White Lines—Kelsey Waldon
  73. Lockdown Live—Jeff Slate
  74. Bark and the Pack—Michael Snyder-Barker
  75. Free Yourself Up—Lake Street Dive
  76. Cowboys and Aliens—Trio of Awesuhm
  77. Organisms—The Doug McDonald Quartet [Best Instrumental Jazz Album]
  78. Into a World Bright and Beautiful—Sublunar Minds
  79. Deadbeat Grafitti—Black Pistol Fire
  80. Small Blues and Grooves—11 Guys Quartet [Best Instrumental Blues Album]
  81. Call the Shots—Suzi Moon [Best Female Punk Album]
  82. Closing Time—Chris Youlden [Best Reissue Album]
  83. Serious Issues—DeeCRACKS
  84. Nobody Told Me—John Mayall [Best All Star Cast]
  85. Whiskey—Thorton Creek
  86. Green Denim—Green Denim
  87. Lonesome for a Long Time—Pat Smilie
  88. The Wreckage—Carl Caballero
  89. MK II—Vandenberg’s MoonKings
  90. Vicious Kid—Kiss the Tiger
  91. The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials
  92. Steel—Nell and Jim Band
  93. A Highway Cruise—J.P. Reali
  94. Fable Bait—Eve’s Twin Lover
  95. The Pirate—Michael Jonathon
  96. Spirit of ’74—Spirit of ’74
  97. Myths and Mortals—The New Zeitgeist
  98. Secondus—Travis Bowlin
  99. Things I Dream About—2Bit Palomino
  100. Seekers and Finders—Gogol Bordello [Best Male World Punk Album]

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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 2023 is 2020-2023.

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, 12P-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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Phil’s Faves: Albums, December 25, 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 12PM-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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From “Particles to Pearls,” Mike Ward: Psychosongs has a second #1 Weekly Faves Album!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of December 25, 2022

1. Particles to Pearls—Mike Ward [6]
2. Wintertide—Brittany Jean [3]
3. Merry BCFing Christmas—Ben Cook—Feltz [2]
4. Novel Noel: A Jingle Cool Jazz Celebration—Lyn Stanley [3]
5. The Christmas Collection—Bob Malone [4]
6. Merry, Little, Light—Sarah Morris [NE]
7. Rise Again—Laura Rain and The Caesars [5]
8. Every Moment—Sigrid Christiansen [NE]

9. Transitions de Bien—Mary Ann Kirt [10]
10.Ponder This—Roger Ponder [5]
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, December 25, 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 12PM-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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The Armoires take us on a #1 trip to “Paris 1919” this week, albeit “Incognito!”
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of December 25, 2022

1. Paris 1919 —The Armoires (Incognito) [8]
2. Love More, Hate Less —Detroit Strong with Tosha Owens and Bob Mervak (Single) [5]
3. The Family TreeErin Zindle (Scenes From the Fragile, Agile, Avian World) [8]
4. Living in the Right Place—The Dirk Kroll Band (Would It Be the Same (If I Still Loved You?)) [4]
5. Treacherous and BeautifulLinden Thoburn (Scarecrow) [2]
6. Failure Brings Smiles—Bobby Pennock (The Vestiges of Art) [3]
7. HomespunWendy Webb (This Is the Moment) [2]
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Memory in the Rain—Gary Browe (Red Sky Remembers) [NE]
9. Light From the Underground—Roger Ponder (Single) [NE]
10.Second Chances—Happy Curmudgeons with Amy Dixon—Lavery (Single) [NE]
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The Contractual Obligation Show on This Wednesday’s “Theme Attic,” 12PM-4PM EST!!!

For as long as I’ve been at the station, this would normally be a year end best of retrospective week.
Well, it has been moved back to the first week of the New Year.
I found this out just before the Holidays.
You know.
When a normal person is busy doing other things.
Shucks! That means I had to come up with another theme.
Hence, Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with host Phil Maq from 12PM-4PM EST will be “The Contractual Obligation Show!”
Typically, the term has been used over the years in the music business when an artist is moving on to a new label, or a group wants to break up but finds out that they actually had agreed to a number of albums that were supposed to be released within a specified time period but didn’t meet the goal.
“Let It Be” turned out to be both a contractual obligation movie AND album that The Beatles had no idea they needed to do as they were on the verge of breaking up.
Now, historically, those albums were often suspect that the content was something that was just slapped together to meet the required goal to prevent the artist from being sued.
However, with this “Theme Attic” show, nothing could be further from those last ditch efforts.
That’s because my contract with my listeners is to provide excellent music on any show that I do!
And I do so with Wednesday’s show!
I was just having some fun with the naming of this show!
I have two Countdowns, one each for my weekly Fave Songs and Albums!
The song’s Top 9 are at approximately 12:09 EST!
The albums will be a Top 9 at 2:09 EST!
I’ve been trying to fit in a Fave Songs Countdown for weeks so it finally hit me: why not do both?!
The final proof of my quality commitment is that the show contains my goal of 2 artist debuts, 6 new releases, and 17
artists with Southeast Michigan ties!!! (Actually, there’s even more than that!)
I will divide the tags into sections, but they will only be an estimate.
I can’t guarantee that everything will fit into those slots, but I will try very hard to stick to them!
And…they are NOT in chronological order.
Songs by artists between 12PM-2:09 PM EST should include The Armoires (Christina Bulbenko, Big Stir Records), Roger Ponder, Ben Levin Piano (Ben Levin, Aron Levin)(His latest album cover “Take Your Time” is left of center in the banner!), Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Detroit Strong Music (Tosha Owens, Keith Laurin), Circa Waves, The Joedai Warriors (Joe Peters), Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men (Nick Piunti) (Their latest album, “Heart Inside Your Head” is in the upper left corner of the banner!), (They will have another song in the second half of the show, too!), Gary Browe, Erin Zindle, Linden Thoburn, Roger Ponder, Bobby Pennock (who may be off fishing), Dirk Kroll, Wendy Webb, Fathom Lane (Michael Ferrier), Nora Jane Struthers (Nora Jane Overton, Joe Overton), Sugar Snow (Simone Berk), Vicky Emerson (Vicky Emerson-Wallace), Vanderlust, and more!!!
Songs by artists from 2:09PM-4PM should include Lyn Stanley, Sarah Morris with Lars-Erik Larson (Her new album “merry, little, light” is second from the left in the banner!), Bob Malone, Brittany Jean Music, Harmonious Wail (Their album cover for “Holiday Spirits” is second from the right in the banner!), Ben Cook-Feltz, Laura Rain and The Caesars, Mike Ward, Annie & Rod Capps, Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push (Lenny Gomulka), Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra (Jennifer Cutting)(Their album cover for “The Turning Year: Pandemic Sessions Unplugged” is on the right in the banner!), Da Yoopers, Mick Clarke, Mary Ann Kirt, Haynie and Samuel (Don Haynie), Sigrid Christiansen (Her album cover for “Every Moment” is just right of center in the banner!), The Legal Matters and more!!!
So grab a celebratory libation and a legal tablet (Ha, ha!), get a friend or two to listen with, and come along for the ride on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” from 12PM-4PM EST with Phil Maq!!!
OUR NEW ANTENNA AND TRANSMITTER MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO HEAR THE SHOW ALL OVER THE METRO DEARBORN-DETROIT AREA BY TUNING INTO 89.3 WHFR.FM!
However, you can also stream the show from the “listen live button” on the www.WHFR.FM website, by the TuneIn App, Simple Radio App, download the 89.3 WHFR.FM android app from our website homepage, or ask Alexa to find it for you!
Here’s a special youcomeupwithatheme Link to stream it : https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!!!
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