Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 1, 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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DownTown Mystic works “hard enough” to reach #1!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 1, 2018

1. Hard Enough—DownTown Mystic
2. Cosmos—The Ragbirds
3. Wounded Bird—Ray Vaughn
4. Call My Name—The Dustbowl Revival
5. Steak and Shake—Signal Flags
6. Doomed From the Start—The Native Howl
7. These Are the Days—Calvin Becker
8. What’s Your Story?—The Scott Martin Band
9. I Need a Whole Lotta Lovin’ to Satisfy Me—Thornetta Davis
10.The Hammer—The Vegabonds
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Multi-Talented Bob Malone Guests on This Year’s “Almost All-American Show,” Monday Night, 8PM-10PM EDT!!!

The 4th of July used to be a time when it seemed that everyone in the country joined together to celebrate the holiday. I still think that’s true, but we live in unique times.

One thing that I know for certain is that there is a great musical canon to choose from about this great land of ours, and it is as varied as the people who wrote it!

In other words, it’s time for this year’s “Almost All-American Show” with Phil Maq, Monday night from 8PM-10PM EDT!!!

This year’s show is even more special because I have an interview with the incredibly talented Bob Malone! Bob has been very busy as of late, touring with John Fogerty, having a song in a new movie, recording with the one and only Ringo Starr, as well as working on his own music.

The show will include a world premiere of a new the liquid scene song! I am very honored that I am trusted with their new song!

Song’s by other artists will include Signal Flags, Red City Radio, Savage Grace, Happy Curmudgeons, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Simon, The Wag, Steppenwolf – Band, Li’l Wally Fans, Rene y Rene, Don Arbor, Johnny Crawford, Grant Maloy Smith, Mare Wakefield Music and Nomad, Elliot Schneider, and possibly 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 Almost Yankee Doodle link : https://whfr.fm/streamer/ (Press the “Listen Live Now” button), or use Tune In Player to stream it.

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“Steak and Shake” by Signal Flags Grills Phil Maq’s Airwaves!!!

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So the guys in the Seattle based band Signal Flags (John Giaccone, Mitch Brasch, Dave Tingley, Doug Patterson, and Bushel Britches) have been at it again. Signal Flags happen to be multiple Philby Award winners and have a habit of posting some radio clips of me playing them on my shows.

Well, this time they put together a montage of me announcing their recent Phil’s Faves song, “Steak and Shake” over several episodes. I got a kick out of it!

https://youtu.be/CDK4iB_jBy0

And since I don’t think it would be fair to just play a snippet of their song, here is the complete version of “Steak and Shake,” a summer jam if there ever was one! Play it loud!

https://youtu.be/Y9FNk-qm3Yg

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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/

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, June 24, 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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Another week on top for “The Ragbirds!!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of June 24, 2018

1. The Threshold and The Hearth—The Ragbirds
2. I Dug It Up—Whit Hill
3. The Dustbowl Revival—The Dustbowl Revival
4. Volume Two, Without Nothing, I’m You—Black Note Graffiti
5. Get It Going!—Billy W. Brandt and The Thing and Stuff Band
6. Living on Mars—Where’s Keith?
7. Set Yourself Free–David Roof
8. Natural Selection–Sumilan
9. American Art–Christian Collin
10.A World Unknown—Caleb Ford
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, June 24, 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 Ragbirds take their all encompassing “Cosmos” to #1!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of June 24, 2018

1. Cosmos—The Ragbirds
2. Steak and Shake—Signal Flags
3. Hard Enough—DownTown Mystic
4. Wounded Bird—Ray Vaughn
5. What’s Your Story?—The Scott Martin Band
6. Call My Name—The Dustbowl Revival
7. Doomed From the Start—The Native Howl
8. These Are the Days—Calvin Becker
9. I Need a Whole Lotta Lovin’ to Satisfy Me—Thornetta Davis
10.The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
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The Dustbowl Revival and The Strawberry Moon on Wednesday Morning’s “Theme Attic,” 10AM-12 Noon EDT!!!

Another BIG SHOW on Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 10AM-12 Noon EDT!!!

First of all, I have an interview with Zach from Dustbowl Revival (see pictures in the banner!) who is playing Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Top of the Park tonight and then 20 Front Street in Lake Orion Thursday night! On top of that, there are plenty of high quality artists playing in town this weekend! Thursday is also a Full Strawberry Moon so I have some songs that feature both!

Wub a Lub a Dub Dub!

Songs by other artists on the show will include Amy Petty, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Pousette-Dart, The Rosebuds, Jethro Tull, Dave Boutette, ZZ Top, John Fogerty, The Decemberists, Bob Malone, Audra Kubat, The Hangabouts, The Ragbirds, George Bedard and the Kingpins, Johnny Cash, Brothers Johnson – Band, Sara Bareilles, Chris Squire, and maybe 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 Strawberry link : https://whfr.fm/streamer/ (Press the “Listen Live Now” button), or use Tune In Player to stream it.

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For the First Time Ever: 2018 Summer New Music Showcase, Pt. 2, Monday Night 8PM-10PM EDT!!!

The fireworks don’t start until almost 10 PM so there is plenty of time to listen to the “First Ever 2018 Summer New Music Showcase, Pt.2” on “Prime Time Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 8PM-10PM EDT!!! There will also be a “Top 9 at 9:09” of this week’s Fave’s Albums list!

Songs by artist on the show include Erica Blinn (Album cover for “Better Than Gold” on the far right), Pollens (Album cover for “Mister Manufacture” on the far left) , The Ragbirds, Randy Cherkis, The Prefab Messiahs (Album cover for “Psychspoitation Today” second from left), Adam Plomaritas (unreleased!!!), Paul McCartney, Luke Winslow-King (Album cover for “Blue Mesa” second from right), Black Note Graffiti, David Roof, Kostka, Where‘s Keith, Dustbowl Revival, Lara and the Bluz Dawgz, Sumilan, Whit Hill, Billy Brandt Music and The Thing and Stuff Band, Ethan Jodziewicz and Tatiana Hargreaves, Christian Collin, Adrianne Serna Music, Elliot Schneider, Mike Vial, Happy Curmudgeons, Nick Piunti Power Trio +, The Empty Pockets, and maybe 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 Summer new music link : https://whfr.fm/streamer/ (Press the “Listen Live Now” button), or use Tune In Player to stream it.

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Day 9 of New Rotation Albums List: “Hey Kid” by Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons!!!

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Well, it’s been a while since I posted anything on my list. I thought this might happen, but I thought it would have happened several times and not just one extended break. I know it coincided with the continuous grass cutting that I’ve had to do.

So, let’s try to finish this list.

This is Day 9 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.

Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons put out a brilliant album in 2016 called “Homemade Vision.”

That album received much airplay on my shows as well as other programs on WHFR and I selected it for my 2016 Philby Album List https://philmaq.com/philbys/2016-philby-album-award-winners/, and several songs made my “Hot 100 Songs of 2016” https://philmaq.com/philbys/2016-philby-song-award-winners/ including the Song of the Year winner, “White Doves!”

I have seen the band several times in the past couple of years which has always included a trip to Ohio, because that’s where the band is located and typically plays a lot of gigs in their home state. Angela plays guitar and saw (?!) as well as handling main vocals. Her voice is very distinctive and has a style like many of the easily recognizable rock artists.

The rest of the Howlin’ Moons consists of guitar shredder Chris Connor and bass phenom Billy Zehnal. For the three times I have seen the band, they have had a “drummer du jour.” Surprisingly, it didn’t affect their performances, which is amazing considering all of the starts and stops that their songs have. On “Hey Kid,” Jeff Martin handled the beat.

The album starts off with a somewhat autobiographical song called “Athens.” It also bookends the album with a short instrumental reprise. It is probably the most mature approach the band had done up until then. But don’t worry. From that opening song, the band contains a whole slew of rock songs!

https://youtu.be/y7wLCEanM4I

I’m guessing that “George Stone” is a somewhat true story because the character delivers the “Hey Kid” line of the album’s title. “Milk in the Fridge,” “Hurricane” and my favorite, “Bad Reputation” keep the album rocking with an energy that rock albums require, or don’t call it rock! In the middle of all these high energy songs is the one that the band identifies with and gets its name from, “Howlin” at the Moon.”

The songs are tight, with searing guitar solos, clever lyrics, and big choruses! It’s easy to see why I stay hooked!

https://youtu.be/8IkahmzfDzc

Now some extra info on my list. I thought “Hey Kid” was older than it was. I had no idea that it was released in 2014 or I would have made it eligible for my Philbys last year. That’s one of the problems that I keep highlighting about independent releases. Release dates are sometimes vague. So for that reason, I think I will consider it for this year’s list.

So, I will pick another number 9….

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The List so far:

Day 8: “Arrivals and Departures” by Phil Ayoub: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-8-of-new-rotation-albums-list-arrival-and-departures-by-phil-ayoub/

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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Phil’s Faves: Albums, June 17, 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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The Ragbirds continue to fly at the top!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of June 17, 2018

1. The Threshold and The Hearth—The Ragbirds
2. I Dug It Up—Whit Hill
3. Volume Two, Without Nothing, I’m You—Black Note Graffiti
4. A World Unknown—Caleb Ford
5. Extralife—Darlingside
6. Play—The Scott Martin Band
7. Get It Going!—Billy W. Brandt and The Thing and Stuff Band
8. The Dustbowl Revival—The Dustbowl Revival
9. Living on Mars—Where’s Keith?
10. The Gap of Dreams—Altan [Hall of Fame]
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, June 17, 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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Signal Flags shake and “steak” their claim to #1!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of June 17, 2018

1. Steak and Shake—Signal Flags
2. What’s Your Story?—The Scott Martin Band
3. Cosmos—The Ragbirds
4. Hard Enough—DownTown Mystic
5. I Need a Whole Lotta Lovin’ to Satisfy Me—Thornetta Davis
6. Wounded Bird—Ray Vaughn
7. Call My Name—The Dustbowl Revival
8. Doomed From the Start—The Native Howl
9. These Are the Days—Calvin Becker
10. The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
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