Phil’s Faves: Albums, July 23, 2017

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:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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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That “old soul,” Alicia Marie, stays on top for a second week!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of July 23, 2017

1. Old Soul—Alicia Marie
2. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
3. Chills and Fever—Samantha Fish
4. American Beauty—CJ Ramone
5. Honest Woman—Thornetta Davis
6. Devils Never Cry—Judy Banker
7. Kits and Cats and Saxon Wives—The Hangabouts
8. What We’re Made Of—The Vegabonds
9. Ten Thousand Feet Below—Eliza Neals
10.Rekihndled—Greg Kihn [Hall of Fame]
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 23, 2017

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: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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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This week’s top spot rightly belongs to Alicia Marie!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 23, 2017

1. He Belongs to Me—Alicia Marie
2. Electricity—Red City Radio
3. Coming Round—Judy Banker
4. Another Lifetime—Eliza Neals
5. Things Inside—Oak City Roots
6. The Blues Don’t Care—Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
7. Always the Same—The Garden of Soul
8. It Ain’t My Fault—Mark Jewett
9. Blood to Roam—The Vegabonds
10.Purple GTO—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
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Detroit Strong New and Old: Tosha Owens and Sammy Davis, Jr.!!!

After looking at arguably Detroit’s worst moment in history, it’s time to look at the present and the future with positive vibes!

Any artist will tell you that they’re always looking for a good song, if not a great song. Obviously, for most, those are extremely rare. A great song about a city? Well, you might as well pull out a musical microscope to find one.

Tosha Owens, an award winning Detroit singer, has done it! On her latest song and video, “Detroit Strong,” she adds her incredible talent to a song about what makes the city GREAT! The video is fun to watch as she visits many of Detroit’s fun and happening locales!

Tosha herself is an upbeat person with a pleasant personality! She always seems to have a smile on her face—except when she’s singing a song where she has to change that mood.

Sales of the song go to Sparky Anderson’s charity, CATCH!

I’m happy to say that I’ve had a chance to jam with her (That’s me, Phil Maq, sitting in on drums),  as well as legendary guitarist, Jim McCarty, upcoming guitar great, Jimmy Alter, and Marvelous Marvin Conrad on bass, at St. Clair Shores, “Blue Goose Inn!”

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(Photo courtesy of Sally O’Mally Schroeder)

Of course, Tosha’s song brought to mind another song about Detroit from 1984, that was written by Berry Gordy, Jr. and Willie Hutch. There was a video to support Sammy Davis, Jr.’s great vocal of a song called, “Hello Detroit!” It’s interesting to watch views of the city across that 30 plus year timeline!

Wednesday morning’s “Theme Attic” show from 10A-12 Noon EDT, will continue with my self proclaimed, “New Summer of Love 2017!” Music in this second edition will sound similar to styles of music from 50 years ago, but will all be fairly new! songs by artists will include the liquid scene, The Vegabonds, Tosha Owens, Birth of Joy, Seth Bernard (“Eggtones” album pictured above left), The Static Dial, The Rutles, The Hangabouts, Cold Mountain Child (“Earth Wave Sway” album cover pictured above right), Secret Colours, Dylan McDonald And The Avians, Rachel Allyn, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (Peter Madcat Ruth), Darlene Love, The Monkees, White Bats, and more!!! Tune in and turn on to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, Tune In Player on your smart phone, or with this far-out link: http://whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html Please share with your fans, friends, and families if you’re cool with that and tag me if you do!!!

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July 23, 1967: Detroit, Michigan-The Revolution in Song!

Fifty years ago on Sunday July 23, I would normally be at a baseball game.

That was pretty much the pattern with my friends. If the Detroit Tigers were playing and I didn’t have any family plans, I would normally get everyone together and my brother would drop us off at Tiger Stadium.

We would take the bus home after the game including a transfer at Warren and Trumbull.

At that point in time, we were still sitting in the left field grandstands. $2 a ticket if I remember correctly.

On July 23, the Tigers had their usual Sunday afternoon game. For some reason, and I can’t remember why, I didn’t go to the game. I think I wasn’t feeling well. Believe me, next to music, baseball was my next favorite interest, and it was a very close second! I must have been close to being on a deathbed. We were all just kids anywhere from 9 to 11 years old.

Surprisingly, someone else was able to arrange a ride to the game. When I talked to my friends later, they told me that you could see heavy smoke over the top of the stadium. They said they had no idea what was going on, but the game continued so they didn’t worry about it.

But they also said that the atmosphere at the ballpark was strange that day. People seemed on edge. They said the bus ride also began to get scary and they wanted to get out of there fast. People were screaming and yelling. Everyone made it home safely, but not without worry.

Of course, unknown to them or myself, the uprising had begun earlier that day. And it seemed to go on for eternity that week.

And in a sense, it did.

As much as I tried to stay away from this topic on “Prime Time Theme Attic” with @Phil Maq, Mondays, from 8PM-10PM ET, I find that I am drawn to the music about the conflict. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get anywhere with the music, but I think I have it figured out. There will also be the usual but always unusual, Phil’s Faves: Songs, “Top 9 at 9:09!”

Gil Scott—Heron was a jazz beat poet that made his debut afterwards, and produced a song, that if a person could make the “Theme Attic Hall of Fame” on just one song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” would be it. It was played on a consistent basis on all of the underground stations. The song will be featured on the show:

I’m not providing any answers or solutions, but I will look at music by artists surrounding what happened 50 years ago.
Artists that will be played will include Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings, John Lee Hooker, Red City Radio, Gordon Lightfoot, Alicia Marie, Gil Scott-Heron, Judy Banker, MC5. Mark Jewett Music, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (Peter Madcat Ruth), The Garden of Soul, Dennis Coffey Fan Page (Dennis Coffey), Eliza Neals, Tim Buckley, Oak City Roots, Bruce Springsteen, Detroit Rebellion, and many more!!!
Tune in to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, Tune In Players, or with this rebellious link:http://whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html But be careful! The Man does not want you to listen! Please share with your fans, friends, and families, and tag me when you do!!! Peace!
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Phil’s Faves: Albums, July 16, 2017

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:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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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Alicia Marie climbs all to the way to the top! Pretty good for an “old soul!”

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of July 16, 2017

1. Old Soul—Alicia Marie
2. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
3. Honest Woman—Thornetta Davis
4. Chills and Fever—Samantha Fish
5. Ten Thousand Feet Below—Eliza Neals
6. American Beauty—CJ Ramone
7. Devils Never Cry—Judy Banker
8. Kits and Cats and Saxon Wives—The Hangabouts
9. What We’re Made Of—The Vegabonds
10.Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 16, 2017

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: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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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Eliza Neals reaches the summit of the songs list!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 16, 2017

1. Another Lifetime—Eliza Neals
2. He Belongs to Me—Alicia Marie
3. Electricity—Red City Radio
4. Set Me Free—Thornetta Davis
5. Coming Round—Judy Banker
6. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
7. Things Inside—Oak City Roots
8. Always the Same—The Garden of Soul
9. Purple GTO—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
10.The Blues Don’t Care—Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
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2017: The New Summer of Love, Pt.1!!!

 

For better or worse, the summer of 1967 is known as the “Summer of Love.” Back then, social changes merged with musical exploration-especially psychedelic music, combined in an “innocent” way, never again to be repeated. It was an interesting time, and the sounds that emerged still inspires musicians to emulate it! In other words, some of the recent music that is still being released by artists today owes its style to those inspirational times!

So, on Monday’s “Prime Time Theme Attic” with Phil Maq, from 8PM-10PM  ET, explores this newer music and declares a “New Summer of Love!” Songs by artists on this show, which includes the new weekly “Top 9 at 9:09” featuring “Phil’s Faves: Albums” list will feature The Rutles, the liquid scene, Alicia Marie, sugarplum fairies, The Turnback, The Beatles, The Hangabouts, DownTown Mystic, Fly Golden Eagle (“Quartz Bijou” album cover pictured above), Judy Banker (Judith Banker), The Vegabonds, Thornetta Davis, Wendy Webb (Wendy Webb), Jo Serrapere & the LaFawndas (Jo Serrapere), Cj Ramone, The Donkeys, Eliza Neals, Samantha Fish (Fans of Samantha fish), Nina & The Buffalo Riders, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons (Angela Perley), Olivia Millerschin (Olivia Millerschin), Tommy Keene, and more!!!

Tune in to 89.3 FM (89.3 WHFR.FM) in the Dearborn-Detroit area, Tune In Players, or with this very groovy link: http://whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html Please share with your fans, families, and friends, and tag me when you do!!!

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, July 9, 2017

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:

Listen live: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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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Blues/rocker Eliza Neals scales the Faves list after climbing out of her “Ten Thousand Feet Below” chasm!

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Top 10 Albums for the Week of July 9, 2017

1. Ten Thousand Feet Below—Eliza Neals
2. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
3. Old Soul—Alicia Marie
4. Honest Woman—Thornetta Davis
5. Chills and Fever—Samantha Fish
6. Look Both Ways—Olivia Millerschin
7. American Beauty—CJ Ramone
8. Devils Never Cry—Judy Banker
9. Kits and Cats and Saxon Wives—The Hangabouts
10.The Valley—The Whiskey Charmers
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, July 9, 2017

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: www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

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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Thornetta Davis gets “set free” on top of this Faves list!

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Top Ten Songs for the Week of July 9, 2017

1. Set Me Free—Thornetta Davis
2. Another Lifetime—Eliza Neals
3. He Belongs to Me—Alicia Marie
4. Step Out of Line—Wendy Webb
5. Purple GTO—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles
6. Electricity—Red City Radio
7. Coming Round—Judy Banker
8. Things Inside—Oak City Roots
9. Always the Same—The Garden of Soul
10.He Did It—Samantha Fish
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Sal and Dottie and Bob Silverberg: “Old and Gold” Remembered!!!

Somewhere after growing up listening to radio stations WABX, WKNR, WWWW, WLLZ, WRIF, and WCSX, and after “good” music continued to disappear from the Detroit area airwaves, the aural landscape seemed pretty bleak.

Then something happened.

I can’t honestly pinpoint it, but I wish I could. I’m guessing it happened somewhere in the late eighties or early nineties. I don’t even remember what station it was on. I know it was owned by the Detroit Public Schools. 90.9 FM. I know it now broadcasts jazz and classical music.

But for a long time, for many years, probably more than a decade for me, I listened to a show called “Old and Gold” that was hosted by Sal and Dottie Leczynski and Bob Silverberg.

Every Sunday night from 6 PM-8 PM, I planned my day around being available to catch that show. They played vinyl, mostly 45s, and took turns doing it—probably like they did years before at home, when the music originally came out. They did segments on blues, rockabilly, doo-wop, Western swing, country, and with a heavy emphasis on mostly local artists. Sound familiar?

Now, I prefer to mix my genres up, but for “Old and Gold,” it worked. Since I came into existence after many of those styles of music were popular, the show was like a musical history lesson, one song at a time! Sometimes they would play a stack of A-sides, flip them over and play the B-sides—not necessarily an original idea, but I like that completest mentality when it comes to music.

Not everything Sal, Dottie, and Bob played was good. Far from it. But they played off each other well and were entertaining in their own way.

I wish I could tell you more about them and the show, but its run was before the internet and I couldn’t even find anything on it or them. I’m hoping this post will maybe point me in a direction where I can find out more. I did spend a lot of time with them!

This summer is the 50th Anniversary of “The Summer of Love.” That’s probably where Sal, Dottie, and Bob drew their line in the music sand.

I really have no desire to play the big hits, the “Top 40,” but I will give a nod to that anniversary on several of my shows.

I have run across some playlists from fifty years ago from stations WPAG in Ann Arbor and WKNR in Dearborn. I will play songs from those lists that in the words of those classic “Old and Gold” DJs, are “the bottom 40 with an anchor!”

The fun starts on Monday night’s “Prime Time Theme Attic,” from 8PM-10PM EDT!!! You can find it at 89.3 FM (WHFR) in the Dearborn—Detroit area, Tune In Apps, or with this special throwback link:

www.whfr.fm/images/stream_audio.html

Join me if you can!!!

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