December 31, 2016

Modcast #377: The People Who Died

If ever a year demanded a wake it's 2016. Have we ever felt more deeply the loss of so many cultural icons from Muhammad Ali to George Michael (hey I still love Wham's first album, so there!), Garry Shandling to Garry Marshall. It was just a shitty year for the touchstones of Gen X, the people we grew up with. The defacto mom who raised us, Florence Henderson, to the defacto royalty, Princess Leia, who was a role model to even us boys. So many writers, actors, singers and storytellers, too many to count and seemingly more than most other years for some reason.

So, here's the wake, my and Mary Queen of Cosmos take on celebrating the end of the year, wherein we play a few songs, raise a few drinks, and remember all of those who now leave us only with those memories.

First rule of 2017? Don't talk about 2016.

Mary Queen of Cosmos recommends some additional reading/listening:
  • I'm Afraid of Americans -- by Thurston Moore on performing with David Bowie

  • GuyClark -- The songwriter's songwriter, Texas-born. A master story-teller. Hard-living, hard-loving, hard-working, he died in May at the age of 74. Rolling Stone beautifully eulogizes him much more eloquently than I ever could.

  • Sharon Jones on NPR:
    http://www.npr.org/2016/07/28/487707877/soul-singer-sharon-jones-the-cancer-is-here-but-i-want-to-perform
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126558180


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    Jim Carroll -- The People Who Died
    David Bowie -- I'm Afraid of Americans
    Guy Clark -- Walkin' Man
    Sharon Jones -- Without A Heart
    Al Caiola -- Temptation
    Alan Brown Set -- Mr. Pleasure
    Mose Allison -- You're Mind Is On Vacation
    Prince - Paisley Park
    Tribe Called Quest -- Can I Kick It?
    Earth, Wind & Fire -- September
    Inspiral Carpets -- This Is How It Feels
    The Untouchables -- City Gent
    The Specials -- Enjoy Yourself
    David Bowie -- Lazarus

    JB's Allstars



    3 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Happy 2017 Rob and Mary. Thanks for all you do. Appreciate it. Bill

    Anonymous said...

    happy new year- a hopefully better one than the last one...

    btw.: people who died in 2016:you forgot the other "prince"- in my eyes the musically way better and also historically more important one: prince buster

    Mr. Suave said...

    Thanks for listening! Didn't actually forget Prince Buster, but it's always hard to include everyone. Did include Enjoy Yourself, but the Specials version so complimenting both Prince Buster and Specials drummer John Bradbury. And did play some of his stuff as background music. He was on my short list, sadly the list from last year just wasn't short enough. Hopefully it will be easier next year, and a shorter show!