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First, a quick review of an album I was sent:

Daniel Park “These Illusions” – I admit, I’m not a fan of singer/songwriters who produce slow ballads with a lot of guitar strumming. It’s just not my bag. This isn’t to say that Daniel Park, who is a singer/songwriter who produces slow ballads with a lot of guitar strumming, is bad at his craft. He’s a solid guitarist, a good lyricist and has a great voice. It’s just that, for me, those elements don’t add up to something I want to hear over and over again. Still, I would suggest picking this up if what you dig is the opposite of what I dig.

Now, on to today’s music. I picked a couple boxed sets today, along with a few regular albums. In the player today:

Disc One: John Coltrane “Interplay (Disc One)”- The first in a five-disc set that was released a couple years back by Prestige Records, this seven-track album gives us some better-known classics (“Light Blue”) and some lesser-known beauties (“Bob’s Boys”). With the shortest track coming in just under eight minutes, and the longest at just over fifteen, listeners are given over 70 minutes of Coltrane doing what he does best: long-form sax jazz that would go on to become legendary.

Disc Two: Willie Nelson “The Complete Atlantic Sessions (Shotgun Willie)” – This three-disc set collects Willie’s albums on Atlantic from 1973 to 1974. The first disc, “Shotgun Willie,” features the release’s original twelve songs, along with twelve additional tracks of outtakes and alternate versions. Backed by a gaggle of female vocalists and an impressive horn section, this album stands out from most albums of the same genre from the seventies. The shining moment is the track “Sad Songs and Waltzes” which, decades later, would become a cover opportunity for the band Cake.

Disc Three: The Cankles “Goddamn!!” – I don’t even think this Chicago hip-hop outfit is around anymore, but if they are you should check ’em out. This release (their first and only, I think) blends live instrumentation with sampled beats, and the production is something most other bands should strive for. Their beats are clearly influenced by early DJ Shadow, but they’re able to add their own sound to the mix and make it completely their own. Though I could have done without the Jerky Boys-esque prank phone calls at the end where they try and get people to say the word “cankles.”

Disc Four: Beastie Boys “To the 5 Boroughs” – The last time I really loved the Beastie Boys was in the late nineties with their release of “Hello Nasty,” but this release from 2004 is an okay effort. I have to admit, I’ve only listened to this disc a handful of times, and the last time was probably over three years ago. And while it’s still a solid Beastie outing, it’s a far cry from anything between “Paul’s Boutique” and “Ill Communication.” It’s all good, but nothing really stands out as being amazing.

Disc Five: The Doors “Live in Boston 1970 (Disc One)” – A three-disc set collecting two live performances at the Boston Arena on Friday, April 10th 1970. The first disc collects 16 tracks from the first show, with a few songs you’d expect (“Roadhouse Blues,” “Light My Fire”) and a few you wouldn’t (“Away In India,” a cover of Muddy Waters’ “Rock Me”). I have a slight man-crush on Morrison, so I’m definitely biased here. But even if you’re not a big Doors head, there’s enough radio hits on the set to keep you content. And Jim’s drunken banter in between songs (or sometimes during songs) are priceless.

Come on, baby, bite my wire,


Old Poop!