Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hello from Saturday's Radio Central! We hope you've had a good week. My non-musical life was a bit too stressful last week, so thank goodness there's music and other good things in the world.

I've been on a bit of a Grateful Dead kick lately, so this week's poll is going to be Dead related. We're asking your opinion on the best Grateful Dead studio album. Is it American Beauty? Workingman's Dead? Aoxomoxoa? Wake of the Flood? Other? There's lots to choose from, of course, and we're not even getting into the (most say superior) live albums. If I keep on this Dead kick, there's going to be some fun months ahead exploring that universe. I only wish I'd caught on much earlier. I'm old enough that their Touch of Grey comeback period happened after I graduated high school, so I easily could have gone to shows. But I just didn't get it at the time.

In last week's poll we asked for you to vote on the best rock album of the 90's. I used a Rolling Stone list to come up with the voting choices, which I admit is far from perfect, but it helped to narrow the possibilities. Personally, I'd go for R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, but that masterpiece finished down the list a few notches.  I think the four I listed - Nirvana's Nevermind, Radiohead's OK Computer, Pearl Jam's Ten, and U2's Achtung Baby - stood out for different reasons, and interestingly enough they finished in a four-way tie for first, though "Other" got the most votes. To those of you who voted, thanks so much! We'll do our best to keep the polls interesting and fun.

This week the following musicians we like are celebrating birthdays: Sunday - Justine Frischmann; Wednesday - Jarvis Cocker; Friday - Leonard Cohen; and Saturday - Nick Cave and Joan Jett. Also, my mom turns 66 on Wednesday. Happy Birthday everyone!

We don't have much Saturday's Radio news to report. We're just beginning to work on the reissue of album #4, Roses for Sharon. I've never been happy with the sound of that album, so we're going to go back to the multi-tracks and attempt a remix. We're also experimenting with re-recording a couple of songs. We'll keep you posted on our progress.

"Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music." - George Carlin