Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Macy Gray

Artist:Mact Gray
Song:I Try
Album The Very Best Of Macy

With her quirky style and raspy voice, Macy Gray burst upon the scene with the 1999 top five hit I Try. Though Macy is still around, I Try turned out to be her only big hit. I think it's fair to say her career has been disappointing. She was born Natalie McIntyre Sept. 6, 1967 in Canton, OH. Though she studied music, she didn't like her own voice. So she went to the University of Southern California to study screenwriting. She wrote some songs for a friend. But when the singer didn't show, Macy sang them herself and her demos got her a deal with Atlantic Records. Record company management changes cancelled the deal and she went home to Canton. She was convinced to return to Los Angeles and she signed with Epic Records. She recorded her 1999 debut CD On How Life Is with former Warren Zevon producer Andrew Slater. Macy writes a lot of her own songs with members of her band, especially pianist Jeremy Ruzumna. I Try was the second single and it reached #5 on the Billboard hot 100. The album On How Life Is was certified 3XPlatinum. She also won some awards and even appeared in the 2001 film Training Day. With her quirky look and Billie Holiday influenced voice, Epic thought Macy was set up for long term success. But she never had another hit single and after three albums, she left Epic for Geffen. Though he 2007 Geffen debut album Big was produced by of Black Eyed Peas, it did not sell. Since then Macy has recorded for Concord, 429, Kobalt and her latest CD Stripped was released on Chesky in Sept. 2016, she has been unable to capture the success of I Try. It looks like when her second Epic album did not sell as well as the first album, the record company hit the panic button. Macy's new album is with jazz musicians Ari Hoenig, Russell Malone, Daryl Johns and Wallace Roney. She says now she got caught up trying to hit pop music home runs and now she's getting back to basics. You can get all her Epic hits on this budget comp. I never liked Macy's pop music but I may check her out again if she's doing jazz. Here's the video for I Try by Macy Gray.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Sasha Banks vs Charlotte

Here's the match video of Charlotte defending her WWE RAW Women's Championship vs Sasha Banks from last night's episode of RAW. So if you have been paying attention, you'll know that Vince McMahon has been very reluctant to keep the belt on Sasha. And at Hell In A Cell, Sasha was supposed to retain the title but Vince changed the ending at the last second. That's why the end of that match was so awkward. I can't comment on Vince's thinking but I don't think HHH has been happy with him. So Charlotte agrees to give Sasha a rematch in her home town of Charlotte. They do the match early in the show and Charlotte finagles a double count out so she keeps the belt. RAW GM Mick Foley comes out and informs Charlotte that he won't accept that result. They will restart the match later with no DQ and Falls Count Anywhere. The match starts out conventionally but then things get interesting when they take it outside the ring. Sasha pulls a kendo stick from under the ring and that turns the tide for the rest of the match. One of the more interesting spots had Charlotte doing a moonsault off the announce table onto Sasha. And I really liked the finish though I won't reveal it. It was right out of Korakuen Hall. So Sasha wins the title again and just to put the cherry on top of that sundae, Ric Flair came out to congratulate Sasha. Now we have to wait and see if Vince will let Sasha keep the belt. That should be very interesting. Enjoy the video!

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-David Gray

Artist:David Gray
Album:The Best Of David Gray

Singer songwriter David Gray has been very successful in his native England. He has had success in North America but just not to the same level. His music is worth checking out. He was born June 13, 1968 in Manchester, England. His family moved to Wales. While attending the Liverpool School Of Art, he played in a couple of punk bands. He soon decided to be a solo artist and he started playing local clubs. Gray started out as an acoustic artist recording two albums on Virgin's Hut label. He was on Caroline in the US. Then he started experimenting with electronics and started  recording what is called folktronica. He had success in England with the 1998 album White Ladder and the single Babylon. So he's had a lot of chart success in England. Attempts by Dave Matthews' ATO label to break him in the US hasn't been as successful. But Gray has a loyal following. Fugitive is from the 2009 album Draw The Line, Gray's first album with Polydor. This comp The Best Of David Gray was just released a couple of weeks ago. It's a good intro to his music. David Gray is worth checking out. Here's the video for Fugitive by David Gray.

Monday, November 28, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Blue Cheer

Artist:Blue Cheer
Song:Summertime Blues
Album:Good Times Are So Hard To Find: The History of Blue Cheer

Blue Cheer were hard rock pioneers. They built the bridge from garage band psychedelia to what would become heavy metal. Summertime Blues was their only big hit. Blue Cheer were from San Francisco led by bassist and lead singer Dickie Peterson along with guitarist Leigh Stephens and drummer Eric Albronda. The band was named after a popular variety of LSD. Albronda became their manager and was replaced by Paul Whaley. They added a few members for a while but then cut back to the original trio. Blue Cheer signed with Philips Records and their debut album Vincebus Eruptum was released in 1968. Their cover of the classic Summertime Blues reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would turn out to be Blue Cheer's only big hit. This original lineup recorded one more album and then Stephens was replaced by Randy Holden. The band membership soon became a revolving door and that hurt Blue Cheer's music and they split up on 1972. They first reformed in 1978 and then split up in 1980. But they reformed more permanently in 1999 and would continue to tour until Dickie Peterson died of cancer in 2009. This budget CD should give you a clear picture of Blue Cheer. Today Blue Cheer are hailed as hard rock pioneers. Here's Blue Cheer performing Summertime Blues on the German TV show Beat Club 1968.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Danielle Taylor vs Ham Seo Hee

Here's the match video of Danielle Taylor vs Ham Seo Hee from last night's UFC show in Brisbane, Australia. This was a terrible fight. But afterwards there was a lot of whining about the judging and the ref. So I took another look at it. Geez, the things I do for you guys. I didn't think either fighter did enough to win. But Danielle is the main culprit. She got on her bike and played keep away for three rounds. It's the same strategy Maryna Moroz used to beat Danielle. And it's a great strategy to use on Ham, a technical kickboxer with no power. Of course the ref could put a stop to it. But most don't and it's a legitimate strategy to win fights. Some fighters don't care if their fights are boring. They just want that W. The ref did miss an eye poke on Ham in round three. But I doubt it made any difference. It's a difficult match to judge. I suppose they gave it to Danielle for cage control. She won by split decision. It's a cheap way to win and it doesn't move her up the ladder. Her camp will say a win is a win. Enjoy the video!

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Today

Song:I Got The Feeling
Album:The New Formula

Today was an R&B group that had brief success in the early days of the New Jack Swing movement. They split up after two albums. Today started out in 1984 in Englewood, NJ as The Gents. The members were Lee "Bubba" Drakeford, Larry Singletary, Wes Adams and Larry McCain. They were introduced to uberproducer Teddy Riley and he changed their name to Today and got them a record deal with MCA Records. It was around this time that MCA bought Motown and put Jheryl Busby in charge. Today was moved to Motown and the idea was to promote them as the "new" Four Tops. Today's 1988 debut CD was produced by Riley and partner Gene Griffin. The singles Him Or Me and Girl I Got My Eyes On You did well on the R&B charts. But Riley was not involved with the 1990 album The New Formula. Griffin was still involved but I guess Today were upset that Riley wasn't around. I guess this was around the time that Riley split with Griffin. I Got The Feeling was produced and written by Elliott "Dr. Freeze" Straite who also produced Bell Biv Devoe's Poison. I Got The Feeling reached #12 on the R&B Singles chart. There has been renewed interest in this song after it was used in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Drakeford left to go solo. He recorded three albums as Big Bub. The rest of the group tried to continue but they were unsuccessful. Today reunited in 2010 and they released a gospel CD. Here's the video for I Got The Feeling by Today.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gabi Garcia vs Shinobu Kandori added to RIZIN New Year's Eve

Gabi Garcia, Shinobu Kandori
So there I was sitting watching the Raptors game last night and keeping an eye on Twitter when pics from a RIZIN press conference start coming up. What the hell is Shinobu Kandori doing there? Now, I don't expect most younger fans to know about Kandori. There was a time when she was a big star and she was also important in the development of women's MMA. I guess she's still a big deal in Japan or RIZIN owner Sakikabara wouldn't have Kandori fight Gabi Garcia. It's just sad that his gimmickry has come to this. Last night I was asked if Kandori was in the Olympics. No, but she did compete at the 1984 World Women's Judo Championships. She turned to pro wrestling in the 90s. Her gimmick was that she was a real fighter and that led to one of the biggest feuds of the joshi boom of the 90s against Akira Hokuto. The matches were outstanding helped by Hokuto's unmatched ability to convey emotion in the ring. When the joshi boom died down, Kandori became owner of Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling (LLPW). And LLPW promoted the very first women's MMA show in 1995. Kandori's MMA record was 4-1. In Japan, they have never had weight classes for larger women. It's always been Open Weight. Kandori was 1-1 against Russian Svetlana Goudarenko who outweighed Kandori by 100lb. Kandori lost the first match and then won the rematch with a rear naked choke. And that's the selling point of her match vs Gabi Garcia. She's done it before. She can do it again. But that was in 1998. Not to mention that Kandori is 52 years old and she has been a member of the Japanese House of Councillors since 2006. Kandori hasn't been relevant as an athlete since the 90s. So I don't expect much from this match. But it certainly created a buzz in Tokyo today which no doubt pleased Kandori and Sakikabara.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Eric Dolphy

Artist:Eric Dolphy
Song:Hat To Beard
Album:Out To Lunch

Sax player Eric Dolphy was best known for his work with Charles Mingus. He was just coming into his own as a leader when he died prematurely. The 1964 album Out To Lunch is a must. He was born June 20, 1928 in Los Angeles. He played the clarinet as a child and got into jazz as a teen. Dolphy played with local bands like Gerald Wilson and Roy Porter. His first high profile gig was with Chico Hamilton in 1958. Dolphy moved to New York and joined Charles Mingus' band. The two knew each other growing up in Los Angeles. While touring with Mingus, Dolphy recorded several albums as a leader for Prestige. He also recorded with John Coltrane and Booker Little. Dolphy left the Mingus band in 1964 and he also left Prestige for Blue Note. The 1964 album Out To Lunch is the one essential Eric Dolphy album. Musicians are Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Richard Davis on bass and Tony Williams on drums. Then Dolphy moved to Europe. He thought his brand of jazz would go over better in Europe and his fiancee was a ballerina in Paris. Sadly, Out To Lunch was Dolphy's final recording. On June 29, 1964, Dolphy collapsed on stage in Berlin. The hospital assumed he overdosed on drugs when in fact, Dolphy was a diabetic. He died after he was given the wrong treatment. Eric Dolphy died at age 36. His music is worth checking out. Here's a video for Hat and Beard by Eric Dolphy.

Friday, November 25, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Nat King Cole

Artist:Nat King Cole
Song:O Come All Ye Faithful
Album:The Christmas Song

One of the most successful Christmas records of all time was Nat King Cole's 1946 recording of The Christmas Song. For one thing, it was the first time Cole recorded with strings. So he was able to move farther from his jazz roots to pop stardom. Of course back then, there were no albums. So now you want to know if Cole ever recorded a Christmas album. The album The Magic Of Christmas was released in 1960. The songs including O Come All Ye Faithful are traditional Chistmas classics arranged and conducted by Ralph Carmichael. But for some reason, Capitol did not include The Christmas Song. I guess they underestimated the demand for Cole's version of that song. So in 1962, Capitol re-released The Magic of Christmas as The Christmas Song. The version on this album is not the original 1946 version but a 1961 version that Cole recorded for The Nat King Cole Story. And that 1961 recording is the one usually played on the radio. The Christmas Song was first released on CD in 1986. But it underwent a major overhaul in 2003 that included some bonus tracks. In 2009, Capitol did another overhaul including a new cover. It also includes the 1946 and 1961 versions of The Christmas Song. This is the version that is currently available on CD. I guess the bottom line is if you need a Christmas album by a major league crooner, you can't go wrong with Nat King Cole. Here's a video of O Come All Ye Faithful by Nat King Cole.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Sir-Mix-A-Lot

Song:Baby Got Back
Album:Mack Daddy

Here's a video I'm sure you all remember from the early 90s. It was all about butts. Baby Got Back topped the charts in 1992. It turned out to be the only big hit for rapper Sir-Mix-A-Lot. He was born Anthony Ray Aug. 12, 1963 in Seattle. In 1983, he started his own label Nastymix with partner Nasty Nes. In 1987, Ray scored a regional hit with Posse On Broadway. The record has plenty of Seattle references. He had a couple of minor hits but then he had a nasty split with his partner. American Recordings owner Rick Rubin signed Ray to his American Def label and he also bought Ray's old masters. That ended the dispute. Ray recorded the album Mack Daddy. Baby Got Back topped the charts despite the controversial subject matter. MTV even banned the video for a while. It turned out to be Ray's only big hit. He recorded a couple more albums and then returned to Seattle. He's still active locally and he hosts his own radio show based in Fresno, CA. So like a lot of rappers, Sir-Mix-A-Lot had a very brief run. Here's the video for Baby Got Back by Sir-Mix-A-Lot.