Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Another Man" is This Week's #1 Song

"Itch" is the name singer Jonny "Itch" Fox goes by these days. He is a British music artist who was once the lead singer in a ukelele punk band called The King Blues. He went solo in 2012 and released his first album in 2014 called The Deep End. His most well known song is "Another Man" featuring Megan Joy on vocals. The track has yet to chart in America and was featured as a free iTunes track in April 2015. "Another Man" did chart twice in Australia in 2014.

The song is a throwback to the late 50s/early 60s do-wop style. The video is a features a brilliant use of color and black and white computer generation to illustrate the song's point. Megan Joy's vocals are a little overpowering but definitely delivers the charm to this song.

The song is the current #1 track on Mel's Weekly Top 20 Chart which makes a comeback to this blog page as of this posting.

The Weekly Top 20 Chart now shows up on its own page within this blog (with a later update planned for the original chart page) using Google Docs as the database back end. The chart has not been regularly published since September 2014 as other obligations by the publisher was more pressing.

However chart data has been kept in an offline database on a weekly basis.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Honokaa Jazz Band at Ala Moana Centerstage

Honokaa Jazz Band

The Honokaa Jazz Band made its debut public performance at the recently renovated Ala Moana Centerstage venue yesterday (April 16) to a crowd that was treated to a variety of jazz, blues and R&B standards. The band with more than 30 members are currently touring Oahu and playing at a number of venues this weekend. The Ala Moana Shopping Center concert was the first of several.

The band has a long established reputation of creating memorable performances with a wide range of musical styles, mostly focused on the jazz genre. The band is led by Mr. Gary Washburn who has been a music instructor at Honokaa High and Intermediate School for many years. The Honokaa Jazz Band won a special Grammy Award in 2011 for “its unique and outstanding band program.”

Honokaa Jazz Band will be performing in Waikiki tomorrow starting at 5:00 pm at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Bryan Lanning - This Is Home

So I been watching this Vlog series for a couple of months now - DAILY BUMPS - with Bryan, Missy, Ollie and Karma.... a family somewhere in the U.S. (don't exactly know which state).... they share a daily video of whatever happens in their family's life of about 15 minutes each day. The videos are tightly edited that gives the viewer a snapshot of "this is what happened today". They're quite an entertaining family as you get to see what is happening on their daily grind.

For a while I had no idea what Bryan or Missy do for a living besides making video blogs.

Bryan is a musician and he recently released his debut single called "This is Home". The song is available for purchase at the usual places... iTunes, Amazon, Google. Check the video out. It's a good contemporary, family-friendly single that is radio friendly to a number of formats including AC, Country and perhaps even Contemporary Christian.

Daily Bumps YouTube Channel

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lynda Kay - I Put a Spell on You

I've liked the few Lynda Kay songs I've heard over the years. This one is a cover from 2013 - "I Put a Spell on You" first recorded by "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins back in 1956 - Kay's send up of the track makes it originally her own. Give it a listen, it's a great cover!

She's also got a new song out. "I'll Never Let You Go" streams on her site. Check it out.

Friday, March 13, 2015

58 Years of Rock and Pop Music Through the Years

Screenshot: iTunes

Flashback Friday | iTunes Playlists 

Starting today I will be posting links of mixes that I currently have on my iTunes app for Mac OSX. These mixes show up in the PLAYLIST tab and column in iTunes and are transferred to my various iOS devices.

The first mix is a year by year synopsis of songs that I liked from near the start of the rock era to today. The mix list changes occasionally but as of this posting date this is what the mix is.

Video link to some of the music on this list.

1957 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
1958 Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
1959 Sweet Nothins Brenda Lee
1960 The Twist Chubby Checker
1961 Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson
1962 Soldier Boy The Shirelles
1963 Rhythm of the Rain The Cascades
1964 A Hard Day's Night The Beatles
1965 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
1966 I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller Four
1967 Light My Fire The Doors
1968 Hey Jude The Beatles
1969 Honky Tonk Woman The Rolling Stones
1970 Let It Be The Beatles
1971 Joy to the World Three Dog Night
1972 American Pie Don McLean
1973 Crocodile Rock Elton John
1974 Band On The Run Paul McCartney & Wings
1975 Philadelphia Freedom Elton John
1976 Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) Fleetwood Mac
1977 Dreams Fleetwood Mac
1978 Stayin' Alive Bee Gees
1979 My Sharona The Knack
1980 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon & Yoko Ono
1981 I Love Rock 'N Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
1982 Mickey Toni Basil
1983 Billie Jean Michael Jackson
1984 Lucky Star Madonna
1986 Harlem Shuffle The Rolling Stones
1987 Just Like Heaven The Cure
1988 The One I Love R.E.M.
1989 Love Shack The B-52's
1990 Black Velvet Alannah Myles
1991 Valerie Loves Me Material Issue
1992 Friday I'm in Love The Cure
1993 74 - 75 The Connells
1994 Say It Ain't So Weezer
1995 You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
1996 When You're Gone The Cranberries
1997 Don't Speak No Doubt
1998 The Way Fastball
1999 Maria Blondie
2000 Never Let You Go Third Eye Blind
2001 Island in the Sun Weezer
2002 Hella Good No Doubt
2003 Stacy's Mom Fountains Of Wayne
2004 Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Green Day
2005 Love In A Trashcan The Raveonettes
2006 Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers
2007 Phantom Limb The Shins
2008 Pork and Beans Weezer
2009 I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
2010 Need You Now Lady Antebellum
2011 Paradise Coldplay
2012 Drive By Train
2013 Change Churchill
2014 My Silver Lining First Aid Kit
2015 Flashed Junk Mind Milky Chance