Saturday, October 6, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: The Germans Are Coming


We're headed out to celebrate Oktoberfest tonight. It's an annual party to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig of Bavaria to his bride, Terese. It's also a big excuse to drink beer and party like a Bavarian.

We'll mark the occasion with a list of German and German-language music.



5. "Hände zum Himmel" - Hansi Hinterseer. The first time we went to Germany, we settled into our hotel, turned on the TV, and quickly went "what the holy hell is that?" 'That' was Hansi, an Austrian former Olympic skier who has gone on to a huge career as a folk singer. Now you to can wonder just what the hell did I just see...



4. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" - The Scorpions. Probably the most popular German band to hit it big in the states, The Scorps know how to lay down a commercial lick...and sing it in English too...to be able to sell millions and millions of records.



3. "99 Luftballons" - Nena. How to make it harder to break into America if you're a foreign singer? Do it in your native language. Although Nena recorded an English language version of this anti-war song, it's the German language one that lives on.



2. "Autobahn" - Kraftwerk. A rousing rocker to the fun that is driving on the autobahn with no limits. Believe me, this is a very freeing thing to do.



1. "Der Kommisar" - Falco. Many versions, including English, have been put out but Falco's original German version is the best with this semi-rapping ode to criminal street life.

We'll be having fun at Oktoberfest tonight and hope you do too. Keep some of these German tunes in mind when you do.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.




Darryl Musick
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: Breakup Songs


Had a summer romance and now it's time to move on? Things just aren't working out? Your guy or gal leave you in a puddle of heartbreak?

Here are five songs for this weekend's list to help soothe your heartache...


5. "Ain't No Sunshine" - Bill Withers. Oh the blues and pain of it all. It's dark, it's deary, it's like...there's no sunshine when she's gone. Let Bill Withers mournful voice be a sympathetic voice during this pain.


4. "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye. It's maddening, your sad, but at some point you just have to move on. You don't really know them anymore.



3. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" - Paul Simon. When it dawns on you that you need to leave, let Paul give you some suggestions, like just slip out the back, Jack.


2. "Fall to Pieces" - Patsy Cline. Now that you've gotten out, what's it like everytime you see your old flame? Well, for some it's so painful that they fall apart.


1. "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry"- Hank Williams. Feeling alone? No one loves you anymore? Old Hank feels your pain.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.







Darryl Musick

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

MIDWEEK SALE PLAYLIST: Selections from This Week's New Listings


With our policy of try before you buy, we present a playlist of selections from albums currently listed at The Musick Channel Garage Sale at Ebay.com.

There are five new albums listed this week, plus our trio of Boz Scaggs LP's from last week, and a few left over from previous auctions. All of our products are in great condition and are priced well below others in the same shape.

Let's see what's new this week...



"Welcome to the Machine" - Pink Floyd. 'Wish You Were Here' is the band's follow-up to their smash hit album, 'Dark Side of the Moon.' Follow-ups are usually mere shadows of the album that preceeded them but this one hit just as much of a home run as '...Moon.' It's among the pantheon of Pink Floyd's masterpiece albums and includes such great songs as "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," the band's beautiful tribute to former band member Syd Barrett, and "Have a Cigar," Roger Waters acidly sarcastic song about greedy record executives.

Our disc is in excellent shape and include the famous cover art associated with it. Buy 'Wish You Were Here' at The Musick Channel Garage Saleoops, too late...SOLD



"Boom Boom! (Out Go The Lights)" - Pat Travers. His most famous song, a real singalong in person, this is a rocking cover of an old blues tune.

Our copy of 'Go For What You Know,' Mr. Travers live album, has a rare red-on-black Polydor inner sleeve in near mint condition to go along with the excellent condition vinyl and outer jacket. Buy Pat Travers' 'Go For What You Know' at The Musick Channel Garage Sale.



"Ring of Fire" - Wall of Voodoo. When this came on at Tower Records while I was browsing one day, I knew I had to have it. Moody and haunting, this cover of Johnny Cash's hit would fit right in at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.

Outer cover's a little worn but, otherwise, our disc is close to mint condition including the record itself, the inner sleeve, and the lyrics insert. Buy Wall of Voodoo at The Musick Channel Garage Sale.



"Situation" - Yaz. Sounds like Depeche Mode, no? Vince Clarke, Depeche Mode's drummer started this band and, yes, you'd be forgiven if you thought it was his previous band. Great club dance tune.

This is a 12" 45 RPM single, with two different versions of the song on either side. It's in excellent condition, inside and out. Buy "Situation" 12" Single at The Musick Channel Garage Sale.



"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" - Waylon Jennings. Seems like every artist comes up with a tune that's basically a f**k you to their record company at some point. Jennings writes this one about how the Country music industry has basically sold out and has become a 'grooming' machine for artists to tow the line with. As he relates, there's no way Hank Williams did it that way. No wonder he's an outlaw.

Gorgeous portrait of the late Jennings on the cover of this one and it includes many of his best tunes like "Amanda" and "Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys." This copy is in great shape and ready for your turntable. Buy Waylon Jennings 'Greatest Hits' at The Musick Channel Garage Sale.

There more than great music at The Musick Channel Garage Sale. Stop by today and pick up your share of our classic treasure.

Darryl Musick
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: The Cusp of Autumn


Fall begins today. I love that, my favorite season of the year. It follows my worst season, summer, which is too hot and miserable. Fall is perfect as the heat settles down before the cold sets in.

Composers must have a different idea because most songs about the season are melancholy and somber...odes mourning the end of summer. That's too bad.



5. "Harvest Moon" - Neil Young. Here's a beautiful song celebrating a life-long love affair. Young's a wonderful songwriter and this song, which sings many times "because I'm still in love with you" really resonates to those who are deeply in love.



4. "September" - Earth, Wind, and Fire. A simple song with some simple lyrics. Peppy and happy, we're still in love in December like we were in September. That's pretty much the entire song.



3. "California Dreaming" - The Mama's and the Papas. Living in a gray New York as fall sets in, dreaming about being in California where...the quakes and wildfires are going strong? Well, that's just our real life interrupting this pretty fantasy.



2. "If We Make it Through December" - Merle Haggard. Another sad song about the season. Someone's been laid off, hoping to make it through the end of the year where things might look up a bit, even some California dreaming in here, too.



1. "What Made Milwaukee Famous Made a Loser Out Of Me" - Jerry Lee Lewis. Fall is also time for our favorite holiday, Oktoberfest. We top this list off with a great beer drinking song for singing in your favorite beer tent or garten this fall. Presented by the killer himself.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.



Darryl Musick
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

MIDWEEK SALE PLAYLIST: A Celebration of All Things Boz


Last week I had the privilege of seeing my all-time favorite musician live...William Royce Scaggs, better known by his high school nickname, Boz...in Santa Barbara.

Picture courtesy of Dwight McCann 
under CC BY 2.5 license

It was a great show and the 74 year old's voice was still perfect. Hopefully, you like him to because this week we're highlighting Boz Scaggs with three of his albums being listed at The Musick Channel Garage Sale on Ebay.

Here are some selections from those albums...



"Lido Shuffle"- Originally on his biggest hit album, 'Silk Degrees,' we have this track on 'Hits', Boz's greatest hits album, released in 1980 by Columbia.  The song tells of some con, trying to pull off one last score, and then heading into the sunset across the border.  This song is a little more rocking that the blues-infused music Scaggs usually likes to play. Great bouncy number featuring David Paich's (of Toto fame) synthesizer bridge in the middle.



"Miss Sun" - A new track for the 'Hits' album, this almost throwaway song became a big hit for Boz and is a highlight of his live show when he sings the third chorus with his backup singer, Miss Monique.



Our 'Hits!' disc is in great condition, inside and out. You'll love this collection of Boz Scaggs greatest hits plus the extra track of "Miss Sun," highlighted above.



"You Make It So Hard To Say No" Before 'Silk Degrees' and collaborating with David Paich and the Porcaro Brothers, Boz was starting to show his poppy inclinations of the 1970's with is album 'Slow Dancer.' It really showed how accessible his music could be and, with a little polishing and the help of Paich and the Porcaros, the next album struck gold and platinum. This song of a guy thinking about one that got away hits all those marks that would make 'Silk Degrees' the all-time classic album that it it.


The 'Slow Dancer' album in the garage sale is another red-label Columbia release that's in excellent condition. Come on over and make your bid or buy it on the spot.



"Hard Times" The follow up album to 'Silk Degrees' is 'Down Two Then Left.' It didn't spawn any top 40 hits but the album itself was a big seller, hitting number 11 on the Billboard charts. In my opinion, this one is just as good as 'Silk Degrees' and this number, kind of the opposite of above, of a guy falling helplessly in love highlights his way of putting his blues stamp on a catchy, danceable pop tune.


'Down Two Then Left,' with it's melting ice sculpture of Boz on the cover, is available at The Musick Channel Garage sale. It's in great condition and will make a excellent addition to your Boz Scaggs vinyl collection.



"Lowdown" His biggest, monster hit. This is the one that paid for his vineyard in Napa Valley. A song about a guy pretending he's a big shot to his girl when he's just another low. Smooth, jazzy, great lyrics, with his blues overtones, this is all Boz Scaggs distilled into one song. No wonder it became such a bit hit...even though he didn't think it would be. The anchor of the 'Silk Degrees' album, it's also on the 'Hits' disk we have for sale.

Friday, September 14, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: Tipplin' Tunes


Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...pretty much defined the music of my youth. On the other hand, many great songs found solace in the bottom of a bottle. There's been some great explorations of drowning out our sorrows over lost love, lost jobs, and just loss of dignity at times.

Let's get right to it...




6. "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" - George Thorogood. Thorogood covers this Amos Milburn drinking ballad exceptionally well.  He's out on the streets after his landlady kicks him out, his friend won't let him crash on the couch. Only one thing left to do...gonna get drunk until he can't even speak.




5. "Red, Red Wine" - UB40 - England's reggae band got a big hit with this one. About trying to forget that one who broke up with you but you think you still need. The red wine will help you forget, my friend...




4. "I Lie When I Drink" - Dale Watson. Like Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors," this tune is about a guy who basically lives in the bar. But he's a truthful gent, until he gets a few under his belt. A great honky tonk tune by the best in the business.




3. "Drunken Lullabies" - Flogging Molly. This Irish punk band (by way of L.A.) comes through with this song about dark prospects and the unreal possibility of achieving anything good so we end up the same old way...singing drunken lullabies instead.




2. "Tonight, the Bottle Let Me Down" - The Mavericks. Raul Malo and the Mavericks love to take a dark song and set it to a happy, uptempo tune and this rendering of Merle Haggard's classic tale about how even the alcohol can't make him forget his lost love is a perfect example. Great swing version of the country classic.




1. "Misery and Gin" - Merle Haggard. The king of drinking songs. Nobody did it as prolific and with such expertise as did the Hag. I could do a couple of entire lists of his odes to alcohol...maybe I will someday...but we'll put the cherry on top of this list with this one. Another ode to a lost love, a guy drinking to forget, hooking up with a meaningless fling, trying to make his appearances seem way happier than the sad truth...a masterpiece of a song.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.



Darryl Musick
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: The Telephone Blues


The telephone...has there ever been an invention that went from such a necessity to such an annoyance so fast? I'm not exaggerating when I say that 9 out of 10 calls we receive on our house phone is from someone trying to sell me something I don't want or actually a criminal trying to steal my money.

We don't even answer it anymore, so if you call make sure you aren't offended by having to leave a message. It's just too frustrating anymore.


With that, here is our week's top five list of songs devoted to Alexander Graham Bell's invention that worked its way under our skin.



5. "Hanging on the Telephone" - Blondie. The bands hard rocking hit from their Parallel Lines album hits it hard. The lyrics mean something else altogether but I can see it being me getting so upset with the idiots that call nowadays. Listening to this, I'll get Frank Infante's great driving guitar solo stuck in my head for a week. 



4. "Telephone Line" - Electric Light Orchestra. A lot of songs about the phone are more longing love songs...trying to connect with a lost love, rekindling a friendship or romance. Jeff Lynde treats us to one with this pretty ELO track.




3. "Call Me" - Blondie. Debbie Harry had a thing for phones, I guess. Here's another...the theme song for the film 'American Gigolo'...this one more along the lines of another telephone love song. But after the movie, more like a paid love song. Still a great song.



2. "Jenny" - Tommy Tutone. This song is so ingrained into our minds that a phone number had to be universally retired because of it. What a miserable existence it must of been to have the number 867-5309 when this song about harassing a girl who's number was scrawled on the men's room wall came out.




1. "Operator" - Jim Croce. What a sad day it was when we lost one of our great balladeers when Jim Croce's plane went down. Another song about lost love and trying to reconnect over the phone line.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.




Darryl Musick
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