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29 October 2011

Playlist for Halloween!

I love Halloween.

About one year ago, I came up with this playlist for my good friend Reggie, who was out in the hinterlands working and didn't have an opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest holidays around.

It seems appropriate that I should start the blog back up with this playlist.

This is the first one I came up with and started inquiries from many of my friends regarding the music I listen to.

I hope you all have a great Halloween and enjoy the playlist.

A note on the return of Rufus T. Shaft

Well, after a self-imposed sabbatical from the blog, I'm returning, but some explanation is in order.

I'm not exactly sure what the "schedule" for posting is going to be.

The strict and regimented schedule I had before (where a playlist was needed once a week) isn't going to work.

I want this to be fun and not like a job (which is what it seemed to be turning into).

More than likely, I'll just post a playlist when I feel like it.

This is just a long explanation about my general laziness and lack of discipline.

Clear as mud?  Good.

05 September 2011

21 August 2011


I'm taking a break.

I don't know how long I'll be gone.

Check back in later.


07 August 2011

Playlist for the first weekend of August

Ringo, Paul, George and (that troublemaker) John
45 years ago this week, an English gentleman by the name of John Lennon was said to have mentioned that the Beatles are bigger than Jesus.  (notice the lack of quotation marks)

It has been shown that he was, if not misquoted, at least taken out of context.

Who knows what he really said.

Buddy Christ likes this playlist
Anyway, lots of overly-sensitive folks were (and still might be) in an uproar over the perceived slight, so, in honor of that, here is an hour of a band that is above religion.  (wait...what I meant was...ah, nevermind)


31 July 2011

Playlist for the fifth weekend of July

The Rolling Stones on stage, 1972
This is a playlist a long time coming.

This past month marks a couple of milestones in the life of the "greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world", the Rolling Stones.

First, Mick Jagger turned 68 this past week.

Also, (and more importantly) on July 12th, 1962 the band played their first gig billed as "The Rollin' Stones" at the Marquee Club, located at 165 Oxford Street, London, England.  The line-up was Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards and Brian Jones on guitars, Ian Stewart on piano, Dick Taylor on bass and Tony Chapman on drums.

Later on, they would add Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.

They would also drop Brian Jones due to legal and health issues.

The Glimmer Twins
This is where our playlist begins.

When Jones left, the Stones' musical output came back to the heavy blues/country/rock influence, leaving behind the psychedelia that Jones loved.

Following the departure and death of Jones, Jagger and Richards became the heart and soul (or as Richards later described, "Mick is the 'rock' and I'm the 'roll'") of the band and of the late '60's/early '70's rock scene.

What follows are 4 songs each from my 4 favorite Stones albums (Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.)


24 July 2011

Playlist for the fourth weekend of July 2011

Holy blazes, it's hot out here.

The sun, in all it's glory has beating down on the inhabitants of the prairie all week.

Temperatures flirting with the triple digits and heat indexes well above that, sometimes 110 degrees or higher.

In honor and awe of the heat that has set in, here's a playlist with songs about the sun, heat and the sweltering days of summer.


17 July 2011

Playlist for the third weekend in July 2011

from Georges Méliès 1902 film
Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)
As a kid, outer space always fascinated me.

Even today, it does, but to a lesser degree.

I remember watching the rocket launches from the late '60's/early '70's on history programs & watching the space shuttles launch on TV in awe of the hard work and smarts that it took to achieve what I saw happening.

One of the things it taught me was that science is wonderful.

This coming week marks the end of the space shuttle program.

from one of the '30's Flash Gordon serials
After more than 100 successful missions, the part of the space program that I grew up with will end.

So, to mark the end of one mission and (hopefully) the beginning of another, this week's playlist is full of tunes about space, the moon, rocket ships and a flying saucer here or there.


10 July 2011

Playlist for the second weekend of July 2011

At some point in time, over the last couple of weeks, I've fully caught fishing fever.

It happens at least once a year, when I come across all my fishing gear and start getting the itch to get out on the lake.

I believe it was Izaak Walton who stated that fishing (or as he called it 'angling') is the "contemplative man's sport".

I can believe that, for a couple of reasons.

First, when I get the fever, I sit and plot out my plan of attack.  This includes making sure I have all my gear prepared, my bait procured, the fishing forecast checked and my spot pinpointed.

Secondly, there is something about sitting out there on shore, early in the morning or late at night, with next to no one around and little more than your gear, your thoughts and nature.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've renewed my state fishing license, bought way more crap than I need and am plotting an extended fishing/camping trip (when the heat lets up a little, though) for the future.

So, this week, our playlist is heavy on songs about fishing.


(all pictures from the blog moldychum.com)