• The Best Albums Of 2013

    Posted 12/29/2013 by cal

    2013: not as good as 2012 (musically speaking), but not nearly as bad as this boring list season would have you believe.

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  • The Best Shows Of 2013

    Posted 12/15/2013 by cal

    Enough has probably been said already about that one thing my wife was in, right? Because that was my favorite live music event of the year/coolest thing that has happened in Milwaukee possibly ever, but even on my own blog, I probably won't write about that band much any more. After today, that is; there was a performance prior to my wife joining the band that I don't feel guilty mentioning, and from now on you can just assume that the Altos are still my favorite band in town and everything they do is awesome, until they break up or kick my wife out of the band. Mmmkay? So not counting the Film Fest, here are my favorite shows of 2013.

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  • Ultimate Pipedream McCartney Setlist

    Posted 04/29/2013 by cal

    I used to concoct dream setlists for my favorite bands all the time; not sure why I stopped, but with Paul McCartney--i.e., the greatest artist in pop music history so far--playing Miller Park in July, I couldn’t help geeking out.  This playlist does not necessarily support the outrageous claim I just made, but it does demonstrate that as of his latest album of original material, 2008’s Electric Arguments, he was still writing amazing songs completely different from anything he’d done before.  I would’ve made a very different playlist if I really wanted to make a case for his total dominance throughout the past five decades, but you don’t get a full sense of the character without his cringe-inducing cheese.  (Let’s assume that the author of “Silly Love Songs” is at peace with his sentimental tendencies.)  McCartney has written quite a few awful songs, and stubbornly recorded them and played them live over and over, but nobody else ever hit 70 years of age still writing and performing pop music at such a high level.  So, here’s what a live show made up of all my favorite McCartney songs would look like.  Except I excluded “Oh! Darling” because God knows he couldn’t possibly sing that nowadays.  Absurd, yes, and perhaps a BIT lengthy, but only four more songs than at Wrigley two years ago...

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  • My Favorite Shows Of 2011

    Posted 12/23/2011 by cal

    If I have any perennial list-readers here, most of them probably sighed preemptively as they imagined what would top my list this year, and they’re all correct: U2 (really impossible to choose between the two shows I saw), Phish (night one at UIC being the best of the seven), Secret Chiefs 3 at the Empty Bottle, Animal Collective at Pitchfork, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. Oops, ya got me: I have favorite bands. I know music critics aren't supposed to reveal those, but there's no sense keeping it a secret. But rather than blather on about them yet again, it’s probably more productive for me to mention the top ten non-my-favorite-band shows of the year. So here goes. (To keep it interesting, I’m going to gloss over other obvious big names (Wilco, Pearl Jam, Primus, STS9), since they’ve all been covered plenty.)

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  • Paul McCartney: Wrigley Field, 7/31/11

    Posted 08/01/2011 by cal

    When I saw Sir Paul McCartney play the Bradley Center in 2005, he was almost past the point where he could sing “When I’m Sixty-Four” in cheeky reference to the future any more.  Surrounded by a top-notch band, he still put on a pretty terrific show, but cracks were showing; not only had his range decreased significantly since I’d last seen him, the power behind it was lacking, and he seemed unsure of himself at times.  For the first time in my life, I thought he looked a bit frail up there, leading much younger musicians on a quest to update songs that are already timeless for an audience that either already gets it or never will.  I remember feeling like I couldn’t imagine the ol’ Beatle touring again after this, and I was glad to be there to witness it one last time.

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