Thursday, December 27, 2012

1,423 days ago on this blog

"Here's the idea.  We meet 4 times of year to talk about music.  There will be a general theme and each person comes up with 3 songs based on the theme.  A week before, members sends their picks to the host (me this time) and the host (me!) burns a CD comprised of all the delicious song selections.  Then we discuss (defend) our selections at the meeting."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Year End Music Club the tradition continues...

Thursday December 27th?
Favorite songs from 2012.

 What's on your list?

  Did this make anyone's cut?

Weigh in on availability, this video, whatever you wish.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I messed up.

I bought tickets to this fundraiser for NYC Hurricane Relief

After I received the "Order Complete" message, I remembered this is the night that we are going to do music trivia at The Feedback. 

What's even more old fart of me, Politi had mentioned it a mere few hours ago.  Lord, I am slipping. 

Sorry everyone!  Can we try this rocking the music trivia thing another Tuesday?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ba Dum Bda, Bda Da

There aren't enough tracks to go around for a full blown MC theme of bond themes but we could at least discuss faves at some point!  Here's a newly released Top 10 of all time Bond themes ranking to light a spark:

10. "Diamonds Are Forever" Shirley Bassey. Hot 100 Peak: 57. Peak Year: 1972 from the Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever"
9. "You Only Live Twice" Nancy Sinatra. Hot 100 Peak: 44. Peak Year: 1967 from the Bond film "You Only Live Twice"
8. "All Time High" Rita Coolidge. Hot 100 Peak: 36. Peak Year: 1983 from the Bond film "Octopussy"
7. "Thunderball" Tom Jones. Hot 100 Peak: 25. Peak Year: 1966 from the Bond film "Thunderball"
6. "Die Another Day" Madonna. Hot 100 Peak: 8. Peak Year: 2003 from the Bond film "Die Another Day"
5. "Goldfinger" Shirley Bassey. Hot 100 Peak: 8. Peak Year: 1965 from the Bond film "Goldfinger"
4. "For Your Eyes Only" Sheena. Easton Hot 100 Peak: 4. Peak Year: 1981 from the Bond film "For Your Eyes Only"
3. "Live And Let Die" Paul McCartney & Wings. Hot 100 Peak: 2. Peak Year: 1973 from the Bond film "Live And Let Die"
2. "Nobody Does It Better" Carly Simon. Hot 100 Peak: 2. Peak Year: 1977 from the Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" Carly Simon
1. "A View To A Kill" Duran Duran. Hot 100 Peak: 1. Peak Year: 1985 from the Bond film "A View To A Kill"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MC Home Movie?!

This seems it could be a snapshot from anyone of our childhoods!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Decision 2012

No I don't mean the (not so) great debate between Romney and Obama my fellow MC-ers.  Decision 2012 for me has come down to how to address my MC fate... I either need to leave the group or subject the group to any/all of my future selections coming off the new XX album.  I shall ponder this in Edinburgh at the weekend but should you have any guidance in the interim, you know where to post it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


He burned bright.
I had three close friends up until my forties (lovers and wives don’t count being transitory by nature) and he was one of them.
His voice was loud and he would emphasize his points.  At work a phone call, I answer and “THAT HARDWORKIN’ PAT HUTCHINS!  How the hell are ya pal?”  For some reason I’ve associated his speech pattern with Seinfeld, we tended to speak that way with each other.  He could tell you every double plot thread from every Seinfeld ever by the way.
We loved lists.  A sample, here is a list we put together of favorite songs by year from 1975 to 2005:

When he left Seattle there was a gathering of friends at a small bar downtown, I put together a top ten list of the Reasons Doc Was Going Back Home and shakily (have I mentioned my social anxiety?) read it to the group when it was my turn to speak.  It killed and he loved it.  Most of it was ball busting, I wish I remember it.
He was detail oriented when it mattered to him.  He knew the numbers of baseball players from ages back.  Baseball was his sport.  Often I’d see him watching a random game on ESPN and keeping score on whatever was handy, the back of an envelope, the TV schedule, back of a flyer, whatever.  We had shit all over the place because he was the messiest person I’ve ever known – when he moved out to go back east it took a full day for me to clean out the debris left behind and still ended up with a fifty pound box o’crap I mailed to him a couple months later.  I was not used to being the clean one in a household.
When you sent him an email it the reply as likely as not would be to a large group of people.  An example, after Roy Halliday pitched a perfect game for the Phillies I sent Doc (just Doc) the following:
From: Pat Hutchins
To: Doc
Sent: Thu, October 7, 2010 11:36:17 AM
Subject: Phighting Phils

So this Halladay fella seems to be pretty good.  Go Phils!
 Did I ever tell you that if you put the Pogues, the Replacements and Springsteen in a blender with a case of whiskey that you come up with Titus Andronicus?  Find The Monitor.  You’ll thank me.

The reply (Header info simplified):
 From: Doc
Sent: Friday, October 08, 2010 9:21 AM
To: Pat Hutchins
Cc: 34 separate names
Subject: He will now be known as "Doc"
I imagine most of you are aware that if a person perfroms at the highest of levels over a long period of time and then does something beyond that superior level, then and only then, they earned honor of being forever referred to by the exalted title of
 I, know I am speaking for my colleges ( Ellis, Severenson, Watson, Rivers, Meditch, Demeto, of the Bay, Tari, Julius, Livingston, Gooden, Street, your pay if you don't get off yer butt, Johnson)
 Welcome to the club, Mr. Haliday.  I mean, Doc.
Soon followed by an addendum (there were usually addendums):
1.  I confess, misspelled "Halliday,"  "Demento" and I'm sure plenty of other words.
2.  I think I spelled "Doc" correctly.  (For me, the ease of spelling this nickname continues to be one of its best features.)
3.  Julius Irving's teammates (and many if, not most fans) call him "Doc."  Think back to interviews with "Billy C" and reports by "Big Al" Meltzer.  #6 is a charter member of the "Doc" Club.  He shows up at most of our meetings. 
 He simply cannot be left off the list.  I would hope that even a guys named "Yellow Sleeves" and "Chemo"would know that.
I don’t know so many things.  I don’t know why jumping off things kept cropping up for me over the past few weeks.  I don’t know how to express all the stories:  the Wings challenge, the Seven Habits, the fantasy league, the darts, Austin, the Road Trip, the Hangdogs night, NYC, Pittsburgh, Gettysburg (he went to Gettysburg college for a short time and they would drink at night on Little Round Top), Mariners games, Pee-Wee, lesbian dating, the yogurt breakfast, Nerf bazookas, Ted Turner at the Goodwill Games, so much fucking more that is too mixed together right now to talk about.  I don’t know how to express how much it hurts to know how much he hurt at the end; and I don’t know how to express how goddamn pissed off I am at him.  I don’t know how to stop tearing up while writing this, and I am not a crier.
Besides, this is a music blog.  And maybe when you burn so bright you eventually just burn out.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Did not know this was happening.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale....

a tale of a fateful trip.
As you can see, Frank Sinatra was popular, but not as popular as the all mighty Wilco. Nothing goes better with coconuts and wild boar than Jeff Tweedy serenading the shit out of you.
Notable no-shows are Bob Dylan, Mark Lanegan, Bruce Springsteen and Steely Dan.
I barely remember the books and luxury items. 
Mine are GRAVITY'S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon and an electric guitar with a wind-up amp.
You all should list yours for posterity. It would be nice to remember.
Remember remembering? It was fun, wasn't it?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Desert Island Discs

4 songs, a book and a luxury item Debbie & Pat's - Tuesday August 14th; 6:00 pm to allow for 4 songs per person Hopefully date and time work for all as Dr. Gina Turner is in town.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fight Club

I always get a charge out of this series - This one goes out to that special CD Club hostess who dreams of being L'Apple:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Where did our posts about Anthony Bourdain's tweet go??

Because I wanted to post this in an appropriate place:

Jon Hamm loves Steely Dan!  Suck it, haters!!,82531/

Sunday, July 15, 2012

News Flash!

We decided at the Soundtrack meeting that we can have 4 songs on the deserted island.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Word on the street.  The sad bar on the corner of my street has not one but two karaoke nights a week.  Do I sense a potential THEME?  Well, yes I do.
Everyone picks their karaoke songs and then we prove it.

Friday, June 29, 2012

I Can’t Quit You, Song!

This podcast was a fun listen.  What song do you listen to over and over and over?

Mine was "All Will Be Well"/Gabe Dixon Band.  Clearly I need a lot of pep talks in my life.

Could be helpful for the DIDs...
We all have that one song that we just can’t stop listening to – just check out your iTunes "plays" column for proof. Today: we talk with a writer and neuroscientist about musical fixation - and ask you to share your "most-played" song.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Who am I?

I am now turning on my ipod shuffle. 
You get 3 songs. 

Return of the Grievious Angel / Graham Parsons
Your Ghost / Kristin Hersh
Something's Got To Give  / Beastie Boys

Monday, June 18, 2012


Shovels & Rope are playing a KEXP Concert at the Mural - Friday, August 3rd!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fiona Apple, I MISSED YOU!

NPR is streaming her new album.
I love that she never makes it easy.  I'm sure she would be a nightmare of a girlfriend but I sure love her music.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I feel bad.

When I heard about this, my first reaction was a smile. That is not very nice.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Upcoming themes

The next Music Club theme is soundtracks - interpret as you please.

The following Music Club theme is Desert Island Discs.  This theme was selected because Gina will be in town.  Thanks for showing us the BBC podcasts Gina!

Friday, May 25, 2012

And the winners are.

For our loyal viewers in Russia and other parts of the world! 
Bonus points if you can match the submitter to the song!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Have an Idea!

When next we meet, selections come from this choice catalog:

Or maybe this is better for blog banter?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

You walk into the party

With all this technology, what if everyone had an entrance song?  What would be yours? 

I'll get back to you with mine.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Your post drew me in as well. Why can't everything ever be like The Voice?

TH3 V01C3

The title of this post refers to a somewhat popular TV show that I didn't want to spell correctly because I am paranoid and sure that they are tracking where their name is used. I am not about to drag this wonderful Music Club blog down by accidentally drawing unwanted attention. You are welcome.
So, if you go to a somewhat popular coffee shop and pickup their little lToones songs redeemer coupon thing you can get 4 songs, 1 by each finalist on the show I mentioned earlier. Now I naively thought that I would perhaps get to choose the song from each finalist. Not the case.  While I would probably have gone for the James Brown tune by the female one instead you get that Police song. I can live with that I suppose. Opera dude is represented by the Simon and Garfunkel song. Personally he bugs me so this is probably the best one since he doesn't fuck it up nearly as bad as he could. (Did I ever tell you about seeing a woman in college sing WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND in an operatic style? I did? So you know it can be bad, right?) The former MM club guy does his blind audition song by Ray TheMontange. Yes everyone loved the disrespectful song and the hit me song but I only liked him because the one judge was so mean to him. For the most part he just kind of bored me. The former backup singer for you-know-who does the P Collins song from the movie with Jeff Bridges. He does have a pretty good voice and I like this song, so based on these 4 performances I would totally let him win.
So if you wanted songs other than these 4 you will have to go somewhere else. I listend and watched so you didn't and don't have to. Again, you are welcome.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

CD Club Games

Yes I know your almost all out of town, but like that's really going to stop me.
I'll just play with myself, or, you know, the ether or what-not.

What do these people have in common:
Alex Chilton
Andy Warhol
Axl Rose
Billy The Kid
BLind Lemon Jefferson
Brian Eno
Brian Wilson
Buddy Holly
Jesse James
Jesus Christ
Jimmy Carter
John Wayne Gacy Jr.
John Wilkes Booth
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Thunder
Marshall Mathers
Michael Jackson
Mike Mills

It's easy-ish, but good luck anyway.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blood On TheTracks! The Musical!

So there's this. It's gotta be good, right?
It stars her and him and her and him.
As you can tell by the pictures it will be directed by him.
Oh well. Maybe I'll watch it on video.

Friday, April 6, 2012

This Is Something I Do

Due to how I process new music, I end up quite often looking at my iPod to see what is actually playing.

Occasionally I hear a song that starts out really cool and I look to see what it is but by the time it is over I'm not impressed.

Such a song: "Amazing and Wonderful" by a group called 936. About a minute of a good song there. Followed by about four minutes of a pretty boring song.

That's all I had, but since I've taken the trouble to start a new post to tell you this really pretty uninteresting tidbit let me just note a couple of other things:

1) I really really wish I had heard "Yuck" by Yuck before the best of 2011 club, because it totally would have been on my list.

2) My early leader for Best Album of 2012 -- Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs. I also like the new Andrew Bird.

Monday, April 2, 2012

This Should Interest ONE of Us

Thursday, February 16, 2012

GPs - We Need a Date

What date have we landed on for Guilty Pleasures?

(I can already hear the guffaws and see the eye rolls when my tracks come on...)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sporadic links of awesomeness on this lovely blog


My new music related obsession

The archives go back to the '40s! Every episode makes you fall in love with the castaway! I listened to Michael Caine today - he loves chill music!

I know it's just a crass, blatantly commercial, made up holiday, but...


Who's your fictional character crush?,69158/?utm_medium=promobar&utm_campaign=recirculation

Reading the article, I squealed with glee that one of the writers picked my avatar's counterpart as her fictional character crush - Robin Hood the foxy fox from the Disney movie! He's my number two. My number one? Mr. Spock.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

For my fellow Music Clubbers


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Don't know what to drink tonight?

Well, what are you listening to?

Background on my "E" pick

“E Preciso Perdoar” (translated “One Must Forgive")

Performed by Cesária Évora, Caetano Emanuel Viana Teles Veloso and Ryuichi Sakamoto

Cesária Évora (Cape Verdean popular singer. Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" for performing without shoes, she was also the "Queen of Morna")

Caetano Emanuel Viana Teles Veloso, better known as Caetano Veloso, is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. Veloso first became known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement Tropicalismo which encompassed theatre, poetry and music in the 1960s, at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship. He has remained a constant creative influence and best-selling performing artist and composer ever since.

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, composer, record producer, writer, singer, pianist, and actor, based in Tokyo and New York. He began his career in 1978 as a member of the pioneering electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra where he played the keyboards and occasionally sang the vocals.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I hope the Russians love their children too. Ugh.

Frankly, the Sting picture makes me want to just quit this whole club.

Instead, I am officially announcing a New Project:

A Music Clubber Looks At 50


Pat's Top Fifty Ever


I Am So Stupid For Trying This.

Coming sometime this spring. Assume later rather than sooner.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Hutchins can't do Thursdays at this time because they are taking French lessons. What about a Friday?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

a THEme within

As luck would have it I have a lot of choices for "The" bands. But I keep thinking it would be great have a band called the The Oasises or The Isaac Hayes or The U2s or The Soundgardens.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Karaoke Set List - Rockbox

Make You Feel My Love - Deb
Sarah Smile - Marcy
Gone Daddy Gone - Gina
Irreplaceable - Jim
In God's Country - Tom
Enter the Sandman - Tom
To Sire with Love - Julie/Gina
Father Figure - Politi
Pumped Up Kicks - Marcy
Gold Digger - Marcy
Mama Cried - Jim
TNT - Jim
The Story - Gina
Mardy Bum - Pat
You Know What I Mean - Pat
Chelsea Dagger - Pat
Under Pressure - Gina / Marcy

Are we missing any?   The Venus set list is underway.

Friday, June 22nd?