Song of the Day

Over the course of the past few years, many pop music insiders, fans and geeks have done their best to label them as the Wrecking Crew; the stable of ferociously talented studio musicians and sidemen that producers Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Lou Adler, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson and their ilk used to regularly use on […]

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Song of the Day — Nick Drake’s Northern Sky

by M.C. Antil on November 25, 2011

He was born Nicholas Rodney Drake in 1948 in Rangoon, the formerly named capitol of the former British colony formerly known as Burma.  And by the time he and his family had returned to their native England, most of his friends had taken to calling him simply, “Nick.” And when Nick Drake was growing up […]

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In the spring of 1963, WNYS was a six-month old ABC affiliate in Syracuse, New York with a big problem.  Thanks in part to a powerful state-of-the-art tower on a hill overlooking Pompey, just south of town, the station had signal to spare.  In fact, its all-new transmission not only blanketed much of the thick […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — December 30, 2010 A snapshot of a song you might not know…but should. This may sound utterly preposterous, but I am going on record right now as saying one of the most important songs in the history of recorded music was an infectious but otherwise unassuming little ditty called “My […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — December 2, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Growing up on Upper West Side of Manhattan, Cynthia Weil dreamed of one day becoming a triple-threat actor, singer and dancer.  But while still in her teens, she discovered her real talent was writing lyrics […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — November 10, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Bill Pursell was not supposed to be in Nashville.  If his life had gone according to plan, after graduating from the Eastman School of Music he would have become a world famous composer and concert […]

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Song of the Day: Circus Maximus’ “Wind”

by M.C. Antil on November 2, 2010

To someone who never lived through the 60’s, it’s probably hard to try to wrap your brain around the amount of cultural experimentation taking place in America.  Nothing it seemed was being taken for granted, almost as though young artists all across the country had made it their singular mission to re-imagine every last aspect of […]

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Song of the Day — October 27, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Most anyone with any semblance of musical history knows about Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” — that signature production technique that employed dozens of musicians to produce dense layers of sound and melody that could instill in […]

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Remember in the 90’s when tribute albums were all the rage?  When different (and often diametrically opposed) artists would go into the studio and pay their musical respects to a specific icon, songwriter or theme by laying down a single track, which would then be combined with other such tracks by other such artists to […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — October 8, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. On his classic 1972 album, Harvest, Neil Young included what some thought to be a throwaway song at the end of Side B.  Given the overall theme, sound and feel of Harvest, many believed Are You Ready […]

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