Chateau Dietrich

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Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Parking Lot Wonders - Antenna - Sway


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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 Antenna - Sway (1991)

Not bad stuff. The vocals are a little low in the mix. 

01 Antenna - Delta 88.
02 Antenna - Snakes
03 Antenna - All I Need
04 Antenna - 23
05 Antenna - Girl Who Fell to Earth
06 Antenna - Eyes of a Stranger
07 Antenna - Spinning Dreams
08 Antenna - Sleep
09 Antenna - Say a Prayer
10 Antenna - 7 Times
11 Antenna - Weight of the World
12 Antenna - Cast Away Demons
13 Antenna - Blood Red

Antenna's first album is an experiment in guitar-pop, infusing former Blake Babies John Strohm and Freda Love's Boston brand of power pop with a Midwestern flavor courtesy of guitarist Vess Ruhtenberg and bassist Jake Smith. All four members have distinguished musical records outside ofAntenna, and the competing strength of their musical personalities makes Sway sounds forced in some patches. But the record proves solid over its course, with forceful hooks battering their way into listeners' heads, and Strohm's personal lyrics giving the songs a comfortable edge. Ruhtenberg's one songwriting contribution, "Girl Who Fell To Earth" singlehandedly predicts his post-Antenna work withUnited States Three. Sway shows the band's aptitude for variations on a theme: the soft, soulful "Snakes," the funky "Say A Prayer" and wall-of-distorted-guitar closer "Blood Red" all have the same gorgeous power-pop feel.




Parking Lot Wonders - The Ranch - Self Titled


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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 The Ranch - Self Titled

Not a bad little record. My cover doesn't have Keith Urban's name on it. That probably explains why it ended up in the parking lot! 

 01 Ranch, The - Walkin' the Country
02 Ranch, The - Homespun Love
03 Ranch, The - Just Some Love
04 Ranch, The - Some Days You Gotta Dance
05 Ranch, The - My Last Name
06 Ranch, The - Desiree
07 Ranch, The - Freedom's Finally Mine
08 Ranch, The - Hank Don't Fail Me Now
09 Ranch, The - Tangled up in Love
10 Ranch, The - Clutterbilly
11 Ranch, The - Man of the House
12 Ranch, The - Ghost in This Guitar


 The Ranch is the only album by the American country music group The Ranch, fronted byKeith Urban. It was released by Capitol Nashville in 1997, and re-released in 2004 with two bonus tracks and re-titled Keith Urban in The Ranch.

"Some Days You Gotta Dance" was later recorded by the Dixie Chicks on their 1999 albumFly. Their version, which features Urban on lead guitar, was released as a single in 2001. "Homespun Love" was later recorded by Steel Magnolia on their 2011 self-titled debut album, "Desiree" by David Nail on his 2011 album The Sound of a Million Dreams, and "Walkin' the Country" by Scotty McCreery on his 2012 debut Clear as Day.

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic rated it three stars out of five, comparing Urban's sound favorably to Rodney Crowell and saying, "He sounds modern instead, and the album reveals a broad, budding talent not far from fully flowering."
An uncredited review in Country Weekly gave the 2004 reissue four stars out of five, saying that it was "lacking his later degree of confidence and polish" but that "The songs are uniformly strong"


Parking Lot Wonders - Royal Fingerbowl - Greyhound Afternoons


Eons ago, before all the great record stores became extinct, they used to hold bi-yearly parking lot sales where CD's could be purchased for as little as 10 cents apiece.   I would stand out in the hot sun and pluck economically auditory gold from acres of cardboard boxes until my back gave out.  Many times I walked away with 1,000 plus CD's and CD singles.  Oh glorious rapture!  Those days, alas, are gone, but I still have my blessed collection.  

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 Royal Fingerbowl - Greyhound Afternoons (2000)

This has kind of a cool, loose bluesy groove. Two thumbs up.

01 Royal Fingerbowl - Fine-Ass Chemise
02 Royal Fingerbowl - Bandrowski's Turban
03 Royal Fingerbowl - Bad Apples
04 Royal Fingerbowl - Echoes in My Mind
05 Royal Fingerbowl - Blurry
06 Royal Fingerbowl - Long, Tall, Cool
07 Royal Fingerbowl - Someday's Coming
08 Royal Fingerbowl - Los Peregrinitos
09 Royal Fingerbowl - Sweet Sixteen
10 Royal Fingerbowl - No Man Is an Island
11 Royal Fingerbowl - Way up Yonder in New Orleans
12 Royal Fingerbowl - Mr. Corn

 It's almost shocking how blatantly this band borrows from the sound and aesthetic of Tom Waits: in the slurred vocal delivery of Alex McMurray, the junkyard blues sound of the band, and the bizarre cast of characters in the lyrics. But it still manages to be a pleasing, rootsy effort.