I have been terrible at writing a Weekly Rotation, well, weekly. Although I am still married to the idea, time management is just not my strong suit. If anybody has any useful pointers, I’ll trade you vinyl for them.
So without further ado and useless text, I present Vinyl Culture’s Weekly Rotation, Episode 4.
1. Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico
I’m very late to the party with The Velvet Underground. One of my best friends recently introduced me to their music and, like most of us, I was hooked. Recently I found a pristine 1967 pressing of the album with an unpeeled banana. That must be a sign they should be my new obsession. Keep an eye out for more of their recordings and Lou Reed’s solo albums in weeks to come.
Highlight Tracks: “Heroin,” “I’m Waiting For The Man,” “Sunday Morning”
2. Loretta Lynn, Nearly every album she has made
Lately, I am trying to listen to every record I own and weed out what I’ve outgrown. I’m currently on the “M’s” after a week-long love affair with Loretta Lynn‘s complete discography. She is an essential and profound trailblazer in country music and for female musicians. She’s one of the prototypes.
Highlight Tracks: “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “May God Bless America Again,” “Rated X”
3. Emily Chambers, “Real Talk”
Emily Chambers released the video for “Real Talk.” With a 90’s R’n’B vibe and hints of Dusty Springfield wrapped in genius writing, Chambers’ has secured me as a fan. Check out my recent interview with Emily and her full catalog on Spotify.
4. The Mamas and The Papas, The Mamas and The Papas
My mom introduced me to The Mamas and The Papas years ago. I remember being 8 or so, and proud I knew about older music. It gave me an edge. They’ve been on consistent rotation since and I have become a big fan of Cass Elliot’s solo work.
Highlight Tracks: “Dancing In The Street,” “Dancing Bear,” “I Saw Her Again”
5. Mary Testa and Michael Starobin, Have Faith
Many Broadway performers release solo music, but it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. I don’t understand, because a lot of it is genius. I recently saw Mary Testa in the current production of Oklahoma! (of which she is nominated for a Tony) and fell in love with her voice. She released an album with Michael Starobin in 2014. It’s an eclectic selection of tunes and arrangements that shows Testa’s talent not only as an actress but an artist.
Highlight Tracks: “Sonnet 29,” “Sometimes It Snows In April,” “Hallelujah”
Again, my playlist and music choices do not make sense and hardly go together. I like to think I have a cultured ear. I always need new suggestions. Please leave some in the comments!
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Spiritual. Thinker. Music fanatic. Vinyl enthusiast.