What you're about to read is a collection of pointers to some of the music I've discovered on the iTunes Music Store, music I like enough that I want to share it. If you're an iPod owner and an iTunes fan (and if you aren't, what are you doing here?), maybe you'll find something new. Click on any of the CD covers to bounce over to the store and sample a few tracks. And then maybe stop by my other blog for a few well chosen words (and maybe a random snark or two).RSS feed
All the music (502)
  Alternative (67)
   Audiobook (10)
    Blues (3)
     Children's Music (5)
      Classical (28)
       Comedy (10)
        Country (21)

  Dance (4)
   Easy Listening (2)
    Electronic (13)
     Folk (27)
      French Pop (1)
       German Folk (1)
        German Pop (1)

  Hip-Hop/Rap (2)
   Holiday (5)
    Jazz (35)
     Latin (4)
      New Age (8)
       Podcast (5)
        Pop (72)

  R&B/Soul (4)
   Reggae (4)
    Rock (105)
     Soundtrack (32)
      Spoken Word (1)
       Vocal (15)
        World (15)

Have some music to recommend? I can always use a few pointers. Use the comments link at the bottom of the page.
Disordered.org Web
Apple iTunes Locations of visitors to this page

Sat, 16 Oct 2004

Has Been / William Shatner
I was watching a rerun of Family Guy in which Stewie the megalomaniacal toddler dream-sequences himself as a lounge act. The song is Rocket Man, as performed (if that is the word) in the style of William Shatner on his classic, craptastic album The Transformed Man. Shatner has been a joke for decades for his talking song performances, including that selfsame Rocket Man at the Saturn Awards back in the late 70s. And he knows he's a joke, parodying himself as spokesperson for Priceline. So a new album by Shatner isn't to be taken seriously, especially one with a name as self-effacing as Has Been.

But to my everlasting surprise, Has Been isn't half bad. It's still Shatner talking rather than singing.* But he's backed up by some real talent. And rather than just reciting someone else's lyrics, he's using his own words to express a point of view. The results are surprisingly interesting. Maybe there's some life in the old guy yet.

* For which we can all be grateful. If only Leonard Nimoy had been half so wise; I still have nightmares about The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

Has Been
[ Category: Rock | Add a comment | Link ]

Take me home:

Comments to: Hank Shiffman, Mountain View, California