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I Think It’s Going To Rain Today

August 27, 2011 | By Adam Roberts | 0 Comments

One of my favorite songs has always been Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.” With Hurricane Irene rapidly approaching, I figured I’d spend some time on YouTube collecting all of the different version that have been recorded over the years. Despite how good many of them are, I still think Randy Newman’s original version (heard above) is my favorite.

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The A.G.’s Holiday Playlist

December 14, 2010 | By Adam Roberts | 254 Comments

Maybe I’m weird, but I actually like holiday music; if it’s holiday music done right.
Every year I look forward to playing Sufjan Stevens’s “Songs for Christmas” and, most recently, a mix I made of songs that include some Sufjan Stevens songs and a bunch of others. I just posted the mix to iTunes so you can listen to 90 second samples of the songs (that’s a new feature! it used to be 30 second samples) and, if you like it, buy it. (I don’t get anything if you do, so don’t think I’m trying to sell you a bill of goods.) Here’s the link to my iTunes Playlist.

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My Imaginary iTunes Celebrity Playlist

November 12, 2010 | By Adam Roberts | 268 Comments

I know we’re talking ancient history here, but I very much remember the birth of iTunes (before that I used something called Winamp!) and, eventually, the launch of the iTunes Music Store (now in the press because of the big Beatles announcement). One of my favorite features of the iTunes Music Store (and it’s been a favorite from the beginning) is the Celebrity Playlist. Not so much because of the movie stars who participate (I don’t really care to hear favorite songs from the cast of The Vampire Diaries, though Sarah Silverman’s is pretty awesome) but because of the singer/songwriters who share their influences and favorite tracks. From the likes of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, and Ben Folds I’ve discovered so much great music that, at this point, it’d be difficult to know how much of my musical taste has been shaped by iTunes Celebrity Playlists.
I also happen to harbor a fantasy (a rather delusional one, admittedly) that one day I might be asked to create an iTunes Celebrity Playlist. (Hey, Ted Allen has one!) Until that day comes, though (and I’m not counting any chickens) I figured it might be fun to use my “Not Food” blog to post a rough sketch of what my iTunes Celebrity Playlist might look like. So here it is with the songs embedded from various sources online, so you can hear them right away. (And I’m pretty confident that if you like them, you can find them on iTunes yourself.)

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A Beginner’s Guide To Stephen Sondheim

October 27, 2010 | By Adam Roberts | 276 Comments

Stephen Sondheim turned 80 this year and there were numerous concerts, tributes, a Broadway show (“Sondheim on Sondheim”), and a recently published, self-annotated book of lyrics (reviewed here by Paul Simon) celebrating the man New York Magazine once called “God.” But for many, and I used to include myself in this category, the work of Stephen Sondheim is difficult to access; unless you go to the theater very often or you grew up watching primetime PBS, you probably haven’t had the chance to savor or experience the work of the man many consider to be musical theater’s greatest living artist. So here’s my attempt to make it easy for you, to provide you with a little roadmap so that one day you can become a bonafide Sondheim-worshipper, as I’ve become today.

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My Favorite New Song (Vincent Minor’s “Late Night Show”)

October 20, 2010 | By Adam Roberts | 228 Comments

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on something of a CD-buying spree. On iTunes I’ve purchased two new Sufjan Stevens CDs (“The Age of Adz” & “All Delighted People”), Noah & The Whale’s “The First Days of Spring,” a vintage Phil Ochs CD “Pleasures of the Harbor” and Arcade Fire’s latest, “The Suburbs.” But the one I keep going back to again and again is a CD by a little-known artist named Vincent Minor.

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