Song of the Day – “Blockbuster” – Sweet

Happy Birthday to Andy Scott, guitarist for glam power pop band Sweet. He’s 65 today!

Here’s the band on Top of the Pops in 1973.

iPhoneography Apps – Glitché Part 1: Mangled Beauty

Sometimes I start putting together a tutorial and think it will be a simple matter of throwing up a few screenshots and cruising to some neat images. When I stopped getting screenshots for Glitché, I found I had 90 images and videos. It is a much deeper app than I gave it credit for being.

Glitché sells for 99 cents on the App Store, and there is an Android version. It works on both the iPhone and iPad in portrait mode. I will be showing screens from the iPad version. I’ll show you how to bring images into Glitché and many of the effects here in part one; output , the remaining effects, and video will be shown in part two.

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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Over the Rise” – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

On his new album, Rehab Reunion, Bruce has cut back on the piano and taken up the dulcimer. It’s a nice sound, but it’s still odd to hear absolutely NO piano on this track.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Man in the Mirror”

Michael Jackson – Crosby, Stills and Nash

If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I will agree that any change you can make starts with yourself. But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where it seems that any change is not a lasting one. The struggle goes on.

Edited to add: I first chose this song before hearing the latest news about Jackson and the horrendous pictures found by the police at the Neverland Ranch. This will most likely be the last song I post by him or the family groups he was a part of. I just cannot listen to him anymore without thinking of pedophilia and animal abuse. A shame, but there has to be a line somewhere.

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A nice live song that’s miles away from the Michael Jackson number. It was originally on Graham Nash’s debut solo album Songs for Beginners.

Song of the Day – “Mirror in the Bathroom” – The English Beat

A kick-ass little ska tune from the English Beat. This may well have been the song that started my enjoyment of ska, before Madness and The Specials came along and strengthened it.

Song of the Day – “Reflections” – Bus Etri

Anthony Etri may have been given the nickname “Bus”, but it was a car that did him in about 75 years ago. Before the accident, he helped promote the use of the guitar as a solo instrument in jazz bands.

Song of the Day – “I’ll Be Your Mirror” – The Primitives

I’m a big fan of the jangly pop of The Primitives. I was surprised, though, to see that this was a Velvet Underground cover. AMG has it listed as written by the Primitives, but when I pulled out the 1989 CD, there was the credit for Lou Reed.

I did go back and listen to the original – I prefer Tracy Tracy and the Primitives.