Articles by Jim Connelly

Jim Connelly has been eye-deep in media of all kinds ever since he can remember, and probably prior to that. Over the past quarter-century he has worked in the radio, film, music, and internet industries, and has been writing about popular culture and technology the entire time. Prior to co-founding Medialoper, Jim's work appeared both online and off in publications such as Wired, The Village Voice, Neumu and Websight Magazine . . . Jim at Facebook . . . Jim on Twitter . . .

Certain Songs #992: Love – “You Set The Scene”

Album: Forever Changes
Year: 1967

The sessions for Forever Changes were famously difficult.

Well, maybe not “famously,” given the fact that Forever Changes is a forever cult album, but you know what I mean. Written under the watchful eye of Bela Lugosi’s ghost, who no doubt watched with a combination of jealousy and head-shaking as the band dabbled in acid and smack and fought enough to hemorrhaged members.

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Certain Songs #991: Love – “A House is Not a Motel”

Album: Forever Changes
Year: 1967

One of the things that made Forever Changes such a marvel was the interplay between Michael Stuart’s drumming and Bryan MacLean’s acoustic guitar.

Like, check the opening of “A House is Not a Motel:” MacLean starts with a rolling roiling half-strum half-pick, and instead of finding the beat in the middle of it, Stuart focuses on duplicating it with his drum kit. What this does is give the song an almost unsettling lightness, like it could just float away at any time.

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Certain Songs #990: Love – “Alone Again Or”

Album: Forever Changes
Year: 1967

Even now, forty years later, there really isn’t anything quite like Forever Changes, the baroque psychedelic classic that Love unleashed upon the world in late 1967.

While their previous two albums had their moments — the rocked up Burt Bacharach/Hal David of “My Little Red Book,” the mandated-by-law cover of “Hey Joe” and the drum-fueled math problem of “7 and 7 Is,” none of it prepared the world for the way the acoustic guitars faded in from infinity to start “Alone Again Or.”

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Certain Songs #989: Louis Jordan – “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens”

Single, 1946

Louis Jordan might not have invented rock and roll — his jump blues lacked the crucial input from country music — but he was most certainly one of the first rock stars.

Not only was he a huge crossover artist — check his discography and you’ll see loads of songs that were top ten in both the R&B and pop charts — the songs he chose to perform were often about the consequences of living the hedonistic lifestyle.

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Certain Songs #988: The Posies – “Grant Hart”

Album: Amazing Disgrace
Year: 1996

I obviously didn’t plan on writing about this song today.

I was going to do it whenever I got to The Posies — let’s say 2019 — but given that Grant Hart has died, and I’m kinda reeling from the news, I figured that I could let Ken Stringfellow do some of the heavy lifting, as this song from 1996’s great Amazing Disgrace now plays as a prescient obituary.

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