More notes and links and stuff

Some more links and notes for another rainy day in Knoxville…

* Above is a picture of Knoxville’s Market Square. In days past, it was one of the central gathering places in the city and a major center of trade and commerce. Lately, it’s heading in that direction again. The Square is one of my favorite places in the city due to its interesting shops and tremendous food options. I think my perfect day in Knoxville might just include breakfast at The Market Square Kitchen, brunch at La Costa, grabbing a small lunch from a street vendor or some healthy snacks from the Market Square Farmers’ Market, a drink before dinner at the Preservation Pub, followed by dinner at The Tomato Head, and a tasty frozen treat from Rita’s Ice for dessert.

Well… now there’s a new spot in Market Square that has me excited to see some great live music here in town. The Square Room, Knoxville’s newest listening room, opened this month and has already created quite a buzz. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but I hope to do so soon, as all reviews I’ve seen have been stellar. There’s also a new restaurant called Cafe 4 attached to the venue that has my taste buds quite curious as well.

Tonight at The Square Room, Knoxville luminaries R.B. Morris, Todd Steed, and Scott Miller take the stage together for what promises to be a tremendous acoustic show. I won’t be able to attend because, I’m on the air tonight at WDVX from 6-10, but there are tenuous plans to broadcast at least part of the show live on the air. I’m hoping that happens because this is one show I don’t want to miss.

* On a related note, I got my pre-order copy of Scott Miller’s new CD For Crying Out Loud in the mail this week. Today is the last day to order it from his website and guarantee Christmas delivery. If you don’t get one from this first batch that’s being offered now… you’ll have to wait for the official release in March. I’ll talk more about the album later as it gets closer to the official date, but take my word that Scott Miller fans should order and enjoy this album.

* It’s getting close to the end of the year, and I know it’s time to put out my year end lists. I actually started doing that a few weeks ago with the Top 5 Guilty Pleasures, but I kind of lost my motivation when that post got deleted. Don’t worry though, I am working on my Top 10 albums of the year and hope to start posting those soon. My wife and I have also just finished our “Best of 2008 Mix” (with fairly extensive liner notes) that we will be handing out to some friends and family for the holidays. I’ve been pretty busy.

In the meantime, Payton at This Mornin’ I am Born Again has posted his Top 10 songs of ’08, and it is a pretty solid list. It’s what I’m listening to as I write this. I think I’m finally starting to come around on Bon Iver.

* Finally, today is the 50th birthday of my favorite member of R.E.M., bassist Mike Mills. Mills’ harmony vocals are the ones I sing along with when I listen to my classic R.E.M. albums. He is also responsible for writing one of my favorite R.E.M. tunes… “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville.”

Here we have that song from 1984’s Reckoning and two more that feature heavy vocal contributions from Mills. “Fall on Me” is from 1986’s Life’s Rich Pageant and features Mills heavily in the chorus, in the bridge, and on an almost hidden shared lead vocal in the second verse. “Texarkana” from 1991’s Out of Time is one of two tracks from that album to feature Mills on lead vocal.

Happy Birthday Mike Mills.

R.E.M. – (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville (Buy Album)
R.E.M. – Fall on Me (Buy Album)
R.E.M. – Texarkana (Buy Album)

One Response to “More notes and links and stuff”

  1. I’m with you on Mike Mills. He is an overlooked vital component of what’s (was?) best about REM. God, I loved that band in that first 5 album run, then they became more of a singles band except for the excellent “AUTOMATIC…”

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