About me

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Mark Tweedy and like many musicians, I have a number of musical habits supported by a day job. These include playing and acquiring guitars and related implements, and listening to music, principally vinyl, using vintage turntables, amplifiers, receivers and speakers.  By “vintage” I mean the kind of stuff you played records on until the CD came along.

I hope to engage you in a conversation about these things, and from time to time, my top five picks for anything from songs mentioning baseball to best first tracks on first albums. In other words, important things.

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  1. Ann Evans says:

    Hi Mark,
    Of course, I am so excited that you are sharing your vast musical knowledge with your friends. Being a musical “luddite” myself, I won’t be adding to the conversation. Nevertheless I am 100 percent supportive and look forward to learning lots from you and the responses of your friends.


  2. Lisa says:

    This is a perfect vessel for you Mark. I admire your massive knowledge and appreciation for the history of music, it’s effects on us personally and society as a whole. I will follow thee…

  3. Andy says:

    Yup…Goat’s Head Soup, lost in the (Harlem) shuffle…Heartbreaker (to me) was a great protest song about the tragedy of random violence in the big city…so underrated. And Star Star is still a fave I sing when I meet up with Star Fuckers…who seem to be everywhere these days. Gotta take issue with the “annoying BeeGees” line, tho’. Once Barry got into Emotion and Guilty and Love You Inside and Out, well…and even regardless of where your taste lies…can’t deny the genius of his production.Thanks, Mark

  4. lost in the 60's says:

    as Shakespeare once said; “if music be the food of love, play on”

  5. Hi Mark.
    Gonna look by once in a while to see what you’re up to. My son of 11 has just asked about Rolling Stones albums, so now we’re gonna venture further. Hope you are well?
    Charlotte (Denmark)..

  6. Faith Lawson says:

    I enjoyed this. Great distraction! I ll look
    Forward to your next post.

  7. Michelle Nadon says:

    Hey Mark – love your new site – glad to hear you’re still alive! Here’s my list of top 5 best 1st tracks, though I’d have many more than five, here’s a few:

    1) Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (Nevermind) – COME ON – best 1st track EVER!!
    2) Paradise – Buzzcocks (A Different Kind of Tension) – played this album to DEATH, still do
    3) Mysterons – Portishead (Dummy) – okay, perhaps this is the BEST 1st track EVER!!
    4) Ether – Gang of Four (Entertainment) – the entire album is brill from start to finish
    5) Atrocity Exhibition – Joy Division (Closer) – okay, its a stretch, an untamed prog track, but, but, but the rest of the album!!

  8. Michelle Nadon says:

    After recently revisiting The Filth and the Fury (highly recommended!), I came up with a list of top five highly enigmatic and thoroughly original front men, in no particular order:

    1) John Lydon – he was explosive and full of snarling contempt, I couldn’t love him any more if I tried
    2) Kurt Cobain – pure solid gold angst
    3) Iggy Pop – no explanation required
    4) Mick Jagger – duh
    5) Freddie Mercury – I’ve never seen or heard another human who can sing or do deep lunges in a onesie like our Freddie, sheer brilliance

    Jim Morrison should get an honorable mention …

    • topfivevinyl says:

      Great riff!

      Can’t disagree with any, particularly Mick and Freddie (duh and duh).

      I would go, without repeating any of yours:

      1. Steven Tyler-just think of the book Keith would write if he had stared at Steven’s rear end for decades.
      2. Jim James-My Morning Jacket-wild man.
      3. Bob Marley-captivating, uplifting.
      4. Jack White-another duh.
      5. Robert Plant-Wikepedia could simply post a picture of him in the “rock star” category.

  9. Michelle Nadon says:

    Hey Mark – nice choices! If I could preach to the world about five must hear bands, they would be these:

    1) Radiohead
    2) Grizzly Bear
    3) Beck
    4) Arcade Fire
    5) Sigur Ros

    Other amazing Canadian bands include Caribou, Patrick Watson and Timber Timbre!

    • topfivevinyl says:

      Try as I might I just “don’t get” Radiohead and Sigur Ros. I must confess to trying harder with Radiohead.

      Love Arcade Fire.

      Have you heard the Beck and Emmylou Harris collaboration on “Sin City”?

  10. Michelle Nadon says:

    I’m not keen on that collaboration, sorry to say – I prefer my Beck singing solo …

    Okay, if you want to try harder w/ Sigur Ros, listen to Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, probably their most ‘commercial’ sounding album. Lots to love there. Check out their DVD called Heima, which is outstanding – I highly recommend it – for the music, for the tour of Iceland and its quirky residents.

    Radiohead’s Amnesiac is a PERFECT album! Okay, the last track on side 2 is sub-standard, admittedly, but otherwise, one of the best albums I’ve ever heard!

    And Grizzly Bear is complex and harmony-driven, Medieval doo wop meets the Beach Boys – Veckatimest is pure brilliance.

  11. topfivevinyl says:

    The made up language thing stops me cold, but just for you, I will try again

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