Agoraphobic Cowboy hits real-world stores

After months of online-only sales, Rick Moranis’ new album, The Agoraphobic Cowboy, is now available in finer stores everywhere (ironically, I’m linking to Amazon.)

[UPDATE] – iTunes is featuring a celebrity playlist today, by Rick himself. If you have iTunes, you can go read it yourself (and if you’re so inclined, buy the entire list of songs for $20.) If you don’t have iTunes, read on;

My interview with Rick about the album and other things is coming soon.

Rick Moranis’ Playlist

Ok,I admit this list maybe a little ’70s-centric, but I spent from 1970 to 1976 working in radio in Toronto, as a producer and DJ at AM and FM stations that played classical, middle-of-the-road, rock and country. I never got over some of that music and still I like hearing it today. And there are a few other things here too, including some stuff my kids have played for me and a few things I listen to every once in a while.

Misty – Ray Stevens: “I loved Ray Stevens’ musicality and his great sense of humour Country hits would sometimes crossover to the Top 40 AM radio in the ’60s. And amidst the British Invasion, Motown and California surf music, you’d hear songs from artists like Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and Ray Stevens. Then, in 1974, Ray did something very cool; he covered the Errol Garner / Johnny Burke classic ‘Misty’. It was the first time I heard a bluegrass treatment of a standard. Fantastic”

Wonderful Wonderful – Johnny Mathis: “One of the great all-time crooners and among my earliest memories of music. When I was a kid in the suburbs of Toronto, the kitchen radio was always tuned to CFRB. (Canada’s First Radio Broadcast.) This was one of the songs they played a lot. It’s been stuck in my head since”

Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp: “ln 1982, my partner Dave Thomas and I scored a gold record for the McKenzie Brothers Great White North album. So we both bought new cars, eh. I traded in my 1976 burgundy Camaro 350i4-barrel carb, with my Breakfast in America tape stuck in the 8-track. I bought a 1982 white BMW733. And a new cassette of the album.”

Bright Size Life – Pat Metheny: “In 1976, I was almost fired from CHUM-FM for playing this song too much. Management wanted me to stick to the high-rotation hits. The listeners, however, never complained. This is from his first album.”

My Rival – Steely Dan: “One of my favorite pieces from the greatestpra ctitionersto ever enter a recording studio. If Bach had 24 tracks and had heard Sonny Rollins.”

Contusion – : “An instrumental from Songs in the Key of Life that I also almost got fired for playing too much in the 70’s. Stevie Wonder is revered for his vocal melodies but listen to the musicianship on this piece. Very ’70s and powerful and great.”

I’ve Been Everywhere – Hank Snow: “Hank asked the Australian folkie Geoff Mack to write a North American version of his hit touring song. Hank turned it into a classic. Hank Snow was Canadian; there’s a museum devoted to him in Nova Scotia, his birthplace.”

I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash: “The Man in Black covered it on one of his last albums. Powerful, just like all Johnny Cash music.”

You Belong to Me – Carley Simon: “A double-header from one of my favorite composers, Michael McDonald. This version by Carly is gorgeous, the petfect blend of Mike’s cool and Carly’s warmth.”

You’re Made That Way – The Doobie Brothers: “A rarely played piece of Michael’s writing, jazzy and soulful. Also, highly overplayed on my CHUM-FM afternoon shift in 1976.”

Pavane by Gabriel Faure – Zenaida: “Back-to-back…

Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte – Andre Laplante: “…gorgeous pieces of French romantic orchestral classics.”

A Trick of the Tail – Genesis: “Before Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel went separate directions, the composition was at its peak. Where British rock went after the Beaties, thanks to Sir George Martin.”

The Nightfly – Donald Fagen: “If Picasso played the piano.”

King Harvest (Has Surely Come) – The Band: “My favourite piece of Band.”

Heroes and Villains – The Beach Boys: “The Van Dyke Parks infusion. A circus of sound.”

Flowers On the Wall – The Statler Brothers: “Another ’60s crossover country hit. The first banjo I heard on AM radio.”

Karn Evil 9: First Impression, Pt.1 – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer: “I first saw Keith Emerson play with his band The Nice at the Masonic Temple venue in downtown Toronto in 1968. I still haven’t quite recovered. A couple of years ago, I insisted that my son download this for his iPod. His math grades improved as a result.”

Don’t Take Me Alive – Steely Dan: “Larry Carlton graces the great.”

Save the Life of My Child – Simon & Garfunkel: “My sister and I wore out two ‘Bookends’ LP’s. No list can be complete…”

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