WhoCares – “Holy Water” (2011)

June 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm (Music)

Another track from the new supergroup WhoCares, featuring former Black Sabbath bandmates (circa 1983-84), Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan. Interesting song.

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Bruce Springsteen – Eulogy for Clarence Clemons

June 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm (Bruce Springsteen, Life & Politics, Music, Reviews & Articles)

I’ve been sitting here listening to everyone talk about Clarence and staring at that photo of the two of us right there.  It’s a picture of Scooter and The Big Man, people who we were sometimes.  As you can see in this particular photo, Clarence is admiring his muscles and I’m pretending to be nonchalant while leaning upon him.  I leaned on Clarence a lot; I made a career out of it in some ways.

Those of us who shared Clarence’s life, shared with him his love and his confusion.   Though “C” mellowed with age, he was always a wild and unpredictable ride.  Today I see his sons Nicky, Chuck, Christopher and Jarod sitting here and I see in them the reflection of a lot of C’s qualities. I see his light, his darkness, his sweetness, his roughness, his gentleness, his anger, his brilliance, his handsomeness, and his goodness.  But, as you boys know your pop was a not a day at the beach.  “C” lived a life where he did what he wanted to do and he let the chips, human and otherwise, fall where they may. Like a lot of us your pop was capable of great magic and also of making quite an amazing mess.  This was just the nature of your daddy and my beautiful friend.  Read the rest of this entry »

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R.E.M. – “Chronic Town” (1982)

June 26, 2011 at 6:29 am (Music, R.E.M., Reviews & Articles)

Taken from CMJ magazine, November 1982 and written by Marianne Meyer, a quick look at R.E.M.’s debut EP Chronic Town…

The question here is not whether the group has talent, but what it intends to do with its obvious skill. This Athens, Georgia-based quartet has a sharp, unfailing grasp on `60s garage rock-anyone with a fondness for the form can sink into the atmospheric, 12-string strums and Merseybeat harmonies with a relieved sigh of familiarity and give thanks that the style is alive and well. As with other young undiscovered (by the masses) but appreciated (by the critics) bands like the Fleshtones and the Bongos, R.E.M. holds tight to a tradition of mid-tempo, slightly psychedelic songs that would feel equally at home in another Nuggets or pop/rock collection, and the production stresses that simple, almost tinny sound that `60s rock vets grew up on. So what next? Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (June 25, 2011)

June 26, 2011 at 6:05 am (Life & Politics)

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Jeff Tamarkin – “Tom Morello: Revolution Rock” (2007)

June 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

Taken from the April 17, 2007 edition of The Boston Phoenix…

Tom Morello Rages Quietly Against the Machine

It’s an incongruous sight at first: Tom Morello strumming an acoustic guitar emblazoned with the words “Whatever It Takes,” racked harmonica slung around his neck Dylan-style. But even more foreign than the Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitar shredder gone wooden is the sight of Morello front and center singing, emitting a deep and sonorous tone somewhere in the range of Johnny Cash or Leonard Cohen.

The idea of Morello as solo folkie would have been unfathomable several years ago. With his bands he’s always been content to plant himself stage left, omnipresent baseball cap in place, grinding out monster riffs and unearthly sounds and leaving the vocal histrionics to others. But the acoustic makeover of this leftist activist during the Bush era makes sense: as an artist who’s unafraid to confront the status quo, Morello as Guthrie-style troubadour is a natural. Read the rest of this entry »

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Queen – “Body Language” (Video – 1982)

June 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm (Music)

This controversial and erotic 1982 video from Queen was the very first video banned by MTV.

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The Undertones – “Hypnotised” (1980)

June 20, 2011 at 1:40 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

Taken from the October 1980 issue of Hit Parader, a review of The Undertones’ second and best album. Review written by James Spina…

Sometimes I really think there should be a law requiring bands to do at least one cover song per album. It always gives you such a good idea of where they are coming from and just how original their sound is. “Under the Boardwalk” does just that for The Undertones. This boardwalk is not that far down the beach in Rockaway just one blanket away from The Ramones. The Undertones are trulyEngland’s answer to The Ramones. They work at the same speed. Their songs have the same gobs of fun and one of them even looks a bit like Dee Dee. It seems like only last month I was reviewing “Jimmy Jimmy” from their first great album and already The Undertones are progressing beyond that with “My Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (June 18, 2011)

June 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm (Life & Politics)

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Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons (1942-2011)

June 19, 2011 at 6:18 am (Bruce Springsteen, Life & Politics, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Clarence Clemons has sadly passed away at the age of 69, a week after having a serious stroke. Below is the statement put out by Bruce Springsteen. 
May he rest in peace …

“Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath” (1970)

June 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm (Black Sabbath, Music, Reviews & Articles)

This short review of the first Sabbath album comes from Hit Parader, March 1971, by Mike Dillon…

Magic has finally wormed out of the drug attached stigma, come out from behind the “psychedelic” album covers and pretentious arrangements and found its way into a hard rock environment. Black Sabbath (the name of the group, their first album, and the first cut on the album), is frightening, frenzied, driving, satanical and excellently played, arranged and produced. Four musicians who I have never heard of before lay down one of the heaviest magic-music statements you’ll ever hear.

This album is a far cry from 90 percent of the junk that gets passed off as rock these days. From the opening thunderstorm of the last scream you hear only solid head-throbbing original rhythms, designed to reinforce your perception of the supernatural, evil powers that roam the earth. After listening to Ozzie Read the rest of this entry »

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