Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Only $399.95 buy it now
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A steal at $11.99 buy it now
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Everyone knows about the plane crash of 1977 which took away their singer, songwriter and spiritual leader (often ruling by fist) Ronnie Van Zant and their best third guitar player ever Steve Gaines, who revitalized the band after a little lull in the proceedings. Not everyone kept listening.
Being a fan of the original band I rebelled against the reformed Skynyrd, first a tribute and then a never ending touring machine and cash cow. I never thought Johnny was Ronnie or even Donnie, but after hearing the 1994 acoustic album Endangered Species I realized this guy is a damn good singer and these guys have every right in the world to keep playing these songs.
If not them than who else? They're still a good band. The songwriting is a little suspect but no one is going to a Skynyrd show to hear the new songs.
It's the original band that brings me to this DVD. The bonus footage is three songs from a 1974 concert opening for Queen (I'd love to have been backstage for that) with guitarist Ed King (ex- Strawberry Alarm Clock!) and original drummer Bob Burns. The songs are Working For MCA , Freebird , and Sweet Home Alabama. Alabama was their biggest hit, primarily written by Ronnie and Ed King, and it's great to hear it played by the man who composed it.
What I wasn't ready for was the 1996 footage of the reformed Skynyrd, now featuring Rickey Medlocke (ex-Blackfoot and pre-pronounced Skin-nerd member) and Hughie Thomasson (ex- Outlaws) on guitars along with Gary Rossington on Germany's Rockpalast. There must have been a hearty supply of German beer backstage. In between numbers Johnny Van Zant is cursing "Let me hear your fucking asses!" and changing the lyrics of Gimme Three Steps to "wait a minute mister I didn't even stick her!" while making adolescent hand gestures.
There's a drum solo (sort of) and the normally mild mannered Rossington plays guitar with his teeth and jokingly kicks and pokes at the other guitarists during their spots. Billy Powell looks like he's one drink away from being literally "on piano". It's a rough show but give these guys some credit they've been there and back and if they wanna have a few cocktails before the show all the power to 'em, they just might not want to do it when the cameras are rolling. This disc is worth picking up for the bonus footage but if you want to see this version of the band in a much better setting pick up the 1999 Austin City Limits DVD instead.
sweet home alabama the rockpalast collection
live from austin tx
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
official press release
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Funny as a crutch, Rich
I know Happy Days already jumped the shark but leave Mayberry out of this.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
You need this. Not because the picture has been regraded (whatever that means). Not because the sound has been remastered in 5.1 surround (I can't really tell on my stereo). No, you need it because unless you have an old VHS (or beta) copy lying around you haven't seen this in years if at all. This is a band at it's live peak. I saw them on this tour at the Worcester Centrum and it was so good I vowed never to see them again. That also may have something to do with the fact that I never bought an album after War until All That You Can't Leave Behind. Live At Red Rocks actually looked better on VHS back when TVs weren't made for high definition and you didn't notice the flaws in the film. Bono's singing is great, his dancing not so, but the real star of this show is The Edge and the sounds from his guitars. It's a blast to watch him switch from piano to guitar seamlessly throughout Sunday Bloody Sunday. 2003's U2 Go Home: Live At Slane Castle DVD would have been a worthy sequel to this but the camera's don't show Edge's guitar for more than a second at a time. Too bad. That leaves this DVD as the definitive document, a band seemingly unaware of how great it was...yet. Be warned the picture isn't fantastic, but the music is.
buy it now
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
One of this year's biggest musical surprises of the year is the latest Elvis Costello record (yes, record!) Momofuku. Featuring The Imposters and some musical guests (including superb background vocals by Jenny Lewis), I mistook this for some throwaway side project but in fact it's one of Elvis best releases in years. This isn't the second coming of the Attractions, well actually it is, it's not on a par with their first three records but certainly up there in terms of the entire catalog. When I Was Cruel and The Delivery Man were a return to form but this goes one step better.
With no grand concepts to weigh them down The Attractions, I mean Imposters, sound like their old selves. If your an Elvis fan this year's model is not to be missed.
buy it now
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Brett Favre Career:
Passing Yards: 61,849
Prediction: Cassel led Pats will send Favre back into retirement
Saturday, September 06, 2008
more from The Sun
Sunday, August 24, 2008
With the lingering disappointment of The Weirdness and the endless sea of Iggy DVD I didn't need more Iggy Pop, but while browsing for a summer vacation book I could find nothing else. Well that's just fine because Open Up And Bleed could not be better. Not the authorized biography, but written with Iggy's blessing, Paul Trynka perfectly captures the tale of Jim Osterberg and his alter ego Iggy Pop from pre-Stooge to present with all the gory details intact. Essential.
buy it now
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I don't know what I like best about this dvd, the dressed to laugh Kiss family, the battle of the tribute bands, the real band's convention intervention, Handsome Dick Manitoba's imitations of both Paul and Gene, or the ace Frehley impersonator who turns to Elvis when the real Ace lets him down. This rockumentary basically follows the put on the make up movement and concludes with the ridiculous press conference at which the original Kiss reformed. You wanted the best, you got it. Now watch it.
buy it now
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck formed this dream team of alt-rockers to sing about baseball.
Have a listen.
The Baseball Project
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
MPG is almost out of gas so they will be having a 10-year retrospective opening tonight.
Included in the exhibition are works by the Philco Brothers' own Don Hartmann.
450 Harrison Avenue
June 6 to
July 12, 2008
Friday, June 6, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
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1976 US Army Radio Program featuring Doug Sahm
Friday, May 02, 2008
Glen Campbell talks about his new album Meet Glen Campbell on which he covers:
"Jesus," Velvet Underground
"All I Want Is You," U2
"Times Like These," Foo Fighters
"Grow Old With Me," John Lennon
"Angel Dream," Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Sadly Beautiful," the Replacements
"These Days," Jackson Browne
"Walls (Circus)," Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," Green Day
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
If you grew up in Massachusetts watching the Bird-era Celtics then you probably got your sports news fron Bob Lobel. Make no mistake this guy was one of the greats.
He was smart and funny before ESPN sportscasters were smarter and funnier than you.
We celebrated with him as the Celtics raised banners and we turned to him when the ball rolled the other way, as in through Buckner's legs. Big layoffs at CBS are sending him packing and maybe it is time. Even the great Johnny Carson lost a step in his last few seasons. There won't be another Lobel as we turn to the internet for instant scores and highlights. But when we see another young sports star shine somewhere else and ask "Why Can't We Get Players Like That?", we know there's one who didn't get away. Here's to you Bob Lobel, The Jock, we wouldn't have made it through the 80's without ya.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The quite excellent Harp music magazine has printed its last issue.
I once e-mailed them about a Pere Ubu review and I got a response in less than 30 minutes.
Little did I know they were gonna print it.
We'll miss ya.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
They were there to sing for Madonna, the Queen Of Rock and...um...well she played CBGB's once or something. Oh yeah and she sold a lot of records too. Maybe this was the MTV awards cause I saw John Cougar there too.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Shattered and Little Big Wheel at The Lucky Dog
The last time I saw Little Big Wheel they opened for an amazing Frank Black at this same venue eight years ago. Since then the band has released the excellent Redwood CD, making it two of the best locally released albums to ever come out of the Worcester music scene.
When LBW hit the stage the first thing I noticed was only half the original members are still in the band. That only makes 'em a little Little Big Wheel doesn't it? What matters is singer-songwriter Jim Weeks is center stage. The band sounds fine, but I miss original guitarists Wes Burton's playing a bit. He was the Dan Murphy to Week's Pirner (a veiled Jagger -Richards reference). No offence to the other musicians, but maybe it's time to drop the Little Big Wheel moniker. We know who Weeks is by now and it's his songs we come to hear.
On with the show,
To celebrate the anniversary of the legendary Rolling Stones appearance at Sir Morgan's Cove (now Lucky Dog) tonight's main act is Shattered. The club originally booked legendary Rolling Stones clones The Blushing Brides but they had to cancel.
As the band took the stage I was trying to figure out who played who with no luck.
Then I saw the Jagger guy. Yes, he was definitely Jagger. Directly to his his left was a female singer (which Stone was she?).I figure her job is to make you not notice that the other guys don't look like Stones at all.
How you doing Wooster?
This guy had the accent and rooster dance down pretty well as they ripped into Monkey Man. The Keith guy had the right guitars and tunings all the way down, but he hardly looked the part with his leopard print shirt and his K-mart chain. That's okay cause the Jagger-esque voice and moves got all your attention. The between song patter made me wonder if he acted like this all the time. He'd be great at parties, for a while. They ran through all the hits (with a couple of surprises, like No Expectations) and the more you drank the more you thought they were the the real deal. Jagger-boy left the stage for a breather and the female singer took over for a capable version of Beast Of Burden (remember the Bette Midler video?), which looked better than it sounded, prompting one rowdy fella to holler "let the bitch sing!" upon the Mick's return. Encore time and Mick and K-mart Keith are playing the crowd with us regular folk and it's 1981 all over again, almost. Wonder what is was like to really be there.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I never gave much thought to the James Gang because they pretty much happened before my time. My first band played the hits, Funk #49 and Walk Away, but I'd never even seen their their LP's. Then one day, twenty years on, I saw a clip of Walk Away on VH-1 Classic that blew me away. I was also surprised when I heard that they were doing a reunion tour. Why would Joe Walsh need to do this when he's in the fucking Eagles and can charge 300 dollars a seat? After listening to a bootleg copy of one of the 2002 shows I realized this band had a few more good songs and they could still cut it live(with a little keyboard help). Next day while browsing CD racks I couldn't find anything new so I headed for the James Gang bin. I should have bought the studio James Gang Rides Again but the $6 dollar price tag for Live In Concert suckered me in. Well it rocks, with sloppy sound and total stereo separation of the bass and guitar. It starts off with a few heavy bloozy rockers then Walsh switches from guitar to keyboard for Tend My Garden, the song on whihch Tom Scholz supposedly based his "Boston Sound" on. A quick acoustic track follows and then back with a blistering version of Walk Away. The album ends on a long note with a 17 minute jam complete with bass and drum solos which I could probably do without. A 7 minute Funk # 49 might have been better. But hey, 20 minutes of good music for 6 bucks, who could walk away from that.
buy it now
walk away (2002 version)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
The Patriots answer to the Superbowl Shuffle
and it's Metal companion
Please Roger Goodell destroy these tapes immediately
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
He'll probably break out all the lame hits (Freefallin, I Won't Back Down) but the Heartbreakers are still a great band, especially guitarist Mike Campbell and former Stooge Scott Thurston. If you don't have their 1999 album Echo go buy it now
post Superbowl update:
Tom Brady didn't play as well as Tom Petty
but he went down Swingin' (1999)
Tom "playing bass" with Dwight Twilley (1977)
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
There were two more new albums I bought in 2007 I almost forgot. Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full which, while an improvement on the much overrated Chaos and Creation (what chaos?), didn't hold my attention for more than a couple listens. Also of note was Ian Hunter's Shrunken Heads which was good but not on a par with his previous album Rant. I may have to try this one again while I search for the out of print Artful Dodger.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Is it too late to nominate an album which came out last year, even though I bought it this year, for the best of 2007?
I'm talking about Ray Davies second solo LP Working Man's Cafe.
It's not due for a physical release in the US (New West Records) 'til Feb 19 but apparently has been available as a digital download for months. Who knew?
Amazon Download (only $8.99!)
Ray Davies MySpace