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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Grateful Dead @ Cameron Indoor Stadium, 4-12-78 / Leonard Cohen's new offering

Many fans of the Grateful dead, including myself, agree that the late nineteen seventies was an epic time for the band., both musically and experimentally.   This show from Durham in 1978 essentially proves that thought to be quite valid indeed.

Grateful Dead @ Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC 4-12-1978


I count myself as lucky for many many reasons.  One of which has to do with my father introducing  me  to the  darkness and brightness of Leonard Cohen.  Along with pop songs of the day, I could recite the lyrics to Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan",  "Everybody Knows" and plenty more. This, by the way, was at age 8,   Years later, I had the unique pleasure of seeing Leonard live at the DPAC and can say, most wholeheartedly, that the performance  was as close to a religious experience as I care to get.   Cohen is the consummate singer, poet, thinker, writer and performer, among other things.  His new offering, Popular Problems,  is set for release September 23.

"Famous Blue Raincoat"  

 "First we Take Manhattan, the we Take Berlin"

Monday, August 25, 2014

David Byrne on Jimmy Fallon

The always impressive and worldly David Byrne performs "Fantastic Man" by African singer  William Onyeabor

Hangry moments from Clickhole:  Cities Need Traffic Laws Recognizing Cyclists as the Most Important People in the World

America's finest news source, The Onion,:  God Knocked Unconscious by Direct TV Satellite!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ptchdork doles out the top 100 records of 2014 so far / Something fresh from Athens' Futurebirds / Kimock

Pitchdork tells us the top 100 Best albums of the decade this far!

Real Estate's 2014 release, "Atlas", placed 86th.  These gentleman are on the proper trajectory heading straight to the sky.   They should have placed higher.  Oh well...

Something new from Athens, GA darlings, Futurebirds.


Excellent footage!  "Tongue and Groove"  from 2013


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Reading

If you are between the ages of twenty three and twenty eight and your folks are still kind enough to take you on vacations, use this handy article from ClickHole.   I would like to ad Montreal to this list.  About 8 years ago, my brother and I, sharing a brain as we so often do, simultaneously requested heading there with our sweet mother.   We soaked in the culture and a wonderful time was had by all.  No one was arrested or deported.

The Onion takes a look at the "Ice Bucket Challenge".  a massively popular fundraising tactic for ALS awareness.

That's right, folks!   Paul "Pig-Vomit" Giamattie, set to portray manager, Jerry Heller, in N.W.A Bio-pic, "Straight Outta Compton" (coming in 2015).     - Spin Magazine. 

Little Richard performing "Caledonia" when he was very...little.


Friday, August 15, 2014

TEARS OF A CLOWN? / Happy Friday

It's often said that the best comedic artists in the world draw their humor from darkness, pain, and sorrow.  I believe this most wholeheartedly.  King of deadpan delivery and perfect timing, Steven Wright, is also a gut twisting writer of sad songs.

Happy Friday!

Van Morrison : Live at The Hollywood Bowl

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I proudly consider myself a fan of Phish. As of late, my admiration for them has increased quite intensely. "Sand", to me at least, is a real treat which has become the object of my obsession. Here's why:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rest in Peace Robin Williams

Stitches V Riff Raff

These days we have white rappers like Eminem and...that's about it.    That being said, the welcome mat for a new breed of gangster honkey's who happen to be of the Caucasian persuasion is rolled out and ready to receive.   I'm not sure who came first, Riff Raff or Stitches.  What I am sure of is the fact that these gentlemen are, indeed, positive roll models and artists of the highest ilk.  Let's take a look at both and decide which one would make the best dinner guest/new boyfriend.

First we have Stitches.  A tender soul who wears his heart on his sleeve, Stitches begs the question; "do I get high on my own supply?"  My answer is yes, Stitches!  You go right ahead and
do what makes you you!

Now, Riff Raff is, for lack of a better term,  a Renaissance man (with a capital R).  He once played World of Warcraft for 48 hours straight, had his hair transformed into cornrows,  missed his court date for sodomy charges, and smoked "like a ton a weed yo" all in one week.  If Riff Raff isn't a catch, please tell me who is!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Adam Cohen

Leonard Cohen's son Adam performing "So Long Marianne" which he's made quite his own.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Incredible Criss with two S'S Angel

I'm not really one for magic.  Never have been.  Well, that's not entirely true because I really enjoyed hating The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  For those who have seen it, you have to remember Jim Carry's character,  Steve Gray, an obvious parody of Criss Angel, Mindfreak. Well, check out this clip of Criss ( love the spelling! So mysterioso!) Angel mindfucking a group of innocent bystanders.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Papa's Got a Brand New Film

James Brown is the godfather of soul. Unless you have been living in the Gobi Desert, you know that already. But did you know he is the creator of funk, soul and groove music? If not, save enough money to feed a family of four in Nigeria for a week and go see  Get on Up, the new film that delivers  the whole  story of James Brown the artist, business man and soul/funk/groove hero.

Brown’s life story has more sadness and hard knocks than your average musician has to endure. Reared by an abusive alcoholic father, and then a mistress in a house of ill repute, Brown learned to rely on himself at a very young age.   His troubled upbringing surely contributed to his desire to prove himself, with the result he is known as a consummate professional -  and might explain why he began referring to himself in the third person as an adult. But hey, the British Royal Family does that so why not the king of soul?

Actor Chadwick Boseman, working with director Tate Taylor, is known mostly for his work on the small screen, rose to the occasion and pulled off the look, sound, and countenance of James Brown, both young and old, quite effectively.  So well that, at times, I wished subtitles were provided to clarify what Brown was saying.

Over the years, rumors of  erratic behavior, and abuse of both drugs and womeplagued his reputation. One of my favorites alleged that Brown threw, wait for it, a kitchen sink at one his wives.  This alleged incident was reprised by Boseman in a scene depicting Brown nearly launching a telephone at his second wife.  PCP was a drug of choice for James Brown and, according to historical fact and the film, he was high on this substance while involved in a high speed chase with the Georgia Highway Patrol that ended in gunfire. 

Something I hoped would be covered in the two - hour plus biopic was the role of the JB's, Maceo Parker  and  Pee Wee Ellis  who, in the late sixties, played horns in Brown's band.  My wish came true when Parker, played by actor/comedian Craig Robinson was made out to be the doubter who led the JB's away from Brown due to his domineering and controlling grip on the band.  Maceo Parker went on to make his own mark in music as a highly respected sax player with Parliament Funkadelic and as a solo artist   Pee Wee Ellis, identified in the movie by name, went on to tour and record with legendary musicians such as George Porter, Medeski ,Martin & Wood and Van Morrison.   Bassist Bootsy Collins was also name checked  in the film , and like Maceo, he went on to play with Parliament Funkadelic.   

The film is excellent rock history and a penetrating saga of an authentically American music genre.  Get On Up and go see it.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Arcade Fire covers hometown heroes. Anecdote about yours truly shoplifting, for the music, of course.

I came to terms many years ago with The Arcade Fire and just how great they truly are.  I mean, what's not to like?  Right? Spin recently posted this clip of the Canadian sextet performing songs from Los Angeles' finest, Guns 'N Roses and Janes Addiction.  "Been Caught Stealin'" was a song to which I could relate when it debuted back on 1910.  I,  a boy of no older than 11, was caught 'stealin'  at Woolworth's.  The take?  5 cassette tape singles of Bon Jovi's western themed hit for the Young Guns franchise, "Blaze of Glory."   Was it worth it?  Hell yes!  I then learned that I had a real knack for bullshitting my way out of dangerous (to me) situations.  I vividly recall the mustachioed manager at The North Hills Mall Woolworth's location demanding my parents phone number.  "Well, my parents don't got no phone, mister." I replied.  He bought it.  Atop my GT dirt bike, on my merry way I went.

-Arcade Fire performing REM's "Radio Free Europe" in Athens, GA,  and The Smiths'"London"  in London,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pump Up The Jam Indeed...

Finally, Hulk Hogan gives back

Brian Eno speaks his mind on US  support of Israel

This just in!  Kim Kardashian's ass still gigantic 

Sonic Commercials still painfully unfunny 

What makes Phish shows a better people watching event than the State Fair.  "I wonder if Trey did the telephone ringing part right?"

Monsters? Getting Together to celebrate?

On Tour with A Prairie Home Companion:


Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I have always been an admirer from afar when it comes to the diminutive space cowboy called Beck. Like Cher, Madonna, Prince and Dawg the bounty hunter, he is deserving of  the coveted single name status. His introduction to my world came in 7th grade when I had both glasses and braces. So, as one might imagine, I often wondered if I was, in fact, un perdedor.  Maybe so, maybe not.
All I remember is from the confusing, post Kobain world of grunge arose a fresh young act in a brown hat who could do it all: Sing, rap, dress in a way parents didn't like, and, most importantly, create fresh, genre bending sounds. Beck's music grew with us, introducing music lovers young and old to his very own gumbo of hip hop psychedelia, mellow, heart wrenching ballads and funky,  tech infused rock and roll.  The show last Wednesday was something I will never forget.  Familiar tunes like "Loser", "Sexx Laws", "The New Pollution" and "Devil's Haircut" had the sold out crowd (including my "Beck Head" girlfriend) at Red Hat Amphitheater going apeshit.   A wonderful evening indeed for all in attendance.  I look forward to knowing as much as I can about Beck before my next sighting of the living legend.

Beck's band of at least 6, lucky for us, consisted of the same group of musicians who played on Guero and his new record, Morning Phase.

Red Hat Amphitheater 7-23-14 Devil's Haircut,  Black Tambourine,  The New Pollution,  Modern Guilt,  Blue Moon.  Lost Cause. Blackbird,  Chain,  Loser,  Beercan,  Hell Yes (Ghettochip Malfunction remix),  Qué Onda, Güero,  Chemtrails,  I Think I'm in Love / I Feel Love (Donna Summer cover),  Heart Is a Drum,  Say Goodbye,  Wave,  Waking Light,  Girl,   E-Pro
Encore: Sexx Laws,  Minus (Teased "Debra" but Beck … more), Where It's At.

Decent footage of Beck at The Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta from this tour.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Small World

Every year that goes by I am reminded of just how small the world is.  For example, Raleigh guitar whiz Chris Boerner has been wowing us for years with his razor sharp guitar work in The Hot at Nights, The Foreign Exchange , The Proclivities and his work with Jeanne Jolly ( to name a few).

I am a self confessed obsessive of the band Ween and have been since the fifth grade.  I found out earlier this year that, through a connection at Merge Records, Chris Boerner was suggested to play guitar on Aaron Freeman ( the artist formerly know as Gene Ween's) new solo record, Freeman.  The fact that someone I've known personally since high school, who's music I've  had the distinct pleasure of writing about, and who was never really into Ween is now playing with a true musical hero of mine is simply mind-blowing and wonderful. Small world indeed.  

Freeman comes out July 22nd on Partisan Records.

Listen: "(For a While) I Couldn't Play my Guitar Like a Man." by Aaron Freeman featuring Chris Boerner.

Look: Chris Boerner tearing shit apart with the heavenly Jeanne Jolly:

Look: Aaron Freeman performs "Sarah."