(((This turned into an essay of sorts about my dog Ruby’s cremation day (a word I hated when it came to being associated with her) and it’s about her essence of course… written not of sound mind perhaps, but there’s beauty in the story and I needed to tell it quick…thank you all so . . . → Read More: I Sing for the Love of Ruby, by Jesse Sykes
I was very moved by the film “The End of the Tour,” which offers a profound glimpse of DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, one of the more talented and compelling writers of our time, as he struggles with the process of being followed and interviewed for a Rolling Stone profile — his aversion to it . . . → Read More: The End of the Tour, by Daniel Housman
Woke up in the mood for this gorgeous B-side by The Police.
As a bonus, a fan has lovingly assembled footage of them through their brief, amazing career, and you can truly see their spirit as people and as an utterly special band — with Andy Summer’s melodic magic, and how Stewart Copeland . . . → Read More: The Police – Darkness, By Daniel Housman
There is no finer expression of Dave Edmund’s genius than the way he manipulates Elvis Costello’s nightmare relationship into a verse chorus verse rock and roll Rockpile jumped up pop song.. wait for the instrumental break… short but so strong…
– Iman Lababedi
Also in Rock NYC, Iman’s music blog: Band I’d Most . . . → Read More: Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk, by Iman Lababedi
maybe my single favorite Neil Young tune. supposedly written after watching nixon’s resignation speech and then quickly recorded in a single take. a brilliant capture of what the 1970’s FELT like.
– Art Chantry
Dave the dog, at least partly, may have been named after East Portland Davey
Dave the dog refused to eat until the broom was moved away from the food dish. He fears brooms and doesn’t understand them. He’s been known to bark loudly at them and bite them. Once the broom was moved, he . . . → Read More: Dave the Dog Refused to Eat, by John Moe
the SONIC BLASTER! (by MARX!) one of the greatest, most dangerous toys ever made. this was a plunger device that would push air out of this plastic barrel with such force that (i guess) it would break the sound barrier. it made a big booming blasting sound like a cannon when you fired it. . . . → Read More: One of the Greatest, Most Dangerous Toys Ever Made, by Art Chantry
Robert Frank’s game-changing book THE AMERICANS, published in 1958 by Grove Press (there was a different edition published in france a year earlier with essays many assorted french intellectuals (and cover art by saul steinberg). the american edition had a single essay by jack kerouac. the project itself was funded by a Guggenhiem Grant.
. . . → Read More: One of the Coolest Books About the USA Ever Made, by Art Chantry
((((Facebook is aggregating all the people in my pipeline that feel Cecil the lion is getting too much “air time” or they just don’t “understand” all the hoopla- and there seems to be an empathy war going on between all the injustices out there. Also, thee “if you eat meat why do you care?” . . . → Read More: Cecil Was More Than Just One Lion, by Jesse Sykes
My favorite photo from our Washington, D.C. experience today was of a reflection. We caught this shadow on the back of the Lincoln memorial at sunset, as a dad was proudly taking a picture of his son, who had just graduated from college. The dad asked the son to take off his robe but . . . → Read More: Images and Ideas from the Lincoln Memorial, by Charles R. Cross
One of my least favorite guitarists of all time gives an ego driven guitar interview.
– Richard Lloyd
Unless someone comes out with an excellent Christmas album in the next couple weeks, here’s my top ten of 2014:
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Half the City
The Budos Band Burnt Offering
Lee Fields and the Expressions Emma Jean
Benjamin Booker Violent Shiver
Prince Art Official Age
. . . → Read More: Top Ten Albums of 2014, by Graig Markel, Celebrity Guest Blogger
This 14th century image by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci depicts the newborn Virgin Mary about to be bathed.
When I decided to write fiction set in the days of Charlemagne, I knew very little about the Middle Ages but was certain of one thing: medieval people didn’t bathe. I recall being told by teachers . . . → Read More: Yes, People in the Dark Ages Bathed, by Kim Rendfeld
40 years ago today, Van Morrison released the Veedon Fleece album – for every person who moans that Van never recorded another Astral Weeks – this album is for you. For everyone who claims Van is an “old git” – but thinks that someone like Robyn Hitchcock is still relevant, then keep in mind . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, by Pat Thomas
The Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the great Gospel vocal groups of the past half century, are perhaps best known to listeners as the background vocalists on Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” (I’m posting their own version below.)
One fact about the group has always fascinated me: After one of their members, William . . . → Read More: Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter
Having walked past various coin-op kiddie rides in the neighborhood, I sometimes wonder if these contraptions provide a child’s first experience of being underwhelmed. Toddlers eagerly climb atop the plastic horses as their exhausted parents fish out the coins and drop them into the slot. Then, as soon as the canned music starts and . . . → Read More: Coin-Op Kiddie Rides, by Jacob Slichter
Goodnight Pete Seeger. One hates to think of the songs that might disappear with his passing. Like us all he got some things wrong…his reaction to “electric” Dylan for example. But his belief in hand-made, rooted music as a progressive force was infinite and inspiring.
– Chris Eckman
Pete Seeger’s Wikipedia Page
No . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman
Whenever I hear Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” I’m reminded of a time when as children we rode unseatbelted in cigarette-smoke-filled big cars and were left alone to figure out the world from carelessly laid issues of National Lampoon.
– Nick Millward
I’m not going to do a post on Ray Manzarek. I met him once. He was a good guy. I was part of a group of students that brought him and the poet Michael McClure to Washington State University for a standing room only performance. Ray was a perfect gentleman, a seasoned entertainer, and . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Ray Manzarek – Jazz From Copenhagen, By Davin Michael Stedman
This “Bayou” video is from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall and is one of the few clean and crisp videos of CCR in concert that still survive. Creedence was a very unique band, especially in their late 60s-early 70s era when most performers were showing their ability to jam, . . . → Read More: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born on the Bayou, By Lou Caruso