another item that recently sold from Ringo’s warehouse of memorabilia. this is (strangely) the VERY FIRST rock and roll logo/brand/id/trademark in history (note: even elvis didn’t have a logo). the story on it is even more peculiar. according to Bodhi Oser’s amazing little book, “BAND ID, The Ultimate Book of Band Logos” (chronicle . . . → Read More: The Beatles: Even Their Logo Changed the World, by Art Chantry
The Last Waltz-as-an-actual-event was a Requiem for both a Sensibility and an Era (call it Classic Rock, if one must), even if no one present knew it. I’ve also always assumed that–as of this date in 1976 anyway–not a single person on that Winterland stage (Patti Smith’s pal Bob aside, of course, and . . . → Read More: Last Shootout at the Classic Rock Corral! by Tom Kipp
Photo by Mike Hughes.
School Of Seven Bells – SVIIB to their mates – have had a place in my heart from the start, but it’s not always been firmly fixed. It seemed so sweet when twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza met up with Benjamin Curtis while opening on tour for Ben’s . . . → Read More: School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes, by Mike Hughes
A who’s-who of anime characters appear in the new video from Seattle band Quickie. That’s because the group shot the colorful video for their song “Pretty” outside of the most recent Sakura-Con convention, with over a hundred and thirty cosplayers taking part. Not as extras, but front and center as lead singers in the . . . → Read More: Quickie – Pretty – Filmed at Sakura-Con 2015
I remember a moment in the early 1990s when I stood in the crowd at First Avenue as we all waited for the show to start. The house speakers blasted Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, and other loud awesomeness.
Suddenly, I was arrested by an amazing new song I hadn’t heard, a sonic . . . → Read More: Curtis Mayfield – If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go, by Jacob Slichter
While others make the pilgrimage to genuflect inside Room #8 at Joshua Tree Inn for Gram – you’ll find me in Tipton, sitting under a headstone inscribed “Harold Eugene Clark – No Other.” Today is Gene Clark’s birthday and nobody ever captured the LA experience as poignantly as he did with this.
– . . . → Read More: Gene Clark – Los Angeles, by Pat Thomas
Here’s a cut from Donna Summer’s fifth studio album, I Remember Yesterday (1977). Reaching number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, the tune was produced by Giorgio Moroder of “Midnight Express” fame.
I first heard this tune a few months ago and loved it. Now Roses and Revolutions have performed it on Balcony TV so we get to watch them perform it with a lovely view of the New York skyline.
Kishi Bashi’s third LP, String Quartet Live!, is out via Joyful Noise Recordings. Listen below. It’s a collection of songs from his previous two releases, 151a and Light, performed live by himself and an accompanying string ensemble.
Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with artists like Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, . . . → Read More: Kishi Bashi – String Quartet Live!
Yonatan Gat and his band are known for their one-of-a-kind live performances, which take place from inside the audience and are expressively improvised, ensuring no two shows are the same. Feeding off each other’s energy and the crowd’s energy, their sets are raw, intense, and emotionally-charged.
Now, fans all over the world . . . → Read More: Yonatan Gat – Live in São Paulo
The second night of my Skalloween celebration took me to Tim’s Tavern in north Seattle where three fabulous local ska bands were slated to play. Headlining were Wyoming transplants It Gets Worse, preceded by a band I saw for the first time, Smoking Bill, and opening the entire night was my own beloved Natalie . . . → Read More: How I spent my Skalloween Weekend Part II, by Holly Homan
Here’s a song for every musician whose songs never got played on KEXP:
My skalloween weekend began Friday night, Halloween Eve at Seattle’s Highline Bar on Capitol Hill. Headlining was Seattle’s own ska legends the Diablotones.
After a fun-filled performance by the Skablins, the Diablotones hit the stage for a mix of funky, raunchy rock and roll ska. Singer/bassist Timmy Profit sang with a throaty . . . → Read More: How I Spent My Skalloween Weekend, by Holly Homan
John Renbourn never enjoyed the 20-something beard-driven renaissance of his pal Bert Jansch in Ballard, Brooklyn, Silver Lake or Oakland – but this new 20 song collection of all unreleased early 60’s recordings should help – Beverly Martyn (John’s wife) sings on a few cuts, while Davy Graham and Mac MacLeod sit in on . . . → Read More: John Renbourn – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, by Pat Thomas
In 1971, Porter Wagoner recorded this perfect description of “The Rubber Room.” You might describe it as “psych-country.” It’s certainly not a pop song. As Waylon Jennings once said, Porter “couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers.”
– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black . . . → Read More: Porter Wagoner – The Rubber Room, by Pat Thomas
Bobby Whitlock was a member of Derek and the Dominos and played keys on the legendary Layla album. He’s still got the touch. This was always my favorite tune on that album– Wikipedia says Whitlock helped Clapton to finish this song– and Bobby, CoCo and Moses Mo don’t disappoint here.
back in the early 60’s, when ‘Swingin’ London’ was in full flower, it was quite popular to photograph popular british rock bands (and later, american rock bands) to use as “props” in fashion photography. the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Pink Floyd and even The Who were decorative elements in the back of . . . → Read More: Pete Townshend, Pioneer of Anti-Lookism, by Art Chantry
“When I was younger I wanted to be a witch, but then I realised you can’t really do that for a living…”
Claudia Kane might not have fulfilled her childhood dream of caldrons, black cats and magic books, but the Londoner is about to start casting an impressive spell via the medium of . . . → Read More: Claudia Kane – Darling is Not My Name
Come Naked by Black Market Aftermath
Black Market Aftermath is a band with great talent, varied sound, and what I would describe as “formula” skills. The songwriting is good. The list of songs is long. I didn’t mind listening to the album and was vaguely intrigued by it.
I, however, want to be . . . → Read More: Black Market Aftermath – Come Naked, by Paul Johnson