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The Fall Endures, Though Mark E. Smith Has Passed On! by Tom Kipp

The Fall were never quite my favorite band (okay, maybe during the last six months of 1988, in the wake of the glorious one-two LP punch of THE FRENZ EXPERIMENT and I AM KURIOUS ORANJ!), but their obstreperous uniqueness, unfathomable longevity, truly remarkable consistency, and unshakable integrity grew more admirable and undeniable with each . . . → Read More: The Fall Endures, Though Mark E. Smith Has Passed On! by Tom Kipp

Describe your perfect Seattle day only going to places that no longer exist, by Tom Kipp

As always, I sleep in on a Saturday morning ’til about 11:30, take a quick shower, then walk up Roy St. from my apartment on Summit Ave. for a leisurely lunch with Tim Cook at Siam on Broadway. Once the customary ten-star Thai cuisine has been consumed, we briefly duck into Orpheum Records to . . . → Read More: Describe your perfect Seattle day only going to places that no longer exist, by Tom Kipp

Guadalcanal Diary, Georgia Scene Late 70s – Early 80s, by Tom Kipp

Mr. Kipp – Do you have any latter-day thoughts about Guadalcanal Diary? Their music may have aged better than the REM of the same period. Perhaps I’m only enjoying it because I hadn’t heard it in 30 years and wasn’t listening closely the first time.

Sincerely,

Ricky in Enumclaw

I’ve loved their “Always Saturday” . . . → Read More: Guadalcanal Diary, Georgia Scene Late 70s – Early 80s, by Tom Kipp

Rod Stewart – Maggie May (Original Video 1971 TOTP), by Tom Kipp

One of the more hilarious BBC clips I’ve ever seen, as The Faces thoroughly exploit the fact that TOP OF THE POPS used to insist on canned backing tracks, while ALSO insisting on live vocals (cf. several tracks from The Who’s ca. 2000 BBC cd compilation, which feature live Roger Daltrey vocals atop the . . . → Read More: Rod Stewart – Maggie May (Original Video 1971 TOTP), by Tom Kipp

Last Shootout at the Classic Rock Corral! by Tom Kipp

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

Creative Severity Yields Major Dividends! by Tom Kipp

Occasionally, as I think back on various experiences of trying to CREATE in Havre or Missoula, Montana during the 1980s (and subsequently, as well, in Northern Virginia or Seattle)–whether that involved establishing a “beach head” and persona for radio, learning to write/combine criticism and history (and humor), attempting to make music of widely varying . . . → Read More: Creative Severity Yields Major Dividends! by Tom Kipp

Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose – Too Late To Turn Back Now, by Tom Kipp

When I compiled a listing of my favorite singles of all-time about eight years ago (a kaleidoscopic endeavor that eventually BALLOONED to 800 entries, even though no artist was permitted more than ONE!), this string-fueled, now-rather-obscure, Family Soul smash from Summer 1972 (#2 in BILLBOARD, but #1 in CASH BOX!) came in at #19, . . . → Read More: Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose – Too Late To Turn Back Now, by Tom Kipp

Richard Lloyd Live in Seattle, by Tom Kipp

The September 29, 2015 Richard Lloyd Band show at The Columbia City Theater hit top gear about halfway through the main set, and from that point right on through the all-Jimi encore, Richard was on FIRE!

Here’s how he brought it all back home on his battered Strat: “Friction”, “Pleading”, “Alchemy”, “Field of Fire”, . . . → Read More: Richard Lloyd Live in Seattle, by Tom Kipp

The Weasel, an Inimitable Voice From a Different Time, by Tom Kipp

The (truly) inimitable “Weasel” (aka Jonathan Gilbert), who was the 2 to 6pm “drive time” star of Annapolis, MD’s “progressive”/”alternative” WHFS 99.1 FM, during my years managing The Record & Tape Exchange in Fairfax, VA (1988-92).

No other voice like Weasel’s has ever found a regular home on the airwaves, to say the least! . . . → Read More: The Weasel, an Inimitable Voice From a Different Time, by Tom Kipp

The early Treepeople ripped the hell outta Seattle! by Tom Kipp

Here’s two great pieces of video (one posted for the very first time earlier today!) documenting the version of Treepeople that ripped the hell outta Seattle during Silkworm‘s first two years in town (1990-91, during which the two then-quite-unfashionable Idaho/Montana transplants often teamed up for gigs), just prior to my own . . . → Read More: The early Treepeople ripped the hell outta Seattle! by Tom Kipp

Rock Is the New Jazz. Sorry, Rock. | PopMatters, by Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:06 PM, Marshall, Marc wrote:

http://www.popmatters.com/column/154630-rock-is-the-new-jazz.-sorry-rock/

Just ran across this and it made me laugh as we were discussing jazz vs rock last night.

I think this is pretty accurate (not that I have a real hold of the present commercial world of music) and is pretty funny . . . → Read More: Rock Is the New Jazz. Sorry, Rock. | PopMatters, by Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

Gang of Four: Six songs live in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1981! by Tom Kipp

A gift, if not “The Gift”—

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/entertainment_gang_of_four_live_in_zagreb_1981

At or very near THE PEAK! (of Postpunk, of Rock Music in General, and of Live Musical Performance….)

TK

The Magik Markers/Elisa Ambrogio!‏ by Tom Kipp

Recently I saw one of the very few bands/artists whom I’ve come to love during the past (largely desultory) musical decade, Hartford CT’s The Magik Markers, who played a headlining show at Seattle’s Chop Suey.

I first saw their lead singer/noise guitarist/front person, Elisa Ambrogio, in November 2008, entirely by accident, as she . . . → Read More: The Magik Markers/Elisa Ambrogio!‏ by Tom Kipp

Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Sad news for those of us who loved/still love “Jazz with a Future”….and the precious few musicians with the courage to reach for it, much less actually ARRIVE there, as Charlie Haden did on so many occasions.

P.S. This Fred Kaplan is NOT the academic and Nineties Gore Vidal biographer with whom Gore had . . . → Read More: Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

MOONSHOES’ new “Roller Disco” video! Plus: TK Roller Disco Reminiscence and Recontextualization!‏ by Tom Kipp

This here Moonshoes “If You Want to Do It” video/single item definitely correlates (in its way) with one of the most unexpectedly delightful prizes ever to emerge from both the notorious K-Tel label and Robert Christgau’s Village Voice Consumer Guide column, in 1996—

Robert Christgau—

Roller Disco: Boogie . . . → Read More: MOONSHOES’ new “Roller Disco” video! Plus: TK Roller Disco Reminiscence and Recontextualization!‏ by Tom Kipp

Re: Deep Purple / The Audio Fidelity Collection: 24k gold 4CD box set | superdeluxeedition!!!! by Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

Hi Marc:

 Thanks for brightening my return to work, after clocking less than FIVE days during the whole of September!

 I mean, this is “The Audio Fidelity Collection”!!

 Containing all FOUR . . . → Read More: Re: Deep Purple / The Audio Fidelity Collection: 24k gold 4CD box set | superdeluxeedition!!!! by Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

“Mullets Rock!” genre compilations!‏ by Tom Kipp

For your viewing and listening PLEASURE, courtesy of your loyal, rock-obsessed, friend and colleague, TK:

http://www.amazon.com/Mullets-Rock-Too-Love/dp/B000NDEXHU

http://www.amazon.com/Mullets-Rock/dp/B00008J2QP

And thus, a musical “genre” was named! LOL

Amidst various researches today I came upon this mindboggling YouTube clip, which of course reminded me of my ol’ pal S. Swag, who introduced me to his beloved Cowsills just over 34 years ago, by playing their immortal cover of “Sunshine of Your Love” (from the 1969 IN CONCERT album!) on the family phonograph in . . . → Read More: PLAYBOY AFTER DARK revelation!‏ by Tom Kipp

The Road to Red, by Tom Kipp

The mastering engineer’s statement (“The Tale of the Tapes”) at the end of the 24-disc  (21 cd, 1 dvd, 2 blu-ray!) track listing for THE ROAD TO RED is quite illuminating, at least for TAPE OP fan-types.

Indeed, reading it makes me wish I could somehow afford . . . → Read More: The Road to Red, by Tom Kipp

The Definitive MONDO “Beat It” has entered the building! By Tom Kipp

Just blundered upon this definitive MONDO “Beat It” from the infamous Jacksons VICTORY Tour of 1984, and I’ll be damned if the spectacle doesn’t live up to all its crazed HYPE, at least for the distended, 7:03 length of this one song, drum solo and all!

I love . . . → Read More: The Definitive MONDO “Beat It” has entered the building! By Tom Kipp