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
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
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—
Roller Disco: Boogie . . . → Read More: MOONSHOES’ new “Roller Disco” video! Plus: TK Roller Disco Reminiscence and Recontextualization! by Tom Kipp
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
For your viewing and listening PLEASURE, courtesy of your loyal, rock-obsessed, friend and colleague, TK:
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 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
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
By the by, former BUFFY co-star (and Tim Duncan’s teammate at Wake Forest, before that!) Marc Blucas’ mondo-gorgeous wife, Ryan Haddon, used to be married to Christian Slater, and I have an issue of the ritzy TOWN AND COUNTRY magazine in which there is a “mansion porn” article spotlighting their (then seemingly) idyllic . . . → Read More: Marc Blucas! Plus: Ryan & Dayle Haddon! By Tom Kipp
Would’ve made an interesting rip in the Rock/Time Continuum, needless to say! If only Mark Shipper had known about this….
Imagine The Seventies if….Jimi, Paul, Miles, and Tony HAD formed "Sky Church" in late-1969 and . . . → Read More: Possible Alternate Seventies Musical History, if only Jimi Hendrix/Miles Davis/Tony Williams would have included Paul McCartney in their ca. 1969 Super Group, “Sky Church”! By Tom Kipp
I actually kinda/sorta liked this song during its year of what seemed like hourly airplay on Seattle’s KCMU/KEXP (it’s right on the cusp o’ that local re-branding shift, so I don’t recall which call letter era it falls into, specifically), and at the very least it has stuck wit’ me all these years, but I greatly . . . → Read More: 16 Horsepower’s “Black Soul Choir”, aka The Whine of Ol’ ’96…. By Tom Kipp
In the decades since we discovered (and learned to revere) Sir Lord Baltimore’s proto-Speed Metal debut LP, 1970’s peerless KINGDOM COME, I don’t recall encountering anything quite THIS enticingly-described within the realm of Classic Hard Rock Collector Scum Aesthetics!
Description: Rare 1969 Deep Groove Stereo Original. Cut Corner. . . . → Read More: New Heavy Holy Grail?! By Tom Kipp
From: Marc Marshall
To: Kipp, Thomas J Subject: Davie Allan
Hi Tom! Did I forward this to you already? My new musical friend at Noblis I told you about, Frank Lawrence, turned me on to Davie Allan recently.
What a fabulous summary of both . . . → Read More: “Fuzztone Biker Rock” from Davie Allan and Mike Curb, two ol’ pals from Grant High School in Van Nuys, CA! Plus: The Mike Curb Congregation & MGM’s “Golden Archive Series”! By Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall
Many years ago at the EMP Pop Conference I heard a scholar and avant-garde musician named Ned Sublette deliver perhaps the greatest impromptu speaking performance I’ve ever experienced in that setting, or possibly anywhere at all! He was then about to publish his landmark study of the Cuban influence on global music, and . . . → Read More: Ned Sublette and His Dazzling Array of Talents, By Tom Kipp
Thanks to my friend Patty Dean of Helena, I came across this extraordinary short film about Lee Metcalf, who served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from 1953 to 1978, and who was, along with Mike Mansfield (who still holds the record for longest reign as U.S. Senate Majority Leader–1961 . . . → Read More: A Salute to Former Montana Senators Lee Metcalf and Mike Mansfield! By Tom Kipp
Thought you’d get a kick outta this mild Montana media outrage, which befell station KRTV from Great Falls, one of the two local stations I grew up watching, whether from the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation (1968-71) or Havre (1972-83).
My ol’ pal . . . → Read More: Montana TV Station’s Zombie Attack Emergency Hoax, By Tom Kipp and Jay Schuschke
From: cory davis
To: Kipp, Thomas J
Subject: Curious what you think of this, TK?!?
Kevin Durant sometimes doesn’t want to chuck heaves at the buzzer to protect his percentages, despite his coach’s wishes.
HI . . . → Read More: Kevin Durant Too Basketball “Sabermetric” for His Own Good, By Cory Davis and Tom Kipp
I greatly appreciate hearing from folks on birthdays, and I suspect that my very favorite aspect of Facebook is the small cascade of good wishes that trickle in all day long. Nice to feel connected to so many good folks on the one INHERENTLY meaningful holiday!
In case you missed it:
Richard Marx hates my guts
I made a snarky comment about the 1980s soft-rock balladeer on my blog. And now he won’t leave me alone. Really. BY EDWARD . . . → Read More: Richard Marx Hates My Guts, By Tom Kipp
I’ve been outta the loop re: many of my favorite magazines for a spell, especially those I normally buy at the newsstand.
So I missed several iterations of Greil Marcus’ “Real Life Rock Top Ten” (A MONTHLY COLUMN OF EVERYDAY CULTURE AND FOUND OBJECTS) in THE BELIEVER, which ranks 10 . . . → Read More: “We just had ourselves a little Journey moment…”! By Tom Kipp