Yes, I’m a week late, and if you care about this at all then you already know more than I do about it. Also, why am I even writing about this nonsense??? Warning: Copious levels of snark ahead! Well, this’ll be short and sweet. I didn’t watch, and the couple people I talked to who … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Recap
Folks, this is even more depressing than his “sad bastard” music… and probably doesn’t end well. Just a few weeks ago, I used this site to share some very exciting news – one of my very favorite artists and America’s finest contemporary songwriter (at least before Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty came along), Ryan … Continue reading Say It Ain’t So! The Year of the Ryan steers itself into the ditch.
Far from a perfect album, this effort does two things: it provides a showcase for Billy Gibbons’ mastery of the electric guitar and the commercial potential the band would realize exactly a decade later. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, I heard a lot of ZZ Top, and I always thought there were two … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #498: ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (1973)
Hot off the presses: new music! Better said, new music that is worth your time. Mavis Staples – Live in London – 14 tracks / 56 minutes This live recording shows that Mrs. Staples still has it – even on her 79th birthday she can definitely bring it. Mavis has been doing her thing … Continue reading New Music 2/8/19: Mavis Staples
Does a stand-up comedy performance count as a “concert”? Well, I say so, and what I say goes (on these pages, at least). Opener: Joe Sib Jim’s good friend and long-time opener/sidekick got some laughs here and there during his twenty minutes warming up the crowd. This New Jersey native discussed his Italian upbringing (and … Continue reading Jim Breuer (Revolution Concert House – Boise) – 2/8/19
Hot off the presses: new music! Better said, new music that is worth your time. Deer Tick – Mayonnaise – 13 tracks / 48 minutes This grab-bag of covers, reimagined versions of previously released songs, and new material delivers the goods. Ladies and gentlemen, one of my ten favorite rock bands in America is … Continue reading New Music 2/1/19: Deer Tick, Mandolin Orange, Tim Heidecker
A big helping of soulful blues that helped shape the sound of the genre for decades to come. First of all, that album cover, with the black cat/ace of spades/snake eyes dice/Fri 13th/skull n crossbones ensemble, is priceless. Mr. King’s second record was his finest work and an instant classic that garnered massive critical acclaim … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #499: Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)