Say It Ain’t So! The Year of the Ryan steers itself into the ditch.

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.

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #498: ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (1973)

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)

Jim Breuer (Revolution Concert House – Boise) – 2/8/19

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

New Music 2/1/19: Deer Tick, Mandolin Orange, Tim Heidecker

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

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #499: Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

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)