So last Tuesday night (technically Wednesday morning) I woke up with a song firmly lodged in my head. Now this is not terribly unusual because I usually wake up with a song in my head (today it was The Sweet, “Fox on the Run”- not terribly pleased about that one, but I have had worse); … Continue reading Long Time Running
Facebook took the liberty of reminding me that I wrote this three years ago, so I am re-posting. Yesterday I saw a glimmer of hope for future generations. I was perusing the stationary/book store, in the bowels of Rockefeller Plaza, on the prowl for unneeded reading material. I found nothing…came close, but decided against the … Continue reading Why The Replacements Matter
The primary argument for globalization was that it was going to make the world “smaller.” As recently as 16 years ago the world was big! In order to find good music, you had to work for it. Jay-sus, now I sound like that Dana Carvey “Grumpy Old Man” character, “That’s the way it was and … Continue reading Not Better But Smaller
I just woke up for my midnight feeding and started thinking about Prince. Again. Of course, I then realized what kind of blogger, music nerd or writer would I be if I didn’t contribute to the outpouring of love and remembrance that is coming from everywhere to celebrate this man, Prince Rogers Nelson (it was … Continue reading Prince 1958 – 2016
Dear Jann S. Wenner, et al, What. The. Fuck. I was an avid Rolling Stone reader for close to 20 years. I even collected the magazines. You try lugging around 15 years of wrapped magazines…this was a source of much consternation with an ex (who eventually took the liberty of throwing them out in my … Continue reading Open Letter to Rolling Stone Magazine
Even though I’ve called the east coast my home for well over half my life, I am a Midwestern boy through and through. One of the many traits we Midwesterners carry with us is a solid work ethic. It’s certainly something I’ve carried with me through the years and it’s definitely something I look for … Continue reading Soul Asylum – What Gives?
Sammy Hagar’s first album for Geffen Records, Standing Hampton, initially put the self-proclaimed “Red Rocker” on my musical radar. While not a huge fan, he was always on my radar. Frankly, if I am being honest, that’s really the only Sammy Hagar solo album I like. Sure, I like the Van Halen stuff a lot, … Continue reading Sammy Hagar Could Use Some More…
I’m in San Francisco for three weeks (part of an eight week white-collar training boot camp) and when I lived here all those years ago one of the highlights for me was seeing a show at The Fillmore, easily one of the best concert venues in the country. When I discovered Bob Mould was playing … Continue reading Bob Mould Live in San Francisco 9.26.14
Is this officially a full-fledged reunion? Maybe. Will anyone give a shit this time around? I doubt it. After an alleged ban from the building The Replacements returned to 30 Rock on Tuesday to show how rock and roll is done proper. Whether it sticks or whether you give a shit, the world seems marginally … Continue reading The Replacements return to 30 Rock.
Last night was the season two premiere of FX’s The Bridge. And the show came flying out of the gate, introducing a cacophony of story lines. Which I am sensing is becoming a pattern with FX shows. Kurt Sutter did it last year in the premiere of his Sons of Anarchy and Sutter was able … Continue reading The Bridge – Until I’m One With You
Maybe rock music has gotten too cool. Maybe it’s taking itself too seriously. Maybe its been co-opted by the multinational conglomerates that own the majority of labels. Maybe it’s just dead. But then, maybe not. Recently, I started working with a guy named Kevin Clymer. Being a semi-retired (or semi-retarded) music snob, when someone told … Continue reading Ula Ruth – Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
Recently, I wrote about losing comedian Bill Hicks 20 years ago. Outside of comedians, and comedy nerds like myself, that loss flew pretty far under the radar. Two months after Hicks died, we lost yet another voice of our generation. Kurt Cobain. Yea, that was 20 years ago. I’ll let that sink in. On April … Continue reading 20 Years Ago…Again
For the umpteenth time, I was watching Heart perform Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” from this years Kennedy Center Awards ceremony the other day. And again I was blown away, simply astounding. Apparently, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant thought it was pretty good too with all three at some point exchanging … Continue reading Our Shadows Taller Than Our Souls
“And we’re standing in the shadows forever on the brink” Someone Take the Wheel – The Replacements If you’ve never heard of The Replacements then you’ve never felt alone, alienated or out of place. Gob less ya. But if you have heard of them and listened to them then you know they are one of … Continue reading Songs for Slim