The Hurting

 

Here is one to wrap up the year. I saw a moving story on the news this week about a boy named Ben Breedlove who cheated death three times only to succumb to it on Christmas day 2011. It makes me wonder if death is a force from this side which pushes us out or one from the other pulling us in, and whether we all will see the bright light Ben did when we crossover.

Today’s Runner is dedicated to everyone who experienced The Hurting this year, and it is a toast to all the love ones that have left us behind . . . auld lang syne.

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Exile On Main Street

 

Remastered in 2010 I’m taking Today’s Runner to the streets of Portland this weekend. Four plus slices of prime honky tonk, that has been expanded to 1.8 hours, from rock’s original bad boys. Exile on Main St. is a patchwork of blues; rock, soul and country perfectly riffed into a classic tapestry. Guaranteed to burn some of that Christmas grizzle and get your “rocks off”.

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Low Life

 

Don’t let anyone tell you that all music from the 8o’s sounds the same. There maybe similarities between the voices of some bands, but the ones that were out in front of the pack, set the standard. Emerging from the ashes of Joy Division, came New Order which created a large catalog of really great music.  This may not be the hip hop sound we’re use to moving to now, but at the time, these tunes pulsed and had real “swing”.

I personally came across them by way of Today’s Runner, Low Life. The album starts with the poignant Love Vigilantes a tribute to the men (and women) returning home from the war, and to those who did not. Very fitting right now. It’s followed by the perfect kiss of hypnotic, synthesized, beat strong music. Low Life is a set of intoxicating mixes from a Sub-Culture gone bye. Enjoy!

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Gun Shy

 

In 1986, I attended a Screaming Blue Messiahs show at Cabaret Metro with my friend Jay W. Bicknell. At this show I saw the lead guitarist Bill Carter get into a knock down fist fight with bass guitar player Chris Thompson over what appeared to be a disagreement over the tempo of the song they were playing. Carter wanted Thompson to pick up the pace, and when he didn’t to Carter’s satisfaction it came to blows on stage. My friend and I just looked at each other and said, “this is the greatest show ever!” After a brief pause to clean up a bloody nose and reset the stage, the band ripped back into the set dropping loud screaming rockabilly bombs from this, there debut album, Gun Shy.

It’s really cold out this morning, so this will help keep pace. Careful though, it is fully loaded.

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