All Day

 

While driving to my job, one early winter day this season, say “5:30 am early”, my boss put this on for the 30 minute ride to the mountain. All I can say about All Day is just listen. Take all the music you ever loved add in rap that you may have never heard, and this is what you get. One wild ride!

Enjoy The Music – DB

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Lust for Life – Iggy Pop and the Stooges

 

 

This post is for the Father of Punk Rock, with Motor City Soul and stage antics that made the shows interesting. Iggy Pop is one of my all time rock star heros. The Stooges flipped American Rock and Roll on its head and they still blow my mind. Songs like “Lust for Life” with its simple drumbeat and a down beat bass that goes on an on, don’t for get that tambourine. The song “The Passenger” makes me feel like getting on the road with my wife and just go, see life through a car window.  Let not forget “Tonight” with David Bowie singing backup vocals. Over the years both The Thin White duke and Iggy would sing and write lyrics for each other, many became major hits.

I have seen Iggy perform twice live, a small bar in Santa Barbara and at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.

I’m giving a shout out to Iggy the Ambassador for Record Store Day April 21 2021. Support your local record stores tomorrow and all year.

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The Jim Carroll Band – Catholic Boy

 

I just remembered this album while watching a movie on Netflixs called “Tuff Turf”. The young stars of the movie include; James Spader, Kim Richards, and Robert Downey, Jr., who also sits in as the drummer in the movie with the Jim Carroll band. Classic trashy new wave film about teenage angst.

Catholic Boy (1980) is an album that has staying power. “People Who Died” is played on alt radio stations often. What I really like is Jims voice, both his unique vocal sound and the lyrics behind the songs. He was a poet, author and briefly a rock star, with the encouragement of the mother of punk rock Patty Smith.

Jim died on September 11, 2009 in New York City at the age of 60. Long live The Jim Carroll Band.

Enjoy the Music – DB

Catholic Boy (1980)

1.    “Wicked Gravity”
2.    “Three Sisters”
3.    “Day and Night”
4.    “Nothing Is True”
5.    “People Who Died”
6.    “City Drops into the Night”
7.    “Crow”
8.    “It’s Too Late”
9.    “I Want the Angel”
10.   “Catholic Boy”

The front cover photograph was taken by Annie Leibovitz

 

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A Night at the Opera

 

Recently an old friend of mine from high school had a rant on Facebook about how he hears to much Journey and Queen in the media these days, especially on the radio and in television ads. He went on about the commercialization of Queen songs, Bohemian Rhapsody in particular, and about how they, “sucked back then, and 30 years later they still suck”.  It was the type of post that got a lot of responses, both positive and negative. So, I thought in his honor I’d submit as this Week’s Runner, Queen’s 1975 landmark album A Night at the Opera, and yes it is the album that contains their avant-garde hit single Bohemian Rhapsody.

This record reiterates my speculation that the “album” is a lost art form. The single, Bohemian Rhapsody, when taken out of context from the rest of the record becomes a joke in Wayne’s World, or on YouTube when sung by a drunk guy in the back of a police car. But, when heard here as the final cut on side two of this album, it fits like a glove, and makes perfect sense.

In the 70’s, Queen was well known as the “Zeppelin” of the Glam Rock movement, combining heavy, Heavy Metal with outrageous over the top dress, theatrics and highly harmonized sound scapes. Today, with the emergence of shows like Glee and Smash, and the popularity of movies like Moulin Rouge, Fame and Chicago, it isn’t any surprise that this band (Queen) would come back in style (if in fact it ever went out). They were pioneers blending ostentatious theatrics, beautifully ornate music and hard rock to create videos and a “Killer Queen” live stage act.

A Night at the Opera is a concept album very much like Sgt. Pepper was 10 years earlier. With layer upon layer of guitar and vocal tracks this vaudevillian exposé is a tribute to the burlesque of the 20’s and 30’s, friendships, love, and of coarse sex, and tragedy. All neatly tied together on two sides of vinyl in the album format. When I listen to it, I wish it were a double LP because it is so finely crafted, well written and preformed. I wish it would go on forever. I highly recommend this one from start to finish.

Enjoy!

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The Grey Album

Mashup what the hell is that? Well, I have become a fan especially with the talents of DJ Danger Mouse. How do you take the cappella version of rapper Jay-Z’s The Black Album and combine it with the iconic White Album by The Beatles and have it become a master piece of it’s own. Well this guy has true mash vision, and lets copyright laws remain grey.  After the limited release of this music, EMI tried to sue to no avail.

Jay-Z offered his thoughts on the album during an interview on NPR. “I think it was a really strong album. I champion any form of creativity, and that was a genius idea—to do it. And it sparked so many others like it… I was honored to be on—you know, quote-unquote, the same song with The Beatles.”

Paul McCartney said as part of a BBC documentary titled The Beatles and Black Music, produced by Vivienne Perry and Ele Beattie.

“It was really cool when hip-hop started, you would hear references in lyrics, you always felt honored. It’s exactly what we did in the beginning – introducing black soul music to a mass white audience. It’s come full circle. It’s, well, cool. When you hear a riff similar to your own, your first feeling is ‘rip-off.’ After you’ve got over it you think, “Look at that, someone’s noticed that riff.’”

If you love the Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Which is one of my all time favorites and turn it on to Jay-Z’s “What more can I say” It turns into something more that just two songs. It a tribute to the Fab 4 and a story of growing up on the hard streets of New York.

Keep mashing it up DJ Danger Mouse, I salute you.

Enjoy the Music – DB

No. Title                                                 Song(s) sampled
1. “Public Service Announcement”       “Long, Long, Long”
2. “What More Can I Say”                     “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” “Top Billin'” by Audio Two
3. “Encore”                                             “Glass Onion”, “Savoy Truffle”
4. “December 4th”                                 “Mother Nature’s Son”
5. “99 Problems”                                   “Helter Skelter”
6. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”                   “Julia”
7. “Moment of Clarity”                          “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”
8. “Change Clothes”                             “Piggies”, “Dear Prudence”
9. “Allure”                                             “Dear Prudence”
10. “Justify My Thug”                           “Rocky Raccoon”
11. “Lucifer 9 (Interlude)”                  “Revolution 9”, “I’m So Tired” “Ave, Lucifer” by Os Mutantes
12. “My 1st Song”                                “Cry Baby Cry”, “Savoy Truffle”, “Helter Skelter”

 

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Deface the Music


Hot off the heels of their success with Adventures in Utopia, Todd Rundgren steers this ship 90 degrees right into the heart of lamestream Beatlemania by delivering what I think is probably the best parody of the Fab Four ever created.

parody noun \ˈper-ə-dē, ˈpa-rə-\ a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule

The difference here is that Rundgren did not create this work to capitalize on (remember the Rutles, or that horrible butchery of Sgt. Pepper by the Bee Gees?), or in contempt of the Lads, but rather as homage to the band that led the British Invasion 20 years earlier, and shaped the coarse of rock music throughout the 1960’s and into the 70’s.

Utopia’s Deface the Music touches on nearly every phase of the Beatles career from the early singles fresh out of Liverpool “I Just Want to Touch You” à la (I Want to Hold your Hand) to the psychedelic “Penny Lane” or (Hoi Poloi).  Each song and musical style can be attributed to a specific period within the Beatles development. John Lennon once said,

“You can be bigheaded, and say, Yeah, we’re going to last 10 years. But as soon as you’ve said that, you think, You know, we’re lucky if we last three months.”

I don’t think Deface the Music is bigheaded and its not “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Everybody Else is Wrong). It is what it is. A salutation. At 33 minutes, you just get started and before you know it, the records over. The only irony here is that it was released in October 1980, just one month before Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment.

I bought this album when it first came out, and every time I listen to it I pick up on something new, another detail or association back to the Fab Four that I didn’t hear before. Rundgren is a meticulous craftsman, and this album is spot-on.

Enjoy-Poloi!

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