Damn the Torpedoes

 

Don’t Do Me Like That.

1950 – 2017

#RIPTOMPETTY

-David

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Hitchhiker

 

If you ever want to know what Neil Young at 30-years-old was doing one night in 1976, listen to his latest archival session recorded at the Indigo Ranch Studios called “Hitchhiker”. The acoustic recording is just Neil Young with a few instructions to the recording engineer before some of the songs. Names like Kennedy, Nixon, Brando, and Pocahontas commingled with mysterious figures from Young’s own imagination.

Lost to time, however, the songs were not. They made it on to Comes a Time and Rust Never Sleeps to Hawks & Doves and Le Noise. This album plays more like a cohesive set of demos than a missing chapter in his story, but that doesn’t make it any less affecting.

Go camping, take it on a surf trip or just stay in your office cube; just listen to this album. You might have a paradigm shift in your outlook on life.

From the song Campaigner – “Even Richard Nixon has got
Soul”.

Enjoy the music, David

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EL VY

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This new side project EL VY from Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National and collaborator Brent Knopf (a.k.a. the multi-instrumentalist and producer from Portland, Ore is triple Jesus. I love this side project there is not a bad song on the album.  For some reason a modern Leonard Cohen sound keeps coming to my mind, especially track six “No Time To Crank The Sun”, even though on “Sleeping Light” Berninger says “Ain’t no Leonard Cohen” On “Paul is Alive”, is a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about the Jockey Club, the long-defunct Cincinnati-area punk venue where many local and traveling hardcore punk bands performed. Most of the lyrics appear to be a gargling word soup, but when put to music everything seems to make sense. Like the opening lines (below) of “Return To The Moon”.

Scratched a ticket with a leg of a cricket
And I got triple Jesus.
Cashed it in for a siamese twin
At the family firing range.

Enjoy this soup it is very tasty. – David

Track List

  1. Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
  2. I’m the Man to Be
  3. Paul Is Alive
  4. Need A Friend
  5. Silent Ivy Hotel
  6. No Time To Crank The Sun
  7. It’s A Game
  8. Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
  9. Sad Case
  10. Happiness, Missouri
  11. Careless

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RIP 1999

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Don’t worry I wont hurt you. I only want to have some fun. 1979 partying like it’s 1999.

In 1979, I discovered Prince by some unlikely characters. I was 18 years old, off to college, moving in to the freshman dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Setting up my stereo was first on my list and then trying to figure out where to put all my surfboards in a very small room. I got the stereo working and put on Supertramp, Breakfast in America and turned up the volume.

Dirty_MindSam and Tony were my dorm neighbors, they had just arrived from Detroit, Michigan. They walked in to my room carrying Prince’s Dirty Mind album, and asking a bunch of questions about surfing and my surfboards. Sam took Supertramp off the turntable and put on Prince saying you gotta listen to this guy. If you don’t know, the cover of “Dirty Mind” it is picture of Prince wearing girls black underwear a bandana with a new romantic jacket. I was concerned about these two at best but the music was funky and had good groove.

As time went on Sam kept bugging me about wanting to learn how to surf. I finally took him one day to the beach, set him up with a wetsuit and a board.  Sam was hooked after a few scrapes and tumble’s. I think he was one of the first black surfers on the Central Coast. I know he is still surfing, living the dream.

Now some 30 years later, Prince is on my regular rotation of music that I listen to while working. My lesson learned is never judge and album by its cover. I hope Prince is driving a little red Corvette to the beach, surfing perfect purple paisley waves somewhere, and partying like it’s 1999.

Purple and Paisley forever,

David

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Welcome to My Nightmare

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As Halloween approaches Welcome to my Nightmare is my album of choice for this hallowed night. I remember spending the night at a friend’s house to back in 1975 to watch the TV debut of the Welcome to my Nightmare film. The show started at midnight, It did not disappoint two 14 year old boys. “soooo Alice”.

The album begins with the title track, a funky song with strong Broadway leanings. It’s quite a nice introduction, what with its catchy melody and well-arranged brass section designed to rile up listeners and set the tone for the rest of the album. That’s followed with an excessively campy though entertaining dialogue bit from actor Vincent Price (he’s the ideal person for that sort of thing).

Even though there’s a lot of Broadway stuff here, Cooper doesn’t forget that he’s still considered Hard Rock in some parts, so “Cold Ethyl”, the ultimate shock-rocker about necrophilia, is the straightest Hard Rock song, though  has a better riff and incorporates more theatrical ideas. “The Department of Youth” is more of a pop-rocker, it’s especially well-done with the catchiest melody on the whole album, and an extremely memorable chorus.

The ‘masterpiece’ though comes at the end of the album, with a three-part suite – a sort of psychological horror story about a boy named Steven with a double personality. The aesthetics in “Years Ago” was masterfully done, and the main song “Steven” ranks as one of the best-written songs on the whole album, also with brilliant arrangements. “The Awakening” is a little less passionate, and the instrumentals aren’t nearly as interesting, but even that has some merit.

Without the pioneering Alice Cooper, there would be no Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga or any of a number of modern derivative acts. Welcome to My Nightmare fully deserves its status as one of Alice Cooper’s most celebrated albums. The foremost reason for that is that the songs are obviously very well-written, and the arrangements are rather inspired. Furthermore, the campy horror movie theme is a complete blast, and that’s a quality that makes this work stand out as among the finest and most unique albums in rock’n’roll.

Enjoy the music- David

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The Arcs

The Arcs

 

Here’s to Yours, Dreamily

If you love the Black Keys this new side project by Dan Auerbach will rock you.

Enjoy – David

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