If you ever saw the Mats back in the 1980s you would know that it was hit or miss as to whether you would see a good show, or a adolescent drunken shebang. Either way it was always exciting. The Replacements for sale: live at Maxwell’s 1986 catches the band on a particularly good night. Paul Westerberg’s vocals and lyrics are somewhat coherent and comfortably, at home live on the small stage in this bar room setting. Bob Stinson’s guitar is electric, uncharacteristically sober. The Mats run through all their “not-so-greatest” hits up to that point. From Hayday to Fuck School, this hootenanny is a Dose of Thunder. Color Me Impressed. Enjoy!
It’s the end of the line for another Wilbury. The youngest member of the supergroup passed away last night at 8:40pm PT after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu. A sad sad day for Rock’n Roll, and our county in general. Handle this one with care.
“For it’s the music that will lift me above the pain I feel
Is it any wonder with all the beauty I heal
It heals the wound hardened from my life
For it’s the music that will lift me and take away this fight.”
Rich Robinson flexes his guitar muscle returning to the blues and rock roots that he flew high on as a Black Crow in the 90s. Flux delivers the stones of early Crow’s southern harmonies with a mellow mature sensibility and soul that comes with experience and age.
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
Enjoy the music, David
The power light was on and the turntable was spinning. An assortment of album jackets were spread out on the counter in front of it. A long cord plugged into the stereo amplifier stretched over to a doorway that led into the room housing the furnace. The music in the basement was muffled because the speakers were turned, and as the four teens cautiously moved across the room towards the stereo a voice came from that doorway. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” it said, “I am the great and powerful Oz.” From the doorway out stepped a small figure holding the album jacket to the Eric Clapton record currently playing in front of her face.
“You were only supposed to turn the tape deck on and off,” said Bill in a somewhat, but not really, disappointed voice. The smile on his face broadened as Grandma Dynamite lowered the record sleeve. She was wearing a large pair of headphones attached to the cord coming from stereo.
Excerpt from Grandma Dynamite, The Seance
The only studio album by Derek and the Dominos, recorded and released in 1970, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is a collection of unrequited love songs from Eric Clapton to Pattie Boyd then wife of longtime friend George Harrison. The album cover is a painting by French artist, Frandsen De Schonberg.
Enjoy Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
I Looked Away
Bell Bottom Blues
Keep On Growing
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
I Am Yours
Key To The Highway
Tell The Truth
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
Have You Ever Loved A Woman
It’s Too Late
Thorn Tree In The Garden