I’m The Man

 

Joe Jackson’s second helping served up in the fall of 1979 was more of the same. Released 6 months after his debut Look Sharp, Jackson firmly establishes himself as one of the angry young punks that occupied a segment of the fledgling New Wave movement. Smart, sophisticated 3-4 minute songs packaged tightly within catchy pop melodies “on your radio”…enjoy!

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Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

 

If Sgt. Pepper kicked off the Summer of Love, the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, released in November of the same year marked its end. It was 50 years ago today, the Beatles taught a generation to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, the act we’ve known for all these years…

 

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The La’s

 

One and done. In 1990 British pop group The La’s released their wonderful self titled post-punk debut. Jangly acoustic guitar and Lee Mavers’ melodies with hook driven harmonies maked it a classic 60’s style psychedelic album revamped for a new generation. Their sound would be emulated throughout the rest of the decade by other weighty bands like Oasis and Blur, but sadly, The La’s turned out to be this group’s only release. Nevertheless the record’s broad vision and earnest appeal making it unique, a stand-alone that is truly one of a kind! There she goes…Enjoy.

 

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The The – Soul Mining

 

I’m just a symptom of the moral decay
That’s gnawing at the heart of the country

The The’s 1983 debut fuses soul searching introspective lyrics with industrialized synth soundscapes to create a masterpiece in self-induced psychosocial warfare and urban decay. Well crafted, beautifully written, Soul Mining is a critical, possibly risky, 47 minute speculation in the exercise of the mind, body and soul. Let’s dance!

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky
This is the day your life will surely change
This is the day when things fall into place

 

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The Replacements For Sale: Live at Maxwells 1986

 

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!

 

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Traveling Wilburys Vol 1

 

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.

We’ll miss you Tom Petty.

Damn the Torpedoes

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