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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a night in san francisco

 

A Night in San Francisco takes me back to Addison and Lakewood in Chicago. Our secret rendezvous to a corner pub where we hung on the walls and the ceiling, talked for hours, played no games, just connected. You were a beautiful vision. Have I told you lately that I love you?

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Fables of the Reconstruction

 

Rock ‘n Roll music has always been a voice of self-consciousness and defiance. In the past it has called out abuse and questioned tyranny especially in the late 1960s and early 70s. It has rallied youth and provided a platform for generations to speak out against injustice, corruption and intolerance. Now especially is the time for underground American rock to reawaken. Who will be the new voice in these troubled times?

R.E.M’s Fables of the Reconstruction was one of the rural soundscapes of my youth in the 1980’s.

Here are a few other past trax that have shed some guiding light in darker times.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
CSNY– 1974
Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads
Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust
Utopia – Swing to the Right
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Billy Bragg –Talking to the Taxman about Poetry
R.E.M. – Document
Bob Dylan – Infidels
John Lennon – Imagine

Lets get together and listen to music. Lets speak up and speak out. Lets start a conversation and rally our voices.

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Infidels

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Today’s runner is a tip of the hat to singer songwriter Bob Dylan, who this morning became the first musician to received The Nobel Prize for Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The Duluth Minnesota native adds this to his long list of honors which include multiple Grammy’s, Academy and Golden Globe Awards and induction into the Grammy and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame over the course of his 50+ years in the music industry.

With some 60 albums to choose from, I grabbed about halfway into his catalog pulling out 1983’s Infidels. Released over 30 years ago, I hate to keep making comparisons between classic albums like this and issues we are dealing with today, but come on! Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad certainly have a friend in the Neighborhood Bully, the calculated perpetration of the Union Sundown is without a doubt for real, and this last presidential debate has shown us that for the first time in our history, with a Jokerman lurking behind her, we have a woman on our block sitting there in a cold chill, saying, “who’s gonna take away his license to kill?”

Infidels is not as great as Dylan masterpieces like Blonde on Blonde or Blood on the Tracks, but it stands up within a body of work overflowing with classics, one which no other rock band or artist will ever equal.

Enjoy!

Infidels
Jokerman
Sweetheart Like You
Neighborhood Bully
License To Kill
Man Of Peace
Union Sundown
I and I
Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight

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Moondance

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Van Morrison’s Moondance is a marvelous record steeped in passion and spirit. A fantabulous soundscape for a rare late night run. It stoned me to my soul, stoned me just like jellyrolls. Stream for yourself.

Moondance
01 And It Stoned Me
02 Moondance
03 Crazy Love
04 Caravan
05 Into the Mystic
06 Come Running
07 These Dreams of You
08 Brand New Day
09 Everyone
10 Glad Tidings

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Striking it Rich

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Here is one my brother Jerry introduced me to in the late 70’s. Dan Hicks was truly unique, an exceptional performer, talented song writer and lyricist. His humor and distinctive style drew on folk, jazz and country and earned him a devoted cult following. Born in Little Rock, Hicks grew up in San Francisco’s Bay Area. For a short while he played drums for the Charlatans, one of the area’s first psychedelic bands, before changing to guitar and forming the acoustic group Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks in 1968. The Licks put out several great albums including Where’s the Money? Last Train to Hicksville and Striking it Rich. At the peak of his success, Hicks dissolved the band dropping out of the music scene for much of the next decade. He resurfaced in the mid 90’s with a new band, the Acoustic Warriors and in 2000 he reformed the Hot Licks releasing a new album, Beatin’ the Heat, which featured guests like Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer.

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks continued to perform over the next 15 years. He passed away this past Saturday following a two year battle with cancer. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, you are in for a treat. Enjoy Striking it Rich.

We have lost another great one. Dan Hicks 1941-2016

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