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Tag Archives: rock
One of my favorite chicken-scratch/fusion funk/”southern-fried” (but not “southern”) confections of the late ’60s/early ’70s was Rhinoceros — a concocted “supergroup” conceived and assembled by management at Elektra Records — a label that among other distinctions, recorded at Jimi Hendrix‘s … Continue reading
Listening to XM/Sirius “Alternative Nation” this afternoon, I heard “Uprising,” by Muse. Now, this isn’t what I typically listen to but its deep, infections pop hooks, solid, driving tempo, 80’s retro groove and Blondie lift found me shouting the chorus … Continue reading
As much as I’ve always loved Joe Cocker, his unique style (I’d say inimitable but he was extremely vulnerable to impersonation–remember Belushi on SNL?) and his simply electrifying rendition of the Ringo Starr’s “A Little Help From My Friends” at Woodstock. Continue reading
Another twist this week for the Friday Night Concert series…ever navigate YouTube searching out different versions of one song? It can surprise. I started searching Asleep at the Wheel clips (just one), intending to feature it and them. If you … Continue reading
Friday Night Concert Clip(s)- Jeff Beck: “Pork-Pie Hat/Brush w/the Blues, Charlie Mingus: “Good-Bye Pork-Pie Hat”
One of the best guitarists I’ve ever heard is Jeff Beck. So, what? That’s like saying Mohamed Ali was a braggart. But the more I listen to Jeff Beck as I get older, the more amazed I am at what he knew about the instrument and music in general when we were younger. Continue reading
I miss Robert Palmer. He was a quintessential professional. Everything from his incredible technique, to his appearance onstage was slick and tight yet deeply nuanced. He didn’t depend on theatrics, lighting, staging or cheap tricks. It was always about the music…and that deeply expressive voice. Continue reading
Jellyfish was an alternative band with sophisticated harmonic capabilities, wide influences, and keen pop sensibilities. Having said that, one wonders why they never really broke through. Continue reading
One of the bands that stuck out then was Cowboy Mouth, a high-energy outfit with southern roots and terrific vocals. Their hooks were catchy, their solos great and their sound, unique. I became an instant fan and while I’ve never seen them live they have a reputation for tearing it up onstage. Continue reading