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November 21, 2014

"Creeque Alley by The Mamas and The Papas"

More than everything you want to know about a good song.

November 14, 2014

"Rough God Goes Riding"

Live in Belfast, 1997, Van the Man.

November 02, 2014

Or as Billy Idol sang, "Dancing With Myself"

"Kyoto markets in everything the culture that is Japan":

Kyoto-based company Cerca Travel has set up a service providing all the glamor of a wedding without any of the commitment in what they call a “Solo Wedding.” That’s right: women can now have the full wedding day experience without actually having to get hitched.

(B.I. video is here.)

October 31, 2014

"TC-Helicon’s VoiceLive 3: A Box Full of Virtual Backup Singers"

Backup singers are one of the keys to rock 'n' roll, and according to this, now almost everybody can have some.

October 24, 2014

"The Best Bass Riffs In The History Of Music"

"I'm gonna add some bottom so that the dancers just won't hide."

Too much Red Hot Chili Pepper and Jamiroquai but otherwise, reasonable selections

October 23, 2014

"Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History"

Interview. 66 and still rockin'.

Link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.

October 21, 2014

Another modern problem rears its ugly head

Forget ISIS and Ebola, this is really, really bad: modern technology has made it much more difficult to be a music snob.

My record collection is no longer a lifestyle, a biography, a status. The identities that I and a generation of fellow aesthetes spent our lives fashioning are suddenly obsolete. They turned out to be mere patterns of consumption, no more resilient than the patterns of production that provoked them. Not content to ruin music for the first three decades of my life, the major labels have collapsed and ruined dating too. I will probably never forgive them, if I ever get around to forgiving myself.

October 17, 2014

"Listen to a Lost Bob Dylan Song from the Basement Tapes Sessions"

Rockabilly. Pretty darn good: "Dress It Up, Better Have It All".

UPDATE: link fixed now. Thanks, Michael.

October 10, 2014

"The Church of U2"


But one scholar pointed in a different direction: “If you’re willing to construe the term ‘hymn’ liberally, then the most heard, most successful hymn of the last few decades could be ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,’ by U2.”

Most people think of U2 as a wildly popular rock band. Actually, they’re a wildly popular, semi-secretly Christian rock band.

One sample of their work that will almost surely raise your spirits a little: "City Of Blinding Lights". Or try "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)".

September 19, 2014

"I Am"

By Sick Individuals. (That's their name; I had nothing to do with it.)

Big room house forever!

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