2019

HUSK’s “Feeling Heat”

October 24, 2019 by

URGENT ALERT: OUT NOW! I’m pleased to share with you a new single you will most certainly enjoy. “Feeling Heat” is by Manchester UK’s HUSK and is now available via AnalogueTrash for your listening pleasure. HUSK have recently signed with Manchester’s AnalogueTrash to great indie fanfare and squeals of delight. “Feeling Heat” is a bit […]

5 Essential Female Jazz Vocal CDs

October 16, 2019 by

Collectors and aficionados often overlook jazz vocal recordings in their quests to enhance their collections. In my observation, while the great jazz singers are admired, their seminal recordings are not valued as highly as recordings by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and other great instrumentalists. I’ve never understood the disproportionate fascination with instrumental over […]

After Napster: The Revolution that Wasn’t

September 23, 2019 by

It’s been about 20 years since Shawn & Sean – Fanning & Parker – casually unleashed Napster and pretty much defined the tech term “disruptor.” Shawn Fanning’s peer-to-peer file-sharing software platform was like a tsunami slamming into the sleepy tropical beach that was the music industry in 1999. But now what seemed like an unstoppable […]

In Memory of Ric Ocasek

September 16, 2019 by

Richard Theodore Otcasek turned what we now call classic rock on its ringing ear. Known popularly as Ric Ocasek, his band The Cars blended guitar-based rock with keyboards and angular rhythms and defined much of the New Wave sound. Led by Ric, The Cars towed the 70s into the 80s with their geek-chic, retro-futuristic style. […]

The Music’s Not Over: We Rank the Classic Doors Tunes

August 1, 2019 by

  The music of The Doors beats in the heart of the mythology of the American counter-culture. Jim Morrison in particular is a mythological figure on a par with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Jackson Pollack and Charlie Manson. You could say Jim is the counter-culture Elvis. Just like the King of Rock & Roll, […]

Format Wars: The End of the MP3 Era

July 17, 2019 by

In 2002, I saw a photo of Shaquille O’Neal walking through LAX wearing some bright white ear pieces and carrying what I learned was an iPod. It was a sports story and didn’t have anything to do with music or tech, but the device fascinated me. I was similarly fascinated in 1980 when Sony unleashed […]

Bob at the Knob: Seger’s Final Tour

June 19, 2019 by

I was conflicted about attending one of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s farewell tour shows in Detroit. I pretty much wrote Bob off around the time of Against the Wind (to which we always added the prefix “Don’t Pee”). I didn’t care for his hard turn into Kenny Rogers’s territory after he achieved […]

R&Beatles : A Soulful Top Ten of Beatles Covers

May 24, 2019 by

Everyone loves The Beatles, right? Well, for many years, I was an exception; I didn’t immediately fall in love with the Fab Four. All the obsessed fans and fetishists turned me off, even though The Beatles influenced much of the music I was listening to as a teen. Eventually I became one of those annoying […]

Mott the Hoople Live at Fillmore Detroit

April 28, 2019 by

Mott the Hoople The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan 5 April 2019 I recently took my dinosaurs of rock experience to a new level. Mott the Hoople made Detroit one of the eight US dates on their “Mott the Hoople ’74” tour. When a friend called with tickets to see 79-year old Ian Hunter and his old […]

Rocktology – Top American Bands Tournament

March 21, 2019 by

I’ve got to admit that The Cars winning our top American bands tourney was kinda unexpected. They completely dominated the F4, backing over Van Halen’s feet and then getting CCR with the door. Cheers to The Cars’ social media community, which came out in force when it counted most to support their boys. That’s right, […]