Archive for April 28th, 2014

One Track Mind: Blondie, “I Want To Drag You Around” from Ghosts of Download (2014)

One Track Mind: Blondie, “I Want To Drag You Around” from Ghosts of Download (2014)

Blondie still sounds like Blondie, a space-age mixture of icy dance beats and fiery post-punk attitude. Finally, it seems, the rest of popular music has come around again to Debbie Harry’s way of doing things.

The time Yes guitarist Steve Howe played on a Queen song: ‘I was so proud’

The time Yes guitarist Steve Howe played on a Queen song: ‘I was so proud’

Queen had its own guitar hero in Brian May. So, of course, did Yes. But then there came a moment when the twain actually met: During sessions for a song that owed no small debt, actually, to Led Zeppelin.

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners, April 26, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Back to Back Bar, Bossier City, Louisiana: Sometimes, it’s the whole experience that will make a show you’ll never forget as opposed to just a fantastic performance on stage.

Movies: The Rise and Fall of the Clash (2014)

Movies: The Rise and Fall of the Clash (2014)

Far more interesting than punk, far more satirical than they ever were political, far more important than their relatively brief time on top would ever indicate, the Clash richly deserved just this kind of exploration.

‘I realized how fragile my time is’: John Oates talks about his increasing role in Hall and Oates

‘I realized how fragile my time is’: John Oates talks about his increasing role in Hall and Oates

John Oates is playing more lead guitar than ever on the most recent Hall and Oates tours. He explains why

The North – Slow Down [This Isn’t the Mainland] (2014)

Through delectably fluid lines and beautiful unison playing, the North debut strong with Slow Down (This Isn’t the Mainland).

One Track Mind: Boo Boo Davis, “The Rope” (2014)

The guys at the Dutch outfit Black and Tan Records had been known for bringing notice for overlooked American bluesmen such as James “Boo Boo” Davis, Big George Jackson and Harrison Kennedy. Lately, they’ve been going further by bringing their Delta blues into the 21st century.

‘This is not going to go anywhere’: The Eagles’ Joe Walsh didn’t have a guitar as his first instrument – or his second

‘This is not going to go anywhere’: The Eagles’ Joe Walsh didn’t have a guitar as his first instrument – or his second

Most rock fans can recite Joe Walsh’s CV from memory: James Gang, the Eagles, solo artist. Maybe most important of all: Guitar god. But it wasn’t always thus. In fact, Walsh’s first instrument was not a guitar. Neither was his second.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Maria’s Bed” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Maria’s Bed” (2005)

I kind of love everything about this track. The fact that the guy’s got this one bit of redemption to hang his hat on

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