Articles by: JC Mosquito

The Doors’ Ray Manzarek (1939-2013): An Appreciation

The Doors’ Ray Manzarek (1939-2013): An Appreciation

Looking back, it’s been common to equate the Doors with their vocalist and frontman Jim Morrison.

Almost Hits: Andy Kim, “Rainbow Ride” (1969)

Almost Hits: Andy Kim, “Rainbow Ride” (1969)

I like to think I’m pretty normal, or at least I can pass for normal on most days. But as I get older, I’m beginning to visualize that somewhere, in the back of my mind, there’s an office where some part of me spends time sorting, evaluating and archiving memories of key events, moments, and influences in my life.

On Second Thought: Bryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Dire Straits, ELP, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, others

On Second Thought: Bryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Dire Straits, ELP, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, others

So, the local church down the block was having its annual MAMMOTH GARAGE SALE. Occasionally, there are good deals to be had: high-end stereo systems for $100 or less, old but serviceable furniture suitable for a rental suite or cabin at the lake

David Bowie – The Next Day (2013): On Second Thought

Straight to it: Over the years, David Bowie’s continual shifting and remaking of his persona struck many as a case of someone trying too hard to convince the world that he was not simply a pop star, but was actually some kind of artiste.

Donnie Iris, “Ah! Leah!” (1981): Almost Hits

Donnie Iris, “Ah! Leah!” (1981): Almost Hits

Unfortunately, Donnie Iris’ “Ah! Leah!” will likely be entered into the historical record as “peaked at 29 – forgotten by many.”

Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin – Wild Rabbit EP (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mwvOFnSUTg&w=500&h=305] Well, it’s the 21st century. It has been for some time now. And like many people, I spend more than a few hours each week surfing the ‘net, looking for great but often obscure performances from classic rock acts or mostly unknown artists.

The Mavericks – In Time (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhGJS_oHLSI&w=500&h=305] There was a news item making the internet rounds last summer that, by September 2012, the Mavericks were going to release In Time, their first studio album of new material since 2003’s self-titled effort. Well, September came and went

Blackmore’s Night – A Knight in York (2012)

Blackmore’s Night – A Knight in York (2012)

Deep Purple axe-wielder Richie Blackmore and previously unheard of vocalist Candace Night released their first collaborative effort, Shadow of the Moon in 1998. At the time, I think most fans thought (hoped?) Blackmore would get over his fascination with Renaissance music

Rush, September 28, 2012: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Rush, September 28, 2012: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Well, I never thought I’d ever say this, but — I finally saw Rush.

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