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WTF?! Wednesdays: Eugene Chadbourne, “Electric Rake” (2005)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Eugene Chadbourne, “Electric Rake” (2005)

My introduction to guitarist/raconteur/wise ass Eugene Chadbourne came out of a short stack of records borrowed from a co-worker. This would have been back in the early 90s. There were things like Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and Henry Kaiser in that pile.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All The Way Home” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All The Way Home” (2005)

The story is that Bruce wrote “All The Way Home” for his friend Southside Johnny, who released it on his Better Days album in 1991. Many years later, a Springsteen version shows up on Devils & Dust.

Steely Dan Sunday, “God’s Eye View” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “God’s Eye View” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Darkling Down”) ||| ONWARD (“Three Picture Deal”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “…And the winner for best bass clarinet solo on a reggae or ska song goes to Roger Rosenberg!” There’s no such award but if polka albums can get Grammys, why not this category? Roger Rosenberg is a world class baritone sax player (if youRead More

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Devils & Dust” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Devils & Dust” (2005)

When Devils & Dust was released, I was in the middle of a vacation. Late at night, sitting in a big comfy chair at our hotel, I sipped a glass of scotch while I listened.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) ||| ONWARD (“God’s Eye View”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I recall hearing an interview with Al Stewart of “Time Passages” fame who mentioned that the reason his songs are so lyrically lush (i.e. wordy) is because he believes it’s better to write songs with verses composed of many words and using wordsRead More

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “My City Of Ruins” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “My City Of Ruins” (2002)

Written for the decay and subsequent revival of Asbury Park, “My City Of Ruins” has taken on many other roles since its release. For my money, the most moving and powerful context that Springsteen placed it in began with the gospel and horn-drenched unveiling at that legendary Apollo Theater show.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Somebody’s Saturday Night” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Somebody’s Saturday Night” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) ||| ONWARD (“Darkling Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** In case there was any doubt, Walter Becker is a smart ass. Of course if you are a Steely Dan fan you’ve known that for decades.

The Friday Morning Listen: Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)

The Friday Morning Listen: Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)

So even though they tell us that spring is almost here — time’s been moved ahead an hour, the 21st of March is approaching — we’re not really getting the feel of the season up here in the Northeast.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Paradise” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Paradise” (2002)

I remember thinking that “Paradise,” written from the point of view of a suicide bomber, was simultaneously haunting and touching.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Do You Remember The Name” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Do You Remember The Name” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Selfish Gene”) ||| ONWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Do You Remember The Name” is one is the few Becker solo songs where I wonder what it would sound like if Donald Fagen co-wrote the music and worked on the arrangements.