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viva la vinyl

Posted on 16 February 2010 (0)

New turntable & Greg dulli spinning

Just picked up one of those little Crosley turntables at Target. I have the turntable and the stereo in the living room, but there ain’t that much room in a NYC apartment. It’s got speakers and it closes up just like my mom’s old RCA and has a handle and everything. It’ll do for the occasional vinyl indulgence in my office.

On the turntable for its initial spin was the 45-only release of Greg Dulli’s tribute to Eddie Hinton. His cover of “Hard Luck Guy” is breathtaking. Dulli should get a Guggenheim to be able to work with horns for the rest of his career.

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Posted on 03 January 2010 (0)


When the band broke up, my first thought was “I’ll never get to see Matt Cameron play drums again” and, well, we know how that turned out. But there’s a difference between playing on that stuff and playing Soundgarden music. I snuck through Seattle alleys and darkened under-curfew streets to see Kim Thayil play live with Jello Biafra during the WTO riots. I flew to San Francisco to see Chris Cornell’s first solo gig at the Fillmore. I will believe it when I see it, but there is part of me that is just OVER THE MOON.

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big man talking.

Posted on 21 October 2009 (6)

Clarence Clemons is making appearances & doing book signing in support of his memoir, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales. Despite running on 3 1/2 hours of sleep (from being down in Philly last night and then working a full day today), I headed uptown to see if I could participate in the freak show. You waited in line, you bought a book, you waited in line again, then you were escorted into a room to wait some more.

I will be honest and say that Clarence was far more lucid and articulate than I was led to believe his current condition left him in. His eyesight was fine, his hearing a little wobbly – which is of course to be expected. He was funny, he was engaged, he was happy to be there. I have to tell you, given the prevailing rumors out there, I was expecting him to be more frail.

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she’s the one

Posted on 24 September 2009 (2)

U2 does “She’s The One” Giants Stadium 9-23-09 from caryn rose on Vimeo.

Thanks to NJ Transit, i got home too late to write anything. More tonight.

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ben, the two of us need look no more

Posted on 26 June 2009 (2)

It was 1971. It was a little tiny town in Michigan . It was me, and a little black GE transistor radio. It was me, and a brand new school. It was me, and my friend Linda Fisher, who could dance, trying to teach me how to dance like the Jackson Five did in their Saturday morning cartoon.

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kim thayil

Posted on 30 July 2008 (0)

The recent Sub Pop 20 festivities got me into a conversation with a friend about Kim Thayil. Tweet Enjoyed this post? Consider signing up for my monthly newsletter.Related PostsNothing To Say: Soundgarden at Terminal 5 Review: “Everybody Loves Our Town,” Mark Yarm memories of the croc SOUNDGARDEN LIVE. hells yeah.

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pigs are flying somewhere

Posted on 13 July 2008 (0)

SUB POP WORLD DOMINATION FINALLY Read the whole post here. Tweet Enjoyed this post? Consider signing up for my monthly newsletter.

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the jukebox project #4: The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

Posted on 01 August 2006 (0)

Writing about the Beatles is like writing about the sky or the sun or the moon – at least on my planet. It also appeared to be an impossible task, until I realized I had already done it without knowing I had. I was writing about George but really, everything I ever thought and felt […]

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Posted on 26 July 2006 (0)

1. Light My Fire, the Doors This is quite possibly the most longest, pointless bridge in the history of rock and roll, just short of that plodding version of “Sweet Jane” on the Rock and Roll Animal album. I don’t know if it always bothered me (not that I was ever a Doors fan) but […]

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the jukebox project #2 and #3

Posted on 09 April 2006 (0)

#2: “School’s Out” – Alice Cooper #3: “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” – T. Rex I’ve been struggling over the past few weeks over these two entries, obsessing over my memory, trying to recall any significant detail – or rather, any detail at all – behind my discovery of these two songs that would […]

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