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funniest. interview. ever. no, EVER.

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BORING OLD FARTS RULE.

…because getting old means we get shit like THIS on PBS:

[RECOMMENDATION: Watch with volume down so you do not have to hear inane announcer explain Why The Clash Were Important]

The Clash Live: Revolution Rock aka “Don Letts Finally Opens The Vaults”. Coming to PBS next month!

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Let’s hope this is followed by something called “Bob Gruen Opens The Vaults On All That Kickass New York Dolls Footage We Used To See Him Show At The Rockages Record Conventions In the 80s”]

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featuring members of america’s heavy metal community

Not that I want to suddenly be YouTube girl or anything, but I ran into this recently (courtesy lamestain, via Real Low Vibe) – and right after I watched an anemic and sad Chris Cornell accompanied by Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron wannabes on the Henry Rollins show.

KIM COME HOME, ALL IS FORGIVEN

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initial rockhall thoughts

I started liveblogging last night, but I had one of my dearest, oldest friends over, and did not want to divide my concentration. Plus, once Patti walked onstage, there was little room for snark.

This was big and meaningful in a magnitude I did not anticipate or expect. It’s also bittersweet because this was my last chance to actually get inside the damn thing, because there’s no one left I care about enough that I physically need to see them reach this achievement.

Oh, just to have been in a staircase outside the Grand Ballroom last night during “Be My Baby” or “Gardening At Night”. Just to have been in the building to feel those vibrations. It would have been life-changing.

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SLEEP DEPRIVED GMA RAMBLINGS

Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band
Good Morning America
Convention Hall, Asbury Park 4-25-06

inside APCH

It was very, very early.

You can wax rhapsodic about the beauty of the early morning hours, and the tiny slim silver crescent moon that hung over the ocean as I drove south on the Garden State Parkway was beautiful, but it was ridiculously EARLY. I left Brooklyn at 4:00 am.

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Grammy Aftermath

About 30 people landed here yesterday because they Googled “Grammys suck” and that number has tripled or quadrupled today. (There’s also a huge quantity of people who want to know why Sly Stone walked offstage. That didn’t surprise me as much as him actually showing up.)

The thing is, this year sucked the least, in my opinion, and Pareles at the NY Times captured why best: because this year focused on musical performances. Not that many awards were broadcast at all. There were actual performances, whether I wanted to see Mariah or not, it wasn’t just a video for the record. There were production values. Aside from the annoying piped-in crowd noise, it was good music on tv for a change. It wasn’t even that annoying ADD-type camerawork that we are used to from anything that MTV films.

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the grammys 2006: how much can they piss me off

And here is the photo worth it all:
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~~exciting live coverage!~~

11:31. And thank you for playing. God knows I’m not ever doing this again.
11:30 FUCK YOU FOR CUTTING TO COMMERCIAL WHILE THIS IS ON.
11:30: Irma Thomas with Sam now. Bruce and Elvis are having a great time.
11:30: The Edge, Bruce and Elvis… and the Esquire is onstage.
11:29: Nice dedication to Wilson Pickett from Bruce.
11:28: I once flew 3,000 miles, ticketless, on a wing and a prayer to see Bruce Springsteen and Sam Moore on the same stage, and it still remains one of the best concerts I have ever seen in my life. Bruce and Sam Moore on “In The Midnight Hour” is unbelievable.
11:27: BRUCE AND SAM MOORE.
11:27: Where is the second song.
11:27: the Edge and Elvis Costello (who has always been a severely underrated guitar player).
11:24: this is pretty cool. I am kind of astonished by the actual quantity of real music and performance on this year’s show.

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REASON 4, 386 THE GRAMMYS SUCK A**

While this was one part astonishingly good news (backed with one part ‘please let it not be an embarassment for him), this below gives one pause:

Ron Roecker, a spokesman for the Recording Academy, wouldn’t confirm that the reunion is on the Grammy-night schedule, which already includes an all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone. The tribute — featuring John Legend, Maroon 5, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, among others

THIS IS THE BEST YOU COULD COME UP WITH FOR A TRIBUTE TO SLY STONE, MUCH LESS SLY STONE’S COMEBACK??! You are simply NOT trying hard enough. Maroon 5? WTF??!

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the real godfather of punk

Yet another blog entry on the Scorsese Dylan documentary, No Direction Home, on PBS.

So we’ve been watching Dylan in the studio with Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, and then it’s the Newport Folk Festival… and then when the stellar documentary footage shows Peter Yarrow walking onstage to introduce Dylan.

And then I realized where the documentary was going.

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actual dialogue from saturday afternoon:

philadelphia. stevie wonder onstage. much jubilation.
CUT TO:
MTV moron: “Stevie Wonder is onstage and it’s just incredible…”
Boyfriend: “Oh my god, you people are completely useless! Stevie Wonder is playing ‘Higher Ground,’ would you please SHUT UP.”

This, of course, was nothing compared to the searing white hot rage I felt at the MTV vj with the name “Aaman” (or something carefully diverse) as he felt the need TO TELL US THAT THE WHO WERE ONSTAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF ”WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN” ABOUT THREE SECONDS BEFORE THE MOTHERFUCKING POWER SCREAM, and we hit the volume on the computer so we could WATCH THE GODDAMN CONCERT, and Roger actually NAILED in front of the whole world, and the second he did I started sobbing uncontrollably, partly because whether I like it or not they are still My Band, it is like that old boyfriend that you just can’t shake yourself from emotionally, and Pete looked so good in that denim jacket and not a f’in suit for a change (although the beard makes Joe Grushecky’s eerie resemblance of PT even stranger).

Him: “And why didn’t we go to London for this?”
Me: “I’m sure we had a perfectly good reason at the time.”

But, I am getting ahead of myself.

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