On 11 September 1973, Salvador Allende was ousted in a military coup d’etat, ending 48 years of democratic rule in Chile. In his place, Chileans got 17 years of Augusto Pinochet and a nightmare persecution.
40 years. We have other enemies now, and smarter bombs. Continue reading
I first became aware of George Duke as a member of Zappa’s “Roxy & Elsewhere” band, and I quickly got to love his funky attack, his near-perfect licks, his humour, and his all-around exceptional musicianship. Continue reading
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – Live on Detroit Tubeworks 1971. An astounding example of what was once possible with this thing called rock’n'roll. Lean back and let in blow your mind for the weekend.
A New Jersey punk band, calling themselves Screaming Females, releasing an album named Ugly. What’s not to like?
OK, so there’s a music meme going around – it’s all over Facebook, so you’ve probably seen it. Goes like this:
Challenge: Find out the song that was #1 the week you were born.
- Go to this site to find out which song: http://www.joshhosler.biz
- Find that song on YouTube.
- Post that video on your wall without shame
Now, since I was born in Denmark, I found the Danish hitlists to be more appropriate than Billboard; it’s what was on the radio where you were born that matters, right?’ So, I get Elvis Presley Devil in Disguise. Is that supposed to be a subliminal message?
I love the false starts and the studio banter on this one (“You sound like a bird…”). Gives usa glimpse of what Elvis was like. Things like this is what make me love youtube. If you just want to hear the song, go to about 2:50.
I kinda like this song, even though John Lennon nixed it with his famous “Elvis sounds like Bing Crosby now”. It’s not Elvis of ’56, it’s not Hound Dog or Don’t Be Cruel, but I like the ease and confidence in the voice, and the effortless rhythm. And, well, I like that the man can just sing.
For comparison, UK hitlist gives me Beatles (She Loves You), and Billboard has Bobby Vinton (Blue Velvet). Not a bad week, not a bad week at all.