Everybody’s Favorite Afrobeat Funk and Soul Outfit, The Budos Band

April 20, 2015 | Posted in ROCK | By

A groovin’ band if I ever heard one It is not too often, that I get excited about a new musical artist. Stuck in the past like I am, spinning vinyl and pretty much listening to mainly pre-1990’s music. The

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How Not to Be Annoying at Rock Concerts

April 15, 2015 | Posted in LIVE MUSIC, ROCK | By

Have fun at the show - but don't ruin it for others.

No doubt it’s happened to almost all of us at one time or another. You save up and splurge on tickets to a rock concert or show you’ve been looking forward to for ages. The anticipation and excitement leading up to the show is tremendous…

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Song Review – The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace

April 4, 2015 | Posted in MOVIES, RADIO, ROCK, VINYL RECORDS | By

Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

Jiles Perry Richardson wrote the song himself, and recorded under the name, Big Bopper. It became his biggest, and in most countries, his only hit. He was tragically killed the following year in the same plane crash that took Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly from us. Richardson’s overt sexual call was a sharp, loud contrast to Buddy Holly’s gentle romantic style in songs like True Love Ways.

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The Electric Jazz Rock and Funk of Miles Davis 1969-1975

March 26, 2015 | Posted in JAZZ, ROCK | By

Experimental rock, funk, and a bit of Jazz The electric music of Miles Davis, a style of music that would form almost his entire discography from 1969 until his death at age 65 in 1991. Typically the music Miles recorded

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Before They Were The Police: Stewart Copeland, Sting and Andy Summers

September 22, 2014 | Posted in CLASSIC ROCK, PROGRESSIVE ROCK | By

Broken Music

Before The Police became one of the top pop-rock acts of the early 1980s, each member of the band had already been involved in the music industry for a considerable amount of time. Bassist/singer Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers were all talented musicians, yet their…

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Book Review: Chris Campion’s Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock

August 24, 2014 | Posted in CLASSIC ROCK, NON-FICTION | By

"Walking on the Moon" by Chris Campion.

Chris Campion’s Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock is, quite easily, the most negatively-toned rock “biography” – and I use that term very lightly in this case – I can recall ever reading. While there is some interesting information contained within the book’s 300 pages, each of those pages is so thoroughly laced with…

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Oysterhead: A Brief Introduction

August 23, 2014 | Posted in ROCK | By

The Grand Pecking Order by Oysterhead.

Oysterhead is the curious musical supergroup composed of three very different artists and personalities: guitarist Trey Anastasio (best known for his work with Phish), bassist Les Claypool (of Primus), and drummer Stewart Copeland (The Police, Animal Logic, and other bands)…

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Book Review: Secret Police Man By Henry Padovani

August 22, 2014 | Posted in NON-FICTION, ROCK | By

Secret Police Man by Henry Padovani. Available at Amazon.

Those interested in the punk and new wave music scene of London in the late 70s and early 80s should find an interesting perspective in “Secret Police Man”, the autobiography of The Police’s first guitarist, Henry Padovani…

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Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders get Red Light Fever

August 15, 2014 | Posted in ROCK | By

Red Light Fever by Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders.

On “Red Light Fever”, Taylor wears his influences on his sleeve even more proudly than on the first Coattail Riders’ album. 70s Glam rock is the star of the show here, with many songs reminding this listener of everyone from Queen to The Sweet to T. Rex…

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The Hoosiers Unleash The Illusion of Safety

August 14, 2014 | Posted in ROCK | By

The Illusion of Safety by The Hoosiers.

Although relatively unknown in the United States, The Hoosiers achieved widespread success in the United Kingdom thanks to their 2007 debut album, The Trick to Life…

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