But that’s not how it used to be When the jester sang for the King and Queen Gone at 87. And if, as you watch this video, you catch yourself asking questions of … context … well, that’s probably appropriate. Continue reading RIP Little Richard
Look who’s back. Continue reading New Dramarama? Whoa.
I’ve been a big fan of Kate Hinote and Tony Hamera’s work in The Blueflowers for several years. And I’m positively loving their new project, Sound of Eleven. Darker, more ambient in tone… From Discogs: Formed in late 2015, Sound of … Continue reading Listen to the New Sound of Eleven
Stuff you know, stuff you don’t know yet. Stuff you love and stuff you’re going to love. And stuff you won’t love, so hit the skip button. It’s over 24 hours and growing. So hit play and stay the fuck … Continue reading This Is COVID Radio: Stay the Fuck at Home
Others have eulogized Adam far better than I can, but I wanted to share a couple of words and some of my favorite songs by a truly generational songwriter. Somehow Fountains of Wayne only had one hit, and that alone … Continue reading RIP Adam Schlesinger
This is sublime. This is technology at its best. Thanks to Frank Venturo for passing it along. Continue reading Helplessly Hoping
Jackson Browne has tested positive… Continue reading Please Stay
This is a tougher question that it ought to be, but maybe put me down for The War on Drugs. Continue reading “Who’s the greatest Rock artist/band from Philly?”
We were dangerous and exciting! But now no one’s there who wants to be dangerous. Continue reading “Keith Flint RIP: “We were dangerous…””
I found lots of music to like in 2018. Here’s a brief overview, plus a link so you can sample it all yourself. Continue reading “winterSmith’s Best Albums of 2018”
It’s a new world order. Continue reading “A day of mourning for George HW Bush”
The new Queen biopic is deeply flawed and powerfully rewarding all at once. Sorta. Maybe. Continue reading “Bohemian Rhapsody: your mileage WILL vary”
Vote. It matters more than it ever has in your life. Continue reading “It’s Election Day. Go Vote.”
And now, some other bands who are kicking ass this year… Continue reading “2018 album release notes: Fiction 8, The Lost Patrol, Mod Hippie, Hot Nun and The Well Wishers”
Some love the neo-Zep sound and others hate it, but both sides are missing the point.
Greta Van Fleet, a young Michigan-based rock band featuring three brothers with a friend on drums, have been ripping the lid off the joint lately. As of this moment the video for “Highway Tune” has well over 20 million views. They’re playing all the big festivals, preparing to mount an ambitious world tour, and readying the release of their first full-length album.
In short, they are a thing.
Give them a quick listen.
If this is your first exposure to GVF, you may be thinking they sound a lot like this band you hear on Classic Rock stations every once in a while.
Yes, indeed, Greta Van Fleet owes a lot to Led Zeppelin, and it has become a point of contention for some. A Google search for [greta van fleet led zeppelin] turns up 474,000 results (and [greta van zeppelin] pulls another 2,400 or so]), so you aren’t the only one who noticed. Continue reading “Is Greta Van Fleet ripping off Led Zeppelin? Both sides, just stop it.”
U2 is my favorite band of all time. But they haven’t been relevant since the early-to-mid ’90s. I think I have a clue as to why. Good is the enemy of great. Around 1984 The Police, my previous favorite band of all … Continue reading U2: Songs of Relevance and Irrelevance
This is one of the hardest music questions I’ve ever been asked.
A few weeks ago my girlfriend asked me this one. And I thought – what a hateful question. Seriously – three? With some effort I might be able to get it down to ten or fifteen.
But it was a music question. So I thought. And pondered. And listened and relistened.
I may finally have an answer.
As always, it was a great year for music – for those willing to put in a little effort, anyway. [UPDATED 1/12/18] Radio and the music industry have long since abandoned any pretense of developing or presenting quality tuneage, so … Continue reading The Year in Music: @Doc’s top albums of 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is a very good film, although it would have benefited from more threatening villains. Continue reading “Blade Runner 2049: a brief reaction”
This is the best thing you’ve seen all week. Continue reading Any way the wind blows…