Any bluesman will tell you it’s a game of sleight of hand. They all employ little tricks that confound and surprise you, which is essential for keeping music that is based on simple structures and patterns exciting. The second album from Portland, Oregon’s The Resolectrics is a study in sleight of hand. One of my … Continue reading The Resolectrics – Open Seas
Video: Welles – “Hold Me Like I’m Leaving” Directed by Mafalda Millies. From Red Trees and White Trashes, out now on 300 Entertainment. Jesse Allen Wells calls his band Welles. He used to call himself Jeh Sea. So spelling is a loose concept for him. As is originality. Wells told Billboard that, “I had this … Continue reading New Welles video: Hold Me Like I’m Leaving
According to Cruise Market Watch, “Worldwide, the ocean cruise industry has an annual passenger compound annual growth rate of 6.63% from 1990 – 2020,” and for 2018, they’re estimating that some 26-million lucky people will be living the buffet life on the high seas. And they’ve calculated that “Only 53% of the target North American … Continue reading Sail On, Sailor
I’ve been reading Sticky Fingers, Joe Hagan’s new Jann Wenner biography and it’s really fascinating. One of the things that has surprised me was how DIY those first several issues of Rolling Stone were. It really was a bunch of volunteers hustling to pull those 24 pages together. Granted, some of those volunteers might not … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Jann Wenner, Beatles Fanboy
A quick look at some recent books about Zapple Records, electronic dance music, Willie Nelson, Brian Jones, and Bruce Springsteen.
How many times have you watch a bar band cover The Beatles? How many times has that band actually included a Beatle? On his way to Desert Trip, AKA Oldchella, Paul McCartney and band stopped off to play a quick set at Pappy and Harriet’s, a high desert bar with a capacity of 300 people. … Continue reading Paul McCartney at Pappy and Harriet’s Looks as Amazing As You’d Imagine
Apropos of nothing, here’s a list of all the Beatles + solo releases from November 1968 through 1970.
Fifty years is not ancient history. And yet mysteries are still possible. Earlier this week everybody celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the release of two groundbreaking albums: the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. Both of them are masterpieces but only one of them was released on May 16, 1966. Why … Continue reading When was Blonde on Blonde released? Nobody knows.
Adele’s new album, 25, sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the United States. This is bonkers. That’s more — way more — than any other album has sold in a week since Nielsen started tracking real sales in 1991. Only one other album has sold more than two million albums in a … Continue reading Adele’s Album Sales Are Historically Bonkers
If we think back to our English 101 classes, classes that occurred so long ago, we’ll undoubtedly recall a poem by A.E. Housman, even though we have no idea who the hell A.E. Housman was, which is somewhat understandable, given that he died in 1936, and we’d be unlikely to have any reason to read … Continue reading The Beatles: Dying Young