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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 28

Rolling Stone issue #28 had a cover date of March 1, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Kenji “Julie” Sawada of the Japanese band Julie and the Tigers.

Features: “Japanese Rock” by Max E. Lash; “The Hollywood Hillbillies: What’s Old Is New” by Jerry Hopkins; “Antonioni” by Gene Youngblood; “Van Morrison” by Greil Marcus; “Holiday in Germany” by Richard Brautigan.

News: “Rev. Robert Wilkins: A Song Confusion on Stones Album” by Tony Glover; “Joe Cocker: ‘U.S.’s Only Culture is Black'” by Ritchie Yorke; “Rock Dominates ’68 Golden LPs”; “Columbia’s Bid Bags Johnny Winter”; “A Dictatorship Clamps Down”; “Tiny Tim’s Triumphant Two-Week Tour”; “Jack Bruce and His Friends LP”; “Beck, Tull, Others At Newport Festival”; “Genitalia Slips Quietly Under the Counter” by Jerry Hopkins; “Hairdresser Jailed-Fake Aretha Show”; “New Cohen LP; ‘Songs from a Room'”; “Phil Spector Recording New LP; Releasing Old LP”; “Electric Circus’ ‘2001’ Renovation”; “Church Resurrects Trips Festival”; “A True-Life Pop Marriage”; “A Tough Month To be a Head.” And Random Notes on Ravi Shankar, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Elvis Presley, Cass Elliott, the Monkees, and Patty Page.

Columns: Perspectives by Ralph J. Gleason (“Songs Would Do More than Books”); Visuals by Thomas Albright (“Zap Snatch & Crumb”); Books by Steve Russell (on The World of Rock by John Gabree, The Beatles Book by Edward E. Davis, and Rock and Other Four Letter Words by J. Merks).

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Five from the Archive: Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2015

It’s been a few years since the last Five from the Archive post, but we haven’t lost touch with the Live Music Archive.  It just keeps growing and getting better. So we’re bringing Five from the Archive back. To start, we’ll be focusing on my favorite form of musical flattery – covers – from a few different bands. For our first go around, it’s the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Tedeschi Trucks became a band when Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks (now married) merged their bands together a few years ago. They are huge on the festival circuit, and growing more popular each year. They do extensive touring, and are currently on their Wheels of Soul Summer Tour, with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings opening up.

As a band, Tedeschi Trucks is like an old school soul revue meets the Allman Brothers. They’ve got two guitar players (Tedeschi and Trucks), two drummers, a keyboard player, a bass player, plus two back up vocalists and a horn section. A big band that knows how to occupy (and not occupy) the open spaces in a song. They’ve released two of their own albums, and they do a good number of covers. Today we’re highlighting five of the covers they’ve played so far in 2015.

1.  Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”. A classic Dylan song. From The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, it’s just Bob and his guitar, but here it becomes a soulful big band ballad in the hands of Tedeschi Trucks. There are great flute and trumpet solos in there, too. Full show: Tedeschi Trucks Band – January 17, 2015 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Fl.

2. Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Oh! You Pretty Things”. A surprise but welcome choice, and a great cover. This is old school David Bowie, going back to the early 70s and Hunky Dory. It’s mostly just him and the piano on the album, and so it is here – mostly Tedeschi’s vocals and a spare piano accompaniment, that builds to the full band as the song progresses. People have no idea what song they’re playing. I love it. Full Show: Tedeschi Trucks Band – January 18, 2015 at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Fl.

3. Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Space Captain”. “Space Captain” is practically a standard for Tedeschi Trucks now. It’s a frequent encore selection. It originally comes from Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishman record. Full Show: Tedeschi Trucks Band – February 21, 2015 at Warner Theatre in Washington D.C.

4. Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Living Loving Maid -> What Is And What Should Never Be  -> The Storm”. OK, I’ll admit, this one is a bit of a stretch as a full fledged cover. It’s not. The band plays around with the riffs from the two Led Zeppelin songs for a few minutes, but the rest of the clip is their original “The Storm” from Made Up Mind. It’s a solid jam, though. Full show: Tedeschi Trucks Band – April 17, 2015 at Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA.

5. Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I’ve Got A Feeling”. Here’s an example of where the background vocalists get elevated to lead vocal. They both add so much depth to the band’s sound. This version of The Beatles “I’ve Got A Feeling” highlights some of that added depth. Full show: Tedeschi Trucks Band – May 18, 2015 at Central Park Summer Stage.

Not a bad collection of covers, and we’re not even halfway through 2015 yet. I’m going to see these guys again this summer, this time at Meadow Brook Music Festival. Can’t wait to see them and Sharon Jones.

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[Ed. Note: Image from Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Michael F. O’Brien]

Five From the Archive: Alabama Shakes in 2012

Alabama Shakes

While I was doing some research on Alabama Shakes, I came across their stuff on the Live Music Archive. What a surprise! They are a young band, and it was a brilliant decision to let people record them and upload those recordings to the Live Music Archive. Free marketing. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.

1. Alabama Shakes – “Rise to the Sun”. This is, without a doubt, my favorite song on the Boys & Girls record. Some great, understated guitar riffing that helps make the song as emotionally powerful as it is. Full show: January 31, 2012 – KEXP Studio, Seattle, WA

2. Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls”. This version sounds a bit more full bodied to me than the studio version on the record. Both are great. Nothing gets me like some good electric piano, and this one has it. Full show: January 24, 2012 – KCRW Studio, Santa Monica, CA

3. Alabama Shakes – “How Many More Times”. Get your fresh Led Zeppelin here. Five From the Archive fans know I’m a bit OCD for good covers of great songs. This one qualifies. Zep! Full show: April 7, 2012 – Ram’s Head, Baltimore, MD

4. Alabama Shakes – “I Ain’t the Same”. This and “Heat Lighting” (next) are from the encore at their recent Bowery Ballroom show. Both include some banter with the crowd from Brittany Howard (singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar player). Full show: April 11, 2012 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

5. Alabama Shakes – “Heat Lightning”. You will want to listen to this one right after the “I Ain’t the Same” above. It’s not on the Boys & Girls record. Full show: April 11, 2012 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and the author, Fred Rockwood.

Classic Rot

Classic RockI listen to the signals

That the ancient strangers play

What are they doing here?

Something so familiar to my ear

“Classic Rot” —Dramarama

When Dramarama penned that song for their fourth album Vinyl, I thought for sure that they were making a statement about the state of radio—a swipe at their inability to muscle in to traditional rock stations that were too wrapped up in playing the classic rock tunes of twenty-years prior to consider a band like Dramarama. Ironically, Dramarama is a band so attuned to the rock styling of their ancestors that they should have found a nice home on any classic rock station.

But they weren’t, and that was a drag to me.

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Trailer: "It Might Get Loud" ft. Jack White, Jimmy Page, and the Edge

Video: ‘It Might Get Loud’ Trailer

When I first heard about this movie, I thought it sounded cheesy as shit. But this trailer looks really cool. The documentary “tells the personal stories of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos” and “reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing.” Am I being a sucker or might this actually be good?

It Might Get Loud: wiki, imdb, web.

Heavy Metal

Word on the street is that when Cadillac prepares to launch its SRX, which is a variant of a sport utility vehicle that’s somewhat smaller than an Escalade, it will be doing so with the background music of a rock dinosaur—I mean dynasty—of day’s past: Led Zeppelin. I suspect that the irony of the name of that band in the context of Cadillac is lost on the people who made the selection. Either that, or they are amusingly subversive. The tune that they’ve culled is Zep’s “Rock and Roll.” Which makes me wonder more about the potential subversion, given that the tune opens:

“It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled”

Which is certainly true of Cadillac, but would they admit it?

Of course, the folks at the automaker are feeling pretty good. After all, JLo has sung about the Escalade (her love may not cost a thing, but it will set you back in excess of $50K for those wheels), and as Mark LaNeve, Cadillac general manager recently stated, “When I first started at Cadillac 21 years ago, Guy Lombardo was about as ‘hip’ as we got. Now we’re getting ‘heavy unpaid rotation’ on MTV and the players’ parking lots of many NBA and NFL stadiums look like Escalade showrooms.”

Now for a historic footnote: Guy Lombardo was a big band leader who began his career in 1924. Guy Lombardo died in 1977. Which means, I suppose, that when LaNeve started at Cadillac in 1980 or ’81, there was a dead guy who was quintessentially Cadillac hip.

Of course, given that the first verse of “Rock and Roll” ends,

“Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time”

maybe that’s right.