Category Archives: Rock

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Melvins cover ‘Into The Void’

Melvins out-Sabbathing Black Sabbath on ‘Into The Void’: Does anyone remember seeing them do this at some festival in Kelso around ’93 maybe? About halfway through the second time through the main figure that I thought ‘they lifted this riff … Continue reading

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Blue Oyster Cult sighting: More Cowbell

A Facebook profile for ‘Cowbell’: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1425085&id=36413251007&ref=mf

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Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius

Buy Bill Milkowski’s Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius!

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Blue Öyster Cult sighting: Flaming Telepaths

Blue Öyster Cult’s ‘Flaming Telepaths’ celebrated on Jeff’s Gameblog. This tune appears on ‘Secret Treaties, a record I bought on a trip to Seattle with my parents and sister some time around 1982. That sounds like a long time ago, … Continue reading

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The Valley at Bumbershoot

The Valley is performing at Bumbershoot for the first time this year. They will rock you at 3:30pm at the Sky Church. Ear plugs won’t save you, but bring them anyway.

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Rolling Stone review of ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo’

Rolling Stone’s Nov 30, 1978 review of Devo’s ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo’. Reviewer Tom Carson concludes: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! is a brittle, small masterpiece of Seventies pop irony, but … Continue reading

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Wing sings AC/DC

Some of you have asked me what a Hong Kong-born New Zealander with a mono-syllabic name singing ‘Highway to Hell’ sounds like. It took some time, but I’ve found your answer. Wing is a singer from New Zealand who fearlessly … Continue reading

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Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

Postpunk is the Byzantine Empire of popular music. Everyone recalls it being really big once, but no one remembers much about it. Fill the void in your rock knowledge with Simon Reynolds’ Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. … Continue reading

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Scritti Politti

I’m going through a big post-punk phase right now, set off by Simon Reynolds’ exhaustively researched ‘Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984‘. I’ve got all the Joy Division and Throbbing Gristle(!) I can handle (though of anyone has … Continue reading

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The quest for ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’

When I was in high school Judas Priest was at the peak of their musical and commercial power and between my friends and I we had copies of almost all of their albums. But there was a legendary long out-of-print … Continue reading

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