Archive for January, 2012
Friday, January 27th, 2012
Okay, who am I kidding? This gal is a genius on the axe and she’s only 8.
The following will either inspire you to learn how to play or to never play, only because I know I could never be this good, no matter how many hours I spend at Guitar Hero.
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
While working hard this morning, namely surfing the net, I came across what I thought was a very interesting musical combo.
Turns out Tom Morello and the Boss have been good buddies for a quite a few years now. While their music styles vary like comparing night to day, I think they work very well together.
With the E Street Band heading out on the road this year, look for ‘Tommy’ to help out the Boss on a few gigs.
In the meantime, here’s a wicked version of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’.
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
you will the find the epitome of laziness as I’ve taken an editorial from today’s edition of the Medicine Hat News and pasted it directly below. Can you be charged for plagerizing your own work?
I’ve referred to some new music as a throwback to 70′s rock, the decade in which rock and roll was perfected in my mind, and have since been e-mailed in regards to what I exactly mean by rock and roll perfection. But before we can climb that summit, I think we should explore the decade that gave us Star Wars, KISS, and unfortunately the sister/brother duo, The Carpenters and 3 piece rayon suits although society can personally blame John Travolta for the latter.
The 1970′s were a time pre-dating photo I.D, meaning it never hurt to know the 16 year old high school kid who could grow a mustache. The soup strainer itself was a defining moment of that decade where it was genuinely cool to rock the caterpillar lip. Just ask Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds who made careers out of their famous mouth eyebrow. Much like the steering linkage on my 1977 Dodge Ram, I’ve started to wander so let us focus on what ultimately made 70′s rock so dang memorable, even for those who can’t remember the decade that made the transition from hippie beatnik to disco freak.
Out of the purple smoke and acid induced ashes from the 60′s came a different form of rock. While it still meant rebelling against the norm, it also meant that louder and fuzzier was better and the guy with with the biggest tower speakers always won. The term rockSTAR still exemplified the word ‘star’ and talking the talk also meant walking the walk. It was an era of decadence and not image although the two are closely related and yet completely different. The 70′s gave us rock anthems, rock operas and my personal favorite, the concept album. It was the creation of punk music and heavy metal and it all fell under the rock umbrella. It was a time when living good usually meant using everything that was bad for you, like leaded gas, thermometers with real mercury and hamburger cooked blue rare.
And so when I listen to new bands (relatively speaking) like Rival Sons, Black Keys and Gaslight Anthem, it gives the honest rock and roll loving long hair at heart faith that rock and roll is still king. Long live rock.
Friday, January 6th, 2012
Rock 105.3 is presenting the Gigantour in Calgary on Feb 18th and with the likes of Motorhead and Megadeth headlining you’d think that’s who’d I’d be most fired up to see.
I have the utmost respect for Lemmy and Dave but I’ve become a BIG fan of Volbeat in the last little while. It’s like Johnny Cash meets the Ramones meets Metallica meets Napalm Death and lately I can’t get enough of these dudes.
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
The long locks are gone but the tight pantalons remain intact as Van Halen prepare for a 2012 World Tour. And while us fans wait for the guys to drop their list of cities they plan on hitting up, here’s a little teaser of what they’ve been up to lately.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Suprisingly enough, I woke up in my bed and without a hangover after celebrating the end of 2011 and the induction of 2012.
Yes, I’m one of those people who acknowledge resolutions and try to adhere to some goals, at least until the end of January. I’m doing something a little different this year however by NOT setting myself up to fail and staying away from the big ones like losing weight or stopping drinking.
Instead I’ve compiled a much more realistic list which include the following:
a) no photo radar tickets for an entire year
b) more waving to strangers
Okay, so it’s not really a list but it is a start.