- Have seen AC/DC a few times, don't ever remember there being so many empty seats
- Not sure if that was because of the rescheduled date, it being a school night, or Axl having played here in July
- I wonder how much profit there is on the light-up set of devil horns they sell? I'm betting a lot.
- Setlist looks like it has been the same for all the shows with Axl/DC as the kids call it, think they are doing a few more Bon Scott era songs than they did with Brian Johnson as they fit Rose's voice a little better in my opinion
- Never thought I'd see Axl Rose sing "Whole Lotta Rosie" complete with 300 lb hooker balloon
- Isn't it time they retire the 300 lb hooker balloon? Although, no pun intended, I'm sure it's expensive
- Glad they dropped"The Jack" from the set, I don't miss the song or watching a man in his 60's strip
- Like the Rockettes/showgirl style leg kicks Axl threw into "Sin City"
- Thought Axl sounded good, better than I expected, made me wish I'd seen Gins N' Roses when they were here
- Not sure what comes next for AC/DC but an album with Axl would be interesting, if it doesn't take years to complete that is, not sure with Cliff Williams retiring after this tour that these guys have many left in them despite what Angus (the only original member left) says
- They clearly aren't kids anymore but I felt pretty spry looking around at the crowd
- I remembered my ear plugs! I remember seeing them in 1996 (20 years ago, really?) and having my ears ring for days after the show, it's when I started carrying ear plugs to shows and probably when my tinnitus started
- Why do they close every show with "For Those About To Rock"? I understand the pyro and the cannons but we just rocked for 2+ hours ya know? Maybe it should be an opener
- Saw them in August last year with Brian Johnson and thought he sounded pretty ragged but didn't think it'd be the last time I'd see him
- Speaking of, I didn't think a couple of Sundays ago would be the last time I saw my girlfriend but it was. As Johnny Cash said "I don't like it but I guess things happen that way." I miss her.
- I found a piece of confetti under my seat leftover from the Adele shows a few weeks ago, it says "We Could Have Had It All," indeed, still could. Like you said she sings "We're not kids anymore" but you also said we're pretty good for a couple of 40 year olds
- Sorry you couldn't make it Holly!
- Never thought it'd be so difficult to get rid of a ticket
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
I haven't posted in a while, wanted to get this in while it was still fresh in my head. Will get pictures up ASAP. Some observations from tonight's show at the Wells Fargo Center:
Thursday, September 1, 2016
|this one stands on its own|
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
“…They’re five happening gentlemen from the northwest of America who’ve captured the hearts of a nation as stars of television’s Where the Action Is. They’re musical minutemen who are breaking records wherever they go as the hottest attraction in America!” – Original album liner notes
|be a Raider Rooter!|
Sunday, August 28, 2016
|only in America, only in the Sixties...|
I had seen a copy of this CD at the annual Thanksgiving rock expo a few years ago (it's a CD/record collector show I try to attend annually) and I think it was $10. I wanted to see what else was available at the show and never came back to dealer who had a copy. It took a while to find another copy but I tracked this one down at Positively Records for $7. I bought a reissue of the album which includes another half hour of unreleased material including B-sides, demos, and outtakes which nearly double the album’s length. It’s one of the more unusual listens I’ve had in a while. I didn’t have any expectations going in but I’d read the book’s review, which includes a quote from the album’s liner notes, and it notes that the group’s founder Joseph Byrd was a Communist and got the band signed without ever playing a gig. He had studied under “avant-garde legend John Cage” (the book’s wording not mine) and recruited his ex-girlfriend Dorothy Moskowitz to sing vocals. In case you haven’t guessed that this may be an odd sonic adventure by now the book’s review surmises the group’s history nicely by saying “Only in the Sixties.” The album opens with “The American Metaphysical Circus” which starts with a blast of calliope music and then piles on top of that repeatedly. That cacophony runs for over a minute before Moskowitz’ icy vocal kicks in and saves the tune. In fact her vocals are easily the album’s saving grace as evidenced by the demo version of “I Won’t Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar.” I much preferred that version to the album version where Byrd takes the lead vocals. It takes a much creepier tone with his vocal. I also would’ve opened the album with a more traditional song, and I use that word loosely, like “Where Is Yesterday” which features a Gregorian chant like beginning before turning into a round. I think it would be a gentler way to ease the listener into the experience. There are some nicer moments like “Cloud Song” and “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” which are not as far out as some of the other sonic experiments on the album like the closing suite of “The American Way Of Love.” Byrd notes that he listened to the original playback on giant speakers and when he brought the advance album back to the band they hated how it sounded on record. Perhaps this would benefit from more volume but I’m not sure I’m up for sitting through the whole album again just to compare and contrast the listening experience. It’s not all bad and it certainly has its moments but this album may be best experienced while under the influence. It’s certainly not something I would be giving frequent listens to but if avant-garde music, sonic experimentation, or just plain weird is what you’re looking for than this should be on your playlist for sure.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
|tunes for days...|
"There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment.
Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment.
To get the maximum you must
LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.
Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.
Take it home.
Get rid of all distractions, (even her or him).
Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles.
Make yourself comfortable.
Play your CD.
LISTEN all the way through.
Think about what you got.
Think about who would appreciate this investment.
Decide if there is someone to share this with.
Turn it on again.
I read those notes the first time I opened the CD and knew I needed to put them in this blog. I have not however listened to the album yet. I bought that disc a while back and read that (it's on the back cover of the booklet if you're wondering) and with instructions like that I want to make sure I give it a proper first listen. It is how I feel about this blog so I hope some of that comes across when you're reading. I do listen to a lot of music in the car as I am frequently in mine and it gives me a chunk of time to get through an album fairly uninterrupted. I try to focus as much as possible when doing these reviews on the album at hand but occasionally the mind does wander or I get distracted by something else. Despite having a more free time than most putting aside an hour or two to just listen to music without doing anything else (some of the ways I multitask while listening to music include reading, watching the game with the sound down, or paying bills) really does become hard to do in this day and age. I know I don't plan on not listening/writing for months at a time but it has happened several times over the last few years. I'm hoping to avoid lapses of more than a week or so but my schedule is fairly fluid. I spent most of the summer working full time and then some on a political convention. I thought there'd be more free time but it didn't work out that way. I'm not here to discuss politics but now that I'm back I thought something patriotic would be appropriate for the next review. So coming soon will be a review of the self-titled album of The United States Of America followed by "Midnight Ride" by Paul Revere And The Raiders. Then I hope to get into a Week Of Wonder and give the four Stevie Wonder albums on the list a spin. As always that is subject to change but that's what's on top of the blogpile right now. I might try to squeeze a jazz entry or a Must 'ear in there somewhere too. As always thanks for reading and feel free to comment here or follow on facebook or twitter.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I know I’ve been slacking on blog updates lately but my work and personal schedules have been packed lately. It has left precious little free time for blogging. The fact that this album was next on the blogpile didn’t help matters much. I wasn’t looking forward to listening to it and have mentioned on more than one occasion that it was halting progress on the blog. I’m not a huge fan of modern (post 70’s – for reference consider that The Who’s boxset is called “Maximum R&B”) R&B to begin with and honestly I was surprised this CD was included in the book. It sold a lot of copies and won a Grammy but to me it wasn’t something I needed to hear before I died. You can probably find a copy for $5 in the budget section of Target. I almost bought mine there but figured with over 11 million copies sold I could find one cheaper and I did at Princeton Record Exchange for $1.99 a few months ago. I took a blopping trip there Sunday as I figured it would put me in the mood to fire up the CD player later. When I returned I’d bought myself a few albums but the only disc I bought for the blog was a mistakenly purchased second copy of Echo & TheBunneymen’s “Porcupine.” A few weeks ago, while trying to work, my computer decided it was time I had Windows 10 and automatically downloaded it. I wasn’t a huge fan as I don’t find the layout particularly friendly or the fact that they renamed programs apps which seemed unnecessary. However I didn’t have much choice since I couldn’t stop the download once it started. So not only did it cost me almost half a day of work I’ve found a bunch of things that don’t work since the update. First it was the scroll bar on my touchpad. I tried a few different fixes to no avail. It also changed where a bunch of my files were and I now have a completely useless intro screen, although admittedly some of the photos are nice. It just so happened that the update occurred shortly after my last entry in May. I knew I had another entry written up and figured I would post it yesterday. I also figured since I had some time I’d update the index and clean-up some other stuff. So I opened the laptop and went to click on the folder where I keep my entries and IT WAS GONE. No trace and a search found nothing. It was then I realized the pictures folder I use for this blog was gone too. I searched for both and found nothing. I had a minor panic attack. I tried a few different search methods and could not find anything. All of my files from this blog, five plus years of entries and pictures, were no were to be found.
|oh, there you are...|
Sunday, June 19, 2016
|Machines and I haven't been getting along lately...|
Have you ever been at a show and the band started jamming on a riff and you thought you recognized it? For a second your brain tries to figure out if they’re going to go into a cover or just play a snippet of one of their other songs and before it can figure out which it’s gone. It’s like having a word on the tip of your tongue. I experienced it for a moment last month while watching Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. They played “Faded” and went into a jam that turned into a call and answer between the guitar and bass and it seemed like they were going to go into another song or a cover (sounded like a Zeppelin tune to me) before just going back into the jam and then the song itself. Well, that all went through my head while listening to “Facelift” the opening track of Soft Machine’s most popular album, “Third.” The song says it was recorded live while the limited liner notes list two different dates of recording so one presumes it’s spliced together from those performances. At times it’s proggy, others jazzy, and still others it sounds like a film score. At times it threatens to go in one direction and then it veers widely off course. Sometimes it sounds like it’s going full on heavy metal and then it goes back to a quiet passage. It’s quite schizophrenic but not completely unpleasant introduction to the band’s music. The book says it’s “the most challenging, intriguing, and amusing” of the tracks on the album. “Slightly All The Time” opens with a more straight ahead jazz feeling which reminded me of Weather Report. The book says that the group wanted to take a jazzier approach while drummer Robert Wyatt didn’t feel the need to get jazzy but did feel the urge to keep singing, apparently much to the group’s chagrin. “Moon In June” is, according to the book, “the last real Wyatt piece for Soft Machine, and it is quite possibly the group’s masterpiece, as much as the members other than Wyatt did not really like it.” I’ve got to side with the other members of the group as I could live without anymore of Wyatt’s singing (having heard plenty of it on “Rock Bottom” and “Shleep”). I wrote that and realized I was only halfway through the 19 minutes of the song, there was a brief respite from his vocals but he returns at a higher pitch a couple of minutes later and as a bonus it’s mostly free-form scatting. I must admit I prefer the instrumental version of the band although probably not enough to track down a release sans Wyatt. All of the songs here stretch over 18 minutes in length so I imagine it’s a challenge for many listeners to get through this one. Despite it being their best selling album tracking a copy down proved to be quite a challenge. I paid $6.99 for this one at Long In The Tooth Records. It was one of those trips that yielded several titles I’d been unable to find elsewhere. Funny how it happens that my first trip to a new store yields albums I’d been unable to find while subsequent trips tend not to yield as many new things. Then again I’ll be downtown more this summer so maybe another trip is in order.