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Song Spotlight: The Biters Cover Thin Lizzy

20 Jun

IN WHICH I’M REMINDED that I’m long overdue to get into The Biters, and I never tire of hearing any version of my favorite Thin Lizzy song.

A Song For Father’s Day: “Dad Can’t Help You Now” by Colin Gawel

18 Jun

A WONDERFUL, BITTERSWEET, YET UPBEAT, TOO: “Dad Can’t Help You Now” by Colin Gawel. Love the video, too. Check it out and share it!

#fathersday #nowplaying

The NEW Cheap Trick Album Is Out Today!

16 Jun

I HAVE TO GIVE MY “ALL-TIME FAVORITE BAND OF ALL-TIME” CREDIT for releasing two really strong, fun albums of new music in just over a year’s time.

Out today, the new album We’re All Alright is getting strong reviews and I’ve loved what I’ve heard so far – it sounds more energetic, harder rocking and adventurous than last year’s Bang Zoom Crazy Hello and that album is a hell of a lot of fun and rocks! I just downloaded We’re All Alright via Pledge Music this morning – and am getting the CD, too, of course – and am loving what I’ve heard so far!  If only I could really crank it here in the office!cheap_trick_we27re_all_alright21#cheaptrick #nowplaying #wereallalright

NEW ALICE COOPER Single “Paranoiac Personality” Out Now! 

9 Jun

LIKE SO MANY OF MY FAVORITE ROCK ARTISTS AND BANDS, I’m excited when there’s NEW music afoot. Here’s the new single from the legendary Alice Cooper, “Paranoic Personality” from his forthcoming album Paranormal. I’m particularly excited about the new album as it’s produced by super-producer Bob Ezrin, who was behind the boards (and co-wrote many songs) behind Cooper’s classic albums Welcome to My Nightmare, Love It To Death, Billion Dollar Babies among others.

#nowplaying #alicecooper #rock

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

8 Jun

BONNIE TYLER is 66 years-old today. While the title of this post references her huge hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (always liked that line, the song I don’t need to hear again), here’s my favorite Tyler song:

 

Happy Birthday, Bonnie Tyler!

Terrific Interview with Author of New Rush Book

28 Apr

The cool site Songfacts.com has a great and in-depth interview with Martin Popoff, author of the new book, RUSH: ALBUM BY ALBUM.  Check it out HERE.

Some Sunday Morning Music: Tommy Stinson’s “One Man Mutiny”

23 Apr

BECAUSE YESTERDAY I WAS paging through the excellent biography of The Replacements, Trouble Boys, I was reminded of  Tommy Stinson”s 2011 solo album, One Man Mutiny.  I had taken it out of the car where it had resided for months, and realized I hadn’t listened to it in awhile…and now it will be awhile before it comes put of the car again.

One Man Mutiny, is a damn fine slice of alternative Americana power pop rock. Whatever you want to call it, its an album filled with solid, melodic songs that have stuck with me. Lots of music writers, and Stinson himself, have said that being in The Replacements with Paul Westerberg all those years was an influence on his songwriting. You can hear it – but Stinson is no clone of the legendary Minneapolis band’s primary songwriter and this album stands up on its own because Stinson is damn good songwriter (as well as a damn good bassist and guitar player).

Faves include the rockers “It’s A Drag” which has a meaty, sneering, Rolling Stones vibe, with female backing vocals soaring throughout, and gritty guitars. “Meant To Be” and “All This Way For Nothing” channel the ‘Mats as you might expect, especially the latter song. “Come To Hide” is a lilting ballad with a wistful chorus that you’ll remember after only one listen. “Seize The Moment” is a fine slice of power-pop with a buzzy, distorted guitar figure going thru it and a fun chorus. 

Other highlights include the country-esque sounding “Zero To Stupid.” Slide guitars  with witty lyrics combine and upon first listen one might think its a parody: “I used to love her, I used to miss her, my life goes on; I can’t go from zero to stupid in just one…drink”

“Match Made In Hell” is co-written by Westerberg. While Replacements die-hards may have gravitated to this song with wishful reunion thinking, it might be my least favorite song here.

In 2011 Stinson was the bassist for Guns N’ Roses and the album features some of his then-bandmates on some of the songs, including keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. 

A damn good album for a damn fine Sunday morning – or any day, for that matter. You don’t have to be a fan of the Replacements to love this album; if you’re a ‘Mats fan and never got around to checking this album out, for shame! 

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