Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 28

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Little Wing (Live at Rockpalast in 1984)

25 years ago yesterday, Stevie Ray Vaughan died tragically in a helicopter crash. I had tickets to see him a few days before his death, but I skipped it because I had a horrible cold and some exams coming up. That was a major life lesson for me – don’t miss an opportunity to see […]

August 28

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let’s Go Get Stoned (Live in 2015)

The Tedeschi Trucks Band has posted another video from their Gathering Of The Vibes set. Once again, it’s another classic track from Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs And Englishmen record, which they are planning to play in its entirety at Lockn’ in September. “Let’s Go Get Stoned” is a Ray Charles song, and Joe Cocker and […]

August 25

Squeeze – Tempted (music video)

“Tempted” and “Black Coffee In Bed” are two Squeeze songs that loom large in my memories of early MTV. Both videos, as I remember, got a lot of airplay. I loved them both, and still do. “Tempted” is one of the rare occasions where Paul Carrack, the keyboardist, sang lead – or at least, shared […]

August 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Breakdown (Live in France in 1980)

“Breakdown” is one of the great Tom Petty compositions. It’s got a slinky¬†lead guitar riff, and the electric piano gives the song a warmth and soul that just draws you in. “What is this song trying to tell me?” You can’t help but listen. In my mind, it’s all about that Fender Rhodes (or Wurlitzer, […]

August 23

Run The Jewels – Early (music video)

“Early” is from Run The Jewels 2, and it gets a starkly beautiful treatment in this video from earlier this year. The video is like a darkly light, animated graphic novel about police violence. This verse captures the chilling essence of the song’s story: “And I apologize if it seems like I got out of […]

August 22

Review: Hard Working Americans at Hoxeyville Music Festival in 2015

Hard Working Americans Saturday, August 15, 2015 Hoxeyville Music Festival,¬†Wellston, MI Hoxeyville Music Festival celebrated its 12th anniversary this year. A firmly Michigan focused festival, it takes place in a bucolic setting in Manistee National Forest, a bit west of Cadillac, MI. The line up this year included Greensky Bluegrass – who played two nights […]

August 21

Jane’s Addiction – Three Days (Live in 1990)

If you can believe it, Jane’s Addiction’s Ritual de lo habitual is 25 years old today. That hits me right in the gut. Why? Because I remember how that album blew my mind back when I was 19, and I can’t believe 25 years have passed since I was sitting there listening to this record. […]