Friday, January 19, 2018

It's Music By People I Actually Know Week: Part IV -- Special The Joker is Wild Edition

From 2017 and their eponymous CD.......

...please enjoy David Achelis & 8 ACE (that's Dave in the middle, BTW)...

...and "August," one of the coolest hard-rock instrumentals I've heard in ages.

Who is this guy? In his own words:

As an independent recording engineer / producer, Dave worked with artists as diverse as Dave Brubeck, The New York Dolls, Sonny Rollins, The Misfits, Elvin Jones and Rod Stewart just to name a few out of hundreds.

Not too shabby, I would say.

I should add that although I have known David since forever, and jammed with him on numerous occasions over the years, I had no idea he had such a cool guitar sound in the studio. I should also add that he can sing all the lyrics to Marty Robbins' hit recording of "El Paso," the behearing of which once caused me to literally roll on the floor in helpless gales of laughter.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Closed for Monkey Military Maneuvers

Fortunately, the missile alert was a false alarm.

In any case, regular posting -- in this case, of music by people I actually know personally -- will resume on the morrow.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It's Music By People I Actually Know Week: Part III -- Special Going for Baroque Edition

From 1983, please enjoy the fabulous Floor Models -- featuring a bass player whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels == and their quite amazing Roger McGuinn/J.S. Bach pastiche "Enough's Enough."

That's written and sung by an old bandmate, the late great Andy Pasternack, and the video was put together by a fan in Spain, who I didn't know, out of the great goodness of his heart; he sent it to me unbidden approximately 6 years ago, which still boggles my mind.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's Music By People I Actually Know Week!: Part II -- Special It Came From Jersey! Edition

From last Saturday night, at the fabulous Count Basie Theater in glorious Red Bank, New Jersey -- please enjoy Robin Wilson (lead singer of the Gin Blossoms) fronting the surviving members of The Smithereens in a fabulous performance of the 'Reens breakthrough hit "Blood and Roses."

This, of course, is from the official streamed version of a concert in memory of the 'Reens great frontman/songwriter/hero of mine Pat DiNizio. Hopefully the rest of the show -- which featured performances by Marshall Crenshaw, Steve Van Zandt, and Freedy Johnston, among other worthies -- will be up on YouTube shortly. Or somewhere else officially.

I watched the whole thing at home in real time, and trust me -- it was fricking fabulous.

I should add that the guys have established a music scholarship program in memory of Pat (which I think he would have loved). And you can find out more info about it (including a link where you can contribute) over HERE.

Monday, January 15, 2018

It's Music By People I Actually Know Week!: Part I -- Special Frankenstein Meets Larry Williams Edition

From 2016, please enjoy my chum and depressingly accomplished multi-instrumentalist Frank Burrows...

...and his droll one-man band version of the venerable rock-and-roll classic "Dizzy Miss Lizzie."

Who is this guy?

In his own words:

Frank Burrows is a guitarist/singer/songwriter who has performed with Carlos Santana/ Narada Michael Walden/ Premik Russell Tubbs/ Larry Coryell/ Mellisa Manchester/ Debbie Gibson/ Dee Snider in addition to leading his own bands. Born in NYC and raised in the Bronx, his earliest musical influences were an interesting combination of pop music and 1930s and ‘40s film scores. He has composed in diverse styles, from pop/rock to jazz and classical. He has also written for television, creating songs for the animated character Moose A. Moose on the Nickelodeon/Noggin channel (renamed NickJr.). These songs have enjoyed a post broadcast popularity on YouTube, some of them generating over 3,500,000 Youtube hits.

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I am lucky enough to have encountered some preposterously talented people over the years. But Moose A. Moose? I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!!!

Tomorrow -- a clip from last Saturday's Pat DiZio tribute concert.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Your Friday Moment of NRBQ

And speaking as we were the other day of NRBQ's 1996 live album Tokyo...'s that astounding version of "I Want You Bad" I couldn't find on Wednesday.

First time I heard that my jaw dropped, and I still find it amazing; initially, it sounds like a sloppy shambolic mess, but if you listen carefully you realize it's actually tight as a drum. Which suggests a question -- how the hell do four human beings with instruments manage to sound so loose without actually being loose? Incredible.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Your Thursday Moment of NRBQ

And speaking as we were yesterday of those guys -- from 1969, and their eponymous/stupdendous debut album....

...please enjoy the astoundingly great NRBQ...

...and their utterly amazing cover of Eddie Cochran's ground zero rock-and-roll classic "C'mon Everybody."

I got this album when it originally came out (courtesy of Columbia Records, who were, inexplicably, servicing the college newspaper where I was a baby rock critic) and have loved, nay lurved it ever since.

And this track, which devastated me back then, still astounds me.

Seriously, where the hell did they get that intro from? Didn't Terry Adams understand that this is just a simple three chord rock song?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Your Wednesday Moment of Words Fail Me

So the other day, I was over at friend of PowerPop's Sal Nunziato's invaluable BURNING WOOD blog, perusing a post Sal had put up a week earlier on the subject of NRBQ, who had just torn it up in characteristic form at B.B. King's, much to Sal's delight.

I'm a fan as well (although I've never seen them live -- I would say they are now my pre-eminent bucket list band). And so I went over to YouTube to see if I could find one of my fave NRBQ tracks, the live version of "I Want You Bad," from their early '90s Tokyo CD.

To my shocked surprise, however, it wasn't there, although there were numerous other live versions (mostly shot by fans) as well as the '70s LP version that started it all. And tons of covers of it by other artists, including the Gin Blossoms and the Flamin' Groovies. None of those really measured up, IMHO, although I admit to a fondness for this kick-ass reading by country star Charlie Robison.

And then I stumbled across this clip. Play it loud and have your life changed.

Seriously, that is so amazingly great it almost hurts. And it sounds exactly like what I've wanted every band I ever played in to sound like but never did, I'll tell you that for free.

Sweet jeebus, that's gorgeous.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Gilbert and Sullivan Meet You Know Who

Oh god, words fail me.

I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius.
I have a mighty button and no problems with my penius.
I have no time for television, golf, or social media
Since my brain is way way better than the best encyclopedia.

I like to tweet the lies of racist grievances historical
When Russian ties are mentioned I deny them categorical
I do not feel the sting of words because I am avenious
I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius!

I throw the finest tantrums; I'm repetitive and furious
When CNN airs anything too screwy to be spurious
My crooked doctor tells me I'm a paragon of sanity
And if you don't believe him, you can always ask Sean Hannity...

My speeches are the best: I am the best at slurred meandering
Between extremes of bullying and sychophantic pandering:
If you're not counting Nero and forget who Mussolini is,
I never had an equal as a bigly #stable genius!

Monday, January 08, 2018

Closed for Snowbound Too Damn Cold Monkey Business

Regular, defrosted posting -- including my thoughts on How to Be a Rock Critic, the one-man show based on the life of Lester Bangs I attended last Friday -- resumes on the morrow.