Monday, May 22, 2017

Song of the Week: Seaons

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell killed himself last Thursday at the age of 52. We'll never know what drove him to this place, but the world is a poorer place without his immense talent.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Song of the Week: I Will Never Let You Down

This week marks the first album from the band Fastball since 2009. I hope it's as good as their others. This is one of the songs on the new record.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Song of the Week: Voodoo Working

Samantha Fish is a great new talent on the blues scene. She's a great guitar player and that voice! Here's a song from her new album.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Colonel Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris

The third volume of Edmund Morris's Theodore Roosevelt series is as well-researched and written as the first two. It covers Roosevelt's life from 1910 and his exit of the White House until his death in 1919. At times, Morris provides too much detail that the book is almost a day-by-day account of Roosevelt's life, which bogs down the narrative in spots. The epilogue, which discusses the fates of his children and the historical impact of TR, is as beautiful as anything Morris wrote in the first two volumes.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Song of the Week: The Blues is Here to Stay

Another song this week by Tab Benoit. I love this one because it's got a nice groove and pays tribute to the rich history of the blues.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Song of the Week: You Need Love

If there was any doubt how much Led Zeppelin was influenced by blues (which there isn't), check out "You Need Love" by Muddy Waters. How similar is this song to "Whole Lotta Love"?

Friday, April 21, 2017

MST3K Friday: Reptilicus

The new season of MST3k is pretty close to tone to the original. It even has silly songs during the host segments! This song is from the first episode "Reptilicus".

Friday, April 14, 2017

MST3k Friday: Revival League Edition

Today is a special day. Not only because it's Good Friday, but because Netflix is releasing the first new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 since August 1999. As a backer of the Kickstarter campaign, I got early access to the episodes. I am sworn to secrecy about the new season, but I'll offer a few quick thoughts.

  • It feels like classic MST3k
  • The volume of jokes seems to be higher than in the original series
  • Crow's voice sounds similar to what we're used to.
  • Tom's voice will take some getting used to
  • I don't know if it's because they're in the same vocal register or because they're new voices, but I had a hard time figuring out who said what riff in the theater.
  • I don't understand (yet) why the Mads have a house band.
  • IT'S REALLY FUNNY!
Do yourself a favor and check out the new episodes on Netflix. I know I'll finish the episodes of the season I haven't watched yet.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Song of the Week: Mississippi Blues

Here's a very tight blues jam by Jarekus Singleton at the Festival of Discovery in 2012. His bass player is pretty darn good, too. I wonder when he's going to put out a new album.