I recently had the honor of joining the rhythm & blues-rock band Vintage Trouble for a run of 13 shows in September and October. Instead of co-billing with another group, the members preferred to have me, the Soul Selector, open the concerts with a potent, all-vinyl mix of blues and soul while chatting up the audience. A member of the band even personally introduced me at every stop.
The following is a list of albums that have withstood the test of time. They have moved me over the last 45-50 years, and I believe they should be in any blues listener's collection. These are the CD versions of the original LPs.
The Byrds. They were called "The American Beatles" which is the equivalent of calling a young singer-songwriter "The New Bob Dylan." Just not fair. Knowing about the Byrds as long as I can remember, I always regarded that statement as a critic's way of saying, "These guys are good, really good."
The term "Easter egg" refers not only to a festive springtime tradition, but also to a bonus or extra feature on a DVD, game, or other piece of digital format media, a sort of gift from the creator to the viewer, should the viewer be dorky/obsessive/having of enough time to kill to find the X-marks-the-spot hiding place.
I don't remember the first time that I heard Yo La Tengo -- sometime in the early '00s -- but I do recall spending the next several months digging up the band's back catalog one record at a time, and looking forward to each subsequent release with heightened anticipation.
This Halloween we asked the DJs of 88.1 KDHX to pick their favorite creepy and/or disturbing and/or terrifying song. Forget about the "Monster Mash." This playlist will chill you long after Boris and the gang have slumped back into their clichéd crypts.
Whether you are a Sunday driver or have a need for speed, there is nothing like a good tune to keep you moving down the highway -- especially in the summer.
If you grew up in Missouri or have lived here for a reasonable number of years, it's likely you've experienced the joys of a float trip.
If I needed to wake up real quick, I'd put on "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac," or "Umbrella Man" by Dizzy Gillespie. "Hot House" by Charlie Parker was a good record to wake up to. -- Bob Dylan, "Chronicles, Volume 1"