Category Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be

WHO’S NEXT? NOBODY COMES CLOSE: Reflections On Listening To Who At 50, And Their Rock Masterpiece (No, It’s Not Tommy)

Just a quick one — pun intended — to honor one of my all-time favorite artists, The Who, to mark their “Who Hits 50!” world tour that lead singer Roger Daltrey has summed up as “one long goodbye.” Of course, we’ve all heard that promise/threat from the ‘Orrible ‘Oo” a few times and decades before, […]

WE’RE (SORT OF) AN AMERICAN BAND: A Swan Song From Levon, Robbie and the Boys In The Spirit Of ’76

The Band – Asbury Park 1976 Live at Casino Arena, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, July 20th 1976 DVD (Approx. 80 Min.): Introduction, Don’t Do It, The Shape I’m In, It Makes No Difference, The Weight, King Harvest (Has Surely Come), Twilight, Ophelia, Tears Of Rage, Forbidden Fruit, This Wheel’s On Fire, The Night They […]

NEIL YOUNG AND OLD: Grunge Godfather Goes Acoustic To Benefit The Bridge

  Happy Friday “RPM” subscribers, regulars at the bar, curious visitors, and new friends dropping by for the first time. For fans of Neil Young and Old, here’s my new review of a new unofficial Young DVD capturing his performance at his and his wife Pegi’s annual “Bridge School” benefit in 1994, with a guest appearance […]

AMERICAN EXILES ON TOUR ’72: The Stones Roll On That Dusty Road In Wax Boots (And Digital Ones Too!)

    LADIES & GENTLEMEN, A PREFACE TO THE INTRODUCTION: Call it kismet or the hand of fate or the rock gods grinning with glee at the chemical convergence of impulse, intent, and circumstance. But I just noticed that this review essay, which I intended to serve as a kind of Part II piggybacking follow-up to […]

THIN WILD MERCURY MUSIC: Down Under with Dylan in Sydney ’66

“Bob Dylan has long been a prime, occasionally infuriating example of a creator not necessarily equipped (or willing) to critique the scope or substance of his art. Although far more cagey, contrarian, and intentionally opaque, Dylan has proven similarly flip when talking about his music (or not talking about it, as the case may be) over the years.” — From “Thin Wild Mercury Music”

STICKY STONES AT THE MARQUEE: Tax Exiles Bid Fond, Loud Farewell To England

Today marks the anniversary of one of the best (and more importantly, audio and visually documented) “in-between” Stones shows and tours during their prime: a March 26, 1971 concert at the small Marquee Club in London, the same venue where they got their start  as a band some nine years earlier, when singer Mick Jagger and guitarist […]

RAW POWER REVISITED & THE FOREVER FUNHOUSE OF THE STOOGES: A Scott Asheton Salute (1949-2014)

The focal point, of course, was the perpetually shirtless, baboon-limbed lead singer Iggy Pop, born James Osterberg. When Pop bounded on stage for the opener “Loose,” one of a slew of songs on gaudy display from “Fun House” and the Stooges’ self-titled 1969 debut, the singer’s convulsive vitality — the spasmodic leaps, carnival of shrieks, caged-animal prowl (not to mention that freakish sinew-and-gristle physique) — was ridiculously unchanged.

TAYLOR MADE STONES: Happy Birthday To The Other Mick

January 17 is always a special day for us here in the surround-sound music den at “RPM: Life In Analog.” It allows us to officially celebrate what we pretty much celebrate every other day by marking the birthday of one of rock’s greatest, and yet most underrated guitarists, whose playing you’ve surely heard for a little group […]

THIS POST’S FOR YOU: Neil Young’s Notes For Blue (ain’t singin’ for Coke, and no ‘Heart of Gold’ neither)

In keeping with what’s turned into a CSN&Y-inspired, David Crosby Birthday Boy theme party this past week, here’s my brand new review of a new and unofficially released (or officially unreleased, such as the case may be) Neil Young title, just published at the live and rare music specialty blog/website Collectors Music Reviews (www.collectorsmusicreviews.com), where I […]

Paul Weller’s Ever-Changing Moods: The Modfather Talks

Paul Weller’s music has always been as stylish and sharply tailored as his suits. Whether as the singer-songwriter for The Jam, a seminal outfit that helped define the British Punk movement of the mid-1970s, or his subsequent group, neo-soul romantics The Style Council, or his substantial solo career, Weller has always followed his own muse and blazed […]

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