Posted by Jim Burger on Sep 6, 2012
Hot off the presses -- anyone who can't wait until the new Bob Dylan album "Tempest" gets released, you can't buy it until 9/11, but you can stream it free now on iTunes! It's a free hour of Dylan listening pleasure!
I'm just listening to it now, so far I gotta say it sounds very bluesy, with a couple of old-style Dylan tunes. Bob's voice has gotten real gravelly, so I guess that's a good fit.
On the other hand, if I wanted to listen to this type of music and a gravelly voice, I'd rather listen to Howlin' Wolf -- just my two cents...
Posted by Jim Burger on Sep 3, 2012
Here's an in-depth video where Aerosmith's Brad Whitfor talks about his gear for the band's Global Warming tour. It's a cool, lengthy look at stuff that includes includes guitars, amps, and effects from Fender, Gibson, Echopark, Marshall, Bogner, 3 Monkeys, Pigtronix, TC Electronic, Eventide, and more.
And don't forget -- their new album is due out November 6th, a couple of the songs from it have already been pre-released. If you haven't heard them yet, they are "Lover Alot" and "What Could Have Been Love". Check 'em out!
Posted by Jim Burger on Aug 31, 2012
I realize that all of these rockers are starting to get a bit old (as am I!), but nothing really makes you realize it as much as seeing a one-time hot-shot singer get interviewed by his own granddaughter! Check out this cute interview of David Coverdale.
Posted by Jim Burger on Aug 24, 2012
Here's a good one. Eagles' guitarist Don Felder originally thought Hotel California would be unsuccessful because the intro was too long and the song was too long.
Here is an interview with Felder where he talks a bunch about what went into making Hotel California, it's pretty interesting stuff. I like how it gives insight into the creative process, where Felder wrote the music, then Henley and Frey molded it into the final creation.
The only thing that mystifies me is, did Felder really think every song needed to be under 4 minutes? 'Stairway to Heaven' came out 5 years before 'Hotel California'. He should have known better...
Posted by Jim Burger on Aug 22, 2012
Mark Chapman comes up for parole again this week. I don't suppose there are many folks rooting for him, and I can't imagine he has a chance of getting released, but who knows -- odder things have happened.
Apparently the guy gets a new parole hearing every two years, which sounds like a monumental waste of time to me. Shouldn't it be more like once every five or ten years?
At his last hearing, his statement in his own defense was: "I wasn't thinking clearly. I made a horrible decision to end another human being's life, for reasons of selfishness. I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies."