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Deejay Loraxe at Beech Street Parlor 3/17

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | musiX, pdX, vinylZ | No Comments


By the looks of things I’m going to have to play some metal. Continuing my plummet into all things heavy (more on this later), I’ll be digging out some classicks from Budgie, Sepultura, Saint Vitus, and most likely some KISS, RATT and Angel. Come hang out with me at Beech Street this St. Paddy’s Day from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. I’ll be the one hunched over underneath the stairwell sweating, drinking Jamison and flipping licorice pizza. You’re welcome for painting such a lovely picture.

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All-time favorite albums #1. KISS – Alive!

Friday, February 14th, 2014 | musiX | No Comments


No real surprise here. I mean, come on! This is the greatest rock and roll record ever! Of all time!

According to me.

KISS’s Alive! still explodes from my speakers with all the blood, fire and volume it did the first time I heard it. Even the album cover still makes me giddy. I used to come home after a night of rocking and rolling all nite and throw this on my Walkman, and years later, my Discman, and just lay there in the dark and let it take over. The live versions of “Deuce” and “Strutter” still give me goosebumps (as do “C’mon and Love Me,” “Parasite” and “Cold Gin”). I will even sit through Peter Criss’ drum solo (because it rules). I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If you fancy yourself a connoisseur of rock, you best own this record. Because … say it with me—you wanted the best, and you got the best.

And you wanted the rest, and you got the rest. Behold how uncool and unsophisticated I really am. Read ‘em and weep for me.

The TDoL 50 All-time Favorite Albums

1. KISS – Alive! (1975)

2. Camper Van Beethoven – Telephone Free Landslide Victory (1985)

3. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)

4. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)

5. Old 97’s – Wreck Your Life (1995)

6. Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)

7. Willie Nelson – Phases and Stages (1974)

8. The Saints – Eternally Yours (1978)

9. Nirvana – In Utero (1993)

10. Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

11. Skid Row – Slave To the Grind (1991)

12. Mother Hips – Later Days (1998)

13. KISS – Destroyer (1976)

14. Old 97’s – Fight Songs (1999)

15. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (1979)

16. RATT – Out of the Cellar (1984)

17. Far – Water & Solutions (1998)

18. Reigning Sound – Time Bomb High School (2002)

19. Clutch – Clutch (1995)

20. Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady (1979)

21. John Coltrane – Blue Train (1957)

22. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (2000)

23. Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground (1969)

24. Kuraia – Illuntasunari Barre (2003)

25. The Stooges – Fun House (1970)

26. The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)

27. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (1981)

28. T. Rex – The Slider (1972)

29. Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)

30. KISS – Music From “The Elder” (1981)

31. Dwight Twilley Band – Twilley Don’t Mind (1977)

32. Helmet – Betty (1994)

33. Love – Love (1966)

34. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

35. The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

36. Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power (1992)

37. The Ramones – Ramones (1976)

38. Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970)

39. The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006)

40. Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle (1979)

41. Mötley Crüe – Too Fast For Love (1982)

42. Slayer - Divine Intervention (1994)

43. Iron Maiden – Live After Death (1985)

44. Green Day – Insomniac (1995)

45. Alice Cooper – Love It to Death (1971)

46. Pavement – Brighten the Corners (1997)

47. Weezer – Green Album (2001)

48. Split Enz – True Colours (1980)

49. Madonna – Madonna (1983)

50. L7 – Hungry For Stink (1994)

 

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All-time favorite albums #6. Metallica – Master of Puppets

Friday, February 7th, 2014 | musiX | No Comments


I’ll never forget. Seventh grade. David Cadwell loaned me Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets on cassette. At the time I was more accustomed to things like KISS, RATT, maybe some Iron Maiden. I took them home and popped Master into my parents’ stereo—the good stereo. The dark opening string intro to “Battery” came on and then all hell broke loose. Soon I was listening to it nonstop in my Walkman. And that was it.

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TDoL Best of 2012: 20-16

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | musiX | No Comments

16. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE (Def Jam)

17. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum)

18. Fellwoods – Wulfram (At War With False Noise)

19. KISS – Monster (Universal Music Group)

20. Baroness – Yellow & Green (Relapse Records)

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RIP, Don Kirshner

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 | musiX | 1 Comment

Don Kirshner—”The Man With the Golden Ear”—had his hands in all things rock ‘n’ roll since the ’50s, working with songwriters from New York’s fabled Brill Building, who in turn provided some of the early hits for The Monkees. He later helped provide the tunes for the Archies ‘toons.

But Kirshner, at least for me, will always be known as the driving force (if not the simply the name) behind Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. The show, which ran from 1973 to 1981, shirked the typical pre-recorded lip-synced performances in favor of gritty live performances from a wide range of artists including Sly & the Family Stone, the Ramones, KISS, UFO, Ike & Tina, Sparks, George Harrison, Weather Report, Brian Ferry … wow.

Kirshner died yesterday from heart failure at the age of 76.

I leave you with this 1975 performance from Black Sabbath on Rock Concert, which you gotta think scared the bejesus out of America. Just listen to Tony Iommi’s guitar tone, for fuck’s sakes.

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