Apr 232013

Let’s review the ground rules here. The Mystery Date song is not necessarily something I believe to be good. So feel free to rip it or praise it. Rather the song is something of interest due to the artist(s), influences, time period… Your job is to decipher as much as you can about the artist(s) without research. Who do you think it is? Or, Who do you think it sounds like? When do you think it was recorded? Etc…

If you know who it is, don’t spoil it for the rest. Anyone who knows it can play the “mockcarr option.” This option is for those of you who just can’t hold your tongue and must let everyone know just how in-the-know you are by calling it. So if you know who it is and want everyone else to know that you know, email The Back Office. If correct, The B.O. will let me know and I’ll post how brilliant you are in the Comments section.

As noted this is a Twofer and we are looking for both the composer/artist and the guest-artist/vocal-talent.

The real test of strength though is to guess as close as possible without knowing. Ready, steady, go!

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Feb 082013

I’m not sure exactly where I heard this tidbit of George Harrison lore but half-assed Googling indicates that it comes from his autobiography. He said something to the effect that in The Beatles song I Want to Tell You, penned by Harrison, that he wished he had reversed the lyric,

But if I seem to act unkind
It’s only me, it’s not my mind
That is confusing things

to be something more like

But if I seem to act unkind
It isn’t me, it’s just my mind
That is confusing things

I admit that I could be butchering this story but I’m pretty sure that I have the gist of it. It stuck with me because I used to think that about that part of that song before I heard Harrison thought it too. It’s kinda obvious isn’t it? “Me” is so much more than “mind.” Anyhoo… Here is the only version I could find where it is sung by Harrison in this reversed way.

Unfortunately it is a pretty crappy version of the song,  IMHO. It doesn’t help that Eric Clapton, I think, is part of this performance as well. Feel free to Pince Nez me Townsfolk.

Jan 122013

As you may have heard, today is Rock Town Hall‘s birthday.

According to Cafe Astrology

If You Were Born Today, January 12

You have a strong character with a contrary streak, but overall, you are charming and intriguing. While responsible and basically security-minded, you can also be quirky and rebellious. You are very partnership-oriented, always in mind that things are better shared, even the smallest things and simplest of activities. It is not that you are dependent exactly–in fact, you have a decidedly independent streak–it’s more that you truly enjoy good company.

Read more about RTH‘s “year ahead” here.

The sorta odd thing is, that description above is pretty accurate.  Meanwhile…

A half-assed look around for what rocktsters share a birthday with RTH I found:
Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls)
Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan)
Chris Bell (Big Star)
Rob Zombie (White Zombie)
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows)
Per Gessle (Roxette)
Cynthia Robinson (Sly & The Family Stone)
William Lee Gordon (Oak Ridge Boys)
Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine)

Non rocksters include:
Kirstie Alley
Howard Stern
Joe Frazier
Jack London
Rush Limbaugh

I’m not thrilled with what I found honestly.  If I was ranking these as the most-to-least accurate, I’d put Chris Bell at the top and Rush Limbaugh at the bottom.  So says I.  What say you?  Or better yet can you find any others that are better or worse than these?

Better better yet, what rocksters or non-rocksters do you share a birthday with?  Which are you most proud of and which are you not?

I was born on February 28.  I have yet to find anyone with that birthday that I can identify with or hate for that matter.  The closest I can get, best|worst are…

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Nov 022012

Baseball season is over and that sux. For me anyhoo…  Ran across this today related to MLB walk-up tunes and thought maybe I could keep the mojo going for another day. We’ve discussed walk-up tunes before. Here are just a few examples:

Inappropriate Walk-up Music?

NLDS Walk-up Music: Rockies Try to Stave Off Last Dance of 2009

Talkin’ Baseball Walk-Up Music

This one seems worthy of note. So check out what The SF Giants‘ resident-oddball (and I mean that in a mostly good way) is into: 


Aug 272012

This one puts me in a Cold Sweat…or…makes me wanna put your ray gun to my head. Either way you figger it, someone seriously ripped someone off here and the guilty party is either David Bowie or James Brown.

A couple of weeks ago Mr. Moderator made a west coast trip to The Back Office to discuss some Q3 RTH ventures. As part of this company retreat we attended a taping of Conan, complete with VIP tickets (true story).


Jun 222012

Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3

That I am a co-producer of this blog-thing that led to some dude emailing me to ask if I wanted to interview Steve Wynn actually and truly is one of my proudest accomplishments. The music of Dream Syndicate founder and solo artist extrodinaire, Steve Wynn has played an important part in my musical and creative evolution. All of us here likely have at least one artist or band that has made a big personal difference. Well Steve is one of my top few and I’m still giddy that he actually answered my questions. Living proof that the 18 year-old rock nerd in me is alive and thriving.

Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 are going to be playing Saturday night in Philadelphia at the North Star Bar with The Fleshtones (see Peter Zaremba interview here), Palmyra Delran, and Stupidity. You can go here, for more info and to buy tickets.

The only band that I’ve seen live more than Steve Wynn is Meat Puppets, mostly ’cause of time in Arizona. Wynn puts on a great, fun, tight, energetic and engaging show. Honestly, some of the best live shows that I have ever seen. And I’ve seen Foghat! True, unfortunately.

So without further ado…

May 172012

Confession upfront: The “friend” discussed here is me.  I have album issues and am reluctant to chase down and/or listen to singles. Using iTune’s Genius Playlist thingy is about as close as I get. I’m working on getting over my condition and I have found a most unexpected path.

Years ago when Guided By Voices was being hailed as the-next-great-thing I read about the bands they were compared to and influenced by and blah blah blah. This led me to suspect that I would dig them. According to said experts, I should run-out-and-get a CD of theirs called Bee Thousand. So I did. I listened to it. I listened to it again. I even tried listening to it by skipping from song-to-song, which is unlike me. To no avail. I can’t say I think “they suck” as it seemed good enough I suppose. I could listen to it again and probably rip holes in it but I don’t see the point in that. Let’s just say that I haven’t listened to it since.

In mod-like fashion Mr. Moderator recently gave me a flash drive with a bunch of singles-like stuff on it. Loads of it I dug. None of it I disliked. I was playing it in my car via the USB Aux thingy and it didn’t always reveal the artist/song/album on the radio display.  I actually liked that I was frequently unaware of who was playing the song. I had no prejudgement on any of these particular tracks. Of all the tracks, I kept coming back to one over and over again. It quickly became my favorite among so many that I liked. I even misunderstood a word that I assumed was in the title. I thought the guy was singing “Hey, black girls, only wanna get you high.” I thought that was funny, gutsy, and cool and so I Googled that phrase. Other than a number of  links quoting the fairly obvious Rolling Stones reference, I kept seeing that Guided By Voices did a song that went “Hey glad girls, only wanna get you high.” At first I thought that there was no way it could be GBV as I didn’t really like GBV. I was wrong.  Here’s the tune:

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