Jul 242012

I saw this little blurb in my newspaper back home about a New Yorker article on Bruce Sprinsteen (aka “The Boss”). Dave Marsh, who is quoted here,  has long been rock’s reddest, rawest smacked ass, but The Boss does his part, as always, to build his legend. I don’t care if he ever writes 30 songs I love, I’ll always be annoyed by this guy’s routine and the fawning that refuses to die. Too bad. He does and stands for some things I love.

I’ve been in Monterey, California the last 24 hours. It’s my second or third time in this delightful town. One thing, however, really bugs me: the only reason I ever knew and cared about Monterey growing up was the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967. The film of that festival was part of young hippie education. I’ve not yet found a Monterey Pop Festival t-shirt in this town. No offense to fans of Steinbeck, sea life, and the old canning industry, but is that too much to ask?

Jul 062012

Even if you’ve never performed music before an audience, you’ve probably done something along those lines—a school play, a presentation in the classroom or in work—and know what it’s like to have thoughts run through your head while you’re “in the moment.” Maybe you give yourself a mental high five while you hit your mark. Maybe you suppress a Jeez! when you flub a line. Maybe you’re feeling so good on stage that you have a flash of feeling like you know what it meant to appear in front of a rapt audience at some legendary venue.

As you watch this video of The Jefferson Airplane performing “Mexico (Go Ride the Music),” pick a moment and see if you can’t write a “thought bubble” representing what could possibly be going through the mind of any band member in the midst of performing this song.

Jun 082012

In our continuing quest to identify rock’s most cliched moments I present to you the following performance, which may take the cake. You couldn’t commission a panel of hacks to write and perform a more cliched song than this one…could you? The person who posted this video does not allow embedding, so you have to click here to watch it. Enjoy.

May 222012

Will Your Mystery Date Be a Dream or a Dud?

For our latest Mystery Date, Townspeople were in agreement on the track’s general late-’60s blooz-rock vibe, possibly involving druids, yet actually having recorded in more recent times. A few of you cited this song, entitled “Sibury Sands,” as a ’90s recording, but it’s actually from a more recent band called Wolf People. I’ve played a song or two by them from another album on a recent episode of Saturday Night Shut-In. I know nothing about this band, and their Web site tells me little beyond a probable UK origin. Their record label’s artist page may give you a little more background.

I’ve always had a soft spot for late-’60s “Sylvan Rock,” going so far as to ponder how good Jethro Tull may have been had they not, ultimately, kind of sucked. I mean, what if Family had been the missing link in my record collection?

When I first heard Wolf People a couple of months ago I first heard the sound of Sylvan Rock, perhaps as it was meant to sound. They’ve got their share of Tull, Traffic, and oddly, Zombies and Moody Blues in their sound. The band also has some bite, bringing a little Yardbirds firepower and occasionally Beefheart wobble to the table. I guess a number of you have no taste for Sylvan Rock, because I consider Wolf People to be the Dukes of Stratosphear of the genre. For those of you with a thirst for more—and for those of you willing to sit cross-legged in the moss and give the band another try, here’s “Castle Keep,” also from the Steeple album.

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Oct 222011

Sounds of the Hall in roughly 33 1/3 minutes!

In this week’s edition of Saturday Night Shut-In Mr. Moderator broadcasts “LIVE” from the Coast of Loving, “Frisco,” as the natives call it, specifically! The Moderator is calling all Peace Warriors to tune in, turn on, and drop whatever it is you were doing. As an added bonus, for those curious to learn more about Eric Burdon & The (Then-)New Animals, you’ve come to the right episode.

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[Note: The Rock Town Hall feed will enable you to easily download Saturday Night Shut-In episodes to your digital music player. In fact, you can even set your iTunes to search for an automatic download of each week’s podcast.]

Oct 202011

Lock up your hatas, your skeptics, your cynics, Mr. Moderator is leaving on a jet plane! Stay tuned for some of the most aggressively loving vibes on the Web, including a special “LIVE from the Coast of Loving” edition of Saturday Night Shut-In.


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