Tournament of Rock: Big Head Todd & the Monsters vs Munly

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In the final match of round #3, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake thrashed Tennis and advances to the next round.

Here are the randomly drawn pairings for the quarterfinals, courtesy of Random.org.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Munly

The Samples
Space Team Electra

The Lumineers
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Firefall
Fiction 8

 And away we go.

Our first Great Eight match features one of Colorado’s most enduringly popular bands vs one of its most aggressively unconventional. Continue reading

Fascinating

Leonard Nimoy is dead but Spock will endure, even in the constant fetid flow of forgettable celebrities and tabloid American pop-culture bullshit…

(Picture taken in Midtown Market, Brisbane, California on March 22nd, 2015. Live long and prosper.)

Tournament of Rock: The 5280 – The Lumineers vs. The Denver Gentlemen

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In Match #6, Munly nipped Wovenhand and advances to the next round.

Our seventh second-r0und pairing presents us with two bands working in the Folk mine. They’re on opposite ends of the mine, to be sure, and our readers are sure to find interesting points of contrast as they consider the dark genesis of the Denver Sound and the wildly popular darlings of the neo-Folk scene. Continue reading

Tournament of Rock: The 5280 – Fiction 8 vs Seraphim Shock

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In the fourth match of round 2, Firefall defeats Slim Cessna (the first result of the ToR so far that has surprised me). But hey, the tribe has spoken.

Our next match is a dark one. And since I have collaborated on a few songs with one of the bands, it would be silly of me to pretend that I’m objective. I loves me some F8. That said, I’m a big fan of SS, too. What matters is what the people think, though. Continue reading

George Harrison’s Birthday…

George Harrison’s 72nd birthday…a bittersweet reminder that All Things Must Pass…

George Harrison (image courtesy Wikimedia)

In many ways it’s pointless to write or say much more about The Beatles. They remain, despite revisionist rock historians’ best efforts, rock music’s most important band. Arguments about their merits as solo artists follow similar paths. John is better because he was truest to rock and roll’s founding principles. Paul made what Dave Marsh once called “the Decision for Pop” because he wanted to be loved. Ringo was – well, Ringo was better than anyone expected but still the luckiest sod in musical history.

Then there is George. Known during the Fab Years as “the quiet Beatle,” his release from what had become for him the prison of being a Beatle led to a creative outburst and the best of all Beatle solo efforts, the magnificent All Things Must Pass. Many critics think George had the best solo career of any former Beatle. I think Paul has done so but then, I’m his buddy.

On to the music…

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