Nota Bene #115: RIP No. 32

“If you’re really pro-life, do me a favor—don’t lock arms and block medical clinics. If you’re so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries.” Who said it? Continue reading

Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Jimi Hendrix pod

Results: It’s been a thoroughly disheartening few days for the favorites, as #9 Steely Dan becomes the third straight seed to bite the dust. The upstarts in this case are Los Lobos, who posted a comfortable win. The numbers: Los Lobos 59%; #9 Steely Dan 29%; Boston 5%; The Jesus and Mary Chain 5%; The Cult 3%; Sweet 0%. Los Lobos advance to the Great 48.

Our search for the greatest band of all time now moves to the head of the Fillmore region, where guitar legend Jimi Hendrix faces down another talent-laced band of challengers. Is the biggest upset of the tournament imminent? Continue reading

Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Steely Dan pod

Results: Those guys over there waving the white flag? Yeah, those are the Tournament of Rock handicappers. They’ve given up trying to guess how our voters are going to behave in the wake of our second straight major upset. They expected #6 seed Joni Mitchell to have a tough time, but they thought it would come from Alice Cooper or Todd Rundgren. Instead, Joni is dismissed by The Doobie Brothers. The numbers: The Doobie Brothers 33%; #6 Joni Mitchell 30%; Alice Cooper 13%; Todd Rundgren 10%; Motorhead 8%; Rod Stewart 8%.

Our ever-more disorienting quest to name the greatest band in history now moves to the Red Rocks region and one of popular music’s more cerebral tandems, Steely Dan – a quintessential studio band that’s been enjoying significant critical acclaim for some of its recent performances. Given their competition and the results of the last two pods, Messrs. Becker and Fagan perhaps have much to fear…. Continue reading