Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Clash - Straight to Hell

One of my music-loving clients was training with me this morning and we heard what we thought was the intro to this:



No such luck. It was a song that either sampled Straight to Hell, or just lifted the riff and re-made it. It sure sounded just like Straight to Hell.

So I had to sit and listen to this track tonight.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jimmy Cliff - Ruby Soho (Rancid)

Here is another cover of Ruby Soho, by Rancid. This time covered by the legendary Jimmy Cliff.



It's produced by Tim Armstrong, but it's very cool to see an old-school Reggae original covering a band that draws a lot from old-school Reggae.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vampire Weekend - "Ruby Soho" (Rancid)

I was just talking to one of my friends about this today:



It's a really interesting cover. It plays like a Vampire Weekend original, but retains the lyrics and pace that make it one of Rancid's best tracks.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rest in Peace Malcom Young

If you haven't heard, we lost Malcom Young of AC/DC today.

Here is my hands-down favorite AC/DC song, by way of tribute:


Warning: Lip Syncing.

AC/DC is a band where you just hear that power chord, that lead guitar magic of Angus Young. People say it's just simple, one-riff one-idea music.

They're wrong.

AC/DC songs are just as complex as they need to be. No more, no less. They don't waste any chords and they don't over-play their hand. If listen closely, you can hear all of the pieces coming togther oh so well. Listen to Let Their Be Rock live in 1978. It's not a simple song - it's just no more complicated than it needs to. Malcom's steady rhythm guitar is part of the underlying base on which it all lays.

I saw this little eulogy on Instagram from one of my favorite musicians:



Rest in peace, Malcom. Thanks for all of the music.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Polysics - Lucky Star

Polysics just keeps cementing themselves in my head as "Japanese Speed DEVO meets Art of Noise."



None of that is a bad thing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good (Live)

Joe Walsh recently played Life's Been Good on the Stephen Colbert show:



Not so different from when I first saw him live like 30 years ago. Still so good.