This is sublime. This is technology at its best. Thanks to Frank Venturo for passing it along. Continue reading Helplessly Hoping
Jackson Browne has tested positive… Continue reading Please Stay
This is a tougher question that it ought to be, but maybe put me down for The War on Drugs. Continue reading “Who’s the greatest Rock artist/band from Philly?”
We were dangerous and exciting! But now no one’s there who wants to be dangerous. Continue reading “Keith Flint RIP: “We were dangerous…””
I found lots of music to like in 2018. Here’s a brief overview, plus a link so you can sample it all yourself. Continue reading “winterSmith’s Best Albums of 2018”
It’s a new world order. Continue reading “A day of mourning for George HW Bush”
The new Queen biopic is deeply flawed and powerfully rewarding all at once. Sorta. Maybe. Continue reading “Bohemian Rhapsody: your mileage WILL vary”
Vote. It matters more than it ever has in your life. Continue reading “It’s Election Day. Go Vote.”
And now, some other bands who are kicking ass this year… Continue reading “2018 album release notes: Fiction 8, The Lost Patrol, Mod Hippie, Hot Nun and The Well Wishers”
Some love the neo-Zep sound and others hate it, but both sides are missing the point.
Greta Van Fleet, a young Michigan-based rock band featuring three brothers with a friend on drums, have been ripping the lid off the joint lately. As of this moment the video for “Highway Tune” has well over 20 million views. They’re playing all the big festivals, preparing to mount an ambitious world tour, and readying the release of their first full-length album.
In short, they are a thing.
Give them a quick listen.
If this is your first exposure to GVF, you may be thinking they sound a lot like this band you hear on Classic Rock stations every once in a while.
Yes, indeed, Greta Van Fleet owes a lot to Led Zeppelin, and it has become a point of contention for some. A Google search for [greta van fleet led zeppelin] turns up 474,000 results (and [greta van zeppelin] pulls another 2,400 or so]), so you aren’t the only one who noticed. Continue reading “Is Greta Van Fleet ripping off Led Zeppelin? Both sides, just stop it.”
U2 is my favorite band of all time. But they haven’t been relevant since the early-to-mid ’90s. I think I have a clue as to why. Good is the enemy of great. Around 1984 The Police, my previous favorite band of all … Continue reading U2: Songs of Relevance and Irrelevance
This is one of the hardest music questions I’ve ever been asked.
A few weeks ago my girlfriend asked me this one. And I thought – what a hateful question. Seriously – three? With some effort I might be able to get it down to ten or fifteen.
But it was a music question. So I thought. And pondered. And listened and relistened.
I may finally have an answer.
As always, it was a great year for music – for those willing to put in a little effort, anyway. [UPDATED 1/12/18] Radio and the music industry have long since abandoned any pretense of developing or presenting quality tuneage, so … Continue reading The Year in Music: @Doc’s top albums of 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is a very good film, although it would have benefited from more threatening villains. Continue reading “Blade Runner 2049: a brief reaction”
This is the best thing you’ve seen all week. Continue reading Any way the wind blows…
David Lynch inspired a generation of genius TV. And a moment of unfettered silliness. Continue reading “Twin Peaks: The Return and the Red Room: a collaborative reverse spoken word”
Friends, Romans, Countrymen – lend the 3rd Millennium Sound your ears.
I recently introduced 3rd Millennium Sound (3MS), a Facebook group devoted to sharing and discussing a particular strand of really interesting emerging music styles, including Electro-Pop, Darkwave, Industrial, contemporary Trip-Hop, Shoegaze/Dreampop, maybe a little EDM, perhaps some TrancePop, etc.
Group member contributions have been wonderfully illuminating – even I had no idea how many fantastic artists there were working this vein. So today, for Saturday Video Roundup, a sampling. Let’s start with some shimmering ElectroPop hookiness from Sweden’s Melody Club.
Sad news on a Saturday evening – the legendary Chuck Berry is gone.
There are barely words to articulate Berry’s importance to Rock & Roll. A genius in his own right, his songwriting, his showmanship and his innovation with the electric guitar influenced everyone who followed. In truth, there had never been anything like Berry and there hasn’t been anything quite like him since.
Happy travels, Chuck. We miss you already.
This week I set up a new Facebook group with Rick Flierl (of Dotsun Moon) to replace one that had sort of taken a left turn on us. The goal: sharing and discussing a particular strand of emerging music styles. 3rd Millennium Sound revolves around specific genres like Electro-Pop, Darkwave, Industrial, contemporary Trip-Hop, Shoegaze/Dreampop, BritPop and more. This description isn’t intended to be overly limiting – 3MS is about discovery, not policing boundaries. (That said, thou shalt not post any Folk.)
As a complement to the Facebook group I have built a Spotify playlist including the songs that members post. Continue reading “For your #ArtSunday listening pleasure: the 3rd Millennium Sound”