Thursday, November 23

Podcast: Trans Addiction

"Trans Addiction" from the album CRAZED + DAZED by DJ Insane and The G-Man
on Delvian Records.

Dance like crazy!

Reproduced with kind permission of The G-Man.

Wednesday, November 22

Podcast: Amrita Rain

Raga Amritavarshini with some Western beats and harmonics put together by three guys in a basement with mid level recording equipment and varying talents.

Tuesday, November 7

Eric Clapton: Layla

Layla was written for Patti (Boyd) Harrison, who was married to George Harrison at the time.

Eric Clapton was the first white blues guitarist worthy of comparison to the great African-American blues greats such as B B King, Albert King, Freddie King, and Muddy Waters.

He has proven himself worthy of that comparison through his electrifying performances and recordings with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, and as a solo artist.

His searing solos on his Fender Stratocaster guitar /Marshall amplifier combination has been imitated but never surpassed.

Lou Reed: Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Lou Reed’s song is about transvestites who come to New York City and become prostitutes. "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" is what they say to potential customers.

Reed's poem to sexual ambiguity and bohemian decadence broke new ground but “Walk On The Wild Side” wasn't banned by the BBC because the bosses didn't understand the lyrics.

Songs written about Pattie "Layla" Boyd

Like a modern-day Helen of Troy, Pattie Boyd was the muse who was loved and lost, wooed, won and lost again by two of the rock heroes of the time - George Harrison married her, and his best friend Eric Clapton stole her away. In the course of these romances, Boyd had so many rock anthems written to her - Something, Layla, Wonderful Tonight - that the wealth of tributes bordered on profligacy.

With musicians' machismo, Harrison and Clapton once engaged in an all-night duelling guitar session for her hand. When Clapton won, she re-immersed herself in a fresh round of wild London parties and hectic foreign tours, until his drug and drink addictions eclipsed everything else in his life - and the spell broke.

Songs written about Pattie Boyd

by George Harrison:

"I Need You" - this was a love song for his new girl.

"Think For Yourself" - this was written when he was miffed at her.

"Something" - in interview he has credited Pattie as the inspiration to this song.

by Eric Clapton:

"Layla" - he expressed the pain of his unrequited love for Pattie with this classic song.

"Wonderful Tonight" - he finally got his 'Layla' and wrote this based on an evening they shared.

"Pretty Girl" - dedicated to his pretty girl.

"Never Make You Cry"

Songs sung by Pattie

Pattie provided backup vocals for the Beatles and when George went solo.

"All You Need Is Love" - on the Beatles 1967 LP Magical Mystery Tour.

"Birthday" - on the Beatles 1968 LP White Album.

"Yellow Submarine" - on the Beatles 1969 LP Yellow Submarine.

"Bye Bye Love" - on George Harrison's 1974 LP Dark Horse, also featuring Eric Clapton on guitar

Thursday, October 19

Fleetwood Mac: Rhiannon

"I read the name [Rhiannon] of it in a ~ in a ~ just a novel and really liked it and thought, 'that's really a beautiful name." Sat down, tap, tap, tap...about 10 minutes later wrote Rhiannon. We think that she was, in fact, Queen and that her memory became the myth. I definitely feel that there's a presence."

~Stevie Nicks, interview video clip, circa 1970s

Dedicated to my angelic Shanaya (aka Rhiannon).

Thursday, October 12

Wednesday, October 4

George Harrison: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

A beautiful acoustic version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by the quiet Beatle, George Harrison.

As gentle as the man himself.

Thursday, September 28

Ladies and Gentlemen, from Los Angeles, California

The Doors named themselves after Aldous Huxley's narrative about mescaline, The Doors Of Perception, which got its title from a quote by William Blake: "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." Huxley took LSD on his deathbed and tripped to his death on November 22, 1963, the same day John F. Kennedy was shot.

On December 9, 1967, Jim Morrison was arrested at a concert in New Haven for breach of peace, resisting arrest, and indecent exposure. Police were called after he was seen backstage having sex with a young girl, and Morrison was angry that they were questioning him. The police arrested him when he exposed himself at the show, the first time a rock star was arrested in the middle of a performance. You can see him arguing with the police at the end of this video.

Without any further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, from Los Angeles, California (insert intro guitar riff)

Sunday, September 24

The Boss, rooted

The Boss’s fans could not have been ready for this latest release. There is not an electric guitar in sight. Like Eric Clapton some years back, the rocker has gone unplugged. Springsteen presides over a down-home, back-porch get-together recorded in his farmhouse living room in just three days without any rehearsals.

He plays an acoustic Gibson guitar and a harmonica, surrounded by the sounds of a five-string banjo, country fiddles, an accordion, an upright acoustic bass, and a horn and rhythm section composed of a tuba, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and drums.

This ensemble allows Springsteen to broaden the concept of folk music to show its intersection with traditional jazz and gospel music. And what irony: Folk purists and leftists, not least Pete Seeger himself, went ballistic when Bob Dylan “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, trading in topical songs for introspective rock.

It was a long road from “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Like a Rolling Stone.” Now the Boss has moved in exactly the opposite direction, from rock to old folk, and we have come full circle.

Read the rest of Ron Radosh's review of Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.

Tuesday, September 19

Saturday, September 16

Lou Reed: Dirty Boulevard

"Dirty Boulevard", Lou Reed's poignant tale of Pedro, an immigrant kid with nine siblings, living in a hovel and beaten regularly by his father, but Pedro remains optimistic and hopes to escape. He finds a book on magic in a garbage can, looks up at the cracked ceiling and says “at the count of three I want to away”. Featuring arguably Reed's greatest chord progression since "Sweet Jane".

And back at the Wilshire,
Pedro sits there dreaming
He's found a book on magic in a garbage can
He looks at the pictures
And stares at the cracked ceiling
"At the count of 3," he says,
"I hope I can disappear"
And fly fly away,
From this Dirty Boulevard
I wanna fly... away...

Tuesday, September 5

Podcast: Original Stack O'Lee Blues

Original Stack O'Lee Blues
by Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hull in the songster tradition. Circa 1927.

Saturday, September 2

The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil - Live at Altamont

The Altamont Free Concert was a famous rock music festival held on December 6, 1969. The concert featured The Rolling Stones and other bands such as Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Jefferson Airplane. Approximately 300,000 people attended the concert, and some speculated it would be "Woodstock West." Filmmakers Albert and David Maysles shot footage of the concert, including the infamous killing, and incorporated it into a subsequent documentary film entitled Gimme Shelter.

Much of the film chronicles the behind-the-scenes dealmaking that took place to make the free Altamont concert happen. The action then turns on the concert itself, in which security was provided by the Hells Angels.

As the day progressed, with drug-taking and drinking by the Angels and members of the audience, the mood turned ugly. Fights broke out during performances by Jefferson Airplane (at one point lead singer Marty Balin was knocked out by a Hells Angel) and the Flying Burrito Brothers. By the time the Stones hit the stage, the crowd was especially restless.

It was during "Under My Thumb" that a gun-toting fan, Meredith Hunter, was stabbed to death by a member of the Angels. However, "Sympathy for the Devil" is most often associated with the incident.

Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit

White Rabbit is a psychedelic rock song from Jefferson Airplane's 1967 hit album Surrealistic Pillow, also released as a single, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in that form.

For Grace Slick and others in the '60s, drugs were an inevitable part of mind-expanding and social experimentation. With its enigmatic lyrics, White Rabbit became one of the first songs to sneak drug references past censors on the radio.

When President Nixon nearly tripped on LSD

Grace Slick, lead singer of the psychedelic '60s band Jefferson Airplane, talks about how she almost put LSD in President Richard Nixon's cup of tea.

The Band and Eric Clapton: Further Up On The Road

The Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz, was held at Winterland in San Francisco in 1976. Guests from all periods of their career were invited to participate. The luminaries included Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and Paul Butterfield. The four-hour performance was one of the most spectacular in rock history.

Here's The Band jamming up with Eric Clapton on Further Up On The Road.

Tuesday, August 29

Remember Shakti: Giriras Sudha

Whether you are a fan of John McLaughlin (guitar), Zakir Hussain (tabla) V. Selvaganesh (percussion), U. Shrinivas (mandolin), Shankar Mahadevan (vocals), world music, Indian music or just want to hear several virtuoso musicians from around the world come to together to create high energy acoustic fusion, you’ll love Giriras Sudha by Remember Shakti.

Monday, August 28

Weather Report: Black Market

A great jazz track "Black Market" by Weather Report, with Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Wayne Shorter ( tenor saxophone) , Jaco Pastorius (bass) and Peter Erskine (drums) . At Rockaplast, Stadthalle Offenbach, Germany, 1978.

Dr Rajkumar sings If You Come Today

Dr Rajkumar (real name: Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Mutturaju (April 24, 1929April 12, 2006) was one the most popular actor in Kannada film industry. He was an icon in Karnataka and was seen as a role model to millions of Kannadigas.

"Dr. Raj" or "Annavru" (big brother) to millions of his fans, he was sometimes called the John Wayne of South Indian cinema. He acted in more than 200 movies over 50 years in Kannada. He was also a well-known singer, as a playback singer as well as of devotional songs.

Here he sings and English song "If You Come Today" in his own inimitable style.

Hugely enjoyable.

The complete lyrics for interested souls.

If you come today, it is too early
If you come tomorrow, it is too late
you pick your time,
tick tick tick tick a tick tick tick tick
tick tick tick tick a tick tick tick tick

If you come today, it is too early
If you come tomorrow, it is too late

Did you say morning? No NO its not good
Did you say evening? NO NO its too bad
Did you say noon? No No its not the time
What did you say? Hey What did you say?
Nothing? You pick the time...
tick tick tick tick a tick tick tick tick
tick tick tick tick a tick tick tick tick

If you come today, it is too early
If you come tomorrow, it is too late

Million times beating my heart
Million dreams haunt my heart
Million desires swing in my heart
Million memories seize my heart
Million times beating my heart
Million dreams haunt my heart
Million desires swing in my heart
Million memories seize

Remember Shakti: Ma No Pa

Whether you are a fan of John McLaughlin (guitar), Zakir Hussain (tabla) V. Selvaganesh (percussion), U. Shrinivas (mandolin), world music, Indian music or just want to hear several virtuoso musicians from around the world come to together to create high energy acoustic fusion, you’ll love Ma No Pa by Remember Shakti.