Category Archives: Music

Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

With the new Star Wars fast upon us, get ready for the “I remember my experience first seeing Star Wars when I was a wee lad and my eyes were open to wonder …” kind of commentary. I get it, … Continue reading

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“When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads.” – Miles Davis on Coleman Hawkins

It’s the great jazz tenor saxophonist’s Coleman Hawkins’ birthday. Fantastic interview with Sonny Rollins about Ben Webster, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins. I thank Glenn Kenny for Retweeting it on Twitter. It’s a goldmine. In that interview, Rollins says about … Continue reading

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This is Epic

If you cannot fill up a camera-shot like he does, with this much conviction, self-confidence, and sexuality that you own, you will never ever be a superstar. Only superstars behave this way. Only superstars can pull it off. And his … Continue reading

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Maestro Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed playing an astonishing guitar medley (try to pick out the songs!) on The Porter Wagoner Show. Reed was one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. I love the stories of him being called in from the … Continue reading

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Marilyn Manson as Interpreted By a Scary Girl’s Choir

Scala / Kolacny is a women’s choir from Belgium. They’re fabulous, I have a couple of their albums. You probably remember their creepy cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” featured in the first trailer for Social Network. While Scala / Kolacny don’t … Continue reading

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Furry Lewis and Leon Russell: Achingly Beautiful

The last couple of days have been so jam-packed with writing and good news that my head is spinning. Yesterday, after writing my “Suffragette” review for Ebert (it’ll be up today or tomorrow), I decided to spend some time on … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly

Her birthday was yesterday. Here’s a post I wrote awhile back after seeing the great and legendary Wanda Jackson play a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. She was 74 years old. She opened for Adele at the age of 73. … Continue reading

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Black Violin: Stereotypes

Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste are a violin-playing duo called Black Violin. They were profiled on NPR in September and I must have been so busy with Gilda I missed it. The article is well worth reading, about the challenges … Continue reading

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Triumvirate Extraordinaire

Little Richard, Tammy Wynette, George Jones Honestly, this may be the best photo ever taken.

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For John Lennon’s Birthday

First of all this: And then, although it is difficult to choose from all the incredible covers, this cover of “I Saw Her Standing There,” by Little Richard, recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1970, has got to be in my … Continue reading

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