Steak to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
If Steak hasn't been a part of your world, Indispensable Music is about to rectify that. Members of the "Not-the-Greatest but Really Solid in Its Own way" Generation (X), Steak was and is composed of some cool guys who are a really good time and play some damn good songs.
Ode to a High Flying Bird
Combing through some year-end tribute lists, I discovered something about Charlie Watts I hadn't known before. Not only was he one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, but he was also a graphic artist before he hooked up with the Stones. In 1965 he published Ode to a High Flying Bird, a children's book celebrating the life of the "Bird" himself, Charlie Parker.
The Stars Come Out for George Harrison Tribute Video
Earlier this year, Capitol Records issued a deluxe 50th Anniversary edition of George Harrison's seminal All Things Must Pass. Today a video paying homage to the record's best known tune, "My Sweet Lord," was released.
Major Labels Exacerbate Vinyl Shortage
With other goods experiencing supply and demand issues, it would be easy to assume that the shortage of vinyl to press LPs would naturally be part of the pandemic-related shortages consumers are currently experiencing. In fact, the shortage has existed pre-Covid.
Count Me In Review
“Count Me In” is a Netflix documentary made for and by fans of American and British rock music. With interviews from multi-generations of drummers, live footage, and examinations of a handful of greats like Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Charlie Watts, and Roger Taylor (Queen), it lacks the depth of a serious exploration of the “connection” it purports to celebrate. No mention of Neal Peart and not a word about Frank Zappa’s many musical incarnations that featured some serious drummers.