Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Speak, Strike, Redress!

"Beware the Ides of March."

Thus must I piece it out:
"Shall Rome stand under one man's awe?” What, Rome?
My ancestors did from the streets of Rome
The Tarquin drive when he was called a king.
“Speak, strike, redress!” Am I entreated
To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receivest
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!
                                             - Some Bard, 1599

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Amen, Nick. Amen.

"My five dream jobs: #3. Any kind of musician (apart from classical or rap). Speaks for itself.  But I'd have settled just for being one of the Memphis Horns - I'm not asking to be Hendrix or Jagger or Otis Redding."
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby

        "I will now sell five copies of 'Pain in My Heart' by Otis Redding"

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fear and Loathing


"There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning." - Raoul Duke

(Pictured: Johnny Depp, John Cusack, Hunter S. Thompson, 
               three cigarettes, a convertible, and an inflatable doll.)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stones In Exile

See it, if your haven't.

"In the spring of 1971 the Rolling Stones departed the UK to take up residence in France as tax exiles. Keith Richards settled at a villa called NellcĂ´te in Villefranche-sur-Mer and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band s masterpiece Exile On Main Street . Stones In Exile tells the story in the band's own words and through extensive archive footage of their time away from England and the creation of this extraordinary double album, which many regard as the Rolling Stones finest achievement."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nightfall of Diamonds

This blog has been unforgivably barren of late.  Thankfully, my pal Mezlo decided to pick up the slack.  Hit the jump to read him review a DSO show we recently attended and weigh in on the value of tribute bands in general.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Goodbye's Too Good a Word Babe . . .

Suze Rotolo: 1943-2011

by Josh Marshall | March 2, 2011, 10:38AM  

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Unless you're a really hardcore Bob Dylan fan you likely don't know her name. But you've probably seen her face. Suze Rotolo (pronounced "Susie") is the one walking with Bob Dylan on the album cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Dylan's break-out second studio album. (His first barely sold any copies at all.)

But it wasn't just a picture. And she wasn't just some random person. Dylan and Rotolo were a couple from 1961 (about four months after he arrived in New York City) to 1964. In other words, for almost all of Dylan's formative folk period. As such, she's believed to be the inspiration of many of these key songs.

Dylan himself writes about the relationship in his 2004 memoirs Chronicles, Volume One, here describing meeting her for the first time ...