“U Get Me High” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Hypnotic Eye” (2014)

Sep 23
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Am I the only who thought after seeing the TV spot for the new U2 album “now there’s an album that I would never buy.” Of course, I don’t need to buy it since Bono and the boys gifted it to my precious little iU2Music receiving device, out of the goodness of their hearts but really, I don’t want or need it. And then when they give us the optics of Bono stomping his foot in the ground while making cool rock star poses with his guitar – they come off as one big corporate cliche.

“Songs of Innocence?” I remember when I was in the process of doing a full on innocence purge in my teens and I heard “Gloria” for the first time. Man, such youthful, pure, perfect rock and roll… Okay, fast forward, my innocence is all gone, in what context is U2 going to talk to me about innocence? Anyone who has wasted precious minutes of their life reading any of my hundreds of posts on this blog knows that I am pretty much allergic to rants so maybe you’ll hear me rip on something again, round about the middle of 2016. In the meantime, I’m guilty. I’m going to delete U2’s thoughtful gift without listening to anymore of The Edge’s new riffs. I hope I’m not missing anything but I doubt that I am.

Here’s where I think U2 has it all wrong: I know that they are a huge mass media, money making juggernaut which is the problem because I think that they love mega-stadium stages that look like space ships more than their music but seriously why can’t they just spend a couple years in the studio or out of the limelight making a new record and then just kind of let us find it ourselves? Tom Petty just put out a new album. People who listen to rock and roll and kind of fit the same demographics as long time U2 fans know who Tom Petty is, just like everybody knows who U2 is. But if you’re going to pick up the new Petty record, you’re going to go find it on your own or you are a huge fan and have been counting the days until it came out. Why can’t U2 just let people discover their music without acting like the tooth fairy and putting it under our pillow at night? Are they afraid we won’t think they’re cool anymore, the biggest rock and roll band in the world? Stop trying so hard. Emma-Lee has a new song called “What Would Tom Petty Do?”

Petty is going to keep playing big venues and have the full respect of his fans for-pretty-much-ever while spending the massive majority of the time that he devotes to his music, writing songs, and playing with his band not marketing and polishing his stage presence. Consider doing the same U2. Just try it. I promise, you won’t end up playing casinos.

– DAVE

“Killing in the Name” – Rage Against The Machine – “Rage Against The Machine” (1992)

Sep 21
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As soon as I saw the George Mason video this morning, I knew what I was posting today. That chick in the red shirt needs to quit her day job playing flute, quit school even, and go get herself a job playing rock and roll all night.

– DAVE

“Atomic Man” – Portugal. The Man (2013) – “Evil Friends” (2013)

Sep 20
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Tonight’s track comes from one of the few bands that can see Russia while they practice from their garage. Self indulged cheap shot on a band that I really like based on a quote that a certain former governor of Alaska never actually said… what has gotten into me? Portugal. The Man is awesome though and they’ve been at it, making solid albums since, well, since before that certain former governor wasn’t “former.”

– DAVE

“Lola Stars and Stripes” – The Stills – “Logic Will Break Your Heart” (2003)

Sep 19
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Just because… one of my favorite songs that the whole wide world has ever created and I haven’t heard it in awhile.

– DAVE

“I Thought I Left You” – Willie Nelson – “Band of Brothers” (2014)

Sep 18
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Today was a bit of a “Rewind Day.” I listened to a bunch of early days Willie in the morning then around noon, kind of out of nowhere, decided to crank some T. Rex (Man, if Mark Bolan and his mates hadn’t been so rock and roll and met early demises would they have ended up totally owning rock radio for a decade or two?).

Then it was back to Willie later in the day. I ended up in that lane after reading a great article about him in the August 28th RS. Do yourself a favor and find the article. I don’t think it even matters if you’re a fan of his music; if you want to gain some insight into a generous, talented, honest-as-hell, genuine, wise, man of the people, read this article about Willie (here’s a sneak peak).

I saw him at The Fair about five years ago and hope to witness him in concert another time or two. Nobody lasts forever but Willie’s still keeping strong and active at 81. Could it be the herbs? Perhaps, perhaps. I once read a story about a guy who was something like 105 and attributed it to eating raw spinach every day. If Willie starts creakin’ in the joints a little more, any time soon, maybe he should consider a little balsamic, olive oil, and maybe some pine nuts on a nice green salad just to change up his delivery method.

– DAVE