Cover songs, what makes them great? What makes them horrifying? Do you enjoy them more when the new version is a complete new take or do you like when the new version pays direct homage to the original?
From Jimi Hendrix electrifying take on Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower to Ryan Adam’s…
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my 1978 thinline telecaster. i got it when i was 17 and i won’t sell it. ever. seriously. she’s a beaut. below is a pic of me playing it in 2008 at the court tavern and also a better view of the body from a show in 2007 at the baggot inn (RIP baggot inn). thank you, tumblrbot. what a fun question to answer to let my followers know that i now have an ask box. cheers to you.
i’m gonna unleash some truth bombs regarding the shit going down in joplin, but for tonight i have to collect my thoughts eloquently and carefully so as not to SERIOUSLY offend those that i’m not setting out to offend. i must limit collateral damage, and be a precision assassin for the people who deserve truthiness.
know that my thoughts are with joplin, and the whole region through this crazy crazy time. stay strong, stay posi. i’ll unleash hell on the misinformed tomorrow. chu’ch.
“I was at a party — I’d never met her — and she was like, ‘Come sit down.’ So I sit at her table and talk for 10 minutes, and she goes, ‘I think it’s time for you to leave now.’ So I say, ‘January, you are an actress in a show and everybody’s going to forget about you in a few years, so f—ing be nice,’ and I got up and left.”—
What makes up the perfect frontman/frontwoman? From Mick Jagger to Joey Ramone to Axl Rose, a certain swagger is evident but what other characteristics play a part? The list is extensive and it includes Robert Plant to Freddie Mercury to Karen O all of whom share similarities but all have a…
i gravitate towards songwriters. i always have. when i think of front men/women i think of silliness and bombast - not necessarily artistry. when i think of songwriters i think of austerity and integrity.
i vote for keith over mick. i vote for nick zinner over karen o. i vote for NOT led zeppelin (although i do buckle under the pressure of “tangerine” and most of zeppelin IV). i agree there is a magnetism that draws you into a band based on their front man/woman, but once there, the reward can be fleeting, but a SONGWRITER can last a lifetime.
i think of charismatic people who’ve done both. mike ness, graham parker, elvis costello, tom petty, and even newer guys like ben gibbard, jeff tweedy, dave pirner, and of course paul westerberg. the kind of guys that (to borrow/adapt a phrase from Almost Famous) embody both the front man with charisma AND the guitar player with mystique.
i know there are probably blaring exceptions to my stance here that i would also be guilty of being under the spell of - but i cant think of any offhand, which is perhaps as much a testament to my argument as any. however, i could ramble on off that list above in a moment’s time. EDIT: levon helm. without levon, the band and robbie wouldve been a mediocre chapter in the tumultuous career of bob dylan. levon’s voice was the key.
what say you, internet? get involved in this dialogue which has been initiated by my good friends over behind the emerald curtain at 7983. all opinions welcome, as long as you welcome others’. do it up.
“California? Too much fantasy, too much hazardous sunlight and too much obsession with software and hard bodies. New York City? Too much reality, too little sunlight and too much obsession, period. Everywhere in between? Riches, to be sure, but no place has New Jersey’s tightly packed diversity, its quick changes from urban to country, from mountains to coast, from gritty to gorgeous.”—
New Jersey has both the richest and poorest counties in the country and acts as a crossroad between 3 of America’s biggest cities: New York, Philadelphia and Washington. In a single day of driving through Jersey you can pass through a dilapidated slum and a mansion neighborhood. Politically, it’s split down the middle. I would say New Jersey is the most diverse state in the union.
Just because y’all never stepped out of the predominantly white upper middle class suburbs doesn’t mean that other cultures don’t exist in New Jersey. That’s ridiculous. New Jersey is diverse. Very much so.
“On subway, saw 50 year old man wearing american flag doo rag. Denim vest OVER leather jacket, OVER skynyrd t-shirt of a skull…who is ALSO wearing american flag doo rag. He was listening to a discman, which ive always found more embarrassing than a walkman, given its size”—a (series of) text(s) i received form my best friend Tom, just a few minutes ago. arguabley the greatest texts i have EVER, EVER received. i laughed and laughed.
I worked ‘til a little after 6:30, deemed it a good time for a break because of my progress (impressive!) and since then have gone though periods of naps and work, naps and work. I woke up from my most recent nap about 5 minutes ago and I still have more to do at this stage, but I’m going to do it on campus.
The thing is, I feel positively unhinged. I am swaying around the apartment like I’ve just tried a new drug.
“While David Paterson suggested that he too should wander past the camera, and Sarah Palin fixed Sudeikis’ hair to make it more “Todd,” the best celebrity run-in of the bunch would be Fred Armisen’s late-night encounter with Prince. After the singer reassured Armisen “It’s cool” that Fred portrays him as a crazy-eyed sex dervish, Armisen found himself making small-talk with the artist in the corner of a private party. “It was really not fancy. Just a buffet and a D.J. He was sitting alone at a table and eating macaroni and cheese, and I went up to him and sort of was like, ‘I think you’re the greatest.’ And I did it in the way that people say things when they want to hear a compliment back,” Armisen explained. “And he turns to me and goes, ‘You know what else is the greatest? This macaroni and cheese.’””—