Records on Vacation

If you’re like me (and there’s a good chance you’re not, but bear with me), the call of record stores or anyplace that might sell records rings loud and clear when you’re in a new town. The allure of the unexpected, the hunt for obscure treasures, the inherent possibilities of a browse through the racks…

“The Beatles Lyrics”, by Hunter Davies

There are reportedly over 2,000 books about the Beatles. I’ve read probably between five and ten of them. Not a whole lot by some standards, but – along with the many print and online articles I’ve read over the years – I’ve got a fair to very good knowledge of the band. Yet, Hunter Davies’…

Similar Ingredients [#7] – The Beatles/Simon & Garfunkel

Songs with certain similarities – either musical, lyrical, historical, cultural, and/or all of these things. =”Bridge Over Troubled Water” (by Simon & Garfunkel) 1970= =”Let It Be” (by The Beatles) 1970= In 1970, The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” dominated the charts and radio airwaves. Both have a…

Sound City: A Dump, A Palace

What do Bill Cosby, cult leader Charles Manson, and daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel all have in common? It sounds like the preamble to a particularly clever joke (or maybe just a particularly bad joke).  The answer, however, is that they all recorded songs in a not-much-to-look-at, often-trashed studio called Sound City.  Classic albums by artists…

Reissues of 2012: Paul and Linda McCartney- “RAM”

There were some nice reissues of older albums in 2012.  In May, Paul McCartney’s 1971 “RAM” was re-released as part of the ongoing remastering of his solo catalog. Credited to Paul and Linda, this was his second solo album after the dissolution of that little band he was in called The Beatles.  Written on the…

Sunday Brunch: May 27, 2012

This week’s roundup of new menu items hot off the stove includes some lush sounds (Violens, Saint Lou Lou) to start off and then some more folky down-home sounds (First Aid Kit, Paul McCartney).  Two sister duo’s too – Saint Lou Lou are twins and the daughters of Steve Kilbey, lead singer/lyricist/bassist of The Church;…