May 13, 2015

ramble on

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I can’t believe the controversy over this year’s selections; more specifically “this year’s omissions”. It appears that people are finally paying attention to the inductees and asking serious questions: Green Day is there but not Jethro Tull; Abba but not Deep Purple; Guns N’ Roses but not Yes. And where is Todd Rundgren, Chicago, Spirit, Kraftwerk, The Moody Blues and Steve Miller?  If you want better rationales, here are links to columns by Bob Lefsetz on Jethro Tull and the state of the Hall.


Promising New Releases For May: May 26 is the release date for the soundtrack to Aloha, featuring Fleetwood Mac, Daryl Hall & John Oates, David Crosby, Kurt Vile, Beck and Vancouver Sleep Clinic…..Faith No More is back with Sol Invictus on May 19 and I hear it’s really good…..Sammy Hagar And The Circle’s At Your Service comes out May 19 and features Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson…..The Traveler, the latest from Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller is out now…..

free stuffand here’s a “free” sampler from the folks at Rare Breed Records. If you like Ska, Reggae and Punk (even if you don’t), grab the download and get ready for summer. Here’s the link to the download; if you want to stream it first here’s a link to SoundCloud.


And finally as another sign that we are fast approaching “The End Of Days”, The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” is now being used in a new commercial for Choice Hotels. I’m was surprised to find out that the band was interested in catering, free breakfasts, fresh design elements and “the perks of hotel living”. Who knew.