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The Musicologists

Just been thinking about music and this is what came up...

Who is My Morning Jacket?

From time to time, I am approached by music fans who ask me the easiest question to answer. Who is the best live band performing today?  The simple answer is My Morning Jacket.   Who? You might say. Exactly. This band reminds me of The Who in their hey day. ...

Growing Up With The Dark Side

Shortly after getting my driver’s license, I was grounded. Sent to my room. No friends. But what my parents didn’t realize was I had a record player. The creation carrying Thomas Edison’s DNA that could take me to worlds far outside my neighborhood and my mom wouldn’t...

Mid Year In Music Awards

The middle of the year begs the question what have you missed?  It’s a chance to reflect back on the first six months of the year and make sure your record collection or digital downloads folder these days is loaded with the best so far. Once again 2013 is shaping up...

Rock's Most Underrated

Watching the remarkable run of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Championship made me appreciate the under appreciated.  In my opinion Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan are two of the most underrated coach and athlete in any sport.  Their record speaks for itself but when...

Daft Punk Wakes Up The Dance

The mark of a truly great rock song is one musically intriguing and lyrically compelling. So fascinating that you are driven to research the subject matter to find out more about the artist’s muse. A good example of this is Peter Gabriel’s “Biko.” This stunningly,...

Campout For The Cause is a Winner

Next week starts the official summer music season with the Campout for the Cause.  This masterful event conceived by True Local Scotty Stoughton is in its fifth year.  Musically and recreationally, it has matured to a premiere early season music festival as judged by...

Foxygen's Trippy Journey in Time

When you put the needle down on this new record, what? You don’t know what a needle is? Oh well anyways, when you hit the play button on whatever music playing device you have and you hear the first note and words on Foxygen’s “We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of...

Dawes Bring Us Back To The Garden

Laurel Canyon is one of those legendary geographical locations that has taken on a mythic presence in the annals of rock and roll.  Numerous books have been written about the mystique of this California valley where country, folk and rock melded to produce some of the...

Jimmy Cliff Is Reggae

Music has been a part of the human experience since the beginning of time.  And every generation has ground breaking artists who transcend a genre.  Rock and roll had Elvis and The Beatles, for country it’s Hank Williams and Bob Wills, and for reggae it’s Bob Marley...

Dave Grohl As Renaissance Man

The versatile Dave Grohl delivers a complex mix that starts as an ode and ends as classic. This year’s version of rock’s renaissance man is apparently smitten with a piece of audio equipment and has gone to great lengths to share his admiration. Fortunate we are the...

When Bands Sell Out

It all started with “Follow you, Follow Me.” The last song on the Genesis album “…And Then There Were Three.”  For years, Genesis had been the darlings of the progressive rock world. Selling a fair number of records but never breaking through to superstar commercial...

Bowie Becomes Bowie

The man of a thousand faces returns to release one fine collection of 17 songs.   It’s hard to write about David Bowie just as David Bowie.  You are ever so tempted to conjure up his multiple personas from the past.  But for once it appears that Bowie just wants...

Jim James Solo Album Review

Album: Regions Of Light, Sound Of God Released: February 2013 Listen to it:  When your searching Jim James is one of those musicians that does things the old fashioned way.  He is never overly concerned with his monetary success nor with how his critics are going to...

Tragically Hip Album Review

Album: "Now For Plan A" Released:  May 2012 Listen to it:  When you are trying to figure your life out In Canada there is a rock band that every Canadian knows and refers to as “our Rolling Stones.”  Meanwhile in America, the group has difficulty filling 3000 seat...