Whoa, sorry about that. I got consumed with something called my life, and wasn't able to post for a bit. I have another show to write up (I'll get to that shortly), and more on the way. In the meantime, check out these great shots of the Hudson River valley in New York. The first is from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the second is on the other side of the river at Kykuit, the former Rockefeller estate. Beautiful country, right?
How about some music? I thought you would never ask. I have some great songs that have been on my mind lately. They aren't necessarily related in any way. I've just been listening to them, and figured I would share them.
Up first is J.J. Jackson with his great tune, "But It's Alright." I love the guitar introduction, the lyrics about unrequited love, and the grooving beat. Oh, and did I mention great horns, too? I never thought I would dig a song that features a xylophone solo, but hey, you go where the music takes you. Anyway, it's one of my all-time favorites. Here you go:
For some reason, whenever I hear that song, I think of another great 60s track. This one is Archie Bell and the Drells "Tighten Up." This is one of the songs that gives you biographical information about the band before kicking in to rock you out. Houston, Texas, a place that I visit with some frequency. I love the lead guitar riff. And I can walk as good as I dance, haha. Now, make it mellow!
Do you want something from this decade? OK, I understand. Here's a fantastic garage band that I've been tracking a lot lately, the Reigning Sounds. This song, "Stormy Weather," cranks along with a retro feel - doesn't it sound like it could have been in the Animal House soundtrack? Again, great rock 'n roll lyrics and spirit. We'll need to hear more from these guys. And how fun is this video? Rebel Ray outdid himself with this one.
There is a great all-female trio out of DC called Ex Hex. I saw them a bit ago, and just scored tickets to see them again at Boot and Saddle. They play straight up rock 'n roll, and while it's not fair to compare them to the Runaways, Go Go's or Bangles, they are right there with them. Given the commercial success of those others, it's pretty good company. And with that, let's give a look and listen. I picked "Don't Wanna Lose" as the track of choice, and it's great:
Alright, I hope that keeps you satisfied for a bit. Check back soon for my latest concert review. And if you're in the Philly area, how about this weather? I'm in the greatest of moods right now. It's just fun to drive around in the concert car with the top down, the sun shining, the warm sun beating down, and the flowers and leaves busting out all over the place. Enjoy!
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.