What are you listening to? The world really needs to know. #5

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In just a few mins, I'll be listening in to (and watching) cut-n-paste turntablist DJ Yoda on 6 music.

F-F-F-FR-FR-FRESH-SH!!!!
 
My son playing "Blackbird" and "Dust In The Wind"....Over and Over..and over again. Each time becoming more fluid than the last. It would probably drive most people nuts but it's very satisfying and refreshing to have another practicing guitarist in the house. However.....my eyes and ears tell me that with persistence, he will soon have the old man asking..."how'd you do that....thing you just did right there."
 

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Blackbird is not a trivial thing to learn on the guitar.
 

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I would argue that minus Bob they can only ever be 0% back together. But that's just me.
 

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mjp. I agree that without Bob the're not the same but I only discovered them when Pleased to Meet Me came out and didn't get to see them until they were opening for Elvis Costello during Don't Tell a Soul. I'll take what I can get. Let me refer to it as "the Paul and Tommy Get Together for Some Rock 'n' Roll" show. Bob's version of "Can't Hardly Wait":

 

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I only discovered them when Pleased to Meet Me came out and didn't get to see them until they were opening for Elvis Costello during Don't Tell a Soul.
I know, most people caught on to them later. I only knew/saw them in their infancy as an accident of birth and location. Who knew we had a scene going in the twin cities? We certainly weren't trying.
 

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Here's who i got to see early on as an accident of birth and location: Not proud but i ain't gonna deny either

 
Blackbird is not a trivial thing to learn on the guitar.
Agreed. It's not trivial by any means to learn Blackbird. Playing it and singing over the top quite well, from someone only playing for a couple of months is more....inspiring. To me anyway.

Point being that "what I'm listening to" is a young musician taking shape, having an appreciation for real music and musicians, and "using thier hands" with nothing but the bare essentials to produce something that reminds me of the process and the purpose of why I ever started playing in the first place.

Dave Grohl on Blackbird "Learning that song made me a better guitar player and gave me a better appreciation of songwriting. Musical bliss"

Here's who i got to see early on as an accident of birth and location: Not proud but i ain't gonna deny either
Yeah, we've all got those memories. I don't mind the instrumentation but the dress and that guy trying to be Brian Johnson along with the others who tried is all a bit ridiculous. Sometimes, all ya can do is laugh!
 

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One of the first bands I ever saw live was this Scottish group (from near my home town too!)
The Cocteau Twins: 1979 - 1997. Best album for me was Treasure from 1984; best track, Persephone, played it incessantly. When they split Liz Fraser (singer) did Teardrop with Massive Attack 1998, again, fantastic song.

 

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Posting these guys again. That stand-up bass is out of this world and I always enjoy when the instrumentalists talk back and forth to each other as happens here around 2:20. Can't say enough, these young fellas got style.


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That was nice HS. New to me, great tip.

As far as first concerts, I cut my teeth on Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang when they toured together back in 1997. I was a freshman in college in Madison, where my brother was a junior. He let me tag along down to Chicago, the old World Amphitheatre (now named after some bull s^#* bank). Outdoor show, big lawn. May even have been a pill of ecstacy involved. Never forget that swirling vortex hurricane of a mosh pit careening and pulsating with wild and revolutionary passion during Bulls On Parade.

 

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Stevie Wonder was my first. It was at the Valley Forge Music Fair. Dec 1983. I just turned 12. this clip is the same tour.
 

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First real "concert" (not counting junior high and high school dance rock bands which were generally like seeing your neighbors only they were holding guitars instead of lawn mowers, though Cheap Trick played at my high school when they were called simply Trick, before they were cheap, and we thought the guitar player - a long haired Rick Nielsen - was having drug-induced seizures because he was so spastic and weird) was these knuckleheads:


Though they weren't nearly as energetic as they are in this clip. Maybe because they were playing to a bunch of farm boys in a sweaty little dungeon at the Minnesota State fair.

Next after that was Alice Cooper. Then I was hooked on live shows and everything went kablooey and I saw everyone who came through the twin cities in the 70s (which was everyone). Except Stevie Wonder.

Which I've probably said a hundred times before, but here we are. 101.
 

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The wife & I are taking the boys to their first concert this Saturday. Rancid it is.
 

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It wasn't a prop, it was a Gibson Marauder (the cheapest Gibson made at the time, entry level with a bolt on neck, unusual for Gibson). They would saw halfway through the guitar in a couple spots so it would break apart semi-convincingly.

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Skygazer

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Been listening to Massive Attack this week a lot so in honour here is my favourite track; not into music videos at all, but I like this:

what is it with kids and Rancid? my 9 year old tells me they're better than The Clash. insolent little runt...
I had a funny yet heart sinking put down from my 10 yr old daughter who had a friend on a sleepover last week, I was hiding out in the study/spare room on the computer listening to some Clash too, hadn't yet put on my headphones and in she came, put her arm around me, leaned in close and said "mummy I don't think you should be listening to music that loud" turned my speaker volume down and left without another word. Ouch!!
 
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