May 2009

The Soul of Rock and Roll Mourns Jay Bennett

I'm sad to once again have to report the death of a great musician. Jay Bennett, age 45 was found dead just this past Sunday in his home in Urbana IL. A member of Titanic Love Affair and Wilco, as well as having an extensive solo career, Bennett's songwriting is unique, powerful and complex...the music community is surely a less creative place without him.

Mahavishnu Orchestra Live in the '70s

I think it'd be a stretch to say that Jazz is one of the more mainstream genres of music these days... and if that's the case, then lets not even talk about fusion or some of the more experimental jazz varieties. That's really a shame though, because experimental jazz is where music is evolving faster than anywhere else. There are some absolutely amazing artists out there doing things that musically would have been unheard of even a few years ago, while the mainstream stagnates.

Thoughts on the Radio Royalties Ruling

It's been busy times in the music industry recently. I have unfortunately been a little busier still, and busier than I would have liked. Isn't it annoying when your day job gets in the way of what's really important? Like going to concerts, finding new bands or spending entire an day listening to free form jazz fusion and the progressive styling of Frank Zappa...

Still Grateful to See the Dead Jamming Live: A Concert Review

As someone who didn't grow up during the 1960s, being enamored with the music of that era has always left me feeling a little detached. Most of my favorite bands/artists stopped touring years before I was even born and in many cases their albums proceeded me by as many as 20 years! That may not have tempered my love of those bands any, but it has left me a little unsatisfied in terms of attending concerts.

Rock and Roll Feature: L.A. Woman, the Final Doors Album with Jim Morrison

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Well it's time for the Rock and Roll Feature for the month of May 2009... Let's feature one of the greatest band to come out of Los Angeles of all times: The Doors!.

Carnival of Rock and Roll-May 2009

Here we are, Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll time. Short carnival this month... short but sweet. Good material submitted, but I had to be relatively strict with my "on topic" rule and I guess that kept the number of inclusions down. It's ok though, because I think you'll really enjoy more than a few of the contributed materials this month.

Let's get to it.


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