Still Special Forty Years Later

Still Special Forty Years Later

This weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the US release of the Pretenders’ first album. It had come out in the UK two months earlier, and its first single, “Brass In Pocket,” had risen to number one there, but it wasn’t making any inroads in...
Best Thing I’ve Heard Today: “Go Your Own Way”

Best Thing I’ve Heard Today: “Go Your Own Way”

I just listened to a podcast called Song Exploder, in which musicians explain in depth how they wrote and recorded a song. To be honest, I don’t know the vast majority of the artists and songs it covers, but really enjoyed this episode (from December 2018), in...
Remembering Neil Innes

Remembering Neil Innes

Remember Neil Innes, who died last weekend at 75… Innes worked on several funny projects. As well as being the leader of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, he went on to write sketches and songs for Monty Python’s TV show and the movie “Holy Grail.” He appeared in The...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

I just read the NY Times obituary of Allee Willis, a songwriter who penned top ten hits for the Pointer Sisters, the Pet Shop Boys, and Dusty Springfield, as well as tunes for Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper, Sister Sledge, Taylor Dayne, and Toni Basil. Her most famous work...
Concert Review: “The Last Waltz Tour”

Concert Review: “The Last Waltz Tour”

I’m a sucker for any band with four horns and a Hammond B3 organ. Even better when you add great musicians like Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), Don Was (multiple Grammy-winning producer and bass player), country star Jamey Johnson, and two Neville...