It is the combination of the music and the cover that Lake explains is like a cocktail: “You can put certain elements into a glass and nothing happens. If you put one extra element in, the whole thing becomes effervescent.” This is the alchemy of rock and roll, where the songs, lyrics, art, and even the band’s logo can become a whole experience that you can hold in your hand when you hold an album.
Boing Boing: “Prog rock: the sound of history’s future”
I always have been, and will always be, a prog rock fan. Prog was the first genre of music that really captured my attention during my formative years.
Boing Boing has all the lowdown on a new album by Aphex Twin, hands down one of my favorite artists ever.
How did the label react when you told them you had a new album for them?
Steve [Beckett, Warp's co-founder] was like, “No fucking way! Fuck me sideways.” He’s pretty funny.
Rolling Stone: Aphex Twin on New ‘Syro’ LP
So, Zepplin is on Spotify now. I love my Spotify account, and it is bands like this that are a big part of the reason why I have an account. I bought all of Led Zepplin’s albums on cassette I can’t tell you how many years ago, but I never deigned to migrate all of that cassette collection to CD when those releases came out. Spotify has been great for me to catch up on a bunch of bands that I have not listened to in decades (ouch, but I suppose it really has been that long) without having to outright buy albums like I would with iTunes. I and II are both downloaded and ready for the morning commute tomorrow. Looking forward to reveling in these again.
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’
We gonna do what they say can’t be done
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ Bandit run
“Eastbound and Down,” Jerry Reed
Turns out this is a really great song for passing through the tolls on the Pike, especially during vacation week when fewer people are on the road. Yeehaw!
Mothers of River City! Heed the warning before it’s too late! Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption! The moment your son leaves the house, does he re-buckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime novel hidden in the corn crib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Capt. Billy’s “Whiz Bang?” Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like “swell” and “so’s your old man?”
“Ya Got Trouble,” The Music Man
This cracks me up every time I hear it.