At first glance the Sahara Desert of North West Africa seems like one of the most inhospitable places on the face of the earth. Movies, and other Western media, usually show us images of trackless wastes, endless miles of sand dunes dotted with the occasional oasis and scrubby plants. However, this supposed barren land has been home to various nomadic… [read this]
When the Ottoman Empire invaded Eastern Europe they brought more than just their armies with them. Even today evidence of their occupation can still be found. Muslim communities in Serbia are only the most obvious reminder of their one time rule as traces of their cultural influence can still also be seen in other, more subtle forms, including musical influences…. [read this]
Some people say, “Politics make strange bedfellows” (Don’t say it to Putin – he might take it the wrong way and have you thrown in jail) but the first time I heard Viggo Mortensen had collaborated on an album with the notorious, infamous, riotous, speed metal, punk, over the top guitar player Buckethead, I thought politics has nothing on music…. [read this]
We all listen to music. Maybe we only have it playing in the background, use it to help us sleep or meditate, or perhaps you sit and listen to it carefully. However, no matter how or why you listen, it can’t help but have an effect on you. The majority of us just take it for granted that we enjoy… [read this]
There are some subjects I know not to talk to most people about, because they probably won’t like what I have to say on the matter. Always having been slightly left of most anarchists I’m supposed to hold to certain opinions in order to not let the side down. Yet, I’ve always been of the opinion that being an anarchist… [read this]
Merry Christmas! Here’s the Jerry Garcia Band performing “Jingle Bells” at San Francisco’s Winterland on December 20, 1975. Never heard it quite like this before! Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals John Kahn – bass Nicky Hopkins – keyboards, vocals Ron Tutt – drums
Today’s Christmas tune is “It Must Be Santa” by Bob Dylan. It’s from his Christmas album, Christmas in the Heart (which is a whole lot of fun).
Christmas Time (Is Here Again) was written and recorded by The Beatles for their 1967 fan club Christmas record. Ringo also recorded it for his Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus. Be sure to listen to the end…there’s more than just the song! Here’s the Beatles!
Ringo gets the holidays rockin’ with “Come on Christmas,” a song from his very fun Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus which includes both original and traditional songs.
I remember a conversation I had with my brother when I was a teenager. He asked me if I thought I would still be listening to any of the music I liked then when I was 50. At the time it seemed like it was an eternity in the future, our parents weren’t even that age. However, it did make… [read this]
Today’s Christmas tune is “Run, Run Rudolph,” performed by the Grateful Dead at Madison Garden, on December 7, 1971. That’s Pigpen singing.
There have been many great artistic couples down through the ages. Now a days there seems to be more celebrity couplings than any real co-joining of artistic talents. So when I first began to hear rumours writer Neil Gaiman and musician Amanda Palmer (also known as AFP) were romantically involved I was intrigued. It felt a little odd to be… [read this]
Once upon a time there was pop music. You either liked what you heard or you didn’t, and you didn’t particularly care about anything else. There were other types of music other people listened to, but that wasn’t pop music. There was country and western music which was played by people who dressed funny and whose audience seemed to made… [read this]
They’re back! The often-awful eighties with the pre-school neon colors and the radio infested with neo-synth-pop bubblegum bands. Although a few groups like Phoenix, the Killers and the recent stellar release from Empire of the Sun have picked up where the best of the eighties left off, the majority of time I’m left looking for who to blame for the… [read this]
When the annual Festival Au Desert in Northern Mali was cancelled in 2013 due to the territory’s occupation by terrorist organizations intent on imposing a very narrow definition of Islamic rule, organizers of the Festival were determined, if the world couldn’t come to them, to bring the music of the Festival to the world. Formed in 2001 the Festival takes… [read this]