Enter the Mowo


Into the “jazz drum & bass” realm we go. Mocean Worker is the recording alias of producer Adam Dorn. He’s the son of well known Atlantic Records producer Joel Dorn, who has produced everyone from Coltrane and Mingus to Roberta Flack and the Allman Brothers.

Adam (or Mowo, his self-dubbed nickname) has a pretty impressive Celebrity Playlist on iTunes. Of his top 10 tracks, he busts out Prince’s “Girls & Boys”, “Early in the Morning” by the Gap Band, Sly & the Family Stone, early Van Halen, and D’Angelo. I’m liking his influences.

So this Mowo track caught my ear a few weeks back on – you guessed it – Sirius, and here it is. Laid back, jazzy, funky vibe. Me like.

Mocean Worker: Salted Fatback (mp3) – from Enter the Mowo! (2004), $14.99 here on Amazon, but $9.99 on iTunes.

Mocean Worker’s Official Site | MySpace

Boss for the Holidays: Coliseum Night

bruce on rolling stone, 1981

Happy Holidays Bruce fans….

Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band
Coliseum Night
December 29, 1980
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

Well what we have here is a live Bruce classic. A few of the tunes made it on to the Live 75-85 box set (“Darkness”, “You Can Look..”). It’s the only River tour version of “Incident on 57th Street”, and the very last time it segued into “Rosalita” (like the originals on The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle). It’s holiday time, so we get “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Santa Claus..” And we get a Boss-flavored “This Land is Your Land”, a cover of CCR’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, and tons more. From the moment “Night” kicks in to the last notes of Mitch Ryder’s “Devil With a Blue Dress On”, the energy level is unbelievably high.

Part 1

1. Night
2. Out in the Street
3. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
4. Who’ll Stop the Rain
5. Darkness on the Edge of Town
6. Factory
7. Intro
8. Independence Day
9. Two Hearts
10. Prove it All Night
11. The Promised Land
12. This Land is Your Land
13. The River
14. Badlands

Part 2

1. Thunder Road
2. Cadillac Ranch
3. Sherry Darling
4. Hungry Heart
5. Merry Christmas Baby
6. Fire
7. Candy’s Room
8. Because the Night
9. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
10. For You
11. Stolen Car
12. Wreck on the Highway

Part 3

1. Point Blank
2. The Ties that Bind
3. Ramrod
4. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
5. Incident on 57th Street
6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
8. Jungleland
9. Born to Run
10. Devil with a Blue Dress On
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. CC Rider
13. Jenny Take a Ride / Boogie
14. I Hear A Train / Devil with a Blue Dress On

A Temptations Christmas


I watched my 3 year old watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tonight for the very first time. I was thrown into a time machine and got a bit nostalgic along the way. So suffice it to say that the Christmas spirit grabbed a hold of me tonight.

I played this for my daughters before they went off to bed…

The Temptations: Silent Night (mp3) – from The Best of the Temptations Christmas

For some additional Christmas music post action…

Update: Wanna hear the Boss sing “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” from an ALS benefit show last Saturday night?

Love is the Silencer

from a late night high rise

I mentioned in an earlier Matthew Ryan post that I’d remind you to pick up his new album, From a Late Night High Rise, when it was available. Well, it’s been out for 12 days, and let me tell you, it’s fantastic. The standout tracks for me personally are “Everybody Always Leaves” and the tune below.

I read an album review on Blog Critics.org. The reviewer wrote: “”Love Is the Silencer” will leave you wishing for some silence.” Different strokes for different folks I guess. I love it. The song is alive, it pulsates, it’s urgent, it’s retro, it’s futuristic. And “Love is the Silencer” is a damn cool song title too.

What do you all think. Whose side are you on?

Matthew Ryan: Love is the Silencer (mp3)

Buy From a Late Night High Rise on 00:02:59 (the label) or on iTunes.

Boss Holiday Treats


A reader from New Orleans wrote me and mentioned that Dec. 14th was not only Ickmusic’s birthday, but also the very same day he saw Bruce and the E. Street Band at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee back in 1984. For the encore, Little Steven joined the boss for a great version of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”. It went a little something like this… well, actually, it went exactly like this…

Bruce Springsteen & the E. Street Band
: Drift Away (mp3) – Live, Memphis, TN, Dec. 14, 1984
Earlier that year, Bruce joined La Bamba & the Hubcaps at the Stone Pony for a couple of songs. La Bamba is Richie Rosenberg, who you’ve seen playing trombone on the Seeger Sessions tour, as well as on the Conan O’Brien show.

Bruce with La Bamba and the Hubcaps:

Travelin Band (mp3) – CCR cover

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide (mp3) – ZZ Top cover (Live at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – Aug 22, 1984)

Speaking of La Bamba, Bruce, and the Conan O’Brien Show, here’s a great E Street performance of “Merry Christmas Baby” from 2002 (Conan joins in on guitar, which he does for all of Bruce’s appearances on Conan, right?).

Two Years of Ickmusic

Millau Viaduct

This is a picture of the Millau Viaduct in France, the tallest vehicular bridge in the world. Pretty amazing if you ask me. It opened on December 14th, 2004. Guess what else opened on Dec. 14th, 2004? Why, this web site of course… Yep, today marks the 2nd birthday of Ickmusic. 429 different posts, 715 comments, and still plugging along.

Sing it with me: R-I-A-A Stay Awayyy, let me blog another dayyy

Looking back, here are a few milestones:

First Post & Song: Dec. 14th, 2004 – It’s Worth a Try | Song : Quattro (Calexico)

First Prince Mention: Jan. 5th, 2005 – Baby What’s Your Phone Number | Song: 777-9311 (The Time)

First Bruce Mention: Feb 1st, 2005 – Let There Be Chicks | Song: Stolen Car (Patty Griffin)

Long-Winded First Birthday Post: Dec. 14, 2005 – One Year of Ickmusic | Song: Show Me Your Heart (Need New Body)

First Christmas Post: Dec. 23, 2004 – Happy Merry Christmas Funtime | Song: Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland (Grandaddy)

So hey, thanks to all of you who stop by from time to time. I reiterate, leave a comment or shoot me an email from time to time. Let’s commune. Peace and Love. Adios…

I leave you with one request, and that is for you to watch, in its entirety, Tex Haper’s “Country New Wave.” You will not be sorry.