It’s been an odd day of departures in the music world today. First the news that Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Sunday. Then not an hour later the news that Casey Calvert of Hawthorne Heights was found dead on the band’s tour bus on Saturday. Now I’m not generally the superstitious type, but if I were Amy Winehouse or Pete Dougherty I’d be taking the day off and hiding under the covers.
In other news:
Organist Danny Federici played his last show for the time being in Boston with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Source: NME
U2’s Bono and The Edge popped up unannounced for a short acoustic set at a charity gig in North London. Source: BBC
And break out your lighters because Extreme is back in the studio and will be touring in 2008. Source: NME
Hey all… I’m on a little hiatus for the next few days. But while I’m away, Michael’s picking up the slack. I’ll be back in action in a few days. Meanwhile, here are some tasty recommendations from Michael… – Pete
- Jeff over at Jefitoblog continues to celebrate all things “Power Ballad” with entries from Kix, Warrant and Chicago. I still contend that “Look Away” has the greater wuss rock factor of the two.
- Jason phones in his Mellow this week, but it’s still golden. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about Benny Mardones.
- Stereogum shares the news that Nels Cline has the Chicken Pox.
- Kevin at So Much Silence shares the wonderful word that Jeremy Enigk (formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate) is releasing another record and not waiting 10 years this time!
- MOKB shares the brilliance of Petra Haden’s “Don’t Stop Believing”
- Heather deals with server issues and introduces us to the poetry of Luke Doucet.
- And finally, what do Frank Zappa and Burt Ward (trust me, you know who this is) have in common? Head over to Some Velvet Blog to find out.
Just wanted to pass along a couple of nice sites I recently happened upon…
First, A Deeper Shade of Soul. Ben and I are on the same wavelength on a lot of stuff, it seems. I mean, killer live Boss from ’75, live Arcade Fire in Portland, a Bootleg Friday debut with classic Otis Redding, and the kicker – an Amy Winehouse post tonight, the night I was sitting down to do my own Winehouse post. And he used the same image I was planning on using – the cover of the latest Rolling Stone. Ben said it a lot better than I could. Go check out his open letter to Ms. Winehouse.
And finally, Radio Free Wohlman. Mr. Wohlman is a Bay Area radio guy who regularly posts quite tasty podcast “transmissions”. His most recent includes Badfinger, the Beastie Boys, the Klaxons, and m.f.’in Grace Jones (among others).