The Strokes – Is This It?

Posted by on March 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

March 26, 2013, marks the release of the Strokes fifth album titled Comedown Machine. Hard to believe it’s been 12 years now since their first release… For Krissy. I remember it like it was yesterday, hearing Is This It for the first time and being completely blown away. I knew at the time there was […]

The Rolling Stones – Brussels Affair 1973

Posted by on November 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

“I’m no schoolboy but I know what I like…” I can’t believe it. Here it is the tail end of 2011 and the Rolling Stones go and release their best album since 1969’s Let it Bleed. I’m serious. This is spec-freaking-tacular. Released as a download only (320 kbps!) on Google Music, The Rolling Stones Brussels Affair […]

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol.29 (Part 2)

Posted by on May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

*Continued from Part 1* Well, folks, this may be it. My favorite show, by one of my favorite bands, ever. May 21, 1977… The first set is so impeccable, and played with so much emotion, it may just be their finest first set ever released. A first set that is so strong, so mind melding […]

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol.29 (Part 1)

Posted by on May 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

“Please forget you knew my name…” There are many moments throughout the Grateful Dead’s incredibly long career where it seemed as if the Gods themselves were smiling down on the band from the Heavens. And perhaps, at least to this listener, those smiles shone none brighter than during May 1977. There was just something in the […]

The Doors – Live in New York 1970

Posted by on May 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

“Well, that’s New York for ya’…” For a few years back in the late 60s, the Doors were providing the perfect blend of dramatic stage theatrics and mind melding music. Centered around Jim Morrison’s unpredictable persona and deep baritone vocals that straddle the fine line between smooth crooner and blues shouter, the Doors were a […]

Frank Zappa – Hammersmith Odeon

Posted by on December 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

For Dave. When Frank Zappa hit London in the winter of 1978, he had with him a rocking teenage combo that could run circles around just about any other band on earth. Of course, Frank always had the most talented and well trained musicians to do his musical bidding, and his ’78 band was indeed […]

Vault Discovery – Allman Brothers Fillmore East 1970

Posted by on November 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

Valentine’s Day weekend at the Fillmore East in 1970 has long been regarded as a seminal moment in rock history. At least to those of us that have a propensity for long jam centered bands such as the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Dick’s Picks Vol. 4 featured three discs of the Dead’s finest […]

Santana – Santana (Legacy Edition)

Posted by on November 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

Man, I love me some early Santana! After creating a huge storm of tribal electricity at Woodstock in August of 1969, the band exploded into the collective consciousness of young music lovers everywhere. Their debut album was a lively, mostly improvisational affair that followed a very simple rule: play in the studio with the same […]

Jethro Tull – Madison Square Garden 1978 DVD

Posted by on November 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

Back on our review of Bursting Out we mentioned that there was little to no live footage of Jethro Tull available outside of pesky trading circles. Well, we were partially right but now ever so wrong… Live at Madison Square Garden 1978 captures a smoking performance in front of a riotous New York City audience. […]

Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall 1971

Posted by on November 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

Well, the cold weather is finally creeping in for good. The kind of cold where you need a bit more than just a simple flannel shirt. Yes, it’s getting cold, but there’s always Neil Young and the warm glow of his acoustic guitar. I suggest some hot coffee, an early morning window, and this album… […]