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 +1Posted on Jan 29th | re: Tom Petty Releases Statement "About The Sam Smith Thing" (32 comments)

Petty got big in England before here really caught on in the States, oddly.

 0Posted on Jan 28th | re: Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass (84 comments)

I’d heard “Bird of Prey” a few times on the radio and enjoyed it. The other two on this page are solid, but it remains to be seen if this is a full album I’ll want to actually spend time with.

I’m with the guys who’re mentioning the Pond album, it’s pretty darn good and deserves a lot more attention than it’s gotten so far.

 0Posted on Jan 26th | re: This Firefly 2015 Lineup Leak Is Very Convincing (4 comments)

Yeesh, I hope that’s not it.

 0Posted on Jan 22nd | re: The 10 Best Black Crowes Songs (24 comments)

So glad to see this! My list:

1. My Morning Song
2. Thorn in My Pride
3. Wiser Time
4. Descending (you’re definitely right that they killed it on ballads)
5. Jealous Again
6. Garden Gate
7. Good Morning, Captain
8. High Head Blues
9. I Ain’t Hiding
10. Another Roadside Tragedy (the great single that could have been!)

Soul Singing almost made my list, though it’s not the only good thing off of Lions – I’ve always liked Cosmic Friend, Lay it All On Me is good, and, despite being initially cringe-worthy, “Ozone Mama” is really catchy after a few spins.

I’d say Amorica & Before the Frost…Until the Freeze are pretty neck and neck for my favorite album.

I can respect the choice to end on a run of shows rather than a festival…but that said, I sure wish they would’ve done Bonnaroo, too.

 -1Posted on Jan 16th | re: The Black Crowes Break Up (18 comments)

That said, too many line-up changes from tour to tour, shitty internal dynamics – it may be just as well that they’re retiring the name.

 0Posted on Jan 16th | re: The Black Crowes Break Up (18 comments)

Chris Robinson sounds pretty rotten in his brother’s quote – trying to basically pull a Roger Waters. Particularly odd because he HAS another band he can dominate – The Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

There’s no real point launching into a defense of the band that everyone other than Cerebus will ignore, but the Black Crowes are one of the least-deservingly dismissed bands by “cool” music fans in the world. What’s funny is that most people who casually hate on them do so because they think they’re still the Stones knockoffs they were on the first album that produced the big singles, where if anything, they should be knocking them for being part of the jam band scene, since indie fans hate that stuff even more, and that’s been their bread & butter for years.

Before the Frost…Until the Freeze was spectacular – recorded live at Levon Helm’s barn/studio, going deep into bluegrass and roots stuff as well as rock. It’s legitimately my favorite album of 2009.

I’m impressed that Stereogum covered this, though.

 0Posted on Jan 16th | re: The Black Crowes Break Up (18 comments)

Ridiculous that when I saw this you were at -1 for stating a fact.

 0Posted on Jan 14th | re: Bonnaroo 2015 Lineup (82 comments)

Odd how my feelings are that it’s really underwhelming. I’m sure the headliners have a lot to do with that, but out of the first six, Kendrick, Plant, & MMJ are all way cool with me. Maybe it’s just because Billy Joel bugs the fuck out of me, DESPITE having a few songs that I like.

Looking at it all again….no, it’s still a big of a letdown to me personally, but it’s also a decent line-up that at least deserves props for how balanced it is. Also, a VERY solid hip-hop lineup.

 +2Posted on Jan 13th | re: Album Of The Week: Mark Ronson Uptown Special (56 comments)

Ouch, not even a mention of the Dr. Dog live album.