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Electric Ladyland 50th Anniv.: The Story of ‘Burning of the Midnight Lamp’ and Why I Think it’s the Best Jimi Hendrix Song”

To be honest, I had this post stewing for a little while and didn’t finish it… Jimi Hendrix is exceptionally hard to write about… well today is the 50th anniversary of his final album with the Experience, Electric Ladyland, so the least I could do is pay some respects. One thing of absolute impossibility to […]

“Dolby’s Rupees: Phish – ‘Dirt'”

“Dirt” by Phish is not, by any stretch, a perfect song. In fact, it’s got this guitar intro that’s so defiantly, fiercely conventional, calling more to mind Incubus’ “Drive” than any artistic construction which would shoulder up with Frank Zappa or Bela Fleck, two of Trey Anastasio’s likely idols, that for a while I hated […]

“DD Review: Echo & the Bunnymen – The Stars, The Oceans & the Moon.”

Score: 7.5/10 . I feel a little weird scoring Echo & the Bunnymen, since obviously, their reputation precedes them: they’re complete indie rock legends, covered by Pavement and grossly underrated all these years I believe, as I’ve always vastly preferred them to their counterparts Joy Division. Appropriately enough, 2009’s romping classic The Fountain went criminally […]