Daisy Burkowitz: 1969 – 2017

The former guitarist for Marilyn Manson has just passed away from colon cancer.  Born Scott Putesky, he left the band before the completion of 1996’s Antichrist Superstar.

Sing along all…

and remember.


Fuck cancer y’all…


Holy S#!+ Dude!

This is all over the internets right now, but Eminem just unloads on Trump in this 4+ minute clip.  For those who may not know, rapping without a backing track is called a cypher, which is what he’s doing in this clip…

Welcome Back, Brand New!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Welcome Back segment, but I just picked up the new album by emo-punk legends Brand New.  Science Fiction is their first album in 8 years.

Please listen to “Jesus Christ” from their excellent album The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me, from when I first fell in love with them and needed to hear more.

My 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Selections

Today, I got my annual email from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, asking for my “fan vote” for the 2018 inductees.  Below is a list of my selections with a brief description of why I picked them.

Depeche Mode:

By and large, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of the music that came out in the 1980s.  Two exceptions are Depeche Mode and Joy Division.

The MC5

Before Iggy Pop, before The Ramones, Before Velvet Underground…there was the MC5.  As long as they are nominees, I’ll be selecting them as one of my choices.  “Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!”


Because they are one of those bands that sound completely unlike anybody else.  Thom Yorke’s vocals are and instrument in the band, something very few bands can say about their lead singer.

Nina Simone

Because she’s a freaking legend and this is, believe it or not, her first HoF nomination.

The Zombies

Because this is one of the fucking classics of all time, and the band who wrote it deserves some love.  They deserve more recognition than “that band that wrote ‘time of the season'”.


Yes, this means that I did not vote for Rage Against the Machine.  I believe they’ll get in within the next few years, but I had to vote for Depeche Mode, MC5 and Nina Simone.

Cover song: The Sign

This morning, while listening to my carefully curated Pandora channel with the babies, this odd cover cam up.  The cover band it The Mountain Goats, they of some of my favorite lyrics (think “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton”, “This Year” or “Love Love Love”) covering 90s pop stalwart “The Sign” originally by Ace of Base.

The song came from the EP Songs for Peter Hughes and later on Bitter Melon Farm, was recorded by the band in 1995.  And by the band, I mean John Darnielle the singer.  For most of their history, The Mountain Goats have been a single member lo-fi recording act, only expanding to a full recording band and studio equipment within the past 3-4 albums.

For reference, (sigh), here’s the original:

And “Love Love Love” from The Sunset Tree by The Mountain Goats:

Macklemore sings “Same Love” at Australian Rugby League finals



Leave it to the rapper who wrote a gay rights anthem in support of Washington, his home state in 2012, to bring the song to Australia in the middle of their ballot initiative to legalize same sex marriage across the country.

I’ve got friends who disagree with my definition, but this is the most “punk rock” thing I’ve seen or heard all year.

Good on you, Mr. Haggerty.  Now, how about a re-release of the 7″ single?

Tom Petty: 1950 – 2017

The legendary singer and songwriter was found unconscious in his home and rushed to the hospital.  After doctors found no brain activity, the decision was made to pull the plug.  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed their 40th anniversary tour, billed as “their last big tour”.

Rest well, Mr. Petty.

It was 20 years ago today…September 1997

Oh, how I wanted to get this posted yesterday, but there were so many things happening yesterday…

Bob Dylan’s late career renaissance kicked off with the triumphant Time Out Of Mind.  The album was the first of three consecutive releases which brought him back from 1980’s ‘has been” releasing a string of Christian themed albums and other mediocre releases.  Time Out of Mind earned Dylan a Grammy for Album of the Year, as well as a nomination for Best Country Song (more on that later) in 1998.

Track one, “Lovesick” describes a relationship that’s on its last legs, with one party in the relationship almost at the point where they feel they have no choice but to leave.  The instrumentation on the track is simple, intentionally sounding like classic blues riffs.

Track five, “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven” tells the story in each verse of somebody seeing others shuffling about their lives while the storyteller is “trying to get to heaven before they close the door”.  The song is sung over five verses with no chorus, only that refrain at the end of each verse.  Still, the track never feels like it lags or goes on too long.

Track seven, “Not Dark Yet”, features the same theme as track five, the storyteller in the song knows that they are in the twilight of their years but feel they still have more life left to live.  There is clearly pain in lyrics such as “feel like my soul has been turned into steel” and “I’ve been to the bottom of a whirlpool of lies”.  “Not Dark Yet” reads like poetry, also containing no chorus and repeats the title four times over six verses with the first use not being introduced until the middle of the second verse.  Still, the song works without anything feeling out of alignment.

Track nine, “Make You Feel My Love” was almost immediately hailed as a masterpiece of songwriting.  Before Bob Dylan chose it as the final single from his album, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood both recorded versions for the soundtrack to the movie Hope Floats.  In the 20 years since the album was released, Billy Joel recorded a cover for his third greatest hits package, and of course Adele recorded a take of the song on her debut album, 19.  “Make You Feel My Love” tells the story of one person being so in love with their partner/spouse that the would do anything including “crawling down the avenue” and “go to the ends of the earth for you” to make them feel their love.  Looking up these lyrics, it also seems to work for a departed child, with several references to wind and rain offering a chance to embrace the person to whom the song is being sung.

Alright, back to that fleeting reference to Garth Brooks.  In 1998, the same year of “Soy Bomb” and Dylan’s Grammy for Album of the Year, he also received a nomination for Best Country Song for Brooks’ cover of the track, released as a single before Dylan released the song as a single in it’s own right.  Adele’s cover of the track, I think, has become the version most people know, a stand out track from her album before she became mega-famous for her vocal powers.  In gratitude, she released a live cover on the Amnesty International compilation of Dylan covers, Chimes of Freedom.

Bob Dylan’s follow up album, Modern Times achieved similar accolades, though no album of the year affirmation from the Grammys.  Pay In Blood, his most recent album of original material, continues his late career accolades.  Perhaps the highest recognition he has or will ever receive is his win for the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first time it has ever been awarded for a song writer, in 2016.  Dylan’s last couple of albums have been cover versions of songs Frank Sinatra performed, but I hold out hopes and desires that he will soon return to writing his own lyrics, something he has always done better than nearly everybody who has ever put pen to paper.