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Rock & Roll Nuggets: Supergrass – Seen the Light

Song information and thoughts after the jump.

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Rock & Roll Nuggets: CCR – Ramble Tamble

Song information below the jump.
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The 5 stages of classic rock fandom

classic rock fans

So, you’re a teenager and you’ve just discovered “classic rock”? It can all be very tricky to wade through, so let this piece be your handy guide on what to expect.

Stage 1

  • AC/DC rules!
  • Zeppelin rules!
  • Collect fake vintage band t-shirts
  • Grow your hair to show how different you are from everyone else in your high school
  • Devour Rolling Stones singles, convince yourself that “Wild Horses” is the world’s greatest song
  • Start to believe that “The Joker” is criminally underrated

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Hear the new Joel Plaskett album, Scrappy Happiness

Joel Plaskett

Canadian pop-rock songster Joel Plaskett is back with his band, The Emergency, for a new record.

 Every once in a while, a new album gets me really excited about music again. And any time Joel Plaskett releases something, that’s the case.

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Video: The James Gang in 1971 featuring a young Joe Walsh, “Walk Away”

Found on Youtube: This performance, apparently from 1971, of James Gang. Just a few things to note here…

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OK Go in ridiculous, awesome car video

You remember OK Go: rose to prominence (kind of) with “Get Over It” — still the best thing I’ve heard from them — and then hit it big with a series of inventive Internet videos for not-particularly-good songs that nonetheless did their job and garnered huge amounts of views online.

Their latest, a shameless team-up with Chevy, is actually very cool. The video features the band playing 1,000 instruments using their car. And although Chevrolet’s accompanying Super Bowl commercial features a skydiving car, it doesn’t really do much for me as it feels like it should.

From the Youtube description of the OK Go Needing/Getting video:

A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck.

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Review: The Zombies “Odessey and Oracle,” a forgotten classic

Released: 1968
CBS Records (U.S.), Date Records (U.K.)

There was more to the British Invasion than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. One of the best and most overlooked bands of that era is The Zombies. And Odessey and Oracle is their masterpiece.

Fronted by Rod Argent, the band was formed in St. Albans during the early 60s. Melding Beatles-esque melodies with the baroque inclinations of the latter day Beach Boys, Odessey and Oracle is the first Zombies album without any covers. Songwriters Chris White (bass) and Argent prove able to provide quality songwriting throughout,  with only a few let downs.
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