Posts Tagged ‘Lester Bangs’

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

19 July 2010

When I was in high school, I had a regular column
in the sports section of the school newspaper (The
) called ‘Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down’. It was
easy to write and people liked it, so I recreate it here
for you now, as a quick guide of some of my likes
and dislikes in the world of music…

THUMBS UP: Disco (^)


THUMBS UP: The Flying Burrito Brothers

THUMBS DOWN: The Eagles (^)

THUMBS UP: The Beatles (^)



THUMBS DOWN: Joanna Newsom (^)

THUMBS UP: Iggy Pop (^)


THUMBS UP: Off The Wall

THUMBS DOWN: Thriller (^)

THUMBS UP: Jungle Brothers


THUMBS UP: Gregg Allman (^)


THUMBS UP: The Fillmore (^)


THUMBS UP: Bluegrass In The Park

THUMBS DOWN: Ticketmaster (^)

THUMBS UP: The Doors

THUMBS DOWN: Jim Morrison, poet (^)

THUMBS UP: ‘Fire On The Mountain’

THUMBS DOWN: ‘Dark Star’

THUMBS UP: Blue Note (^)


THUMBS UP: Cold Fact (^)


THUMBS UP: Keith Richards (^)


THUMBS UP: Canned Heat

THUMBS DOWN: Canned ham (^)

THUMBS UP: Lester Bangs (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Richard Meltzer

THUMBS UP: Willie Nelson in concert

THUMBS DOWN: Shuggie Otis in concert (^)



THUMBS UP: Rick Rubin

THUMBS DOWN: Phil Spector (^)

THUMBS UP: Nigel Tufnel (^)

THUMBS DOWN: David Coverdale

THUMBS UP: Joy Division (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Throbbing Gristle

THUMBS UP: Saxophone

THUMBS DOWN: Bagpipes (^)

THUMBS UP: Ice Cube, rapper (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Ice Cube, actor

THUMBS UP: Johnny Rotten

THUMBS DOWN: Sid Vicious (^)

THUMBS UP: Freedom Rock (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Jam bands

THUMBS UP: Willy Wonka (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Christopher Cross

THUMBS UP: Roky Erickson’s comeback

THUMBS DOWN: Sly Stone’s comeback (^)

THUMBS UP: The Rat Pack (^)

THUMBS DOWN: The Brat Pack

THUMBS UP: Jimi Hendrix

THUMBS DOWN: Jimmy Buffett (^)

THUMBS UP: Dave Davies (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Dave Matthews

THUMBS UP: Beastie Boys (^)



THUMBS DOWN: Weird Al (^)

THUMBS UP: Pearl Jam’s first 3 albums (^)

THUMBS DOWN: Pearl Jam’s last 3 albums



THUMBS UP: New wave Bono

THUMBS DOWN: Statesman Bono (^)

Doubleshot Tuesday: American Graffiti/ London Calling

13 January 2009

[Today: The hidden roots of Punk…]

Various Artists | American Graffiti Original Soundtrack
The Clash | London Calling

The term ‘punk’ originated in the 1950’s as a colorful put-down of the sneering, leather-jacketed hoodlums of the day. It wouldn’t be used to describe the rough-hewn musical genre until Creem magazine hotshots Lester Bangs and Dave Marsh starting using it that way around 1970. Nobody will ever confuse Del Shannon with The Dead Boys, or ‘Love Potion No. 9’ with ‘God Save The Queen’, but Punk took much more from 50’s rock-n-rollers than just sartorial cues and a genre heading.

The American Graffiti soundtrack is stacked with 2-minute jolts of youthful energy that are played with a minimum amount of technical skill and a maximum amount of enthusiasm. The running order is divided between well-known artists (Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Booker T & The MGs, Bill Haley & The Comets, and more) and relative unknowns who struck it big for a hit or two (including Mark Dinning, The Crests, The Skyliners, and The Tempos). Every tune here is an instantly recognizable ‘golden oldie’, but these songs still sound fresh and wild – from a time when the rules of rock hadn’t yet been written. Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’ caused riots in movie theaters in 1955 when it was shown over the opening credits to the movie The Blackboard Jungle – it and the rest of the songs chosen for American Graffiti retain a rough, powerful edge.

With London Calling – their epic 1979 double album – The Clash came as close as any punk band ever did to paying explicit homage to the rock-n-roll roots of Punk. The album’s second track, ‘Brand New Cadillac’, was a revved-up cover of a 1959 B-side by Vince Taylor and The Playboys. The song was captured by producer Guy Stevens as The Clash were warming up, unaware that they were being recorded. This brilliant stroke produced a song so vital and energetic that, minus a few well-placed curse words, it would fit right into the American Graffiti soundtrack. Of course, Clash albums reflect so many musical styles – most notably Reggae and R&B – that it’s easy to forget that the wide-eyed thrust of early rock-n-roll is a serious foundation of their sound.

Playing the original punk in the 1953 movie The Wild One, Marlon Brando is famously asked “What are you rebelling against?” His response (“What’ve you got?”) sums up both the working philosophy of The Clash, and the underlying ethos of punk rock in general.

Listen: Do You Wanna Dance [Bobby Freeman – from American Graffiti]

Listen: Brand New Cadillac [The Clash]

Listen: Maybe Baby [Buddy Holly – from American Graffiti]

Listen: Train In Vain (Stand By Me) [The Clash]

Masterpiece: Master Of Reality

27 May 2008

[Today: Black Sabbath deals out some doom…]

Sabbath - album

The scariest horror movie monsters are those deliberate, lumbering instruments of death like Frankenstein, the Terminator, and that gang of zombies from Night Of The Living Dead. These creatures were never going to outrun you, but one way or another they were going to end up with their hands around your throat. Much of Black Sabbath’s music sounds like that – abnormally strong, consumed with darkness, and fully intent on destruction.

Sabbath made seven consecutive albums worth of mini-epic horror flicks, starring Tony Iommi’s guitar and Ozzy Osbourne’s pipes. Ozzy is easily the greatest heavy metal singer of all-time, simply because he never lost control of his vocals, never lapsed into operatic silliness, and always sounded like the voice of doom itself. Meanwhile Iommi played his guitar like a man wielding a sledgehammer. If Iommi’s riffs were the sound of a broken bell tolling within a burning church, then Ozzy was the creature standing among the rubble, licking blood from his fangs and savoring every drop.

On Sabbath’s third studio album, Master Of Reality, they dipped their sound in sludge and made the heaviest album of their very, very heavy career. In his November 1971 review of the album, uber-critic Lester Bangs observed that “Rock & Roll has always been noise, and Black Sabbath have boiled that noise to its resinous essence.”

Oddly, Sabbath were most often compared to Grand Funk Railroad in their day – proving both that they were critically misunderstood and utterly without peer. Nonetheless, Master Of Reality is a massively influential album that spawned a thousand metal zombies, who rose from their shallow graves to stagger into the grey sunrise of the 80’s.

The 25 Greatest Books On Music

30 July 2007

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” – Truman Capote


The world of music is filled with vibrant characters and surreal situations that are nothing less than a pulp writer’s wet dream: drug overdoses, plane crashes, fist fights, drunken misbehavior, public failure, tainted ledgers, trashed hotel rooms, overbearing managers, underage groupies, and endless anecdotes about all of it.

However, the reality of rock journalism isn’t quite so simple. Like wild Himalayan Yaks, musicians undergo a fundamental change when they are observed in their natural environment. Therefore, capturing the essence of their experience often comes down to persistence, patience, and a keen critical eye. This might explain why so few rock books really get it right. So how do you find the gems among all those titles crowded into the music section of your local bookstore? Simply read on…

England's Dreaming - book
Jon Savage * England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond

Savage thoroughly dissects the rise and ultimate fall of the Sex Pistols, as well as the spread of Punk through England. Unlike other chroniclers of Punk ephemera, Savage treats his subject matter like a sociological and culturally significant event rather than a car wreck to be gawked at. This 500+ page tome is comprehensively researched and its story is exceedingly well presented. When universities decide to start teaching Punk 101, this will undoubtedly be the textbook.

Can't Stop Won't Stop - book
Jeff Chang * Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History Of The Hip Hop Generation

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop charts the birth of hip hop culture – from its tough gang roots through Kool DJ Herc’s block party spinning, to the inventiveness of Grandmaster Flash and beyond. Chang meticulously reconstructs the seventies NY gang scene (and truce) that ultimately enabled hip-hop’s birth. It’s both a necessary introduction to the roots of the genre and a thrilling recounting of a time and place where anything was possible. An essential and engaging read about the little genre that could.

Psychotic Reactions - book
Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung: A Lester Bangs Reader (edited by Greil Marcus)

Lester Bangs is the most inspired and passionate music critic to ever put pen, porcupine quill, or IBM Selectric to paper. His manic, over the top voice, and love of everything hard and fast (ie Iggy et al) make him a predecessor to shock jocks everywhere. But Bangs had the brains and humor to match his bile, as his articles on and interviews with Lou Reed (highlights of this anthology) brilliantly attest. Bangs OD’ed in 1982 at age 33, and he remains the only critic to have a biography published on his life. With good reason – the guy was a rock star in his own right.

Please Kill Me
Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain * Please Kill Me

This “uncensored oral history of Punk” is told through a series of first-person quotes from the people who were there when the US version of the genre got its kick-start. The cast of characters includes Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Joey Ramone, Patti Smith, and countless others. Everyone has their say, and the memories they share are usually priceless, brimming with the energy and conviction that were hallmarks of the genre. If you think you don’t like Punk music, this book just might change your mind.

The Dirt - book
Motley Crue with Neil Strauss * The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band

Either Neil Strauss is the most brilliant rewrite man in the history of biography, or the fellas in Motley Crue are a whole lot smarter than anyone ever thought possible. Vince Neil, Nicky Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee come across as intelligent, self-aware, hard-working young men who happened to front one of the biggest bands of the 80’s. Of course, they were drug and female abusing, out of control train wrecks, but that’s what makes the story so much fun. This is one of the few groups who found more trouble – from Neil’s vehicular manslaughter to Mars’ debilitating health problems to Lee’s failed marriage to Pamela Anderson – as they matured. From start to finish, The Dirt is a debaucherous tale well told.

The Dark Stuff - album
Nick Kent * The Dark Stuff

Longtime New Music Express columnist Kent collects some of his finest pieces about rock’s darker side. The two stories on the Rolling Stones anthologized here contain the most harrowing imagery committed to print of the brutal side of that group and their hangers-on. Kent also pries the lids off Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Syd Barrett, and many others to expose their ‘isms, issues, habits, and ghosts, and takes you down an autobahn filled with the human wreckage of rock dreams. A masterful expose of the human frailty at the core of every superstar.

Mystery Train - album
Greil Marcus * Mystery Train

Professor Fancy Pants is (along with Robert Christgau) one of the few rock journalists that can make his topic seem as boring as trigonometry. But with Mystery Train, Greil Marcus rises to the topics of Sly Stone vs. Stagger Lee, the importance of The Band, and the continuing mystique of Elvis Presley. A critical tour de force, and – at 176 pages – fully digestible.

Bound For Glory - album
Woody Guthrie * Bound For Glory

The most refreshing thing about Guthrie’s autobiographical Bound For Glory is how little is has to do with his career as a musical performer. Sure, there are a few pages early on that describe him riding the rails and playing his guitar for the hobos, but by and large this is a book about Guthrie’s childhood, and the games and pranks that made it so memorable for him also make for a spirited and enjoyable read.

Moon - book
Tony Fletcher * Moon: The Life And Death Of A Rock Legend

Like Don Quixote before him, Keith Moon had a mad genius for entering a scene of relative peace and calm and quickly leaving it strewn with carnage, bodies, and damage in all directions. Fletcher does a fine job of not letting the anecdotes outstrip the story, and even deflates a few myths along the way (ie, Moon never drove his Rolls into a swimming pool). In the end though, this is the sad – and terribly, terribly funny – story of another rock star caught up in, and undone by, a hell-raising reputation.

Lydon - book
John Lydon * Rotten: No Irish – No Blacks – No Dogs

Rotten’s cantankerous, hilarious, and brilliant autobiography is some of the finest writing to be found on Punk generally and the Sex Pistols specifically. Of course, he’s got plenty of venom for former manager Malcolm McLaren, but even when he’s not taking the piss, Rotten’s stories and ideas are engaging and thought-provoking. A must read for even non-Punk fans.

Our Band - book
Michael Azzerad * Our Band Could Be Your Life

Both uplifting and depressing, Our Band charts the history of 13 bands, as well as the birth of indie rock. The sheer joy of just playing music comes through in the stories of Minor Threat, Minutemen, and Butthole Surfers. However, this infectious thrill is more than offset by the walk through the industry minefield slash burnout on the road slash failed jump to a major label that seems to be each of these bands’ fate (Sonic Youth excepted). The chapter on Dinosaur Jr should be required reading for anyone foolhardy enough to think about starting a band.

Dylan Chronicles - book
Bob Dylan * Chronicles Volume 1

Chronicles Volume 1 is everything one could hope for in an autobiography by someone of Dylan’s stature: it’s highly entertaining, well-written (and clearly self-penned), and truly enlightening about the man himself. The passages that describe Dylan’s self-doubt and hard work during the 80’s is an inspiring look inside the mind of a musician who will never be satisfied with his own work and is destined to always walk the knife’s edge of his art.

Papa John - book
Papa John * John Phillips with Jim Jerome

‘Papa’ John Phillips was the de facto leader of the Mamas & Papas, and one of the organizers of the Monterey Pop Festival. But his life entered a dark spiral during the 1970’s as he slowly lost his fame, quickly gained a heroin addiction, and began misbehaving in ways that would nearly land him in federal prison. Papa John is his unflinching look at his life and where it all went wrong. A surreal look at the dark side of the ‘California Dreamin’ promise of the 60’s.

Piper - book
33 1/3 Series * Continuum Publishers

With nearly 50 titles (and counting) the 33 1/3 series is a brilliantly written collection of pocket takes (100 or so pages each) on some of the greatest albums of all-time. The series follows no strict format, so each book is up to the whim of its author. There are many highlights (Music From Big Pink, Forever Changes, and Piper At The Gates Of Dawn are particularly great), few duds (Led Zep IV and Village Green Preservation Society) and one big question: Abba Gold is one of the all-time greats?

Harder They Come - book
Michael Thelwell * The Harder They Come

This is one of the very few times in popular culture that a book based on a movie takes its subject into new and unexpected places and actually bids to outdo the original. Thelwell builds on the 1972 movie of the same name, and takes a much deeper look at Ivan Martin (played by Jimmy Cliff) and the relationship between music and the ghettos of Jamaica. Thelwell also extends the narrative in the other direction, giving historical weight to Martin’s character and making it clear that this is a role that has been enacted so many times in the history of the island (poor farm boy goes to city to become music star) as to have become almost stereotypical. An enriching read that will help you appreciate the film – and reggae music – in a whole new way.

Electric Gypsy - book
Harry Shapiro & Caesar Glebbeek * Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy

The bible for hardcore Hendrix fans, Electric Gypsy traces the life of Jimi, day by day, week by week, year by year. It includes rare photos, timelines of his life and performances, and a second-to-none discography that meticulously numbers and lists all of his recordings, including a messy tangle of bootleg titles. Authors Shapiro and Glebbeek avoid hyperbole and focus on the substance of Jimi’s life, and that’s more than enough to make a great story. If you were to only sit through one Hendrix bio, make it this one.

No One Here Gets Out Alive - book
Jerry Hopkins & Daniel Sugarman * No One Here Gets Out Alive

Constantly bordering on (and wandering into) hagiography, this is still the best read out there on Jim Morrison. The self-styled Lizard King led a life well worth chronicling, and Sugarman seemed fated to be his biographer. He founded and ran the Doors’ fan club and ended up working his way into the group’s organization, which gave him first-hand insight into the workings of the band, as well as membership in Morrison’s inner circle of friends. Yet Sugarman’s perspective is both enhanced and narrowed by this ground floor view. A terrific – yet essentially flawed -portrait of one of the great icons of the Sixties.

Mojo Collection - book
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion * Edited by Jim Irvin & Colin McLear

Compiled by the editors and staff of Mojo magazine, this comprehensive guide takes a year-by-year look at some of their favorite albums. Each album gets a one page write-up, and all genres are represented. This is definitely not your standard ‘greatest albums of all-time’ book, and includes lots of quirky choices like Essra Mohawk and Honeybus. But the editors make a solid case for every selection, and share a lot of great stories along the way. It’s a book that is sure to expand your record collection in plenty of interesting directions.

High Fidelity - book
Nick Hornby * High Fidelity

How does an obsessive music fan interact with the rest of the world? Nick Hornby’s debut novel sets out to answer this question. Main character ‘Rob’ and the music store he runs ‘Championship Vinyl’ are fictitious in name only – anyone who’s been around (or been) a music geek will instantly recognize the list-making, name-dropping, crate-digging cast featured here. An uproariously good time, but beware: its conclusion will leave you re-evaluating your attachment to your record collection.

Hammer Of The Gods - book
Stephen Davis * Hammer Of The Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

This saga is pretty much overrated, but in terms of Zep bios, it’s the best we’ve got. On the scale of pure debauchery, it rates a 3.5 out of 10, and doesn’t hold a candle to books like Motley Crue: The Dirt – even Papa John Phillips runs circles around these guys in the dirt department. That said, John Bonham was an out-of-control party monster, Jimmy Page a wanna-be dark lord of the guitar, Robert Plant a star-crossed troubador, and John Paul Jones was technically proficient and along for the ride. Hammer Of The Gods is a good book, but it doesn’t quite live up to the perceived excellence of its brand name.

Bootleg - book
Clinton Heylin * Bootleg: The Secret History Of The Other Recording Industry

A fascinating look at the history of the blackest of markets, Bootleg follows the hustlers, con men, and genuine music fans who identified a niche in the market and came together to create an underground industry to rival the mainstream music business. Heylin wrote this book right before the advent of MP3s and file-sharing, but this often whimsical – and always interesting – tale of bootleggers is a sympathetic portrait of a bunch of music fans who can’t always get what they want.

Rock Snob*s - book
David Kamp & Steven Daly * The Rock Snob*s Dictionary

Subtitled “An Essential Lexicon Of Rockological Knowledge”, this truly essential reference material illuminates the meanings of such oft-used music terms as “plangent” “skronk” and “jangle” and little known totems like Fred Neil, Gene Clark, and Alex Chilton. The book defines rock snobs as “individuals, usually young men of argumentative tendencies, who have lorded their encyclopedic musical knowledge over others” and sets out to enable non-Snobs to hold their own in such company. One of my good friends found a better use for it: he claims it helped him and his wife hold a conversation.

Get In The Van - book
Henry Rollins * Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag

Rollins’ diaries of his early days with Black Flag are harrowing tales of a man, a van, a band, and a plan. Rollins is intense like the Great Wall Of China is imposing – he’s a mass of nihilistic conflict and Neitzchian philosophy, topped off with a wickedly self-critical eye. Throughout this book, his utter belief in the power of Punk is constantly put to the test by aggressive fans and abusive police, but Henry is, was, and always will be drinking the Kool Aid. The title of this book isn’t a request, it’s an order…

Mingering Mike - book
Dori Hadar * Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career Of An Imaginary Soul Superstar

‘Mingering’ Mike Stevens was one of the most prolific and gifted soul artists of the early seventies. Not bad for a guy who never released an actual album. Instead, he hand-painted the covers for more than 50 imaginary LPs, 45’s, and 8-tracks that were the bedrock of his “career” in music. Flash forward 30 years, when a couple of collectors stumbled across some of his pieces at a Washington DC flea market. The story of how they came about this discovery – and tracked down Mingering Mike himself – is compelling drama. But the art work represented here is breathtaking – the very essence of music fandom. Make no mistake, he may have never released a single song, but Mingering Mike is one of the biggest superstars the music industry has known.

Fargo Rock City
Chuck Klosterman * Fargo Rock City

Chuck Klosterman loves heavy metal and has some funny ideas about it. He thinks that Motley Crue’s Shout At The Devil is the greatest concept album of all-time. He thinks Metal is misunderstood and has been misappropriated by a bunch of louts. It’s hard to tell whether he’s serious about any of this, but he backs his arguments passionately and professionally. Fargo Rock City may not change your mind about the merits of hard rock, but it will leave you in stiches.


25 More Worth Putting Your Nose In…

Bill Flanagan * A&R
Simon Reynolds * Rip It Up & Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
Marc Spitz & Brendan Mullen * We Got The Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story Of L.A. Punk
Barney Hoskyns * Waiting For The Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, and The Sound Of Los Angeles
Nick Hornby * Songbook
Clinton Heylin * Babylon’s Burning: From Punk To Grunge
Myra Freidman * Buried Alive: The Biography Of Janis Joplin
Egotrip’s Book Of Rap Lists
The Beatles Anthology
Kurt Cobain * Journals
Nicholas Schaffner * Saucerful Of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey
Mikal Gilmore * Night Beat: A Shadow History Of Rock & Roll
Nik Cohn * Triksta: Life And Death And New Orleans Rap
Danny Sugarman * Wonderland Avenue: Tales Of Glamour And Excess
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
Jim DeRogatis * Let It Blurt: The Life & Times Of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic
The Sound And The Fury: 40 Years Of Classic Rock Journalism (edited by Barney Hoskyns)
Bob Dylan * Lyrics: 1962-1985
Victor Bockris * Keith Richards: The Biography
Reading Jazz (edited by Robert Gottlieb)
Neal Pollack * Never Mind The Pollacks
Johnny Green & Garry Barker * A Riot Of Our Own: Night And Day With The Clash
Clinton Heylin * From The Velvets To The Voidoids: The Birth Of American Punk Rock
Ben Fong Torres * Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass To 20 Years Of Rock & Roll
Yes Yes Y’all: The Experience Music Project Oral History Of Hip Hop’s First Decade (edited by Jim Fricke & Charlie Ahearn)


Eye Candy…

Rolling Stone: The Complete Covers
The Art Of The Fillmore: The Poster Series 1966-1971
Annie Liebowitz * American Music
The Art Of Rock/The Art Of Modern Rock
Guy Pealleart & Nik Cohn * Rock Dreams
Blue Note: The Album Cover Art
Hatch Show Print
The Bob Dylan Scrapbook
Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey Powell * 100 Best Album Covers
Michael Ochs * 1000 Record Covers


15 Non-Music Books That (nonetheless) Rock…

Jack Kerouac * On The Road
Hunter S. Thompson * Hell’s Angels
Tom Wolfe * The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test
George P. Pelecanos * King Suckerman
Bill Buford * Among The Thugs
Iceberg Slim * Pimp
Ron Kovic * Born On The 4th Of July
Edward Abbey * The Monkey Wrench Gang
Armitage Trail * Scarface
Russell Banks * Rule Of The Bone
Charles Bukowski * Ham On Rye
Raymond Chandler * The Big Sleep
Thom Jones * The Pugilist At Rest
Tom Shales & J.A. Miller * Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live
Alex Haley * The Autobiography Of Malcolm X

Hitting The Links

9 May 2007

Once again, it’s time to look to the world wide web for some fun:

Anyone heard about the lost Stevie Wonder album?

A great look at the intricacies of one rock star’s estate.

Downbeat Magazine has their own Blues countdown.

Kids say the darndest things.

Yet more proof of Iggy Pop’s brilliance.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Karl likes this article about Syd Barrett.

Chuck Klosterman has some different ideas on the subject.

BAW’s still thinking about Coachella.

Go ahead and get your jazz on.

Fredwood digs this mashup.

I’ve got a little Woody for you.

Here’s one of my favorite music articles of all-time.

SFJ takes a good look at Lester Bangs.

Speaking of Lester, this archive is worth digging through.

Kriney reminds me that yesterday marked an important anniversary.

Kevin passes along some highlights from The Mack.

And finally, just for the heck of it.

PLEASE pass along any music-related links that are scoring with you.