Monday, December 24, 2007

Best to All of You Eh

Today in Music History:

In 1977, The Sex Pistols played their last ever UK gig, (until 1996), before splitting, at Ivanhoes in Huddersfield. It was a charity performance before an audience of mainly children.

I guess it was inevitable, christmas and the end of the year and stuff. Homercat is flying out to Alberta for the holidays, specifically the Lethbridge area. So if I have any fans out there, homercat could be available for autographs at that water tower restaurant thingy they have there if the masses decried that I must. Since I doubt that will happen, I must say that I will be out of commission until the new year. I wish the best for all of you who stop by here and stress to you all stay safe and if you're going to party like the homercat, then take a taxi, get a designated driver, ride the bus, but don't drive drunk eh. Not a cool thing to do.

As I prepare for my trip I feel it is only fitting to feature a song by a poet spirit that left us recently and is quite fitting for the end of the year. Wealth and fame, platinum records and sold-out concerts, a musician’s ear for beauty — none of it could protect him from the prostate cancer that stalked him the last three years of his life. I speak of Dan Fogelberg, his songs weren’t the kind that got heavy radio play. “Too soft,” said his critics. Too introspective. Not commercial enough. Which is exactly why his fans love him.

That, and the poetry of his lyrics.

He was the son of a high school band teacher and a classically-trained pianist who sang opera. As a teenager, he sat on a river bluff, playing Gordon Lightfoot songs on the guitar. He listed Mozart and the Beatles as some of his musical influences. My own father knew Dan's father, who he says was a great man. As was his son.

Dan, I don't care what anyone says, I loved your stuff.

Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg

Until next year folks, I will be in Alberta as we all celebrate another Trip around the Sun.

Trip Around the Sun by Jimmy Buffett


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Homercat Presents: the best Christmas CD Ever

Today in Music History:

In 1971, Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra who he married when she was 13 divorced, as he prepared to marry 29-year old Karen Elizabeth Gunn Pate.

homercat christmas musicWhen my alarm went off this morning my local radio DJ said something like only seven days till Christmas, and my mind went holy crap where in heck did this month go. To be honest with everyone I am sick and tired of having this holiday crammed down my throat at every turn. Let's face it, people go absolutely apeshit insane this time of year. You know what I'm talkin' about. So this will be my last christmas related post of the year.

What I mean to say is that Homercat has once again made a compilation CD that beats the heck out of any other christmas album you may have in your collection. This is the one folks. Also it's an amazing christmas party disc. Be forewarned though, there are a couple tracks that are not for the young chilluns ears. So I suggest that if you will be playing this comp around the kiddies, you should leave two of the tracks off of your disc. Other wise this is the best Christmas CD ever made gosh durnit! I hope you all enjoy this prezzie that I've compiled for all my loyal readers. Some of you may have a couple of these tracks already but you need the rest for your Christmas to be complete. I personally suggest burning the disc in the order that I have listed as it seems to flow well. I did insert a couple extra in case you leave off the "adult" songs. Whatever the case enjoy the music and if you like some of these samples then hunt down the albums, purchase them and make them a part of your permanent collection.

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1. Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (6:30)
2. Barenaked Ladies - Green Christmas (2:34)
3. Brenda Lee - Papa Noel (2:28)
4. Burl Ives - We Are Santa's Elves (1:38)
5. Twisted Sister - I'll Be Home For Christmas (Featuring Lita Ford) (4:08)
6. C3PO & R2D2 - What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?) (3:23)
7. Bob and Doug McKenzie - Twelve Days of Christmas (4:45)
8. Billy Idol - Here Comes Santa Claus (2:01)
9. Jimmy Buffett - Mele Kalikimaka (2:58)
10. The Three Stooges - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (2:21)
11. Mitch Miller & The Gang - Must Be Santa (2:43)
12. Billy Idol - Yellin' At The Xmas Tree (4:14)
13. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping (5:27)
14. Sarah McLachlan - Song for a Winter's Night (3:48)
15. Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - Little Drummer Boy (4:17)
16. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas? (3:53)
17. Weird Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version) (4:01)
18. Barenaked Ladies - Christmastime (Oh Yeah) (2:16)
19. Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want (2:05)
20. Angel - The Christmas Song (4:02)
21. José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad (3:03)
22. Foghat - All I Want For Christmas Is You (3:45)
23. Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors - It's Christmas Time (3:33)
24. Norman Brown - Charlie Brown Christmas (3:05)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

999

Today in Music History:

In 1998, during a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
999
999 are an English punk band which formed in London in 1976. They are also one of the longest-lived groups of the English punk era. In the beginning they went through numerous name changes - the Dials, Fanatics and 48 Hours - until finally settling on 999. They released the single I'm Alive on their own LaBritain record label, which sold around 10,000 copies. On the basis of this, United Artists signed them up and 999 went on a great singles run including Emergency, Nasty Nasty, Homicide and re-releasing I'm Alive.

From their instantly recognizable logo of the raffle ticket with the number 999 on it, to the instantly recognizable stream of pure pop punk classics and their high energy live act, 999 are one of punks true classic bands and guaranteed to get a crowd moving. They are still around, releasing albums and playing gigs and homercat say that if don't own one 999 album then you don't know what you're missing.

Titanic (My Over) Reaction
Buy It

Subterfuge
Buy It

English Wipe Out
The Biggest Prize in Sport
Buy It

So Greedy
Buy It

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Power Pop Kicks Butt!

Today in Music History:

In 1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd Smith during a fight at the New York City club Hurrah.

Homercat goes power popIf one peruses the archives for Good Rockin', one gets the sense that homercat likey all kinds of music, which he does. For the most part I lean towards the harder rock as my faves. Without a doubt my favorite genre of music is Power Pop. You just can not beat a rip roaring, kick ass power pop song. I dare say that almost every rock act has leaned toward a power pop song sometime in their career.

Power Pop is loosely defined as music that typically incorporates a combination of musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, sparse arrangements, and killer guitar riffs. Solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed. Recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more guitars, bass guitar, a drum kit, and occasionally an electric keyboard.

Allegedly Pete Townshend coined the phrase power pop in an interview from 1967, saying that "power pop is what we play." However, four years before the term "power pop" was coined, The Beatles were already recording a series of influential hits that some have retroactively classified as power pop, including "From Me to You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Can't Buy Me Love". Probably the most influential of all the early-to-mid 1970s "pre" power pop-era groups was Big Star, who released two unsuccessful albums and spent years languishing in cult status.

An example of some good power pop tunes are the following tunes. No Matter What" (1970), The Raspberries' "Go All The Way" (1972), The Cars' "Just What I Needed", The Knack's "My Sharona" (1979), Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" (1979), Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" (1981), Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny" (1982), and Weezer's "Buddy Holly" (1994) are but a smidgen of what power pop is about. One thing you can count on, a good power pop tune will get every single person at a party up and dancing when it comes on. I know in my short list I have neglected a lot of great power pop artists and someone might be tempted to say, Hey what about so and so? Hey I just didn't have room or time to list all the great ones. My personal all time favorite band happens to be Cheap Trick who just happen to be power pop virtuoso's. Rick Nielsen is a genius. So anyways if you somehow missed the power pop boat I'll sample up a few of my favorite anthems. And if'n you want to, let the cat know who your fave power pop group is. Long Live Power Pop!

Baby Loves to Rock by Cheap Trick-Sheer perfection in action.
Buy it

Joe Strummer by Cowboy Mouth -"I had to let her go because she didn't know who Joe Strummer was" One of the best lines ever.
Buy It

Come and Get It by Badfinger -Modern power pop gained momentum in 1970 with recordings by Badfinger (although at this time, the musical style was not yet classified as power pop).
Buy It

Money Honey by the Bay City Rollers -Falsely accused by many as bubblegum rock. Nope pure power pop here.
Buy It

Love Me to the Max by the Romantics -These guys knew what power pop was all about.
Buy It

Roxy Roller by Sweeney Todd -Had to throw in a Canadian classic.
Good luck trying to find it


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Monday, December 03, 2007

Christmas Overboard

Today in Music History:

In 1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa, Deep Purple who were recording an album there at the time write the classic 'Smoke On The Water.' about the event
Horny Holidays
Homercat woke up one day this weekend and holy smokes it was December. Already with a plate full of stuff to do including the first Christmas party of the season. Where in heck did time go and is anybody else tired of all the Christmas advertising that is attacking us en masse all of a sudden. Some of the Wal Mart ads pretty much boil down to saying that the only way your life will be better is if you buy more. I think I will not watch anymore TV during December. I don't watch much anyway, but it's really gone way overboard. For the most part this year I will be making my Christmas gifts as I am so fed up with this buy, buy, buy mentality. Not to say that I'm a Scroogey McScrooge. Our place was one of the first on our street to have their lights and decorations up. I just don't like all these marketing campaigns that tell us to go deep in debt and buy more stuff or you're nothing but crap.

So I had to get that out of my system. Homercat won't be posting much in the way of Christmas tunes this year, but it is a tradition at Good Rockin' to put up the best Christmas song ever, once December rolls around. So if you've been a reader for a while you already know what I'm talking about and have the song. So I will put up a couple more and for those that already have the Mojo tune. Because I'm really not a grinch. Also is anyone else on blogger having issues with their posted pics, or is it just me.

It's Christmas Time by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliqours
Buy It

O Come All Ye Faithful by Twisted Sister
Buy It

Song For a Winter's Night by Sarah McLachlan
Buy It

Silent Night by Richard Cheese
Buy It

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

SIXX: AM

Today in Music History:

In 1997, a disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.

SIXX:AMThe excesses of the members of Motley Crue has been well documented over the years. Most recently in Nikki Sixx's autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack is a concept album written by Nikki Sixx and recorded by his band Sixx: A.M.,which serves as the companion soundtrack to his autobiography. Each of the 13 songs on this album coincides with a chapter of the book. The album was released on August 21, 2007 to critical acclaim by most. The music isn't what Crue fans might expect yet it does have a definite hair band sound. This isn't bad, it works well here.

On first listen I found this album to be an extremely personal account of Sixx's heroin addiction. Almost uncomfortably so, as some of the subject matter is a bit heavy and unsettling . The first track really gave me the creeps, with Sixx's spoken word about Christmas with a needle hanging out of his vein and then the music blasts into a Christmas carol from hell that made my skin crawl. The first single Life is Beautiful has been getting heavy airplay on the metal radio station I listen to. Sixx has really laid bare his soul with this project and while not the greatest album ever, I have to say it's really good and will most likely end up in my top ten for the year. I've read a lot of reviews and most of them really praise this album, and a couple that sound like sour grapes.

In conclusion, while this album is about a self-destructive rock star hitting rock-bottom, in the end it is also about finding that needed moment of clarity, and eventually, realizing recovery. And inspired by his addiction and recovery Nikki founded his own charity, Running Wild In The Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House Of California, which aims to keep young children off the streets, and keep them off the path that Nikki went down when he was younger. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from this project will go to support this cause. The homercat gives the album 4 stars and would say it should be in your collection.

X-Mas in Hell by SIXX: AM
Life is Beautiful by SIXX: AM
Buy It


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Trips Around the Sun

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Drummer Keith Moon of tThe Who collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.

It was 4 years ago this month when Good Rockin' Tonight was born. It struggled along under a different name during it's first year and then the name was changed three years ago when the cat decided to get serious about it. Rockin' just started out as a hobby from a cat with too much time on his hands. Unable to work so I wanted to share my love of music with anyone that wanted to stop by.

The original intent was to expose classic stuff to these younger generational types and get them to buy it. Stuff that never got radio play and especially out of print stuff. I didn't want some of my favorite tunes to be relegated to obscurity in an old fogies time capsule somewhere. Over time I also have tackled new artists that tickled my fancy, although that area is getting trickier to navigate now. Major labels are wanting to sue at the drop of a hat anyone who even posts a single tune. For the most part I'll work with the indie labels that want to promote their artists as they actually want to promote their artists and aren't all sue happy. I think they actually like the free promotion I do for them here. A couple of weeks ago I featured an album that has been out of print since the early 80's by Sue Saad and the Next. Even though it has been out of print for over 25 years and the record label has no intention of ever putting it out on cd, it was quickly deleted. So unfortunately another lost classic will likely fade away. I just wanted to revive it and believe me if it ever got released on cd I would buy it in a hearbeat, even though I have it on mp3. In fact I recently read an article on MSN or somewhere like that, that studies have shown that people who download music are more likely to go out and purchase the cd's than people who don't. Yet the major labels can't see past the nose on their face and are killing the golden goose by being such ass lickers. Personally on average I buy 2 cd's a week and I download like a mutha posessed.

I digress yet again. Times have changed. When I started out I might get 12 visitors a week. Now just recently I surpassed the 250,000 visitor mark which has exceeded every expectation I had for this site. Even though my output has decreased my readership continues to grow. Unfortunately life happens and now instead of being unable to work, homercat has two part time jobs and is also the house husband and it has seriously decreased the amount of time I am able to spend here. I used to respond to all your kind comments and now I barely have time to jump on the net. The major labels hate what us music bloggers are doing and it becomes more difficult when posting content. Back in September I got my first cease and desist letter. I gladly quit promoting that artist for free for them. As you can see things are different than when I started.

That being said as Good Rockin' tonight completes it's 4th trip around the sun, homercat will continue to try to entertain it's reader's and try to keep exposing great music to the young and old alike. I really hated that my computer crashed back in October as it's my favorite time of year for bringing out the creepy classics. Time does not permit 4 or 5 posts a week but I'll be here at least once or twice a week. Also I will commit myself to responding to my reader's if they take the time to leave a comment. I thank each and every one of you who have taken time out of their busy schedules to drop by. So if you missed the Sue Saad I have a link if anyone's interested. And now for a few gems from the vault. Remember downloading is a great way to get exposed to new music but don't forget to support the artist and buy their stuff too. Here's to 4 more years.

Happy Birthday by Weird Al Yankovic
Buy It

Birthday by Meredith Brooks
Buy It

Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere) by Cheap Trick
Buy It (out of print)

Full Moon Turn My Head Around by Off Broadway
Buy It

Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man by Jason and the Scorchers
Buy It (out of Print)


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Doc Neeson

Today in Music History:

In 1990, Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian held a press conference to confirm the rumours that the two members of the group Rob and Fab had not sung on any of their hit records.
Doc NeesonI know it's only November yet I'm ready to announce my pick for the best album of 2007. I'm 100 percent certain that in the few remaining weekks of 2007 there will nothing released that is as good as Doc Neeson's new album Acoustic Sessions. For those that don't know, Irish Born Doc Neeson fronted one of my favorite bands for almost 25 years. That band being the Australian hard rocking, pub rockers The Angels.

Doc is an Australian rock legend and in 1999 he suffered a debilitating spinal injury in a car accident on a Sydney motorway in 1999. Neeson's back specialist, an Angel's fan, delivered the bad news to the performer who is known for his very physical live performances.

The doctor told him 'I know how you perform, and I'm sorry to break the news to you Doc, but if you don't stop you're going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, so consider yourself retired,' Since then members of The Angels have split into two camps, and have fought legal battles over the right to tour as The Angels. At this point, there is the Original Angels band, minus Doc Neeson, and Doc Neeson's Angels, with whom Doc Neeson is touring and has just finished an album in September called Acoustic Sessions. While Neeson's on-stage grimace in the past could be seen for dramatic effect, the facial expressions will likely now be due to real agony as he is in constant pain.

Many music fans firmly believe that Australian rock has never exceeded the heights of the "pub rock" scene in the 70s and early 80s. Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Mental as Anything, INXS and many others wore a path up and down the east coast as they toured relentlessly. But no one rocked harder than the Angels.

It is great that Doc has bounced back and has put out such a fine album. Hard rocking pub anthems such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, No Secrets, and Marseilles translate very well and sound like brand new songs. I'm very impressed with this album and like I said, it is the best album of 2007. Here's a couple samples. Listen then buy it.

No Secrets by Doc Neeson
I Ain't the One by Doc Neeson
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Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Punk Group

Today in Music History:

In 1975, Elton John was named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean.

the punk groupThe Punk Group are a couple of guys that hail from Portland Oregon that craft brilliant, twisted, Devo-influenced little ditties that take aim at anyone and everyone (un)fortunate enough to grab their attention. Very definitely NOT politically correct and I freakin' love it.

Warning to the thin-skinned, easily offended or hyper-politically correct — the Punk Group is not for you. Not that the band’s two members care what anyone thinks about them. Armed with a drum machine, synthesizer, guitar and bass, Brian Applegate and Tony Cameron have turned a potential liability — their lack of formal musical training — into an asset. The Punk Group has played onstage with such notable artists as DEVO, Cake and Gary Numan.

Songs like “MySpace” go straight to the heart of the Web site’s appeal, with Applegate and Cameron chanting “MySpace is good for getting laid” over a sequenced beat that will give you Frogger flashbacks. There are plenty of gems in their catalogue, but I have heard that one must see the band live. I'm putting up a couple of my favorites here today. If you only listen to one song this year, it has to be "Toby Keith". I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard. Then to show that they are not afraid of anyone or any backlash, "Great White" is a ditty about the tragic fire in which that band was involved in. If these songs tickle your funny and music bone, The Punk Group has more songs available for free download at their site, where you can also purchase their albums.

Toby Keith by The Punk Group
Great White by The Punk Group


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Open Wide

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards.

Open WideHomercat has to do a necessary evil today which is a trip to the dentist to get some work done on the ole fangs. Most of us have a natural dislike about our trips to the dentist but I have a downright phobia about it. I break out in cold sweats and darn near freak. It never fails as I'm sitting in the chair I have one song that continually plays over and over in my head. The tune happens to be Unfinished Sweet by the Alice Cooper Band.

Unfinished Sweet appears on Billion Dollar Babies which was released in 1973 and is arguably one of Alice's best albums as well as one of the best albums of the seventies. When the band recorded the album, they had several numbers that were written with almost specifically for the concert stage as their live shows were becoming increasingly elaborate. Songs such as Sick Things, I love the Dead and Unfinished Sweet are an example. Sweet is complete with drilling sounds with an eventual plop of a tooth being pulled free. The remastered edition package contains a generous second CD of well-recorded live material (taken from the tour supporting "Billion Dollar Babies"), as well as studio outtakes. The original album jacket artwork has been recreated, along with lyrics, photos and some illuminating commentary in a 24-page booklet. Remastering was coordinated under the supervision of the album's original producer, Bob Ezrin. It is masterful and should be owned by everyone. In honor of my dentist appointment, here's a peek at the live version of Unfinished Sweet from the second disc.

Unfinished Sweet(live) by Alice Cooper
Buy It

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Sue Saad and the Next

Today in Music History:

In 1974, George Harrison became the first Beatle to undertake a solo world tour when he played the first show of a 30-night tour in Vancouver, Canada.

So I went to the record store today intending to purchase 3 CD's, two of them new releases. I've surfed the web enough to know where exactly to go if I want to download a new release for free. There's plenty of pirate blogs out there. So I know for a fact I could have downloaded all three of the CD's I was looking for from a couple of these blogs I have mentioned. I saw them posted. I prefer to hold the hard copy in my hand,liner notes and all(I read them diligently) and I don't want some crap ripped at 192 kbps, I wants the pure version. Fully intending to purchase them, I went to my favorite haunt. Nil, nada, nothing, not in stock, and that's the rub, these were fairly common artists and should be stocked at all times. I hate having to special order and waiting 3 to 4 weeks for my items. I don't buy shit over the internet and forget about trying to buy something that was released prior to 1995 at any store. Most likely it will be out of print or they don't keep them on hand because there's not much demand for that particular album.

Thus I went home pissed because of the sorry state of most of these record(cd) stores with empty hands and to think I had a huge willingness to fork over my hard earned cash to the mother farking recording industry. Youze guys blew it, I downloaded it. I didn't want to. This blog's purpose has always been to promote the artists and get folks to go out and buy the stuff. I really really wanted these albums so I got them the only way I could. This has been happening a lot lately and I feel like the recording industry has backed me in a corner. Just how in the hell am I supposed to buy an album if it's out of print. You can't, so I download them.

So you're asking yourself, ok homercat, just what in hell does all this have to do with the title of your post, Sue Saad and the Next. Well here it comes.
Sue Saad and the NextSue Saad and the Next is a lost gem in rock history. Sue Saad and the Next only did one album way back in 1980. If you have it, you are lucky. If not, look around the used record stores, because it never made it to CD although it should have. A solid rock band, sounding a little like a female fronted Loverboy. At times Sue sounds like Ann Wilson, and the band rocks - well played early 80's rock. They have a bass-heavy beat that is not dance music, and the guitar riffs are memorable. They also have one song on the Roadie soundtrack which was how I was introduced to them. They never made a second album, although Sue and band went on to write music for several movies most notably the soundtrack to Looker.

For those that have not heard of them or don't remember them, here's a track for ya.

I I Me Me by Sue Saad and the Next

So here's another example of a lost classic that is unavailable for the masses, unless someone you happen to know someone has ripped it from vinyl for you. It's lucky for you guys that you know homercat. While I don't endorse the whole album download thing, I do in this particular case, because I'm pissed off today. I've had a lot of requests for this album from some buds as it is extremely hard to find so here it be. Some of my more canny readers may have already seen this where I put it somewhere else before and snagged it already. It's time that that an injustice be rectified and a lost classic be restored to the masses. A nice clean vinyl rip and it's the least I can do for being away for so long.

192 kbps

Gimme Love Gimme Pain
It's Gotcha
Prisoner
Young Girl
I I Me Me
Your Lips-Hands-Kiss-Love
I Want Him
Cold Night Rain
Won't Give It Up
Danger Love

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Crash Resolved

Today in Music History:

1969, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Suspicious Minds', his 18th US No.1 single.
homercat points at the scene of the crimeHere be the homercat back in business again. I don't have to explain to any of you folks who have ever had any computer crashing issues what things have been like here at the cat house. Needless to say, lack of funds, and finally a purchase of a new hard drive, the tedious task of transferring files, getting all the programs that I like installed and running and setting up things just the way homercat likes them has pissed away the whole month of October. October happens to be my favorite time of the year in which homercat likes to dig up all the creepy and spook filled tuneage he can find. I missed it all and am terribly disappointed. Oh well we are happy to finally be up and running again. What better way to return than to feature some crash tunes.

Crash by The Primitives
Buy It

Crashin' Down by Jason and the Scorchers
Buy It

Crash and Burn by April Wine
Buy It

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Stand By

Unfortunately homercat has had a case of pc meltdown. He is currently working to rectify the situation and hopes to be back and kicking ASAP. Sorry about the inconvenience folks.
Be Back Soon!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Broken Record

Today in Music History:

In 1970 Janis Joplin is found dead in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood, California. The official cause is accidental heroin overdose.
Rock n Roll Hall of LameHere we go again, another year and another case of sounding like a broken record. The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 are likely to cause Howls of displeasure from most classic rock fans. Homercat for one is wailing like a banshee. Three of the latest nominees (John Mellencamp, Dave Clark Five and Chic) are repeats, having missed the cut in previous years.

And the nominees are ...

• Afrika Bambaataa
• Beastie Boys
• Chic
• Leonard Cohen
• Dave Clark Five
• Madonna
• John Mellencamp
• Donna Summer
• The Ventures

So five from that list is going to be inducted. Can anyone say, Give us a fuckin' break you mental incompetents. Truly pathetic once again. The list of truly deserving artists gets longer and longer and look at the sludge they've come up this year. I truly can't write yet another rant about this hogwash as I've covered it ad nauseum last year and the year before.
The only worthy candidates on the list is the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures. Mellencamp maybe in a few years after Rush, Alice Cooper and KISS finally get inducted, but not before. Either redefine rock ‘n’ roll or change the name. Call it the Pop Hall of Fame, or the Billboard Hall of Fame. When are the members of the nominating comittee gonna wake up and get serious. It's a travesty of the highest order and honestly Mojo Nixon summed it up perfectly in todays featured song, everyone has to listen to this song. It is hilariously biting and oh so true.

Rock n Roll Hall of Lame by Mojo Nixon
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Friday, September 28, 2007

Tuff Darts Mary

Today in Music History:

In 1991, Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
Tuff Darts

Tuff Darts were a band straight outta the same CBGBs scene that gave us The Ramones,Blondie,Talking Heads etc. They will probably be best remembered as a résumé item for Robert Gordon, who was the glam-punk band's original singer in 1976. Although he did record as a Dart on the Live at CBGB's compilation, Gordon was long gone by the time the band made an album of its own in 1978. (The band was on hold for part of that time while guitarist/leader Jeff Salen played with Sparks.) Unfortunately this is the only album they recorded but I think it's great and I never get tired of listening to this one.

Rumour has it that they got the name for their band from an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show where Lou Grant turns to Mary Richards on and exclaims"Tuff Darts ,Mary!" While some may say the lyrics are a bit goofy IMO this album should be in every serious music collectors stash. Today I feature two smokin tracks from this album.

My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms
All For The Love Of Rock N' Roll
Buy It


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Friday, September 21, 2007

Real Cowboys Read Good Rockin' Tonight

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby', the singers first and only US solo chart topper.(on a side note, 9 months later there is a sudden increase in births. Thanks Barry.)

When homercat works the graveyard shift at the pub, he is all alone ceptin' for the resident ghost(Rosie) and the radio which tends to be turned up real loud, iffin' ya know what I mean. I usually listen to 99.3 the fox out of Vancouver. They play mostly metal and it's just the thing to keep me going in the wee hours. The other morning as I was listening to the fox rock around 3 am, they blew my mind. Korn's Freak on a Leash was fading out and the next song up was by the Corb Lund band.

Some of you may remember that I talked about Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans about a year and a half ago. Turns out that my mom and his mom went to nursing school together. You may also have seen him in one of my fave movies, Slither. The band is playing"(Gonna) Shine Up My Boots" in the film at a party celebrating the opening day of deer hunting season. Corb's music is definitely Canadian country relative to the area in Alberta where he's from. Although homercat is mainly a rocker, I really like Corb's stuff. Seems like a lot of his stuff is about booze, gambling or wrangling with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. His family has been ranchin' and rodeoing in Alberta for four generations way back to the beginning of the last century when Alberta was still just part of the Northwest territories.

Corb and the Hurtin' AlbertansCorb and the Hurtin' Albertans have returned from Nashville where they finished recording their new album titled "Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!". The album is scheduled for release on November 13th in Canada via Stony Plain Records and Warner Music Canada. We will be owning a copy as soon as it comes out.

For now I'm going to feature the song I heard on the metal station as it is really quite good. It's called Time to Switch to Whiskey and Corb states in the liner notes that due to unflagging commitment to authernticity on this project the listeners will be pleased to note that all the yahoos we brought in to sing background on this project were appropriately6 gunned for the duration of the recording session.

The second one I have up called Five Dollar Bill is a song about the honorable southern Albertan legacy of running booze down into the US on horseback during the American prohibition. Enjoy these tracks then go out and buy one of his albums eh

Time to Switch to Whiskey
Five Dollar Bill
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Bitchin'

Today in Music History:

In 1983
Kiss appears in public for the first time without their make-up.

The Donnas are Bitchin'The Donnas released their 7th album today simply called Bitchin'. I have been eagerly awaiting this release all year. One look at the cover gives one a pretty good idea what lays waiting for the listener inside. The girls have always been unabashed fans of 70's and 80's hair metal bands. The leather-pants-clad ass cover could easily double as a Joan Jett album cover. In fact if you look at the cover closely, you'll see a purple feather sticking out of a back pocket. What importance is that you ask? Well it seems the gals pulled a Joan Jett of sorts. Let me Explain.

In 2002 the Donnas released Spend the Night , their first album on a major label, which was Atlantic. It had a slicker production than the previous 4 albums and was chock full of good tunes. Yet Atlantic wasn't satisfied and for their next album they wanted the girls to work with Butch Walker, who had shepherded discs for Avril Lavigne and Pink. Evidently trying to garner a more friendly radio sound (ie: crappy sound). Released in 2004, Gold Medal was definitely a tamed down Donnas album. Being a huge fan I loved the album, but you could tell the fire was missing. After Gold Medal Atlantic wanted the girls to work with outside writers, evidently trying to turn these rocking chicks into Britney or Christina clones. They gave it a go and Atlantic poo pooed the first demo they turned in. The Donnas did have the option to leave the label as they had produced the two albums required in their contract. So they said the hell with this and left. Freed from the major-label mindset, the band set about recording the tunes the way they wanted them to sound. After the disc was completed, the ladies looked around for a new label, but none seemed solid enough or willing to do what they wanted. So they pulled a Joan Jett and started their own label dubbed Purple Feather, named after the plumage that distinguishes mallards from other ducks.

The album has a definite 80's sweaty metal vibe to it, which I say right on, we could use more flat out rock n roll. Some of Allison Robertson's guitar solo's could put several 80's shredders to shame. As Metal Priestessesalways I'm amazed at Torry Castellano's drumming. She's a little hellion on those skins and she must weigh 90 ponds soaking wet. If you've ever seen them perform you'll know what I mean. She blows me away. How does that teeny thing keep going? If you like your rock nasty then Bitchin' will be right up your alley. Bitchin' most recalls the glory days of Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi. "We like stuff that's simple and sounds big," says Robertson. "We're not idiots, but we love bonehead rock."

It's been 14 years since the quartet started playing together in Torry Castellano's mom's Palo Alto garage, running through covers of Shonen Knife's "Riding on the Rocket" and L7's "American Society." That's a long time for any band, regardless of whether or not they're signed to a major label. Robertson adds, "We're not making the best music in the world, but we really enjoy playing together."

All I know is that I headed to the record store after working my graveyard shift today to get a copy and when the first track started playing, I was ecstatic. Torry's Drums, Maya's bass and then Allison's heavy riff made a believer out of me. The Donnas are back baby!! So here's the opening track which is merely a kick ass intro with very little lyric that goes:
You're Gonna listen up
We're gonna take you overt
You're gonna lick it up
And You're gonna want more, more, more

Bitchin' offers little you haven't heard before -- even if you haven't heard a Donnas record -- but it should go well with a beer or six.


Bitchin' by The Donnas
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Many Happy Returns

Today in Music History:

In 1969, John and Yoko flew to Canada with the Plastic Ono Band to perform at the Rock & Roll Revival Show, Toronto, with The Doors, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

So I took a vacation and upon returning to the work force it seems that homercat is being punished for taking time off. Bastards have been working the dog piss out of me. Leaving homercat with very little downtime. So let's go over some highlights from the past few weeks.

Upon arriving in Penticton we spent the first three days on the beaches of Lake Skaha and Okanagan Lake getting our required holiday sunburns.
Theme for a Nude Beach by the B-52's
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Then on our first Sunday there came the event we were there for, The Ironman. We had a distant relative competing. This year was it's 25th anniversary and it consists of a 3.8 k swim, 180k wortyh of cycling finishing off with a 42.2 k run. Grueling to say the least. I felt kinda bad watching the runners returning as we were sitting around the 20 mile mark in our lawn chairs with a beer cooler at our side. I think most of them were to far inside their own mental hell's to even notice. After having seen the ironman up close and personal, I have the utmost admiration for these people that push themselves to the limit.
Running With the Boss Sound by Generation X
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The biggest highlight for us though was when we returned to the Island. We went ziplining. Zip West just opened in July here on the island and we finally took the plunge and did it over vacation. For those of you who don't know, Ziplining involves gliding along a suspended steel cable, using a pulley and climbing harness. 8 ziplines ranging from 150 ft to 1000 ft, through 100 acres in the top's of the island's rainforest with platforms and Zip lines ranging from 60 ft to 125 ft off the ground and it was freakin' awesome. The tour lasted about two hours and it was worth every penny. We were so high up that when we did the first zip I thought I was going to poop my britches. The guide said he only knew of three places in Canada that had zip lines, Victoria, Whistler and somewhere in Quebec. He wasn't sure about the states, but he hadn't heard of any. If ever you are on Vancouver Island, I would make this a must do. Amazing.
Scared by The Tragically Hip
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Pictures (if anyone is curious)
Skaha Lakeironmanthe wife zips



It's good to be back.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Pour Me A Vacation eh!

Today in Music History:

1955, Sun Records released 'I Forgot To Remember To Forget' by Elvis Presley which failed to make the pop chart but became a US country No.1.

I shoulda put something up yesterday to remember the king, but homercat had to put on his best jump suit, hit the karaoke bars and sing up some Elvis tunes. Just like Mojo, homercat isa big fan of the Big E. When I finally get around to writing something up about my idol I'lkl do it up right. Right now my days are filled with hectivity, especially since I am leaving the rock for two weeks for some much needed R n R. Rest and Relaxation or Rock n Rollin' as you will. So Homie won't be back until after September 4th. So first off a couple of my fave Elbis tuneage and then I got's a special treat for homercat's homies.

I Just Can't Help Believin'(Live) by Elvis Presley
T-R-O-U-B-L-E by Elvis Presley
Polk Salad Annie (Live) by Elvis Presley

Some of you may already think that I've been on vacation all summer since I haven't been exactly prolific here, but that's just a case of real life getting in the way. So now my real vacation is starting and every year I burn a special vacation CD to get things rollin' to a good start. As soon as we pull the car out on the road I pop this disc in and we're off. This year I've outdid myself. This one's a real humdinger and being I'm as pleased as punch with it, I'm going to let y'all in on it. From the very first track to the last you just know this disc was made for vacation time. It also goes well with a hearty ale or a fancy umbrella drink. So it's a real crowd pleaser. So the title of this years Cd is Pour Me A Vacation eh! I hope every one enjoys my selections and don't shed a tear little kitties, the homercat in the hat will be back before you know it. Cheers All!
Vacation Disc
160 kbps

Track Listing
artist/title

1. Captain Jack - Iko Iko (club Mix) (5:02)
2. The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated (2:29)
3. Tiny Tim - Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight (1:55)
4. Apache Indian - Boom Shakalaka (4:30)
5. Frankie Yankovic - In Heaven There Is No Beer (2:36)
6. Eagle-Eye Cherry - Feels So Right (4:21)
7. The Calling - Wherever You Will Go (3:28)
8. The Ramones - She's the One (2:13)
9. - Peter Gunn Theme (3:45)
10. Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova (2:45)
11. Glenn Miller - In the Mood (3:36)
12. Neil Diamond - Cracklin' Rosie (2:59)
13. Jimmy Buffett - Boat Drinks (2:37)
14. B.J. Thomas - Rock & Roll Lullaby (4:14)
15. Tim McGraw - I Like It, I Love It (3:21)
16. Shania Twain - I'm Gonna Getcha Good! (4:04)
17. April Wine - I Like to Rock (4:17)
18. The Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace (2:23)
19. Barry Mann - Who Put the Bomp (2:47)
20. Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1000000 (5:05)

Tracks 1-10
Tracks 11-20
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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Vinyl Record Day

Today in Music History:

In 1986, Queen gave what would be their last ever live performance when they appeared at Knebworth Festival.

panties on vinylThis weekend on August 12 is Vinyl Record Day. I've been asked to participate in a blogswarm about the event, to write about any thoughts, memories or the love/hate relationship I have with vinyl. Jb over at The Hits Just Keep on Comin' is the one who has organized this whole deal and if you head over there you can check out all the music bloggers who have joined in the fun.

Last night I actually attended a bar b que that had a vinyl theme. Our host encouraged everyone who was attending to bring their favorite vinyl and we'd be playing them throughout the evening. I thought I was an audioiphile but homercat is not a big dog in this department. We were at a bona fide hardcore audiophile's house and he still buys everything on vinyl. Honestly I was drooling over his collection. Massive. Even though he has to special order new releases, he goes out of his way to track it down. Combine the state of the art sound system and the massive collection it was like an audiophiles wet dream.

As the night wore on, people were sitting around looking at the albums and having meaningful discussions about their favorites, rarities, collectibles and more. We were all brought back to reality for a brief moment as that dreaded scourge of vinyl made an appearance, the stuck needle or locked groove if you will. As our host got up to unstick the groove, I thought to myself, yep I don't miss that.

At one point a jam session broke out as people had brought their guitars, tambourines , harmonicas and a couple gals had brought along their excellent voices. It all became for a short while a throwback to our youths when the only way you could get your music was on vinyl. It was an extraordinary experience and a good time was had by all.

Back when vinyl was king, holding that album and reading the liner notes while the record played was our closest connection to the artist. Some of us would actually use the cover to roll up a big doobie while we listened to Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother for the umpteenth time. We only had 2 TV stations, 3 on a good night, and they usually signed off at midnight. Remember that test pattern they'd run. If you were lucky one of the magazines like Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parader or Creem would have an article about your favorite artist. You never saw them on TV unless you allowed to stay up late on the weekend for the Midnight Special. So when you bought that new album you would cherish it. Nowadays you can take your music everywhere with you, but back then you had to wait till you got home to hear your favorite record as turntables weren't the most portable of devices.

Album art and packaging was an art form in itself and I feel that now album art is a lost art form. So many new releases now tend to be so uninspiring as to produce many yawns and a lackluster response in general. I couldn't begin to tell you how many albums I purchased based on the cover itself. Without even knowing who the heck they were or what they sounded like, if a cover caught my eye I would think,"That cover is so damn cool that it has to be good" and 80% of time it would be great. As we were trying to pin down our most prized piece of vinyl last night, my choice was a no brainer. Alice Cooper's 1972 release, School's Out, which is in the photo that accompanies this post. The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) had the sleeve opening in the manner of an old school desk. You could actually fold it out into a desk and you opened the lid and the vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of girl's panties. Priceless I tell you. When you removed the record, there was all manner of clutter in the desk that you could spend hours looking at. I can tell you it's a hard puppy to find now.

So as I conclude my post for vinyl record day I ask myself, do I miss vinyl? Am I one of those music purists who say that Cd's and other digital music has a "cold" sound and feeling and vinyl has a warm and pure sound. In a lot of ways I miss several aspects of vinyl. I don't miss the fact that no matter how careful you are, how meticulous you care for your vinyl, they eventually acquire pops, ticks and other staticky noises. I am one who will take his music any way he can get it. Although I do feel quite an urge to acquire a turntable and start collecting again. Who knows what the future will bring. I do know that those of us who grew up listening to our favorite artists on the record player will never forget what it was like to buy that new album and that feeling you had when you held it while the music played. One things for sure, I'm going to suggest to Bob that he have another vinyl night sometime soon. Now for some tunes that I would wear my turnable out playing.

Luney Tune by Alice Cooper
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My Drum by The Osmonds
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157 Riverside Avenue by REO Speedwagon (sharebee link)
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Flaming Youth by KISS
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Blues For Baby and Me by Elton John
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Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band
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Ain't Nothing but a House Party by the J Geils Band
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Redemption Song

Today in Music History:

In 1969, Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows. On the menu an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins & Honey.

Joe Strummer BiographyDoes anybody read books anymore? I don't read as much as I used to mainly because of time constraints and my old fart eyesight. I've worn glasses all my life and they're thick as coke bottles and now I find the print to be too small. I do manage to read though and right now I'm halfway into, Redemption Song The Ballad of Joe Strummer, The Definitive Biography. It is a fascinating look into one of the greatest poets of our generation if you will. From the time I discovered the Clash in 1979 to the present day, Joe has been a defining force in my life. When Joe passed away it was a devastating day for me as well as countless others.

Most of us know the basic history of The Clash, one of the most important groups of our times. Yet this book has opened up a whole new facet to the man and the myth, Joe Strummer. The author, Chris Salewicz, starts the book on how he heard the news about Joe's passing and how hard it hit him, which immediately brought back memories of my feelings of that day. Chris Salewicz knew Joe as a close friend since 1977. With the full approval of his relatives, companions and fellow musicians, he has written the definitive account of the most fascinating of all British rock 'n' roll idols, a man who really did change the way the world thought.

Joe was a man of mystery, willfully reinventing himself to take part in the 1977's radical punk movement. The reality - which included a secret family past, enormous worldwide success, bleak years in the wilderness and a triumphant return to stardom - contained all the elements of Shakespearian tragedy. But through enormous personal struggle and resolve, Joe Strummer turned his life into an uplifting, epic story.

Right now in the book I'm towards the end of 1977 with The Clash gaining momentum on the heels of their debut album, which wasn't released in the US until 1979. His pre Clash days have been well documented here and I was mesmerized reading the parts about his time with the 101'ers, his band prior to joining the Clash. The whole punk movement is well chronicled with a well known cast of characters. I have often said that as the world was getting it's first look at punk via the Sex Pistols and parents being scared shitless by them, it was really the Clash that should have had the parents running scared.

Joe Strummer was a man I much admired and this biography is one that should be read by anyone who has had a passing listen of the Clash. If you don't mind opening a pdf file, one can go here to read the first chapter of the book, I think you may find yourself wanting more. So I would like to showcase some of Joe's lesser known stuff. I guess I mean non Clash stuff that some may be unfamiliar with. Joe we hardly knew ye.

Letsgetabitrockin' by the 101'ers
Lonely Mother's Son by the 101'ers (later became Jail Guitar Doors for the Clash)
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Minstrel Boy by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
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Redemption Song by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Coma Girl by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros(one of his best songs ever)
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Grace and the Nocturnals Revisited

Today in Music History:

In 2003, Ozzy Osbournes long-standing tour manager, Bobby Thompson, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room. Thompson had been battling throat cancer.

Grace Potter and the NocturnalsAlmost exactly a year ago homercat wrote about one of the most exciting new bands he'd heard about in recent memory. Of course I'm speaking of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. When I first heard their album Nothing but the Water, I got a case of the chillbumps. It was that good. I urged my readers to get the disc and go see them live if possible and at year end wrap up I ranked the album #2 of the year's best releases. That voice slays me, and I have never heard a Hammond B3 sound so damn sexy. If you didn't take the cat's advice and snatch up the album, then you are truly missing something. Already their live performances are reaching legendary status. Unfortunately they haven't come anywhere close to the island and I am itching to see them live. Recently a friend sent me this email.
Saw Grace Potter in a small club a week ago. Dude, outstanding. One of the best live shows I've seen in a decade or more. The guitar player spent half the night trying to fix his amp or something, and it still was amazing. (thanks to S)

Grace PotterNow onto the fresh stuff. Some of you may or may not know that even though GPTN have spent the better part of the last year on tour, they have recorded a new album and it's set to be released this August 7. This is Somewhere is the name of the album and the title is a nod to the Neil Young and Crazy Horse album, Everyone Knows this is Nowhere. Homercat has had the ultimate opportunity to hear an advance copy of the disc and was not disappointed in the least. On the very first listen of the album I was immediately struck by how much the band has matured between this and their last disc. Then somewhere during my listening I downloaded the press kit for the new album and upon reading it I found that my initial reactions were confirmed by what I was reading. I started to think that sometimes I might actually know what I'm talking about. Dare I go into a track by track analysis?

I dare not, because let's face it I'm not that good a writer. What I do know is music and whether it's good or crap, and this is some great stuff. So I'll touch on some of the tracks and encourage all who read this to run out and buy a copy come release day, because like it's predecessor, This is Somewhere is another 5 star effort. The first track Ah Mary is the album's first single that has been included in the press kit. The track is a first for Grace as it is a politically charged tune. GPTN tackle a couple of issues on this album, for example track 4, Ain't No Time addresses New Orleans troubles and the Hammond Makes it's full blown appearance on this song. Awesome tune that rivals the excellence of Nothing but the Water. Personally I would have chosen this track as the lead off single. It showcases everything that is great about GPTN. The album is a perfect mix of rockers and ballads and Track 5 is another great rocker called Mr. Columbus which is a very catchy tune. Actually it was hard for me to pick out my favorite tune, but the one that had it's biggest impact on me was the last track on the album, Big White Gate. A stunning song about a dying 84 year old grandmother with a powerful wall of sound that gave me the aforementioned chillbumps which alone is worth the price of the album.

On this their third album you get the sense of a band poised on the verge of greatness. As the band matures you get this feeling that they are getting ready to explode. As good as this and the previous album is, you can just feel that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have yet to tap into their potential. Grace's soulful voice and that durned Hammond just won't get out of my head. The album manifests incredible growth in the writing and singing of 24-year-old phenomenon Grace Potter, who has clearly found her true voice in both respects, as well as the instrumental prowess of the band: Potter on the Hammond B3, guitarist Scott Tournet, bassist Bryan Dondero and drummer Matt Burr.

The future looks pretty good for these guys, and homercat says don't miss out. For those who may have missed out the last time I wrote about these guys, I'll toss up a track from the last album. Also while I would like to showcase my favorite song from the new album, I'll go along with the GPTN press release and showcase Ah Mary. One thing I must make clear, if they come to your town to play, do not miss it. Also I would like to make my plea be heard, Please come to Victoria, BC and play at one of our many great clubs.

Nothing But the Water from the album Nothing but the Water
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Ah Mary from the upcoming release, This is Somewhere
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Let me know what you think, eh.

Funny Toon

Friday, July 20, 2007

Working Graveyards

Today in Music History:

1963, Jan and Dean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Surf City', written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals.

To be more precise, things I have learned since I started working the graveyard shift. It's a whole different deal from midnight to 8 am, and I've picked up some knowledge I'd like to share. Oh yeah there be music in them thar links.

1. Whoever invented the sleep mask is a saint. I used to think they were stupid but without my sleep mask with the little sheep on it I would be terribly sleep deprived. Thank you sleep mask guy.

2. Those bastard buses that go by every 3 minutes are the loudest fucking things I've ever heard during daylight hours while wearing my sleep mask. Enter the earplugs.

3. The hookers get desperate around 2 am. I've actually seen them jump out in the street in front of cars trying to flag down a potential customer. I have only seen this, not personally flagged down, Honest.

4. Butt pickers prowl the streets around 4 am. Not the kind that have undies wedged up their ass. The ones that scour the parking lots and sidewalks pre dawn, looking for half finished cigarettes so they can recycle them by emptying any remaining tobacco and rolling their own new ones.

5. Ditto the garbage can and or dumpster divers looking for that ever elusive can or bottle that may be returned for a nickel. Most times the butt picker and garbage can guy are the same person. Sometimes they are separate entities.

6. There are an above average number of skateboarders out doing their thing at 3 am. Some of them like to wear white capes and masks. I have actually seen this at 3 AM once. This freaks me out.

7. This could be tied in with number 6 but it seems like there is no such thing as a curfew for kids any more. When I was a teen, my ass had to be home by a certain time or I was going to get a serious ass whoopin. It's not unusual to see groups of kids out wandering the streets in the wee hours.

8. No matter how hard you try you will never get enough sleep. Especially since your wife will invariably call just as you're drifting off after counting sheep for two hours.... and she just wants to ask you if you're going to take a nap.

9. Cats think that you're getting up at 1 am just for the express purpose of feeding them. Phurbee stands by her food bowl as I'm getting ready and looks at me like "Get over here and feed me fool."

10. When I find out who is shitting in the alley beside the beer and wine store I'm going to kick your ass, I'm fucking tired of cleaning it up. On second thought I'm going to force feed it to you.

It's exciting living life on the edge. Now wasn't that fun! Before the weekend starts I've got one more treat for everyone. I'm making it my mission to make sure that the word of Mojo gets spread. otis Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper wound up cutting ties in late 1989; Nixon wanted to form a full backing band, while Roper left the touring life to pursue a solo career that resulted in two albums for Triple X. For his first solo album, Nixon assembled an all-star cowpunk band featuring Country Dick Montana (Beat Farmers), John Doe (X), Eric Ambel (Del Lords), and Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock). The result, Otis, was released in 1990 and caused a stir with the notorious "Don Henley Must Die," a rip on the Eagles frontman turned solo artist. (Two years later, the initially offended Henley shocked Nixon by climbing on-stage in Austin, TX, to perform the song with him; Nixon subsequently called off his fatwa.)For fans of good old in-your-face iconoclastic rock that doesn't take itself too seriously, this will fill the bill.
Mojo Nixon-Otis 1990
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1. Destroy All Lawyers
2. I Wanna Race Bigfoot Trucks
3. Ain't High Falutin'
4. Shane's Dentist
5. Rabies Baby
6. Put A Sex Mo-Sheen In The White House
7. Star Spangled Mojo (Trad.) Arr. by Mojo Nixon
8. You Can Dress 'Em Up (But You Can't Take 'Em Out)
9. Don Henley Must Die
10. Perry Mason Of Love
11. Took Out The Trash And Never Came Back
12. Gonna Be A New World

All songs written by Mojo Nixon and published by Muffin Stuffin' Music/Administered by La Rana Music [BMI] except as indicated
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ode to a MetalHead

Last week homercat stated that he was back from his mini vacation and I had plans to write a couple posts and obviously that idea got derailed. Soon after I had written my review of the Nazareth concert, I received word that a friend of ours had been found dead along the shoreline of the island. It was not immediately evident what had happened, although the police had ruled out foul play. Al was not a close friend, but a good friend nevertheless. So it came as a real shock to us, especially since the last time we had spent any time together was at the Nazareth concert. In fact the last time I talked to him was towards the end of the concert around last call, as I was working my way back with our last two brews I ran into him and we chatted it up and I razzed him about how much he was sweating and he says that's why I need a drink of your beer. So we shared a beer and I said talk to ya later and that was the last time I saw him.

He was the consummate headbanger with hard metal being his music of choice. His favorite band was Iron Maiden. He had introduced me to many hardcore metal bands that I had never heard of before. They were so hardcore that for the most part they were unlistenable to me.

We all have had death touch us in some way. It is something we live with and we all have to go through. In this case it has been different for me. Towards the end of last week they finally determined that our friend had committed suicide. It isn't important how they know that for sure. I have never known anyone who actually chose to end his life and thus here at the homercat household we have been haunted by it. The last time we saw him you would never have thought that he was having problems. Many thoughts go round and round in your head. How does one decide to simply walk into the ocean and end it all at a young 38 years of age, is there anything I could have said or done the last time I saw him that would have changed his decision and how could we have missed the signs? He had many, many friends that cared for him and you just wonder why? So we deal with it the best we can and life goes on for the rest of us. For my friend,a couple of his favorite bands. I hope he found what he was looking for and is at peace.


Different World by Iron Maiden

Never Walk Alone...A Call to Arms by Megadeth

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

That's what I Call Rock n Roll

Today in Music History:

1965, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', the groups first US No.1. Some US stations cut out the last verse believing it referred to women's 'time of the month'.

Nazareth
During homercat's mini vacation he had the pleasure of attending a kick ass concert last Thursday night. Curiously it was held at the curling club, a venue I had never been to and was unsure what it would be like. The headliners were Nazareth with the Headpins opening the bill. One might immediately assume that attendees were in the over forty, greying mullet and ponytail types. To be sure there were many concert T shirt, beer soaked beer guts in the crowd. Yours truly included. Yet there were many under 30's there also. Wanting a chance to see bona fide legends perform. Admittedly Naz is down to only two original members. Original drummer Darrell Sweet passed away back in 98. Although the new drummer is bassist Pete Agnew's son, keeping it in the family so to speak. The place was standing room only.

The Headpins opened with an hour plus blistering set, which left no doubt in anyone's mind that Darby Mills may just be the sexiest headbangin' female on the planet. No doubt in my mind. Even the gals in attendance were of the same mind set, Darby was a goddess. The price we paid for tickets was incredibly cheap and would have been just fine to see the Headpins. I was lucky enough inch my way to the front of the stage and proceeded to get my head blown away.

In between sets we headed for the mile long beer line which actually moved quite quickly considering the crowd. Having got our two beers a piece, we headed for the standing room only outdoor smoking cage. The logistics of lighting a smoke was a nightmare but mission accomplished and once again pushed our way to the front of the stage. As the strains of a bagpipe solo played, Nazareth took the stage and proceeded to rock harder than any group I have ever seen. You would think that with the way Dan McCafferty sings, his voice would be nearly wrecked after all these years. Not the case, in fact it was more powerful and better sounding than ever. I saw these guys 25 years ago in their heyday with all the original members and that show paled in comparison to what I witnessed Thursday night. The hits were there of course but so too were a host of lesser known material from their first four albums, which was an absolute treat to hear. They weren't afraid to show their age, and the original members, Dan McCafferty and Pete Agnew, were either content to hold their ground on stage or stroll around like they were playing in their living rooms. Such is the confidence of rock elder statesmen. "This one's about 100 years old," joked Dan McCafferty, before screeching through Razamanaz. Having attended a score of rock concerts in Victoria, this was the most animated I have seen the crowd get. Folks on the island are notoriously laid back.

Nazareth is spending this summer touring Canada. See tour dates here. I would suggest snapping up a ticket and going to see a show if you can. Ours were $25 a piece. You would be hard pressed to see a better show this year. This is a Homercat guarantee. For you folks in Calgary, they are playing in your fine city tonight.

Even though I recently did a post about these guys. Today we're going to revisit a couple Headpins tunes and a couple of the older classics that Naz performed.

Turn it Loud by The Headpins
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Turn on Your Receiver by Nazareth
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Expect No Mercy by Nazareth
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Alcatraz by Nazareth
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Telegram by Nazareth
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