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Keith Richards’ Secret To Immortality?

Cocaine and DadFrom NME via Yahoo News: "The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive." Read More

A Popular Music Composition By An Untitled Music Project

A generic band name. A generic song title. The chorus about the most mundane of topics -- talking about the weather. I don't want to know anything else about this band. It's perfect in its anonymity. I can tell from their accents that these blokes are from England, maybe Scotland or Wales. They could be from San Francisco and pretend to have accents. I'd rather not know where they come from. I don't want to know if their ... Read More

Music For Parents by Machine Go Boom

Machine Go Boom Music For Parents Collectible Escalators 2007 On the surface, the title of Machine Go Boom's latest cd, Music For Parents is a bit misleading. The ramshackle indie pop of Machine Go Boom probably wouldn't sit well with my folks -- I seriously doubt my mom would play Machine Go Boom after her favorite Shania Twain album. However, look a little deeper, and consider the themes of youth that are prevalent through... Read More

"Prophet" by Carbon Silicon

Mick Jones (The Clash, B.A.D) and Tony James (Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik) are serious in their mission to use technology to spread their message and their music in the 21st Century. While the press is filled with gloom and doom stories about music piracy, lawsuits, and bleeding profits, these veteran musicians have fully embraced the new realities of the industry by releasing all of their albums as free downloads. Ther... Read More

Where To Rock It

Friday night at Parish Hall, Lou Muenz has a photo opening with music provided by Tall Pines, Coffinberry, Doctor Teeeth, Luxury Flats (NY). Muenz will be displaying his latest exhibit, "More Tales From The Rustbelt," featuring Cleveland cityscapes as well as shots he's done for Cleveland bands. The show opens at 7 with the rock to start around 10. Also Friday night, Mobile Crime Lab USA will be at The Symposium in Lakewood. For... Read More

From The Vaults of I Rock Cleveland: The Mice

This past weekend I was catching up on my Cleveland rock history and found myself on the Scat Records website. Scat, now based in St Louis, was originally formed in Cleveland and released records by some of the most important Ohio artists of our time: Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices, The Electric Eels, Prionshake, and The Mice. The Mice were a power pop who were active during the mid to late Eighties, still a few years before I co... Read More

Ins, Outs, What Have Yous

The Cleveland Scene ran a lengthy piece on the Black Angels this week. They play the Beachland Tavern on Monday with Vietnam. The Beachland's website says "tickets are going fast." I heard a rumor that it may be moved to the Ballroom, but do you want to take that chance?Ted Leo has been everywhere. This evening while I was stuck on that massive 480 back up, Ted was talking with Melissa Block on NPR. Tomorrow night, NPR will be b... Read More

More Dead Bodies

It's been a couple months since I last mentioned the Dead Bodies, and as we inch closer to the release date for Mr Spookehouse's Pink House, I can report to you that they're still wonderfully weird. Although neither "Mr Spookehouse Himself" nor "In Heaven, We All Are" will induce head-scratch fever like the previously unleashed "Pink Muff Dance Party Vampire Resolve," they do share that same playful, adventurous spirit. So what ... Read More

Image Is Everything

During a recent shopping trip, I picked up a couple cds. No surprise there. The first was by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists -- their latest release Living With The Living, and the second was Back to Black by British bad girl Amy Winehouse. After listening to both discs for a week, and absolutely enjoying both of them (I must add), I came to the realization that in some way, both of these purchases were influenced by image.Ted Leo ... Read More

"Lockaway" by The Poison Arrows

Today's rock lesson: your band name matters. Consider The Poison Arrows from Chicago. Excellent band made up of Adam Reach (41 Rivers), Patrick Morris (Don Caballero), and Justin Sinkovich (Atombombpocketknife), and for the longest time I wouldn't listen to them because the phrase "Poison Arrow" is connected with that ABC song from the 80's with the repulsively addictive chorus, "Shoot that poison arrow through my hearrrrrt, shoo... Read More