Friday, July 10, 2020

Liquid Liquid and Melle Mel - "Cavern" and "White Lines"

I've loved Grandmaster Flash/Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Do It)" since it was released in the fall of 1983. I was an 8th grader in Racine, Wisconsin. It only took me 37 more years to find out that the funky bass line and some of the recurring vocal styles come from another early 80's track called "Cavern"by NYC band Liquid Liquid. Who knew? Probably a lot of you. Me? I live in a bubble, and yeah, quality #musicnerd information like this often takes a while to reach me.

I discovered this listening to Questlove's great new interview with Rick Rubin. It's on his latest podcast episode of Questlove Supreme - two and a half hours of Rubin brain picking. It's staggering the amount of great artists he's produced since starting off in his NYU dorm room 35+ years ago. Beastie Boys to Slayer to Tom Petty to Johnny Cash to Red Hot Chili Peppers and on and on...

Check this stuff out..



Monday, July 6, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hours on End - Citizen Cope

I've slept on Citizen Cope's music for the last bunch of years. His latest release is last year's Heroin & Helicopters - the title coming from a conversation Cope had with Carlos Santana long ago in San Francisco. "Stay away from the two H's" (heroin and helicopters), Carlos passed on to Cope as a bit of advice in the music industry. Those words stuck with him.

The standout track so far for me is "Hours on End" - the groove, the chord progressions, the interesting and at times heavy lyrics. Cope has a way of mixing in the grit and grime of the real world with love, longing and matters of the heart.  Great tune and a solid album altogether.