And I don’t mean the band Journey recently inducted into the supposed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. God knows what those clowns think when they make their choices but when I look at the possible choices they could have made besides those guys… well, I won’t go there. Let me just say that I understand when people are upset when I make such statements because they have a soundtrack to their lives as well, but this isn’t their column, is it? I look at it this way— Journey had hits, yes, and made CBS one hell of a lot of money, but they didn’t have an original bone in all of their collective bodies and you will never change my mind. Hall of Fame? Not even close. Not while the hundreds more deserving are locked out. Change that to thousands.
Archive for Wes Swing
Frank Gutch Jr: A Journey and the Soundtrack to my Life; Angharad Drake’s New Album; The Big Bright In the Studio; Plus Notes…Posted in Opinion, Review with tags Alternate Root Magazine, Angharad Drake, Beth Ditto, Beth Garner, Blue Sky Boys, David Gogo, DBAWIS, Don & The Goodtimes, Don't Believe a Word I Say, fotheringay, Frank Gutch Jr., House of Records, Indie Artists, Indie Music, Jesse Ed Davis, John K. Samson, Journey, Larry Coryell, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Lanza, music, music videos, radio, Records, Red Foley, Road Runners, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Sandy Denny, segarini, Six Fat Dutchmen, Sweet Home Oregon, T. Texas Tyler, The Big Bright, The Live Five, The Moguls, The Record Company, Victory At Sea, Wes Swing on April 19, 2017 by segarini
Frank Gutch Jr: Musicians on a Mission: Dan Phelps, Julian Taylor, Wes Swing, and Jimmy Lee (formerly Lee’s Company)… Plus a lugubrious panorama of NotesPosted in Opinion, Review with tags ...and the heart, Amy van Keeken, Bill Baird, Bill Pillmore, Colleen Brown, Crushed Out, Curtis Mayflower, Dan Phelps, danny schmidt, DBAWIS, Devon Sproule, Diet Cig, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Elephant Revival, Frank Gutch Jr., Indie Artists, Indie Music, jess Pillmore, Jimmy Lee, Julian Taylor, Kelly MacGregor, Lila Blue, Lisbee Stainton, Matt Chamberlain, Modular, music, music videos, radio, Records, Reveal, segarini, Sweet Home Oregon, The Secret Sisters, Thee Holy Brothers, Through a Fogged Glass, Tift Merritt, Viktor Krauss, Wes Swing, White Mansions, Zmei3 on April 11, 2017 by segarini
Meet Dan Phelps, if you have not already done so. I first ran across him over a decade ago when he was working with both Bill Pillmore and his daughter Jess Pillmore on their respective albums, Look In Look Out and Reveal. Bill was an original member of Cowboy and I had heard through Scott Boyer, another original member of that venerable band, that he was recording for the first time, to my knowledge, since Cowboy‘s excellent 1971 release, 5’ll Getcha Ten. When I contacted him, he was in full recording mode, working with Phelps, whom he had chosen to produce. To my amazement, Phelps did more than just produce. He was a sideman and a damn good one, a creator of good licks and solid musical ideas. It was a first look at a musician I would follow from that point on.
Frank Gutch Jr: All Things Must Pass— Thoughts On the Record Business; No Small Children and the Radio; plus Notes To Plant In Your Head (Yes, It is Spring, Sports Fans)…Posted in Opinion, Review with tags All Things Must Pass, Barbed Wire Dolls, Dave Coker, DBAWIS, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Flashback, Frank Gutch Jr., Indie Music, KASH, Ken Sockolov, KFLY, KGAL, KISN, KRKT, Lisa Mychols, love, Lovers & Madmen, music, music videos, No Small Children, Petunia & The Vipers, radio, Real Don Steele, Records, Russ Solomon, segarini, Sweet Home Oregon, Takashi Miyaki, The Gestures, The Grass Roots, The Leaves, The Merry Go Round, The Mojo Men, The Vejtables, Tower Records, Wes Swing on April 6, 2017 by segarini
I just finished watching the documentary titled All Things Must Pass about Tower Records and their rise and fall and am going to try to tell you a bit about the record business in which I worked. First, though, a few people to whom I have talked about the film have made comments about Russ Solomon, the man behind the chain, which were none too complimentary. When I heard them, I didn’t say much because I had yet to see it and thought maybe the comments were more toward the film than Russ himself. So let me now respond to those few, none named because the conversations were private and thus not fodder for public consumption.
Frank Gutch Jr: Vinyl Presence & Presents (After All, Christmas Is Around the Corner) and Notes From Under the Ground…..Posted in Opinion with tags 667s, Arborea, CDBaby, Dala, DBAWIS, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Frank Gutch Jr., Freedom Hawk, Gavin Guss., Good To Die Records, Green Monkey, Green Pajamas, Hitmen, Howie Wahlen, Indie Artists, Indie Music, Lisa Joy Pimentel, Nick Holmes, No Small Children, Putters, Records, Red Rattles, Sandrider, Small Stone Recordings, Spyn Reset, Sundowners, Sydney Wayser, The Fire Tapes, Ticktockman, Tom Dyer, vinyl, WarHen Records, Wes Swing, Xenat-Ra, Zombie vs. Shark on November 21, 2012 by segarini
I don’t know what youth wants from us old farts, especially when it comes to music. Many mock us for being Boomers, many laugh at our music. I can understand. I laugh at us, too. Our insistence that stars are gods, especially rock and movie stars. Our self-indulgence. Our knowledge that we more than any others are omniscient. God, but there have been times when I wished I had been borne of another generation (until I look at the other generations and realize that they are as fucked up as are we).