Monday, September 28, 2009, 7:43 PM // 1 comments

Phillies Dollar Dog Night

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 9:54 PM // 1 comments

Happy 60th Birthday Bruce Springsteen

On February 5, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at The Main Point. Springsteen played for 160 minutes, offering epic versions of "New York City Serenade" and "For You". The concert also featured the first live performance of "Thunder Road", under its earlier title, "Wings for Wheels."  The concert was given as a benefit, broadcast over WMMR, and hosted by deejay Ed Sciaky.

Growin' Up by Bruce Springsteen  
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springsteen-growin-up-main-point.mp3 (4830 KB)

Wings For Wheels by Bruce Springsteen  
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springsteen-wings-for-wheels-main-point.mp3 (9087 KB)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 6:47 PM // 0 comments


Wow, New York City, just like I picture'd it - sky scrapers and everything.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009, 6:13 PM // 0 comments

Joesph Giovanni


Mother Redcap Rock The Cherrywood

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 12:14 PM // 0 comments

Michael Santino

Mike eats the last of his French fries.

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It's a beautiful morning...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 11:07 PM // 0 comments

Get Back Jo Jo - The Beatles Get Back album

My brother loves music the same way we love to breath. Next to his family music is his life and it fuels his soul. One of my brother's great gifts is his ability to write about and convey his excitement and love of a new song, album or band he's just discovered or rediscovered. After reading one of Stephen's emails you immediately want to listen to the attached song as loud as you can.

Here's example of a recent music email Stephen sent me and his friend Nick. This time his subject is the Beatles.


Yo, Paul & Nick...

In the recent wave of Beatles product ("Beatlemania '09" as I like to call it), I'm reminded of Let It Be and it's legacy. I've always been a supporter of that LP--in its Phil Spector form--but for mostly nostalgic reasons (I had a thing for gatefold LPs when I was really young, something to study while I listened to the music).

Stories about the damn Get Back sessions are everywhere on the internet and so damn depressing I won't belabor it with a history lesson. Suffice to say I have something like 80 hours of music from that first month in January '69 and will never listen to much of it. And the Let It Be...Naked CD from a few years ago was a snooze (I thought), too polished and too late for me to really enjoy.

But have you guys heard Get Back? If you look up Let It Be in Wiki you can get the whole story, but in a nutshell, the great engineer Glyn Johns--one of the only people to be at all of the Get Back Sessions (not even George Harrison can say that) was given the daunting task of making an LP out of a month's worth of hostility and ugliness that should have been called Get Away. He made one version and they shot it down. The second version, which for some reason is known as "Version 2 & 3," was approved by all four Beatles for release. He assembled it in April and May '69, it was supposed to come out in July '69 and they even made a cover:

Well, needless to say, they pulled it and focused on Abbey Road. Then it came back, went to Spector and an orchestra and a choir and blah, blah, blah, we all know the rest of this story.

So, to get back to the Glyn Johns version. I think--and many generally agree--that his version is the closest approximation to what they were trying to do with those sessions. It sounds, on one hand, nothing like the contrived, overproduced psychedelia of Sgt. Pepper's, but it also doesn't sound at all like the "one man band" sound that pervades the White Album. Which means it accomplishes what Paul was aiming for: the sound of a band getting back to their roots, playing together in an world without overdubs. It's loose, it's fun. The chatter inbetween songs feels like a band playing and laughing (whereas the stuff Spector included is intriguing but also frequently just weird and esoteric). Johns's version is more cohesive.

Now, I think what I just wrote above about this version is very factual (listing it's obvious differences from Pepper, the White Album and the Spector version), but I'm not gonna tell you guys too much about how I personally feel about it. We've all have too much of an individual relationship with the Beatles for me to try to say this song is better than that song, or this take is better than that mix. You'll have to come to your own conclusions. (I will say this: opening with "One After 909" does make it clear they this is a Back to Our Roots LP [if only to those who know they wrote it in '63], but it's not a great LP opener; "Teddy Boy" is as bad as it is elsewhere; Johns's resolutions for "Get Back" confound me; I think he used the wrong take of "Don't Let Me Down"; I always thought 40 seconds of "Dig It" was plenty and I still feel that way; and two McCartney ballads back-to-back, to end the LP is a mistake. But those are just my opinions.)

Check out the attached. Give it a listen whenever you like.



Thanks, Stephen. As usual you're spot on and this is a great mix but I have to say I'm a sucker for "Teddy Boy." I've always loved that song.

Download The Beatles - Get Back Version 2 & 3

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Saturday, September 05, 2009, 8:27 AM // 1 comments

"Listen to the Stories"

Charlie Parker used to hang out in Charlie's Tavern, a musician's bar in midtown New York. To the dismay of his acolytes, he liked to play country records on the jukebox. There was reluctance to question the taste of mighty Bird, but finally a brave jazzman asked him. "How can you stand that stuff?" Bird looked at him and said, "The stories, man. Listen to the stories!" --Nat Hentoff, Listen To The Stories

If you have the time, take a moment and listen to Patsy Cline tell a story.

Blink It

Wednesday, September 02, 2009, 6:24 PM // 0 comments

I thought for sure I'd be Jello Biafra.

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