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You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory

Thirteen years ago yesterday, on April 23, 1991, ex-NY Doll/Heartbreaker guitar slinger Johnny Thunders (nee John Anthony Genzale) was found dead of an apparent drug OD in his room at the St. Peter Guest House in New Orleans. His room had been ransacked and in the typical sloppy manner of the N.O. Police Dept., the investigation was thoroughly F-ed up. ... Read More »

Stompin’ in the Swamp…

Tony Joe White, The Pride of West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. The man who put the Stomp in Swamp Music... Read More »

RIAA Strikes Again!

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Students here are still stunned after an early morning raid on the dorms at the University of Florida. With all the force and brutality of the Ton Ton Macoute, the RIAA’s team of crack stormtroopers tore through the student housing area. Building after building, room after room they went, liberating 800+ downloaded songs, said a spokesman for ... Read More »

Fender Stratocaster: The 50th Anniversary

News Flash!!! : The “Fender Stratocaster” is celebrating the Big FIVE-O this year. In related news: Over indulgent wanking on a Stratocaster is 49 years, 11 months and 29 days old. Just kidding. Sort of… Back in 1946, Leo Fender opened Fender Guitars in what was once a radio repair shop in Fullerton,CA. at the corner of Santa Fe & ... Read More »

Hey! Where Are My Panties?

It seems that America’s fave celebri-sluts are back once again in a brand new TV show this fall on the F*X Network. We get to follow Ms.Paris Hilton and her friend Nicole Richie as they travel the world over. They disco down, take way too many drugs and get drunk, drunk, drunk. Each morning finds our lovely friends in some ... Read More »

Wave Twisters: The Movie

Having immersed myself in the sweet sound of Blues at a tender young age, I’ve gone on to being just as obsessed with Jazz, Funk, Soul, R & B, Reggae & Gospel. All of the former figuring heavily in my current pre-occupation with Hip-Hop and where it’s going from here in 2004. On several levels I don’t think Hip-Hop works ... Read More »

Blues With A Feeling: The Little Walter Story

What with Winter dragging on and on (even though I’m way out here in the sunny Southwest and I don’t have it as bad as you guys in Cleveland or Chicago), the flu kicking me ass backwards and with all of the pointless infighting going on around BC lately, I just can’t help but to feel a little bit down, ... Read More »

Darker Blues

This is the best book on contemporary Blues I’ve ever seen. Author Nico Morrison & photographer David Raccuglia have captured the very essence of the “Blues”, people who play the blues and the people who live, love and die by the blues. This book with it’s beautifully grainy B & W photography is a testimonial to the vitality and to ... Read More »

And The Rumor Mill Just Keeps On Grindin’….

While watching CNN two days ago, I saw a news brief to the effect of “We have information on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden and we will capture him this year”. This time the information is (supposed to be) very good, from reliable intelligence sources and now it’s only a matter of time before we bring his head to ... Read More »

Honkin’, Squawkin’, Boppin’ & Rockin’ In Chi-Town

While Chicago is mainly known for its rich Blues history, its place in America’s bountiful Jazz heritage is sadly overlooked. Chicago has had a thriving Jazz scene ever since the 1920’s, falling just behind New Orleans and N.Y.C. in terms of its importance in Jazz. 74 year old saxophonist Fred Anderson’s new CD “Back At The Velvet Lounge” is a ... Read More »