Sunday, July 24, 2011

Off The Beaten Path Show # 7

I'm Back.  Well, not that I ever really went anywhere.  Just trying to get through one of the hottest weeks in recent memory.  We've also been trying to get our 2 month old daughter onto a sleep schedule.  So far, so good.  Just been extremely busy with Daddy Duty and loving every minute of it.  Parenting is probably the toughest job you'll ever love.

Off The Beaten Path Show # 7

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Yellow Matter Custard
The Shape I’m In – The Band
Get Over You – The Undertones
Something I Learned Today – Husker Du
Better Living – Tin Horn Prayer
Johnny Sunshine – Liz Phair
Don’t Care – Klark Kent
Shadow Of A Doubt – Tom Petty
For All To See – Buffalo Tom
Planeride – Clowns For Progress
Break It Up – Rocket From The Crypt
Another State Of Mind – Social Distortion
I’m Always In Love – Wilco
Summer Of Drugs – Soul Asylum
Love Gun – KISS
Play With Me – Extreme (Hair Metal Song of the Week)
Lights Out – UFO
The Outsider – Black Country Communion
Tristessa – Smashing Pumpkins
I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down – Elvis Costello
Older Guys – Flying Burrito Brothers
Working Girl – The Members
Land Ho! – The Doors
Coming Up Close – ‘Til Tuesday
What Am I Doing Hanging ‘Round – The Monkees
Sway – Rolling Stones
Satisfaction Guaranteed – The Firm
And We Danced – The Hooters
I Just Wanna Get Along - The Breeders
Twisting By The Pool – Dire Straits

I think the show is another good one.  Tune in to Monday @ 12PM Eastern, Wednesday @ 4PM and Friday @ 8PM. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Final 9

Now that my wife is back to work and I'm taking care of the baby full time, I haven't had the time to do a weekly Nine By Design.  So, it's being retired.  It may come out of retirement once I get my daughter into a schedule, but as of right now, I think 40 is a really good number to stop on.  Who knows, it may become the Brett Favre of my blog or it's leaving the band to work it's long awaited solo project.

I'll leave with this for the weekend:

I was going to add "Nine In The Afternoon" by Panic at the Disco, but I just couldn't deal with it.  Ugh...just...ugh.
Cheers, Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

All The Young Dudes

Or dudettes...We're taking our little baby girl to her first concert on Friday.  We figure she'll be 7 weeks old, it's about time she rocks out.  We're taking every precaution for her hearing, since it's as good as it'll ever get...not like vision which takes time to come in.  We have some earplugs for her.  It's an outdoor show, so the sound will have a place to go, unlike in a club.  The Throttles are playing and they aren't nearly as loud as they used to be.  I hope my friends are able to make it down for the show.  What could be a better evening?  Good music, outdoors and it's free.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Blog Blocked

This is what has been happening when I try to blog lately.  I'm getting "Blog Blocked" by the baby.  It's not without trying or lack of material, it's just no time and a lack of sleep.  I'll figure this out somehow...the transition may just take longer than I expected.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Live Your Life

Health emergencies can lead to many things.  Panic is usually the first on the list, because the unknown is scary.  People deal in their own ways.  Some fall apart, some step up their game and others fall somewhere in the middle.  You never really know how you're going to react until it's time and you're tested.  Words are said that might be better thought, than uttered. 

Transference of anger is a bitch.  I've done it most of my life.  If I'm mad about something, someone or a situation, the wrong person usually gets the brunt of it...the anger.  Even when you know that you are doing it, it doesn't change the fact you can't stop it.  I see a lot of that happening currently, thankfully not by me this time, but with others.  We're human, mistakes are made and emotions can play havoc with your thought process and actions.

One of my oldest friends is currently in the hospital and in pretty bad shape, but as always there's hope.  A better hospital, with probably, most likely, better doctors.  Rhode Island tends to scare me about their health care.  I'm originally from Massachusetts and some of the best hospitals in the USA are in Boston.  I'm bias, I guess.  I like living, you should to.  Times like these you start reflecting, which can both be good and bad.  Makes you look in the mirror a little. 

I'm just babbling now, because that's what these things tend to do to you.  You don't want to say/do the wrong thing and it doesn't help when you don't know what that might be.  Send positive vibes/thoughts my way and I'll send them along to him. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nine By Design 40

Okay, I know it's not Friday.  Real life got in the way.  Took the family to the mall (Sears) to get some auto repairs and it literally took the entire day.  Walking around the mall for hours upon hours with no real spending money, blows big time.  This will be a quick Nine By Design.  Newer bands (to me at least) that I'm getting into these days. 

New Bands (for me):

Volbeat - I saw them for the first time on the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show.  Really liked them.  They mix metal with alternative and have a sense of humor.  I hope this band from Denmark hit big in America.

Fleet Foxes -  Still don't know much about this band, but the more I hear from them the more I like them.

Black Country Communion - Holy crap are they good.  Just heard their second album, aptly titled 2.  Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple), Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) really make great music together.  Good blusey, hard rock...

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Still getting into Mr. Leo and his merry men.  Still have yet to be disappointed by anything I hear from him.  Great revved up power pop, with clever hooks and melodies.

Gary Moore - He passed away a few months ago sadly.  I'm still discovering how great a guitarist and singer he was.  Just amazing stuff.

Devil Makes Three - Really great songs and fun music from this three piece hailing from California.

Jay Berndt - The next three will be local bands/musicians I really like.  It's my blog, my rules.  All have been written about here and played on my radio show.  Berndt is a fantastic songwriter.  Here's a real performer and not the junk considered country these days.

Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons - Another really great songwriter and performer.  We have our fair share in Providence, RI.
The Throttles - From the ashes of The Amazing (Royal) Crowns comes, The Throttles.  Just three superior musicians.  Great garage rock mixed with some rockabilly and various other genres.  Totally worth your time.

As I finish up the baby's crying and I've got to go.  Cheers, Happy Long Weekend!