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k.d. lang and the Reclines

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 18:30


Way high on my list of all time favorite albums is Absolute Torch and Twang by k.d. lang and the Reclines.

Featuring long time Canadian sideman and producer of Absolute Torch and Twang, Ben Mink playing lead guitar, famed steel and slide guitarist Greg Leiz along with a way tight and accomplished group of musicians none of whom I've been able to identify, this is the band lang took out on the road in the early 90's to promote that record.

Everytime I play it, I regret having missed this group.

It's pretty nice to have video.

One of the great voices in the history of popular music, this is k.d. lang and the Reclines.

Big Boned Gal.



And because I couldn't choose between them.

Didn't I.

Sorry about the hiss.



Anybody else ever noticed that you never see k.d.lang and Wayne Newton together?


Liquid Worlds

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 15:13


The following are photographs of water drops taken by Markus Reugels with his high speed camera.

I'm pretty sure I'd be buying some of this stuff if I had an empty wall somewhere.

Click any of the photos below to link up to more of Markus' beautiful work along with a photo essay on how he does it.




You don't have to worry, we'll probably be pulling out the soapbox soon enough.



2012 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 07:14


One of our favorite sites, or "Dobb's Folly" as it is known around here, offers up a nice photo essay of this years Quadrantid Meteor Shower along with a little science about meteor showers in general and the yearly Quadrantid Meteor Shower in particular.

The following photo by Robert Porto taken in the Canary Islands will link you to the entire piece.



Howlin Wolf

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 18:53



Conceived by German jazz publicist Joachim-Ernst Berendt, The American Folk Blues Festival was an annual fall tour of Europe by American blues musicians. 

Jazz having become very popular in Europe, and with rock and roll just beginning to gain a foothold there, the fact that both genres drew influences from the blues caused Berendt to think that European audiences would jump at the chance to see live performances by American blues artists.

Promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau brought Berendt’s idea to fruition by entering into a relationship with the great Willie Dixon that would enable them to book the greatest and most influential of America’s blues musicians.

The first festival was held in 1962.

It continued mostly annually until 1972.

After an eight year hiatus it was revived in 1980 and ran until 1985. 

During the course of these tours, Lippman and Rau were able to arrange very high quality, live in the studio performances by these great artists for German television.

One of which follows here. 

Famed German poster artist Gunther Kieser did the poster art and show bills for the 1964 tour from which the following performance was taken.

Click on the poster to link up to Amazon’s offering of Reelin in the Years Productions’ DVD collection of these historic performances.

Outstanding stuff.

Here’s the great Chester Burnett, also know as Howlin' Wolf on vocals and accoustic guitar, the equally great Hubert Sumlin on the electric guitar, Sunnyland Slim on piano, along with Willie Dixon (who you never see) playing bass, with an introduction from what appears to be a fairly well buzzed Mae Mercer.

Shake for Me.



 It seems we've just completed our second unpaid product endorsement.


Nothing to do with anything, but positive at least.

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 23:56


Huron County Michigan Deputy Sheriff Ryan Swartz was dispatched to the scene of an accident between an automobile and a deer.

The deer evidently having failed to look both ways.

When he arrived he found the deer standing in the middle of the road, frozen from fear.

The following video is about what happened next.



Thanks to the little wiffer for sending this in.


Bob Seger and the Last Heard

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 16:33


If you are a Detroiter of a certain age, you have very distinct memories of hustling home after school to catch your favorite musical group lip sync their newest hit on Detroit's version of American Bandstand, Swingin' Time hosted by WKNR then CKLW disk jockey Robin Seymour.

They were all there as all of Motowns greats appeared, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Amboy Dukes, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Parliment, The Stooges and I'm pretty sure the MC5 along with most of the national acts that came through town.

Dick Clark was wishing his show was so cool.

Long before the Silver Bullet Band was even a glimmer in Bob Seger's eye there was Bob Seger and the Last Heard and then the Bob Seger System.

This is a very young Bob Seger on vocals and cheesy organ, Pep Perrine on drums, Dan Honaker on bass and I'm pretty sure that's Carl Lagassa on guitar, performing what is in my opinion one of the greatest stories in the history of Rock and Roll and Bob Seeger's first local hit record.

Bob Seger and the Last Heard.

East Side Story.



The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 11:06


A couple of the minions hail from Southern California.

You may not be aware of this but for Southern Californians of a certain age, when it comes to Halloween there is only one band and only one tune that truly satisfies.

That band being Oingo Boingo and the tune, Dead Man's Party

So ... from 1985, here's Danny Elfman on guitar and vocals, Steve Bartek playing an exceptionally tasty lead guitar, John Hernandez on drums, John Avila on the bass synth, Michael Bacich (I think) on keyboards, and the horn section of Leon Schneiderman and Sam (Sluggo) Phipps on saxaphones with Dale Turner on the trumpet.

Oingo Boingo.

Dead Man's Party




No minions ..... thank you.



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