Old Oak vs. New Oak: A Comparison
I know I've been back for almost as long as I was gone, but it's worth noting that many things changed during my absence.
The Old Oak would stay out at bars until after midnight, then stay up watching movies until around... uh... 4:20. Dude.
The New Oak is in bed before 11 because he has this job, plus another job, plus school.
The Old Oak guzzled down many bottles of watery, mass-produced suds.
The New Oak prefers to savor a nice microbrewed pint of stout, porter, or ale.
The Old Oak listened to psychedelic music and went hiking.
The New Oak listens to death metal and hits the gym and the bike trail. (The Old Oak weighed considerably more than the New Oak.)
The Old Oak was known to chase beautiful, funny, intelligent, somewhat dangerous women.
The New Oak caught the most beautiful, funny, intelligent, dangerous one of all and married her.
The Old Oak liked Zeppelin and Floyd and AC/DC and was honored to be a part of Madison's #1 rock station.
The New Oak, at least in that respect, is exactly the same.
Classic Rock Magazine has a cool video about... Videos. Specifically Van Halen videos. Starring Sammy Hagar as himself. Takes me back! Check it out here.
Since about 2007, Jimmy has begun every year by announcing that either:
a) he's releasing a solo album this year or
b) he's touring this year or
The answer invariably turns out to be
d) none of the above.
Jimmy has declared 2013 a "b" year. Here's hoping it's fer realz this time. Would love to see him play again. Here's the latest.
"He basically gained the equivalent of a Duff McKagan." As the kids say: "LULZ."
We'll all be rooting for the Brew Crew again in no time.
I hesitate to call anything an "instant classic," but the closing sketch from this week's SNL may deserve the label. Martin Short and Paul McCartney are "The Singing Duo of Caleb and Monty." Paul, as Monty, finally gets his chance to sing one of my favorite Christmas songs. (And one that most of my friends hate, which for some reason only makes me like it more.) Check out the video here.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I was unaware of most of these, actually. Of course Bing and Bowie are on the list. Ozzy and Jessica? Wow. Check 'em out, and Merry Christmas!
I never thought I would see the day that Rush would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You know the rules: Critics are required to hate bands who are actually skilled musicians. (Ever read a good review of a Yes album? I haven't.) Geddy, Alex, and Neil are arguably the most skilled musicians in rock. Critics are therefore required to hate Rush. So maybe this IS a sign the Mayan Apocalypse is upon us.
That's the title of the latest collection of lost Jimi Hendrix tracks due for release. Now, you may be thinking what I'm thinking. There appears to be an endless well of "lost" Jimi stuff. They've been releasing it little by little for decades now. And you don't know if you need to hear yet another unfinished take of your favorite Hendrix song. Right? But this promises to be a little bit different. "People, Hell, and Angels" is being put together by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer. These tracks are said to represent some more experimental things Jimi was working on, with Stephen Stills on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. Mr. Kramer explains it here. I guess we'll hear for ourselves in March.