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Used to Sing on the Mountains But the Mountains Washed Away

Monday morning seems like a good time for Zeppelin appreciation. Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy (1973) When George Harrison met John Bonham, the Beatle told Led Zeppelin’s drummer, “The problem with your band is you don’t do any ballads.” Singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page could have taken umbrage–they had written the gorgeous […]

posted 31 January 2011 in Reviews. 7 comments

Top Five Albums Whose Biggest Hit Was the Last Track

1. The Kinks, Something Else (“Waterloo Sunset”) 2. Madonna, I’m Breathless (“Vogue”) 3. The Clash, London Calling (“Train in Vain”) 4. The Who, Who’s Next (“Won’t Get Fooled Again”) 5. The Eagles, On the Border (“Best of My Love”) For obvious reasons, I avoided compilations and discs that got reissued with a bonus track. What […]

posted 25 January 2011 in Tasty Bits. 4 comments

1988 Countdown #45: Phil Collins, “A Groovy Kind of Love”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) A door opens at the back of a large room. We see a man in silhouette, and a shaft of light illuminating a chair. In silence, the man walks down a staircase into what appears to be a disused warehouse. He gets closer and we see that it’s […]

posted 20 January 2011 in 1988. 4 comments

Some Funky Cosmonaut

Consider the final verse of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush,” in which mankind trundles onto “silver spaceships” and disembarks for a location more hospitable to human life than planet Earth: Flying Mother Nature’s silver seed to a new home in the Sun The Sun? Really? Not the Moon, or Mars, or even another galaxy? […]

posted 18 January 2011 in Tasty Bits. 3 comments

Sixty-Five Percent

The mighty Parks and Recreation returns to the NBC schedule next week (on January 20). During its long hiatus, Community has stolen a bit of its upstart Thursday-night thunder, but I’m very glad we live in a world with both. Why not warm up with the “Jabba the Hutt” version of the opening credits? It […]

posted 12 January 2011 in Archives, Articles. 1 comment

Rockin’ Robin

I’ve started posting on Twitter as @mrgavinedwards–tweet tweet tweet.

posted 5 January 2011 in Outside. no comments yet