Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tried And True” by Ween


I recently discovered a two-CD download of “Caesar” demos for Ween’s eighth album, “Quebec,” that was released by Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween) on his facebook page a few years ago. “Caesar” was the original title for “Quebec,” and the demos were recorded while drummer Claude Coleman was recuperating after his near fatal car accident […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Reincarnation Of A Lovebird” by Charles Mingus


You can almost see the flight of the bird in question during the introduction of this masterwork by bassist Charles Mingus. However, this bird is actually Charlie Parker, with whom Mingus performed on many occasions and to whom this song is dedicated. In Mingus’ own words: “I wouldn’t say I set out to write a […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cat’s Squirrel” by Cream


“All right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right…all right, all right, all right, all right.” – That pretty much sums up the lyrical content of this scorcher from Cream’s 1966 debut album, “Fresh Cream.” And for my money, the band’s studio recordings are far more preferable than their live workouts featuring […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Theme From An Imaginary Western” by Mountain


Every so often, you hear a song that you haven’t heard in a long time, and it blows you away as if you were hearing it for the very first time. I had this experience last night at our weekly “Vinyl Night” gathering at the Firkin bar Libertyville, IL where one of the gang brought […]

Fantasy on The 3D RadioActivity!

2012/08/27 - Fantasy

Fantasy comes in several forms, some of which is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within take place in imaginary worlds where paranormal is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction by the expectation that it steers […]

Getting My Fixx on the Streets of Skokie — Concert Review


Please click here to read the full review on The Fixx Backlot Bash, Skokie, IL August 25, 2012 @@@1/2

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Thing Called Love” by John Hiatt and the Goners


I received an unplanned invite to see a double bill of Steve Earle and John Hiatt at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois the other night. I have seen both artists quite a few times before, but it had been at least 6 years since I last saw Earle and probably 15 years since […]

On the Road Again: Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles


Prior to my trip out to Los Angeles last week, I checked to see if any good bands were playing in the area. The goal was to extricate my son away from the USC campus to experience some of the local music scene. Not that he couldn’t venture out to Hollywood or Venice, but with […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Ode To Charlie Parker” by Eric Dolphy


Leave it to Eric Dolphy to record this Jaki Bayard tribute to Bird and not play a lick of saxophone on it. I believe that’s Dolphy soaring effortlessly on the flute here, although the “Iron Man” record credits Prince Lasha on flute. I say that because the soloing here sounds unmistakably like Dolphy and there […]

Encore Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tiger Rag” by The Mills Brothers


This is a performance clip from the “Big Broadcast Of 1932″ showing the Mills Brothers in action. Yes, it is true…they really were brothers…and the only instrument used on this track was a guitar…all other instruments were played by the human voice. What started out as a novelty act that mixed the Gospel Jubilee style […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Mutt Romney Blues” by Ry Cooder


It’s election season, and Ry Cooder has made a novelty record! “Election Special” features nine very topical songs centered on the upcoming presidential election. These are songs about the issues…songs that make us think…like “Mutt Romney’s Blues” about poor Mitt’s dog who took a ride on the top of his car in a luggage rack […]

The Award Winning 3D RadioActivity is playing Winners & Losers


On this episode of The Award Winning 3D RadioActivity we are continuing our recent musical theme.  We have heard songs about games, tunes about The Olympic events and other sports were the focus last time, and now we have started with Win or Lose for the fortunate and for those who aren’t as lucky.   It’s […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Me And The Wind” by XTC


They were a band with two very distinct songwriters…Colin Moulding wrote some of their biggest early hits (“Making Plans For Nigel,” “Life Begins At The Hop”) that were typified by stop-start rhythms, big drums and infectious melodies, while Andy Partridge was the guy who was responsible for some of their prettiest, most pastoral recordings (“Summer’s […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Montauk” by Rufus Wainwright


The self-described “Gay Messiah” got back into the game this year with his most seventies-esque album called “Out Of The Game.” Under the tutelage of producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Wainwright delivered a record sonically more in line with classic Steely Dan than the baroque, rococo sound of his last few releases. Wainwright has said […]

Vinyl Schminyl Radio Classic Deep Cut 8-22-12


If I featured this song for no other reason than to show the album cover that would have been enough!!!…not really…this is a great classic by Lighthouse. One of the first Lighthouse concerts was at Carnegie Hall and in its first year, the band also played at Fillmore East, Fillmore West, Toronto, Boston and The […]