Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Nutted By Reality” by Nick Lowe

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Nutted By Reality” by Nick Lowe The album title, Pure Pop For Now People is the American name for Nick Lowe’s 1978 debut solo record which across the pond carried the much cooler title Jesus Of Cool. The American and English editions of the record featured similar […]

Today in Rock History – September 5th

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1964, The Animals started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with “House Of The Rising Sun.” When first released the record company printed the time of the song on the record as three minutes feeling that the real time of four minutes was too long for radio airplay. 1965, Sonny & […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cry Me A River” by Joe Cocker

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cry Me A River” by Joe Cocker Like most people my age, my first exposure to this Arthur Hamilton-penned track was this rocking Joe Cocker version from Mad Dogs And Englishmen. You can imagine my surprise when I later discovered that the song was originally a sultry […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “She’s Crafty” by Beastie Boys

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “She’s Crafty” by Beastie Boys From their not-so-humble beginnings as a truly awful Hard Core band who I had the privilege to see as an opening act at Big Audio Dynamite’s first U.S. show at a club called “The World” in New York City in 1984…to the […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tahitian Moon” by Porno For Pyros

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tahitian Moon” by Porno For Pyros Prince…Jack White… Jerry Garcia…Bruce Springsteen…David Byrne…Curt Cobain…Perry Farrell…all world-class performers with charisma to burn. The type of performer you can’t take your eyes off of when on stage. Some like Jerry Garcia didn’t have to do much but just show up […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Up The Neck” by Pretenders

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Up The Neck” by Pretenders On the surface, today’s Song Of The Day by Eric Berman exudes pure sexuality in its imagery. Listen a little closer and the lyrics tell a much different story…”Lust turns to anger, a kiss to a slug…” Chrissie Hynde was just amazing […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silver Train” by The Rolling Stones

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silver Train” by The Rolling Stones Today’s Song Of the Day by Eric Berman hails from one of the most maligned albums in the entire Rolling Stones’ catalog, Goats Head Soup, and I’ve never really understood why. Certainly, its proximity as the follow up to the mighty […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Electricity (Drugs)” by Talking Heads One of the musical highlights of our 16 hour car trip from The Outer Banks of North Carolina back home to Chicago was listening Talking Heads’ live double album entitled The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. The second half of […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements When they were good, they were really great. But when The Replacements were bad, they were truly awful. Seeing The Replacements in concert was always a crap shoot. Whether it was boredom from being on the road, or just youthful blowing off […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3 Review by Eric Berman

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 3 Review by Eric Berman The final day at Pitchfork Music Festival provided the usual array of adventurous music including indie rock, experimental sounds, electronic dance music and much more hip-hop than has been featured in previous years. Highlights included the return of Grimes (aka Clair Boucher) whose brand […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 2 Review by Eric Berman

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Pitchfork Music Festival – Day 2 Review by Eric Berman The second day of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival was all about the ladies with stunning performances by St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) whose theatrical set leaned heavily on her latest self-titled album that came out late last year and is better than any other record […]

Pitchfork Music Festival – Day 1 Review

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 – Day 1 by Eric Berman It was an exceptional first day at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Every year I go to this festival and come away with all kinds of new bands I would never otherwise have heard that become new favorites. Day one was no different with a […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad This is not exactly the “Footstompin’ Music” that Grand Funk Railroad were known for in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But once they lost the Railroad in their name and came under the aegis of Todd Rundgren and Jimmy Ienner, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Don’t Let’s Start” by They Might Be Giants

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Don’t Let’s Start” by They Might Be Giants You can’t bottle creativity, but in the case of They Might Be Giants, you certainly can buy it! They were two wild and crazy nerd-boys when they burst onto the scene in the mid-1980s, we just didn’t realize how […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Empty Lives” by Graham Parker

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Empty Lives” by Graham Parker He was never a punk rocker and was already around too long to be part of the “New Wave,” but marketing is marketing and that’s how much of the world came to discover Graham Parker. By the time of Squeezing Out Sparks, […]