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, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “State Trooper” by Bruce Springsteen

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “State Trooper” by Bruce Springsteen The guttural howls that he lets out at the end of this psychobilly classic mixed with its pleading paranoid lyrics conjures the mood of pure dread…and with Bruce Springsteen’s sixth album, it was all about mood. Hot on the heels of The […]

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

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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 […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Fight The Power” by Public Enemy

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Fight The Power” by Public Enemy This track is ground zero in all of hip hop and perhaps the most in your face rap single of all time! While Public Enemy are no doubt the most influential rap group of all time, they were also the most […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “He’s My Baby” by Jean Shepard

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “He’s My Baby” by Jean Shepard There was an interesting time during the late 1950s where straight Country and Western music melded with then-burgeoning Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, giving birth to a new form of music called Rockabilly. Capitol records was a hotbed for […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “L.A.” by Neil Young

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “L.A.” by Neil Young Today’s Song Of The Day is from Time Fades Away, an album that has become the great lost Neil Young record. It was recorded live on the road in 1973 on the heels of Harvest which was Young’s biggest album to date. As […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I Can’t Stand It” by Chris Whitley

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Chris Whitley’s short, restless career encompassed folk, noise rock, jazz, country, mainstream rock and the blues. He was discovered by producer Daniel Lanois who helped him score a major label record deal with Columbia Records in 1988. His first album, Living With The Law was a mainstream rock affair with good songs that gave him […]

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   Jack White… Prince… 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 they’re on stage. Some like Jerry Garcia didn’t have to do much but […]

Today in Rock History – May 10th

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1966, A year after returning to her home state of Texas from San Francisco, Janis Joplin heads west again. She was summoned by Chet Helms, a friend who is now managing Big Brother & the Holding Company. He dispatches Travis Rivers, an old acquaintance of Janis’ from her Port Arthur, Texas days to convince the […]