oh man ZZ Top pre-ginormous beards. 

oh man ZZ Top pre-ginormous beards. 

Iggy Pop joins Bernard Sumner for a live version of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

Just click play already.

crimes against music.

They’re most often committed by whatever is playing over the supermarket P.A.

While in the Freddie today, I heard a version of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” that managed to change the key and range, remove all the emotion and churn the arrangement until disgustingly homogenized to where it was indistinguishable from soft rock pablum. 

I don’t know whether it was because I was tired, hungry or both, but I found the song angering and almost physically painful; I wished death upon the singer (male) and the producer for turning an immediately identifiable tune into harmless mush. The persons involved with this arrangement stripped the longing, carnality & soul from it.

They managed to chain “Unchained Melody”.

Death is too good for them. I thought of Shazam-ing the song, but realized I did not care to know who had created this aberrant perversion.

Thao migrated between two electric guitars, lap steel, banjo & mandolin. Her music is very percussive, melodic, and very much tension and release based. #Thao #music #Portland #wonderballroom

Thao migrated between two electric guitars, lap steel, banjo & mandolin. Her music is very percussive, melodic, and very much tension and release based. #Thao #music #Portland #wonderballroom

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. #Portland #music #Thao  (at Wonder Ballroom)

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. #Portland #music #Thao (at Wonder Ballroom)

Sonny and the Sunsets, part 2. #Portland #music #wonderballroom  (at Wonder Ballroom)

Sonny and the Sunsets, part 2. #Portland #music #wonderballroom (at Wonder Ballroom)

Sonny and the Sunsets. #Portland #music #wonderballroom  (at Wonder Ballroom)

Sonny and the Sunsets. #Portland #music #wonderballroom (at Wonder Ballroom)

Yours truly & J-I-M-B-O. #Portland #wonderballroom #ReverendHortonHeat #music

Yours truly & J-I-M-B-O. #Portland #wonderballroom #ReverendHortonHeat #music

Scott mid-drum solo. Everyone needed a cigarette afterward and was pregnant. #ReverendHortonHeat #music #Portland #wonderballroom  (at Wonder Ballroom)

Scott mid-drum solo. Everyone needed a cigarette afterward and was pregnant. #ReverendHortonHeat #music #Portland #wonderballroom (at Wonder Ballroom)

Rev and Jimbo trade instruments for a cover of “Johnny B. Goode.” #ReverendHortonHeat #wonderballroom #Portland #music  (at Wonder Ballroom)

Rev and Jimbo trade instruments for a cover of “Johnny B. Goode.” #ReverendHortonHeat #wonderballroom #Portland #music (at Wonder Ballroom)

Scott and Jimbo. #Portland #wonderballroom #music #rock #ReverendHortonHeat  (at Wonder Ballroom)

Scott and Jimbo. #Portland #wonderballroom #music #rock #ReverendHortonHeat (at Wonder Ballroom)

The Reverend Horton Heat climbs the monitor for a guitar solo. #Portland #wonderballroom #music #rock  (at Wonder Ballroom)

The Reverend Horton Heat climbs the monitor for a guitar solo. #Portland #wonderballroom #music #rock (at Wonder Ballroom)

The Nekromantix, performers of sexy sounding rockabilly songs about gloomy horror stuff. Great live band. #Portland #wonderballroom #music #Nekromantix

The Nekromantix, performers of sexy sounding rockabilly songs about gloomy horror stuff. Great live band. #Portland #wonderballroom #music #Nekromantix

RIP, Lou Reed. Creator of some of the best and worst music I’ve ever heard, but much more of the former. You were never boring, which is the best thing for an artist to be.

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