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Into the belly of the chicken

I’m getting ready to head out to Columbia, rain gear in tow.  It’s my first trip there since 1988, which may still rank as the hottest football game I’ve ever attended.

I’m hoping that “Sandstorm” doesn’t get burned into my brain.

Consider this your invite to a game day thread in the comments section.

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Musical palate cleanser, I’m in love with that song, redux, edition

A little sonic break from all things chicken with the reunited Replacements, doing “Alex Chilton”.

That is effing magnificent.  If you disagree, you have no soul.

(Yes, I know it’s only Westerberg and Stinson from the original group.  It doesn’t matter.)


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Musical palate cleanser

Hell, let’s get the joint jumping with a little Los Lobos.  From their underrated The Neighborhood, here’s the roots-rockin’ “Jenny’s Got A Pony”.

Speaking of underrated, how come nobody makes much of how good their guitar work is?


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Musical palate cleanser, another R.I.P. edition

Damn, Tommy.  Now they’re all gone.

I saw the Ramones on a twin bill with Graham Parker and the Rumour, Thanksgiving night, 1976, at the old Agora.  There were less than 10 people in the audience.  I felt privileged to be there.


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Hey hey hey hey

Here’s a reason to smile today.

It’s set to be released August 1st.  Mick Jagger is one of the producers.

Is it too much to expect “Dooley’s Junkyard Dawgs” in it?


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Musical palate cleanser, one more drop of soul edition

I’m gonna wrap up my R&B run with a cut from a guy with a rather interesting story.

Eddie Hinton was one of the top session musicians working out of Muscle Shoals and Memphis.  Per Wikipedia, as a session guitarist, Hinton played on hit records recorded by Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding.  (He played guitar on the Toots in Memphis cuts I posted yesterday.)

Hinton was also a singer/songwriter who managed to cut a handful of albums.  His voice is remarkable.  Some of you may remember from my Frankie Miller post a few years back that I have an affinity for white guys who can channel Otis Redding.  Well, in that regard, Eddie Hinton makes Frankie Miller sound like Frankie Valli.  Check out what I think is his best, “Hard Luck Guy”.

He passed away a couple of decades ago.  If you can find his first album, Very Extremely Dangerous, give it a listen.


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Musical palate cleanser, the soul just keeps on coming edition

I’m not sure what made me decide to buy Toots in Memphis when it came out in the late ’80s.  I liked reggae, but I wasn’t a fanatic about it.  So the concept of combining the legendary Dunbar-Shakespeare rhythm section with Stax/Memphis session players sounded interesting, but maybe not compelling.

Then I took the album home, put the record on the turntable, dropped the needle and heard this:

Damned tasty, no?  If your appetite is whetted, here’s a bonus cut.


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