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Forget “it’s time to attack the day”.

This could very well be the most badass pre-game ceremony I’ve ever watched (h/t).

Man, I wish there was some way to import that to a Saturday afternoon between the hedges.  Or at least sign a couple of those dudes as defensive linemen.  Wowser.

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Musical palate cleanser, rock you all night long edition

Somebody in yesterday’s comments dredged up some Ten Years After lyrics, which inspired me to post a little Alvin Lee.  This is a version of the group’s most famous tune, “I’m Going Home”, that appeared on an underrated solo album of Lee’s, where he performed with a bunch of iconic Nashville musicians.  It really kicks some ass.

Woo!

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Musical palate cleanser, it’s worth it for the time I had edition

R.I.P., Fat Man.

Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era, died on Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. He was 89.

His death was confirmed by the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office.

Mr. Domino had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits through the 1950s and early ’60s, among them “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t It a Shame” (also known as “Ain’t That a Shame,” which is the actual lyric), “I’m Walkin’,”“Blue Monday” and “Walkin’ to New Orleans.” Throughout he displayed both the buoyant spirit of New Orleans, his hometown, and a droll resilience that reached listeners worldwide.

He sold 65 million singles in those years, with 23 gold records, making him second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force. Presley acknowledged Mr. Domino as a predecessor.

“A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that.”

Ain’t much more you can add to that.

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Musical palate cleanser, I just went on and tol’ her edition

A couple of you caught the musical reference in a header from last week, so I thought I’d share the song, R.L. Burnside’s “It’s Bad You Know”.  It’s one of those songs that’s hard to get out of your head once you’ve heard it.

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Musical palate cleanser, you were the best I’d ever had edition

He has a point.

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Musical palate cleanser, won’t back down edition

It’s bad enough to watch my rock icons from the sixties and seventies fall by the wayside, but this?

Tom Petty, a songwriter who melded California rock with a deep, stubborn Southern heritage, died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 66 and had lived in Los Angeles.

Tony Dimitriades, Mr. Petty’s longtime manager, confirmed the death.

Recording with the Heartbreakers, the band he formed in the mid-1970s, and on his own, Mr. Petty wrote pithy, hardheaded songs that gave a contemporary clarity to 1960s roots. His voice was grainy and unpretty, with a Florida drawl that he proudly displayed.

Damn.

Mr. Petty’s songwriting was shaped by the music he heard growing up: the ringing folk-rock guitars of the Byrds, the crunch of the Rolling Stones, the caustic insights of Bob Dylan, the melodic turns of the Beatles, the steadfast backbeat of Southern soul and the twang of country-rock…

But across styles, Mr. Petty kept his songwriting tight-lipped, succinct and evocative: “She was an American girl, raised on promises,” he sang on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1976 debut album. “She couldn’t help thinkin’ / That there was a little more to life somewhere else.”

Those two paragraphs really nail it for me.  “American Girl” is what drew me to Petty.  I heard the song when Roger McGuinn covered it almost at the same moment Petty’s first album was released.  That opening line was perfect and the Byrds-y Rickenbacker guitar work was icing on the cake.

The man had one hell of a career.  I’m not going to sit here and try to pick a favorite song — go ahead and share that in the comments — although I did spend my time yesterday after hearing the news listening and re-listening to his somewhat underrated Wildflowers.  Instead, I’m going to share a song that’s not even on a Petty album.

“King of the Hill” is a song he co-wrote and performed with McGuinn and it’s a complete mesh of their styles.  Gorgeous harmonies, ringing guitars and slightly cynical lyrics make for a great tune.

I’m gonna miss that high, lonesome sound.  Sigh.

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Musical palate cleanser, be still, my heart edition

I’m bustin’, Jerry, bustin‘.

The Replacements have announced a new live album, For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986. The two-disc set features their legendary performance at the Hoboken, N.J. venue. It’s due out September 29 via Rhino and includes new liner notes from Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, as well as never-before-seen photos from writer and photographer Caryn Rose. Mehr writes in the liner notes, “More than 30 years after the original concert, Replacements for Sale finally offers high-fidelity proof of the peculiar alchemy and unadulterated majesty of one of rock and roll’s greatest bands.” Check out the full tracklist below, and listen to the For Sale rendition of “Can’t Hardly Wait.”

I sure as hell can’t wait.

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