Tag Archives: Tuneage

Musical palate cleanser, sucks getting old edition

Sigh.  Again.

Singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio, who sold millions of records with his New Jersey band, the Smithereens, has died. He passed away just days after indicating via Facebook that he was looking forward to returning to the road. DiNizio was 62 years old and had been recovering from injuries sustained during a fall that he was rehabilitating…

Born Oct. 12, 1955 in Scotch Plains, NJ, DiNizio was working in his family’s trash-hauling business when he formed the Smithereens with fellow musicians Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros. Starting in 1980, their highly melodic music (almost all of it written by DiNizio) became an FM radio staple and touring favorite. Such songs as “A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep” and “Only A Memory” were radio-friendly and instantly memorable.

Great little band, also a terrific live act.  Here’s one of my favorites of theirs, “Blood and Roses”.  That opening bass line is killer.

Pat, you’ll be missed.



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Musical palate cleanser, generosity edition

If you’re a Neil Young fan, I’ve got something very cool to share.  He’s put his entire musical archive on digital storage that you can access — for free.  That’s not a joke or a tease.  Check it out here.

To celebrate, here’s one of my favorites of his, the closing cut on Harvest, “Words (Between The Lines Of Age)”.

As an added bonus here’s a 10-minute live version of the song he performed at Glastonbury in 2009.

Thanks, Neil.  You didn’t have to do that, but I sure am glad you did.


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Musical palate cleanser, two heads are better than one edition

Got some nerves over tomorrow’s game?  Well, let Bonnie Raitt and Delbert McClinton settle those down for you with their collaborative “Good Man, Good Woman”.

For a “quit doin’ me wrong, baby” song, they sure seem to be having an awful lot of fun with it.


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Musical palate cleanser, young guitar god edition

Jimi Hendrix, were he still alive, would be celebrating his 75th birthday.  Here he is, playing lead guitar on a wild Isley Brothers’ cut, “Testify, parts 1 & 2”.


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Musical palate cleanser, these are artists that are gone edition

Man, another great musician younger than I am passed.

New wave / power-pop musician Tommy Keene has passed away, aged 59.

A post on the cult singer-songwriter’s official website confirmed Keene had “passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday (November 22).”

Over his 40-year career, Keene released 12 full-length albums and signed deals with labels Geffen and Matador Records. In this time, he collaborated with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. His career began as a guitarist in Washington D.C. bands, including the Rage and the Razz, and after launching as a solo artist in 1982, he broke through with 1984 hit ‘Places That Are Gone’.

“Unexpected” is right.  Keene was touring as recently as August.  Sad to hear.  He was a terrific guitarist and a good songwriter.  This is probably his best known song.

Keene also collaborated with Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard on an album they put out under the name Keene Brothers.  I’ve always loved this song.

RIP, Tommy.


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Musical palate cleanser, blue-eyed soul edition

Here’s Fitz and The Tantrums with Daryl Hall, on Hall’s Live From Daryl’s House, doing “Breakin’ The Chains of Love” to get your week started on the right note.


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Musical palate cleanser, word association edition

This will probably sound a little strange, but when I see the phrase “Fromm can’t pass”, this song immediately comes to mind, because the words fit the rhythm.

Weird, I know.  But at least my subconscious has good taste… there’s no bad time to hear Emmylou, right?


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