But, at this late stage of his career, Clapton--despite his talent--is, quite frankly, famous for being famous. Or at least, for once having been of a certain artistic stature. (The "Clapton is God" folks were surely far off the mark, weren't they?) This was made pointedly clear by Alan Paul in his unsentimental Clapton entry in the Music Hound Rock Guide, published a little over a decade ago:
"[He] has remained constantly revered...even though his output" since the mid-'70s "has been exceptionally mediocre--with occasional forays into wretchedness...Clapton can still play...but he seems to have long since stalled creatively."
Not much has changed since then, unfortunately.
If you are a true fan of the man, and not a nostalgia warrior, his artistic descent must make you painfully aware of the new-found irony in the title of his 1976 album, No Reason to Cry. These days Slowhand is a celebrity; and Jeff Beck is far more interested in messing about with his cars than playing guitar. So, of the famous Yardbirds triumvirate of guitarists, it is actually Jimmy Page who ends up smelling like a rose. How the hell did that happen?
And then we came across Chris Richards' Washington Post review of Jimi's Valleys of Neptune album [Experience Hendrix/Legacy-2010],
a recent offering of mostly unreleased material. In it Richards states:
"Why does this stuff still sound so good? Hendrix can no longer shock us with kaleidoscopic garb or onstage bravado, but his music still manages to violate our expectations with a subtlety that feels like magic."
LOS ANGELES – brain hemorrhage, his publicist said Friday.is in suffering from a
Joann Mignano, Michaels' New York-based publicist, confirmed a report on People magazine's website that said the former Poison frontman was rushed to intensive care late Thursday after a severe headache. The report said doctors discovered bleeding at the base of his brain stem.
Mignano said tests are being conducted but did not know where he was being treated.
The 47-year-old glam-rock reality TV star had an emergency appendectomy at a private care facility for diabetics last week after complaining of stomach pains before he was scheduled to perform at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. Michaels later wrote on his website that though the surgery "has taken its toll," doctors expected him to make a full recovery.
Lady GaGa - "Summerboy"
The much more PR-savvy musical heir to Dale Bozzio, GaGa had us fooled at first listen: we thought Gwen Stefani had finally released a song worth listening to.
Katy Perry - "Hot N Cold"
Despite her lovely bosom—yes, horny heterosexual males write and contribute to "5"—this chick irks the crap out of us. But this track has one of the catchiest choruses we've heard in a while. Did we mention Ms. Perry's cleavage? Yes? Oh, ok.
Santigold - "You'll Find A Way"
As mentioned above, we've got no beef with Santigold; au contraire. And this happens to be a cool tune with a nice post-modern bent. (Yes, we have now managed to be fratty, nerdy, and pretentious in one post.) Hands down, one of the best songs of the past decade.
Aside from his work with the aforementioned Gang Starr, Guru released 8 solo albums, including the highly-acclaimed Jazzmatazz Vol.1 and Vol.2 in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
In late February of this year, Guru suffered cardiac arrest and fell into a coma, which he came out of a few days later, but eventually succumbed to cancer after his brief recovery.
Guru was 43 years old.
For 20 years Steele was the frontman, bassist, and songwriter for Type-O Negative, a popular and influential pioneer in blending goth and metal.
He was 48 years old.
h/t GR Jones.
Here's a couple of fave Haitian tunes of ours:
"Inflación", a killer track by the legendary, NY-based Tabou Combo, from their album The Masters [Barclay-1975];
and "Pwazon Rat" (Rat Poison) from Vodou Adjae [Mango-1991],
the stellar debut album by Boukman Eksperyans:
Best known for managing the aforementioned Sex Pistols, McLaren previously ran an infamous clothing store and punk rocker hangout called Sex, with then-girlfriend Vivienne Westwood. He also managed both Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and later embarked on a music career as an artist, with several albums and two Top Ten UK hits, "Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch" to his credit.
Malcolm McLaren was 64.
At a hastily assembled press conference today, the Rolling Stones announced that they are planning another major tour which very well may prove to be the biggest tour of their storied career and perhaps the greatest tour of all time. With some of the details just now coming to light, many fans are speculating if the magnitude of it may signal that it will be their farewell tour.
While many details are still in the development stages, one item that is finalized is the setlist. At the press conference, the band appeared together and told a room full of reporters that they would be following a similar pattern as many other bands are following recently: playing one of their classic albums in its entirety.“We took a look at all of the albums that we felt fans would most enjoy hearing,” declared an energetic Mick Jagger, “and we’ve decided to do the ‘Harlem Shuffle’ across North America!” The band will be performing Dirty Work in its entirety for the first set of their show.
Which is pretty interesting since they did not tour behind 1986's Dirty Work, at the time deepening a developing rift between Jagger and Richards. But ostensibly, the dead giveaway is the announced on stage guest appearances by bassist Bill Wyman--who left the band in 1992--and tributes to Ian Stewart, Mick Taylor, and of course, Brian Jones. Hmm...