An Introduction to Led Zeppelin

Zeppelin really needs no introduction. Any fan of music knows who they are. With the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I coming in January there’s some new stuff coming out, notably a band biography written by the remaining members of the band.

Like most fan my age I was introduced to Zeppelin really early on by an older cousin. I think, Led Zeppelin IV was the album. He gave me a cassette tape that I just wore out! It was great. Stairway was awesome (though today I’m sort of sick of it). But still love Zeppelin and they’ll be forever one the best bands in history.

An Introduction to Led Zeppelin

Ben Nichols: The Last Pale Light In The West

If you’re a Lucero fan, then you know who Ben Nichols is. If you’re not, then you should get familiar with them because they’re a great band.

The Last Pale Light In The West is an EP by Ben Nichols that was inspired by the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian. If you’re familiar with the novel you will know it heavily influence this album just by reading the track list. And if you listen to the album you will hear paraphrases from the novel in the lyrics.

The Last Pale Light In The West

Lucero Music

The Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker

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As you’ve probably noticed, hardly any of the music I write about is new. I guess my tastes are stuck in the past, nothing new really appeals to me any more. I come across a band a band or song that was new when I was young and memories come flooding back. Some of those memories make me smile, some don’t. Some of them remind me of mistakes and some remind me of the right choices I’ve made, there are just a few of those.

Our lives are peppered decisions that will define us in the future, while I have a decent life, it’s not the best life I could have lived.

Anyway, Shake Your Money Maker came out during a transition in music, when popular music was transforming from Hair Metal to g of the few non-grunge albums to gain popularity. It was a bluesy southern rock soulful album that made you want to drink and get high or sit and cry depending on the track playing.

The Black Crowes released more than a few album during their time but unfortunately broke up. But they leave a decent musical legacy behind them.

Shake Your Money Maker

The Black Crowes

Johnny Cash: American Recordings

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Obviously, Johnny Cash needs no introduction; I mean he is the Man in Black (nothing to do with the sci-fi movies). American Recordings was the first of a series of albums recorded for Sony records spanning the last 8 years of his career and his life (and beyond). With the release of this album is where I became a Johnny Cash fan. 

I remember seeing the video for Delia’s Gone and thinking “Johnny Cash is the coolest son of a bitch on the face of the planet.”; who else but Johnny Cash (a country artist) would write a song about killing a woman, release it as a single then put the video on MTV in the early 90’s? Who? 

Songs like Redemption, half southern-gothic and half religious hymn, are some of the best Cash songs you’ll ever hear on this album and any of the others that came afterwards. And the track Drive-On, that tells the story of a Vietnam vet, will send shivers up your spine. 

American Recordings

Johnny Cash

Alice in Chains: Rainier Fog

I will always be an Alice in Chains fan. Always. Their first 5 albums are some of the best music I have ever listened to, their style is moody and dark, and it sounds great with the volume turned up.

Rainer Fog came out August 24th and it is pretty good. The guys have gotten a little mellow in their old age and that’s fine, I can relate. They hold true to the moodiness and the songs aren’t fast paced, but neither was Facelift. If you’re a fan then you’ve probably already listened to the album, if you didn’t like the previous two albums then you might not like this one. If you’re on the fence, just listen to it.

Alice in Chains

Rainier Fog

Danzig: Danzig I

The only Danzig album I really like. I wanted to like Danzig II but I just didn’t. It seemed like it was trying too hard to capture what Danzig I was. Which was pure evil in an awesomely 80’s kind of way. During the reign of Danzig I Glenn Danzig was God and carried with him a legend of debauchery, depravity, and violence. I heard he broke a guy’s skull with his bare hands for trying to snatch the goats head medallion from around his neck.

The album was no great feat of musical talent but it was power, you felt it. And for us 16 and 17 year old kids it was an anthem. We had no voice and Danzig lent us theirs.

Danzig I

Amy Winehouse: Back To Black

One of my favorite rhythm and blues/soul albums in my collection. Any Winehouse had such a deep soulful voice and it’s a shame her life was cut short so soon.

Back to Black has the 50’s Motown vibe mixed with a contemporary backlash. It’s been 12 years since this album was released and it hasn’t lost it’s edge at all. I’d venture to say that since her death in 2011 it has gained a certain kind of telling darkness.

Cody Jinks, Lifer

Came out July 27th, a good album, Jinks sings about being on the road and the two-way tug of being on the road, playing shows and wanting to be home with his family. It’s a familiar theme with working musicians who have spent most of their career on the road, but that doesn’t make it any less poignant. My only complaint about it is that it sounds a little bit like this “bro country” stuff that’s popular right now, but other than that it’s a great album for traditional country fans.

Stand out tracks:

Holy Water, decent lead in track.

Desert Wind, the back beat reminded me of People Are Strange by The Doors

https://amzn.to/2KeoIrL <- You can listen clips of the tracks on Amazon.

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