New Song: “The Dracula Stomp”

An early Halloween funk treat. I stumbled onto something that sounded like classic horror film music and leaned into it hard. Vocals courtesy Count Chocula, Grandpa Al Lewis and Bela Lugosi. The song is the debut of my Arturia Minibrute, an amazing machine that’s elevated every part of my game. The chorus alludes to Bach’s ToccataContinue reading “New Song: “The Dracula Stomp””

“Catfish Blues,” By Robert Petway: My Favorite Blues Song

I just spent 10 minutes trying to track down this song. It was on a blues compilation I lost years ago. I was looking for a song about death or the moon, a delta blues song on an acoustic guitar. I’m writing this post so that I don’t forget it again. It’s spare and haunting. TheContinue reading ““Catfish Blues,” By Robert Petway: My Favorite Blues Song”

Another Zeppelin Theft? (Save You a Click: No

Today I found out the genesis of “Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Led Zeppelin. You know, the song on ZOSO where they stop pretending to be Vikings with wizard powers and kick out some retro jams. On a break from recording the ancient Norwegian longboat anthem “Four Sticks,” John Bonham played the intro for the ’50s LittleContinue reading “Another Zeppelin Theft? (Save You a Click: No”

The Worst of R.E.M.

“Stand.” It sounds like a lazy Weird Al parody of a better song. “End of the World (And I Feel Fine).” This is the thinking man’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and all parties involved should feel deeply ashamed. “This One Goes Out to the One I Love.” Actually a pretty good song the firstContinue reading “The Worst of R.E.M.”