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July 16, 2012

Jon Lord, ‘Deep Purple’ Keyboardist dies

The hard rocker passed away in London today at the age of 71, following  a long bought with pancreatic cancer.


July 14, 2012

One Hundred years of Woody

It was one hundred years ago today Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, better known to the world and those who met him as ‘Woody’ Guthrie, was born in Okemah, Oklahoma a place marked by rural poverty. Eventually Woody’s search for work in the years of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl would take him across much of America, where with his guitar he documented  the beauty of the lands, the injustices of the powerful,  the events of his  time, and the characters he met.

During his life Guthrie wasn’t a celebrity in the modern sense. Nor during his life did he have many if any best selling albums.  He wasn’t donning the covers of magazines and sure as hell would never be handled by a publicist,  but his original music well simple, would become the call of  many. It would touch the pioneer,  the dispossessed wanderer, the migrant farmers, the labor union member, the  coal minor, and all those  suffocated by hardship or the powerful. Over time he would not become merely a king among the pantheon of other singers and songwriters, many of whom he inspired (could you really picture Bob Dylan without Woody Guthrie), or even as an artist who heralded a message of  social justice. Rather, Woody would become an icon a force in and of himself. One whose words and imagery reminded those who he sat and sang with that in a difficult world they were not alone, and offered a glimpse to all of us into their lives.

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February 29, 2012

Davy Jones, ‘Monkees’ singer dead at age 66

Davy Jones, the mop topped British lead vocalist and guitarist of ‘The Monkees’ died Wednesday in his Florida home at the age of 66. Reports indicate that the cause of death was a heart attack.

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November 28, 2011

Weekly Links- Nov 20-27

A little slower than usual on the news front this past week given the Thanksgiving Holiday, but with the Iowa Republican caucuses just thirty-six days away, there seems to be yet another seismic shift in the  field of candidates.

  • The campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been seen as a long shot since it was rather clumsily announced last March. Recent questions about money he made advising Federal Housing giant Freddie Mac and statements he made criticizing child labor laws, seemed like they would be additional blows to an already flagging campaign.
  • But as of about two weeks ago, some opinion polls show Gingrich inching out a lead over former Massachusetts  Governor Mitt Romney, indicating that he may be the latest in a long line of candidates that conservatives are flocking to him, as an alternative to Romney.
  • Last Tuesday, in a CNN Republican primary debate about  National security issues, many observers said Gingrich gave a strong performance.Gingrich, also made headlines in the debate, when he spoke of the need for a ‘more humane’ immigration policy that would forge a pathway to legalization’ for those immigrants who may have entered the country illegally, but now have families in the U.S and have assimilated into the fabric of American life.
  • Some conservatives slammed Gingrich for the move that has been widely seen as a tact to the center. Iowa Congressman Steve King  as well as primary rivals such as Romney and Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann called such a policy ‘amnesty’.
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November 21, 2011

‘Wolf Man Conspiracy’ live at the Iron Horse in Northampton Massachusetts

The quality of the video might not be that good, but this is the Western Massachusetts band ‘Wolf Man Conspiracy’, performing live at the Iron Horse in Northampton MA on the night of Saturday Nov 12.  

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September 28, 2011

The Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam

The logo for the Valley Advocate's 2011 'Grand Band Slam' (Pic courtesy of Valley Advocate)


The Valley Advocate  released the names of the winners of this year’s annual ‘Grand Band Slam’, in last week’s issue.

I actually wasn’t going to do a post on this, but I remembered how my post of the results of  the Advocate’s  ‘Best of the Valley 2011 Readers Poll’  was one of my most viewed posts. Besides, I thought those who reside outside the valley and view my blog, those local music fans who don’t regularly read the Advocate ( a rare breed), or those who don’t read the Advocate and read my blog (hey, it could happen); could hear the rooster of names who have been crowned  winners in this local contest.

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September 27, 2011

The Alchemystics

This video of the Alchemystics performing one of thier trademarks songs ‘Shine-eyed Girl’ at the Arts Block in Greenfield, MA Sunday night, where they were capturing footage for a video for thier new song ‘Dance onto the corner’. See the photo gallery after the jump.

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September 23, 2011

Alchemystics FREE ‘413 Family Party and Video Shoot’ this Sunday in Greenfield, MA

Just found out that the ‘Alchemystics’ will be at the Arts Block in Greenfield, MA this Sunday   from 4pm-9pm for a  show and video shoot for their song ‘Dance Upon the Corner’. Admission is free and there will be BBQ and live performances from: the ‘Fear Nuttin Band’, ‘Danny Pease and the Regulators’, DJ Theory, and more.

Originally the video shoot was scheduled for late August, but was canceled due to Tropical Storm Irene. The only storm they will be facing this week is the thundering of dancing and jammin. For more information check out the event’s Facebook page.

Great music, at a great price, in a great city. Come check it out.

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June 14, 2011

We wish the music never stopped: The gigantic Strange Creek 2011 Slideshow

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Okay it is mostly completed. There are still some more captions to do, but since my computer has broken done I figured the best thing to do is just post it as is and put the finishing touches on it later.

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June 2, 2011

StrangeCreek 2011 Program

      One of the features in my coverage of the ‘StrangeCreek Campout’ of this past  weekend that will be up on this site; is this recreation of a small pamphlet all Creek goers recieved upon arrival. Within its small black and white pages were statements, rules, and most importantly rosters of all the bands playing at the event’s three stages.            

      I did my best to replicate the flavor of the event that is in those pages, even photopgraphing the advertisments for other upcoming events. Also, in the rosters I provided a link to the information page of each band’s facebook, myspace, or offical website to give readers more information on the bands themselves. Excuse any spelling or grammatical mistakes in the texts below, chances are that is how they appeared in the actual pamphlets. Having  invested a real lot of work into this, I hope you will enjoy this feature. The photographs and a short article on the event will be posted in the next few days.

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