RIP Chris Squire

RIP to bass legend Chris Squire of Yes, who must have at least a small handful of fans here in Spilland. Here’s a handy list of the Top 10 Chris Squire Yessongs – i feel no need to argue the toss on this one, because as i scrolled down – #1 must be, it has to be, it is – the magnificent Heart of the Sunrise above. Just enjoy.

If anyone runs into my friend Alfie on the mothership, tell him we’re over here for him if he needs us.

Richard Thompson, Legend

credit: Anthony Pepitone

credit: Anthony Pepitone

Q: How do you see the guitar solo fitting into the song? Does every song need a guitar solo? Does the solo need to have an emotional connection to the song?

A: Does every song need a guitar solo? Absolutely. Without question. What’s my purpose on Earth if I’m not playing solos?

http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/what%E2%80%99s_my_purpose_on_earth_if_i%E2%80%99m_not_playing_solos_guitar_hero_richard_thompson_says_every_song_absolutely_without_question_needs_one/

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A Case for Late 80’s Pop

Nothing new to anyone on here, just a quick and cheap post I guess to try to convince Bish that pop didn’t suck after 1984, i think it got even better. More polished – probably peaking around 1987 for the swooniest pop for my money. (A monster year overall. We have our work cut out on that one.) Then it started to sort of unpolish itself, and started to go other places by the end of the decade. Which was all good.

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Happy Anniversary

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And Cinco de Mayo too. So apparently today is the actual date of the Dead’s 50th anniversary, brought to my attention by a Beast article, for what that’s worth. If there’s a tribute post to be written here, i’m not really the one to do it. But i did want to drop this video from their Meet Up at the Movies, apparently screened yesterday, from the July 19, 1989 show in Wisconsin. (unfortunately, WP won’t take the embed, so a link will have to do.) Jerry’s voice sounds like shit, but love this beautiful guitar on Sugaree.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/see-grateful-dead-jam-on-sugaree-in-1989-unreleased-video-20150501

Think one of he Beast commenters said it best –

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

Amy’s Grab Bag 2014

Not a top 10 or anything (although there does happen to be only 10 tunes here). Those showed up mostly on the Garage and Indie pop year’s best lists i came across the other day, those i hadn’t found myself were covered by other Spillers. Just a grab bag of tunes here i took note of, most of which aren’t garage or indie pop. Not that anyone really needs any more tunes.

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Winter Popfest 2014

It’s not them, it’s me. If DsD is falling for sappy ballads in his dotage, i seem to be going for feelgood pop in mine. I really wanted to be hooked on droney stuff, like the Swans and Temple and Parquet Courts. Or grab my pipe and slippers and hang out with Beck, or stare out the window at the dismal weather with the War On Drugs, or brood with Bonnie Prince Billy. But seems that most of what i found this year that hit the spot is a spectrum of pop.

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Rain Dance

So it’s been a glorious September here in the northeast US of A, save for a sweltering first week or so. Brilliant sunshine, a bit cold for this time of year, feels more like October. I love autumn, the leaves are starting to change and should peak in 2 or 3 weeks here. My city runs roughly on an academic schedule, so after a plodding summer i’m absolutely spanked with work, with no real relief in sight until the new year when the work dries up for a month or 2 or 3. Which is all good, i like the looks of my bank account and getting a solid chunk put away for a rainy day.

Which i find i’m looking forward to. Rainy days, that is, and it looks like we have a week of them coming up if weather.com is anything to go by. Continue reading