King’s X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, 1989

Oh, what the heck, here’s the whole album.

King’s X - “Everybody Knows A Little Bit Of Something” (Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, 1989)

King’s X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, 1989

Today marks the 25th anniversary of what many fans regard as King’s X’s magnum opus. I don’t even remember the circumstances surrounding my discovery of this album. I just remember that one day it didn’t exist for me, and the next I couldn’t imagine a world without it.

Many words have been written and much has been said about this album that, for many, defined the King’s X sound, and I feel completely inadequate to add any more than to simply state that Gretchen will remain one of my favorite albums of all time for a very, very long time to come.

Happy anniversary, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska!

The Making of Grinder Blues

Grinder Blues is a blues-based power trio made up of King’s X’s dUg Pinnick on bass/vocals and roots rock brothers Jabo and Scot Bihlman on guitar/vocals and drums/vocals, respectively. The idea behind the band was to offer a fresh, updated take—or, to quote Jabo Bihlman, a “heavy, twisted take”—on 1950’s Chicago blues but to avoid all the clichés of the genre while keeping the music simple and fun. And according to dUg, to “rock out.”

Good grief, dUg must be one of the hardest working men in rock ‘n’ roll right now.

Pinnick Gales Pridgen - “Every Step of the Way” (PGP 2, 2014)

Latest blues/rock/funk jam from the supergroup of dUg Pinnick, Eric Gales, and Thomas Pridgen. A few thoughts:

  • I think I would have much preferred to see a video of a real live performance rather than a “performance” video, but you take what you can get.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever get used to watching Eric Gales play left-handed and upside-down.
  • Thomas Pridgen seems awfully restrained in this song.
Every time we’re about to get onstage at those festivals I think, ‘Man, we’re gonna get bottled – it’s gonna be nuts.’ But no: there’s dudes with leather jackets and upside-down crosses tattooed on their faces, going ‘Love will find a way!’ All the Slayer fans f*cking love Tesla.
Tesla guitarist Dave Rude on the band’s fears as to how they will be received being sandwiched between much heavier bands at festivals like Download, Classic Rock interview

Tesla - “So Divine…” (Simplicity, 2014)

Despite the guess-the-rhyme lyrics, the new Tesla track “So Divine…” is actually quite good, as is the entire Simplicity album. It’s worth a listen if you are even a moderate fan of Tesla’s music.

Mastodon - “High Road” (Once More ‘Round the Sun, 2014)

Um…yeah. Not sure what else to say.

Rush - “Tom Sawyer”

via merlin:

Man. I’m a sucker for footage of a band recording the actual song.

Me, too, Merlin. Me, too.

The Jelly Jam - “Nature’s Girl” (The Jelly Jam, 2001)

There’s a scared look in your eye
But I warned you, now didn’t I?
There’s a big sign in front of the cage
So if you’ve been bit, it’s yourself you should blame
Mutual Admiration Society - “Sake of the World” (Mutual Admiration Society, 2004)

Martin Briley - “Salt In My Tears” (One Night with a Stranger, 1983)

This song popped up on shuffle during the commute into work today. Such a great pop song, and I love the simple, super-catchy guitar solo.

Nickel Creek - “Somebody More Like You” (Why Should the Fire Die?, 2005)

I hope you finally find someone
Someone that you trust
And give him everything

I hope you meet someone your height
So you can see eye-to-eye
With someone as small as you