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Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 1 comment

100 Essential Albums: #96 — The Doors by The Doors (1967)

 

 

“Every time I hear (the song, “The End”), it means something else to me.  It started out as a simple good-bye song.  Probably just to a girl.  But I see how it could be a goodbye to a kind of childhood.  I really don’t know.  I think it’s sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be.”

— Jim Morrison (an in interview shortly before his death at age 27)

 

If 1960’s rock n’ roll was all about breaking the rules, then no pop group was more unruly than The Doors, the Los Angeles-based psychedelic rock band fronted by charismatic vocalist Jim Morrison and backed by the idiosyncratic instrumentation of Ray Manzarek on keyboards, Robby Krieger on lead guitar, and John Densmore on drums.

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

100 Essential Albums: #98 — Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995)

 

 

You live you learn, you love you learn
You cry you learn, you lose you learn
You bleed you learn, you scream you learn

 

If music can be labeled as incendiary, then Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill is an album bursting with fire and flames.  It is both a scorcher and a torch.

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews | 1 comment

The Best 20 Happy Hours in Las Vegas: #20 — Salud Mexican Bistro and Tequileria

 

 

Why visit Salud?  Because commitment, quality, value, and friendliness should be rewarded.

 

Salud Mexican Bistro and Tequileria is a new restaurant on West Sahara near the Cimmaron intersection located halfway between Buffalo and Durango.  Longtime Las Vegas locals might remember this storefront as the spot where Rosemary’s restaurant used to be, which sadly shuttered its doors about ten years ago.

I have four words to say to the nice folks at Salud:  Welcome to the neighborhood.

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

100 Essential Albums: #99 — “Soul of a Man” by Al Kooper (1995)

 

 

“Turn the organ up!”

 

Al Kooper is far better known for the music and musicians he’s fostered rather than for any self-defining hit single or album of his own.  In fact, many of the classic rock songs he’s played on and produced overshadowed his own extraordinary talents and musicianship.

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