Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, July 31, 2003 ]


The latest issue of Rock and Rap Confidential (see link to the left) reports that a Lubbock, TX radio station has sent back copies of albums produced by Lloyd Maines, father of Dixie Chick Natalie, because of her anti-Bush statements. The article says "that's McCarthyism," and that's certainly correct.

On the box right now: Steve Earle, THE HARD WAY.


Dove With Claws [6:30 PM]


Sam Phillips is dead. It's hard to try to sum up exactly how important he was in the course of American musical history, but here's a few things to consider:
-At a time when music, like the rest of America, was pretty well drawn up along segregated racial lines, he had the audacity to be a white man with a dignified rhythm-and-blues record company, and then the further audacity to attempt to to destroy those racial lines through his pursuit of a white artist who "sounded black."
-As journalist Robert Gordon related to me in an interview once, his success at Sun Records set the path for all future homegrown Memphis studios, including Stax, Ardent, American and Barbarian.
-Although no one can avoid racism in this society, every indication is that he conduced himself and his dealings with black Americans with respect and equanimity.
-Of all the many options for the first rock and roll record, at least three came from his studio. Of all the many pretenders who claim to have "invented" rock and roll, his claim is as good as any, at least of any non-musicians.
-Finally, we musn't forget Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, Rufus Thomas, Junior Parker, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Rich and Charlie Feathers, among many many others.

Good on ya, Mr. Phillips. Don't know where we'd be without you.

On the box right now: Various Artists, THE SUN RECORDS COLLECTION, Disc. 2


Dove With Claws [8:29 AM]

[ Tuesday, July 29, 2003 ]


Goddammit, goddammit, goddammit...

When the hell will justice ever be done? When the fuck will a VIDEOTAPE BE ENOUGH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE?

On the box right now: Arthur Alexander, THE ULTIMATE


Dove With Claws [8:26 PM]

[ Monday, July 28, 2003 ]


I read in the paper today that there are now over 2 million people in U.S. jails, this despite the fact that crime is on the decline. When exactly are we gonna realize that simply attempting to stuff offenders - both violent and non-violent - into jails in an overstuffed-suitcase fashion is not gonna solve any fucking thing, but is rather gonna merely enhance the problems that already exist? Maybe I'm nuts, but I doubt it...

By the way, I honestly believe that Ann Coulter is insane.

Great surprise from Brooks And Dunn, as the boot-scootin' boogie-ers' new record is pretty outstanding, more of an R&B and Stones-y affair than their traditional line-dancing fare. Plus, there's a nice song (the unlisted "Holy War") that pillories televangelists, all in a nice black gospel background. Add B&D to the list of mainstream country artists (Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, George Strait) who have put out high quality albums this year.

Good news: Howard Dean is leading Democratic candidates in polls taken in New Hampshire, Oregon and California.

That's all I've got for today.

On the box right now: OutKast, ATLIENS


Dove With Claws [8:53 PM]