Punk Icons The Damned Return To Chicago

It’s been 40 plus years since The Damned first electrified the radio waves with their single “New Rose.” They beat The Sex Pistols by a few weeks with the first punk single and album in the U.K. they followed their first success with a failure and nearly gave it all up after that. They’ve stuck it out, however. Through many comings and goings within the … Continue reading Punk Icons The Damned Return To Chicago

Ezra Furman-Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone

My birthday was a week ago today, and now I have reason to keep the celebration going! Ezra Furman, easily one of the finest songwriters and performers making music today, has a new album called Twelve Nudes coming out at the end of August. Not only that, but a brand new video for the first single “Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone” is … Continue reading Ezra Furman-Calm Down AKA I Should Not Be Alone

Blood Orange-Hope (featuring Tei Shi and Puff Daddy)

Dev Hynes has been one of the great music makers of the last decade, and “Hope” finds him bringing his best. He’s also added support from Tei Shi and Puff Daddy. It’s a beautiful track, and the video is really great. My favorite part isn’t even the song. The video ends with Puff Daddy returning to Sean Combs to talk about trying to get to … Continue reading Blood Orange-Hope (featuring Tei Shi and Puff Daddy)

Sons Of An Illustrious Father-“Sons Of An Illustrious Father”

I haven’t dug around too much to learn the history of it, but bands naming songs after themselves is one of my favorite things. There are some great examples in the 70’s, most notably “Bad Company” and “Black Sabbath.”  Lots of metal and punk bands were doing it in the 80’s. Belle and Sebastian did it in the 90’s. Most recently, Titus Andronicus did it … Continue reading Sons Of An Illustrious Father-“Sons Of An Illustrious Father”