In preparation for my interview with Ian Anderson this Friday I’ve re-aquainted myself with their classic concept album Thick as a Brick. The re-issue available on Rhapsody includes an interview three of the early members (including Anderson) from the 1980s recalling their experience writing, recording and touring the record. Here’s the View all photos
As I mentioned yesterday, Anne Leighton turned me on to some prog rock bands for my (infrequently updated) podcast site BandsLikeZappa.com. Since she also does publicity for Jethro Tull & Ian Anderson, I’ve gotten a slew of new Tull And Anderson releases frm her. The latest one is Thick as a View all photos
Alt-prog rocker Steve Wilson – who is a also a skilled self-taught audio engineer – remixed Jethro Tull’s iconic classic rock album Aqualung last year, with the cooperation of Tull maestro Ian Anderson.
Gary North is an economist – but a masterful prose stylist, too. This one is pretty brilliant.
What to do about job (in)security? North offers several options:
I had a very odd start as a guitarist. The few years before I picked up the instrument at age 14, I was quite obsessed with Jimi Hendrix. I was blown away by his playing of course, but the songs he wrote were just as amazing. For a while I fantasized View all photos
I’m not a religious dude, but I do appreciate religious writers & philosohpers. I’ve studied Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, Wittgenstein (yes he was very spiritual). But Augustine has the best one liners and phrases. My favorite one of his these days – because it captures our times so well – is “Libido View all photos
Its hard to fit in just right with other people.
The odd problem for me is that fitting in too much with the people around me feels as uncomfortable as fitting in not enough.
I went to grad school in 1998-2000 at UMass Amherst. It was nice living for a while out in View all photos
Every guitarist with decent left-hand chops has known this tendency: you noodle around with legato (i.e. “hammer on/pull off”) riffs on the lower strings when warming up or just musically jerking around.
You can come up with all sorts neat riffs and grooves down in that lower range. Write some of them View all photos
Vegetarianism – the kind based on secular ethical reasons – is Illogical bullshit.
Some religions mandate a strict vegetarian diet – like certain strains of Hinduism. Some others like Judaism and Islam ban certain foods or food combinations that share the same superstitious rationale as vegetarianism But these don’t offend my sensibility View all photos
If you listen to Howard Stern you’ve heard his many painully honest admissions. The most striking to me is his admission that he can’t pee in a public bathroom. He has a phobia of peeing in public.
He self-deprecatingly attributes it to shame over his 4-inch penis (an exaggeration, I think). But View all photos