Jeff Beck is 70 today. Happy birthday to one of the greatest.

Jeff Beck is 70 today. Happy birthday to one of the greatest.

A terrific essay by Jonny Greenwood on the importance of being there.

Time travel to legendary gigs. Debate post-Clash relevancy. Fight evil. Eat pizza!

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Some recent reality show music from yours truly.

Michael Jackson - Beat It (Demo)
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Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

Radiohead’s drummer just retweeted a link to you:

Congrats, babe. I feel famous by proxy now.



Beatles step on stage in Japan.

Beatles step on stage in Japan.

Looks pretty cool… besides some international and local talent, there are screenings of The Wall, jams, etc.


Remembering Frankie Knuckles, the godfather of house music.

RIP Frankie Knuckles.

Jimi Hendrix’s sister discusses the long journey of getting her brother on a U.S. postage stamp.

Hendrix’s contribution recognized by the US Postal Service.