Love him or not, music fans cannot dispute Bob Dylan’s legacy and contribution to popular music in the 20th century. Though some fans concede his groundbreaking lyrics changed music forever, they can’t get past his less than superb vocal range. Still, this performance of Like a Rolling Stone from 1966 is considered an absolute classic, and After Dark’s pick of the weekend.
Archive for August, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, CA (Special to TSD After Dark) Comedian and conservative talk show host Dennis Miller, whose career was largely built on reference heavy zingers that many uninitiated and even veteran Millerites deem confounding was stymied by his own favorite comedic formula yesterday. Miller was referred to in a comedic essay by Melvin Fleem in the Madison, Wisconsin-based Willow Review in an article titled Miller Time Has Jet Lag as having a routine that is “more tired than Alva Rivers at the Periwinkle Lounge.” (more…)
LONDON (Special to TSD After Dark) Generations of music fans raised on samples, loops and multi-tracked voices are turning to the epic albums of their parents’ generation for inspiration and new discoveries. Art-Rock supergroups like Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson, seem to never go away. One form or another of these time-tested groups continue to endure. Now, one of the most popular of these bands – Emerson, Lake and Palmer, have decided to give it a go again. But the inspiration for their reunion seems odd. (more…)
When the term cutting edge really meant something, two giants of their industries came together. Frank Zappa was of course already a good twenty plus years into the game by the time this interview was conducted. And it’s interesting that it was conducted by David Letterman – who at the time, had the most groundbreaking show on TV. Back then, Late Night was breaking all the rules. It wasn’t just Larry “Bud” Melman or dropping stuff off a five story tower or even presenting stupid pet tricks – Late Night was bizarro TV. Offbeat and controversial, it was a place where not only the likes of Zappa would show up, but guys reading poetry while standing on their head as the band played something in 17/8 time would share the stage with Eddie Murphy.
Here, Zappa talks about his latest vinyl release in conjunction with the London Symphony. Only 4,000 copies printed. And I still have mine.
WASHINGTON (Special to TSD After Dark) Former CIA Officer Roger Delmont’s new book, &%x@! and Other Secrets I Shouldn’t Be Telling You About is due in book stores next month, and chronicles specific torture methods the agency used on al-Qaeda operatives and other terrorists between 2004-2006. (more…)
Back in the 70′s companies like K-Tel made millions by selling compilations on records, 8-tracks, and cassettes. It was quite special. Really. No joking. You could find many of your favorite pop hits on one or two big vinyl discs. Unless of course you got suckered into buying anything from TEJ Records with their “remarkable soundalikes.” Just brutal. Even the commercial from 1974 bit the big one.
LOS ANGELES (Special to TSD After Dark) We’re wrapping up our first week of shooting here in LA on TSD’s first comedy co-writing effort. The actors and actresses are great. The crew is amazing. It’s true what they say when you assemble a group of people working together with one goal – you really do become a family. (more…)