Show Preview: Steppenwolf @ Emerald Queen Casino

This is an early warning as the show is not until September 11th, but Steppenwolf is such a great band I have to mention something now.

Here they are doing Sookie Sookie.


Photos: Head Like a Kite @ London Bridge Studio

I’ve said it before and will undoubtedly say it again – Head Like a Kite knows how to throw a party. I was lucky enough to be present last night for a live recording of “Blue Merlot in Tokyo” at London Bridge Studio, which is an amazing, historically significant, and very comfy place.

Dave and Trent bashed out “Blue Merlot in Tokyo” three times while I was there, and I could have listened to it a dozen more if they’d kept going. I know they’ve played it at live shows I’ve attended, but the sound in that room (wow!) and the focused energy they infused into it was damn fantastic and I heard it as if for the first time.

Between takes, we listened in the control room to what had just been recorded, I (barely) lost a game of pool, and there was much mingling and merriment. I can’t wait to hear “Blue Merlot in Tokyo (live at LBS)”, which should be released in September prior to HLaK’s Monday Bumbershoot set.


Photos: White Rabbits @ the Crocodile

White Rabbits were at the Crocodile the other night. Even if I didn’t like their music I would like them just for their name. I can also like them because they’re a photogenic bunch of guys. Alex Crick took photos of their set. I love them.

All photos by Alex Crick


Video: Ben by Michael Jackson

Ben is actually my favorite Michael Jackson song. Perhaps. It’s so touching:


RIP: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson passed away today. He was 50. Jackson adopted a chimp in the 80s and named him Bubbles.

Unfortunately he had to send Bubbles to a sanctuary after Jackson’s first son was born.

Here’s my favorite Michael Jackson song: