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New Year’s Resolutions: New Music

  • 4:47 am Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

With 2018 on the horizon, I’ve got New Year’s Resolutions on my mind.  And I wanna hear from you on yours. I’m doing so using terminology we know well around here at BAB.

So this time around, we’re talking “New Year’s Resolutions: New Music” – as in new resolutions for 2018.

As for mine, it’s a fairly simple one (at least theoretically): EAT HEALTHIER.  I won’t even acknowledge those two words that have frankly been a lifelong thorn in my side – “lose weight”.

My diet’s gone off the rails the last few months and I need to get back on track.

How about you? [More]

The Bass Gospel According to Dirk

  • 1:13 pm Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

“I’m all about that bass” sounds a lot better when it comes out of Geddy Lee’s mouth!

The Rush legend is working on a book that will dive into the first two decades of the electronic bass that we may see out by next Christmas.

Now if there was ever an authority that could expand on the history of the bass, it is easily one of the best players of our time.

That said, he comes a very close second to my favorite bass player of all time, the Ox.

How about you? Who’s your favorite bass player?

Remembering Chris Farley

  • 1:11 pm Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Hard to believe it’s already been 20 years since we lost Saturday Night Live legend Chris Farley, as former partner in crime David Spade reminisced recently.

He was only on for five years but his cast of memorable characters was vast right from his outstanding first impression.

His crowning achievement in my opinion will always be Matt Foley,…

,…while close second goes to da beer swilling, Bears loving Bill Swerski.

How about you? What’s your favorite Farley SNL character?

Favorite Songs of 2017

  • 10:59 am Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

As 2017 comes to a close, I unveil for you my favorite songs from a year that featured some damn fine music. Happily, this list was tough to put together as there were many worthy entries.

Enjoy!

10) U2 – “The Blackout

9) Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie – “Red Sun

8) Roger Waters – “Smell the Roses

7) Jane Weaver – “Slow Motion

6) Bubblemath – “The Sensual Con

5) Nickelback – “Home

4) Prophets of Rage – “Strength in Numbers

3) Queens of the Stone Age – “The Evil Has Landed

2) Foo Fighters – “Run

,…and, the top spot goes to [More]

Favorite Albums of 2017

  • 10:55 am Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

From songs we move to my favorite albums of 2017.

5) Black Country Communion – BCCIV

They were no more five years ago due to a classic butting of the heads between Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. Now they have mended fences and are back with what may be their heaviest album and strongest collection of tunes to date. Another job well done for one of rock’s most prolific and consistently rocking supergroups!

RIZZO’S RECOMMENDATIONS: “Collide”, “The Last Song For My Resting Place”, “Wanderlust”

4) John 5 – Season of the Witch

An instrumental guitar rock album made my list (shocker!). The latest [More]

One-Man Echo

  • 1:50 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Here’s someone who’s quite adept at singing Pink Floyd lullabies!

One man band Ewan Cunningham (who goes by Ewan John Covers on Youtube) is a Pink Floyd fan had has covered many of their classic tunes all by himself. But his most recent cover may be his best one yet.

He tackles all 20 plus minutes of one of my all-time favorite Floyd tunes, “Echoes”.

And as a cool touch, he also shoots his version to aesthetically emulate what may be Floyd’s best version of the song, the classic “Live at Pompeii”, even intercutting shots of the ancient city in his video.

Well [More]

Little Professor

  • 1:47 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

For every kudos I give myself for seemingly nailing an air drum fill to just about every Rush tune, along comes a harshly amazing shot of reality. This time, it’s a 12-year old girl from Indonesia who knows how to play the drums! And, I mean, really knows how to play!

Her name is Kalonica Nicx and she bashes away on the Rush classic “YYZ”. Check out her video alongside the real thing.

My favorite thing about this video may be the huge smile face she wears while drumming away. It’s hard for even a curmudgeon like me not to smile at [More]

Bacterius Plateau

  • 12:10 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’ll never understand science for as long as I live. But I love it whenever it’s juxtaposed with rock and roll, especially when the rockers involved are the Holy Triumvirate.

Three new microbes that live in termites have now been named after Geddy, Alex and Neil, specifically, P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti.

Here are the little suckers without a soundtrack,…

,…and said little suckers with one (by the way, “YYZ” was an excellent choice!).

Let There Be Another Awesome Tribute to Malcolm

  • 12:08 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’m not the biggest fan in the world of cover songs. But when they are done well, they can be quite special. Case in point, Foo Fighters!

The band released recent versions of the AC/DC classic “Let There Be Rock” in honor of the late, playing a live version recently in honor of the late, great Malcolm Young.

But this version recorded weeks before he passed kicks some major ass!

I say Foo release a version of this tune with Angus playing on it with them. If that were to happen I say it gets at least a Grammy nod. Plus it opens [More]

SNL a second home for Foo

  • 12:03 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Say what you will about Saturday Night Live. But over 40 years after coming to you ‘Live from New York’ for the first time, they can still attract some A-list talent, both for their hosts and musical guests. This month is no exception.

U2 become five timers this month with their appearance on SNL this weekend. While impressive, the undisputed Alec Baldwin of musical guests has to be Foo Fighters! They take the stage for the seventh time overall in the winter finale later this month.

And for Dave Grohl, this month will be the thirteenth time he appears on SNL. Like [More]

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