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Keanu Reeves is 50-years-old today and still a beautiful, beautiful man.(Man of Tai Chi, 2013)

Keanu Reeves is 50-years-old today and still a beautiful, beautiful man.

(Man of Tai Chi, 2013)

Straight Eight - “Tell Me If You Want To Bleed” (“Modern Times” 7” Single B-Side, “No Noise From Here” Album, Eel Pie Records, 1978)

In odd Twitter randomness, a late 70’s/early 80’s British band called Straight Eight started following me and, OF COURSE, they’re awesome.

They were signed by Pete Townsend and opened for Queen on The Game Tour.  They remind me of Johnny Thunders.

They’ve reunited and have an album coming out in 2015.  Has anyone ever heard of them?

http://straighteight.bandcamp.com/

When Keith Richards is your mentor and walks in on you and a girl mid-dalliance in his hot tub, well, of course, you write “Girls Keith” like Tarka Cordell did.  "What’s wrong with girls, Keith?  They make me happy."

This cover by Scoundrels and The Dirty Gentlemen from the 2014 tribute album, Tarka and Friends - Life, has been in heavy rotation for me this sultry season.  What’s your 2014 Song Of Summer?

I’m, also, really looking forward to Tarka’s original 2008 album, Wide Awake In A Dream, finally being released this fall.  RIP, Tarka.  :(

Any Rolling Stones fan will love this.  :-D

http://scoundrels.fm/index.php
http://thedirtygentlemen.tumblr.com/
http://www.tarkamusic.com/index.html

Duran Duran - “Shadows On Your Side” (Seven and the Ragged Tiger, 1983)

I know this is stupid Duran Duran fan girl of me, but I love Simon LeBon’s layered, harmonic moaning at 2:03 on this.  #tbt

"Ooooh-oh.  Oh-oh-oh."

http://www.duranduran.com/

Donny Osmond - “Hey Girl” (Portrait of Donny, 1972)

I will not apologize for loving this.  Some really cool band should cover it.
 
Hey, girl, I want you to know
I’m going to miss you so much, if you go
And, hey, girl, I tell you no lies
Something deep inside of me’s going to die.

donny.com

The Ramones - “Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio?”

The Ramones perform live on the Old Grey Whistle Test in London, England on January 15th, 1980.

Do you remember lying in bed
With the covers pulled up over your head?
Radio playing, so no one can see.

We need change and we need it fast
Before rock’s just part of the past
'Cause lately it all sounds the same to me.

http://www.ramones.com/

Last FM Top 5

1.  John Fullbright (12)
2.  Batmaker (11)
3.  The Raincoats (11)
4.  Papercuts (9)
5.  Martin L. Gore (6)

Week ending 6-1-14.

Wanna feel old?

Wanna feel old?

(Via my Facebook…)

I was so hoping this wasn’t true, but as Nathalie much more eloquently said, Facebook is, sometimes, the bearer of bad news.

I only had the pleasure of meeting Johnny once, after Ryan Adams’ Love Is Hell concert at First Avenue.  While Johnny T. was outgoing and boisterous (as drummers often are), Brad Rice and Johnny McNabb were as laid back as their slight southern draw (as guitarists often AREN’T).

What I remember most (besides copious amounts of tequila), is the guys walked me back to my hotel room afterwards, because they didn’t want me to walk those cold, dark Minneapolis streets alone.  It was only a couple blocks, with plenty of people still out, I would’ve been fine, but they insisted.

That’s a good dude, and good dudes will always be missed.  So I’ll listen to your guitar on “Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?” tonight and remember tequila and laughter and snowflakes on your lashes, sweet Johnny.  RIP.

Beautiful cover of my favorite Cyndi Lauper song, “All Through The Night,” by Richard Edwards of Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s.  Good night, my lovelies.