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The Best of Queen


The Best of Queen

Hard to believe that it’s been more than twenty years since the rock universe lost the iconic Freddie Mercury. Unfortunately, I never saw Queen perform live, but I did have a goose bump moment with the band that I’ll never forget.  I was one of the 100,000 sun soaked, alcohol-fueled animals on the infield at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia for Live Aid.   Queen was playing the Wembley Stadium venue for the same event and were being broadcast live on the big screen to those of us rocking in Philly. Queen came on, and Freddie stole the show from 3,600 miles away.  I’ll never forget it, particularly the amazing performance of “Radio Gaga,” a song I never really appreciated before.

So, maybe I was a little late to the party, but I really grew to love the band and their earlier music (which was clearly better than the stuff late in their career).

To prepare for this review, we asked for suggestions on our Facebook page and got a bunch; some locks for our Top Dozen; others not quite so good.

Luc in Florida and Ed in Pennsylvania: “We Are the Champions” – not a great song in the literal sense, but has to be one of the best as it has stood the test of time… the one song always used to honor the winning team. No other song by any other artist is used as often to celebrate such ceremonies… (MG: Popular for sure, but is it really great?)

Steve in California: Is it too cliche to say “Bohemian Rhapsody”? The vocals on it are amazing. And how many of us have sang this in the shower or in the car and wanted to be a rock star like Freddie Mercury? (MG: Yup, this guy did…)

Julie from New Jersey: Love, love, LOVE Queen! 1. Bohemian Rhapsody, 2. We Will Rock You, 3. We are the Champions & 4. Another One Bites the Dust  (MG: she should have stopped after three – Another One Bites the Dust just bites.)

Brian in New Jersey: Here’s a few that top the list for me, Somebody to Love. Keep Yourself Alive and Don’t Stop Me Now. Sheer Heart Attack is one for the purists… shows how good Brian May really was. (MG: Can’t argue with any of these)

Luc and Brian also both loved Fat Bottomed Girls, not sure they make the world go ’round, but damn they made for one hell of a song.

So, with no further ado, here’s the RARA’s Farmer’s Dozen for Best Queen songs ever. (If you look closely, you’ll notice that there are actually two dozen – just way too many great songs to leave off this list)

Each song title is linked to iTunes if you’d like to sample or purchase the song.

Bonus Track: Under Pressure – Hot Space – Freddie sharing vocals with the uber-talented vocal stylings of David Bowie.  They pull off the duet masterfully.

24. Seven Seas of Rhye – Queen II – love the piano and guitar interplay on this one which actually appeared on both of the band’s first two albums, albeit in different versions.

23. Now I’m Here – Sheer Heart Attack – this one is written by May and features an addictive guitar riff and great harmonies. Good song, but even better live where the call and answer is phenomenal.

22. I’m In Love With My Car – A Night At the Opera – One of the rare times we hear Roger Taylor on lead vocals and he nails it. Nice guitars from May which surprisingly were also originally written by Taylor.

21. Hammer to Fall – The Works – A Brian May song with a nice little guitar solo in the middle, catchy keys on this one, too. This was one of the few the band played during their amazing Live Aid set.

20. Bicycle Race – Jazz – My favorite song of all-time that features a bicycle bell solo. The highlight of this song is really the harmonies, but it’s just an all-around fun ride.

19. Radio Ga Ga – The Works – This version was a huge hit penned by Taylor, and featuring Deacon’s bass. The original version was decent, but as mentioned above the live version was absolutely amazing, and the highlight of the entire Live Aid concert.

18. Stone Cold Crazy – Sheer Heart Attack – Freddie brought this to Queen from a previous band and it features fast-paced vocals and guitar.  Almost thrash-like, and so far before its time.

17. Death On Two Legs – A Night At the Opera – Mercury’s hate letter to the band’s original manager.  He just seethes with venom, and this hate letter is a masterpiece.

16. The Prophet’s Song – A Night At the Opera – The band’s progressive rock opus. Mercury at his operatic best in this May-written track. Some cool guitar effects, as well.

15. ’39 – A Night At the Opera – Brian May dominates this one; lead vocals, and acoustic guitar. A fun little addictive ditty that nicely shows off his excellent voice.

14. Tie Your Mother Down – A Day At the Races – Guitar-driven rocker with a few killer solos and great vocals from Mercury.  This one is best played at extremely high volumes.

13. Keep Yourself Alive – Queen – Love the guitar that kicks off the song, and how the song steadily builds.  Vocals are excellent, but this one is all about May’s guitar.

And, now the official RARA’s Dozen:

12. You’re My Best Friend – A Night At the Opera – John Deacon’s biggest hit and one he wrote for the band on piano.  It’s a timeless classic, with a catchy hook, smooth music and great lyrics.

11. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) – A Day At the Races – This song is under-appreciated and too seldom played. It features Brian May on keys, piano and harmonium, and Freddie in a totally different range, as well as a different language (Japanese).

10. Love of My Life – A Night At the Opera – a beautiful ballad that spotlights Mercury’s tender vocals in a love song he wrote for his then current girlfriend. A beautiful song that stands the test of time, and an almost perfect live selection.

9. Don’t Stop Me Now – Jazz – A showpiece for Mercury, he wrote the song and his piano dominates it. He’s accompanied by Taylor on drums and a little bit of Deacon. Again, the harmonies are superb.  In an unusual twist, May’s guitar  is absent other than a quick solo towards the end.

8. Spread Your Wings – News of the World – This song starts subtly and quickly grows into a fantastic rock classic.  It’s a great rock story, sort of the British rock version of “Piano Man.”

7. Sheer Heart Attack – News of the World – Breakneck guitar from May coupled with rapid-fire vocals from Mercury.  It’s a fun fast-paced song, and interestingly not found on the album of the same name.

6. We Are the Champions – News of the World – Yup, overplayed to death, but it doesn’t change the fact that is is a fantastic song. Personally, not as crazy about “We Will Rock You,” but can’t disagree with folks wanting to combine them.

5. Killer Queen – Sheer Heart Attack – The band exploded onto mainstream rock with this, their first hit single. It was like nothing we heard before with the intricate harmonies and layered guitars. An amazing breakthrough song.

4. The Show Must Go On – Innuendo – The last song they recorded, EVER! Brian May wrote this for Freddie, and the latter nailed the vocals literally on the door of death. When you think about the back story, it’s an absolutely amazing and touching performance.

3. Fat Bottomed Girls – Jazz – From the cold harmonies that kick off the song, to May’s killer guitar riff and Taylor’s kick ass drums, this one is a pure rock and roll party.

2. Somebody to Love – A Day At the Races – The harmonies on this track are pure perfection, just magnificent vocals. Love the piano, too.  Pop this one on and it’s a guaranteed singalong moment.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – A Night At the Opera – Another one that is played an awful lot, but this classic deserves the airplay. Simply put, it is an amazing song, and one of the greatest rock songs ever. The production is pristine, the layered vocals and harmonies perfect, and the musicianship superb.

So, there you have it, the RARA’s Farm Top Dozen (or two) Queen songs.  What did we leave out? Where did we go wrong? Let us know in the comments field below.

Rock On!
Mike G.

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The 25 Greatest Rock Albums Ever, According to Me


A few years ago, I started jotting down thoughts about the seminal albums of my lifetime, the pieces of musical genius that helped shape my musical being.  What better time to dig out that list and freshen it up, as RARA’s Farm posts our one hundredth article.

As a self-described rock ‘n roll freak, there were many fantastic albums to choose from, but what set these apart was that every song on every album was great. Not just one great “side” for you old timers. I will admit first that for most of these, there’s no great deep personal meaning, and for some, I don’t even know the lyrics – but hey, I liked the MUSIC, and it’s my list…

My self inflicted rules: No compilations, which ruled out Bob Marley, The Baby’s, Ramones and the Beautiful South; and no live albums eliminating Neil Young, Johnny Cash and Cheap Trick. Also, I only allowed myself one from each artist. So, with all of those considerations, I think what follows would better be described as 25 Great Albums, not quite the 25 Greatest.

The albums are listed in the order that I fell in love with each of these masterpieces. You can click the iTunes link after each album to check them out yourself.

Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed – my Uncle turned me on to this one and it was my first taste of album rock – a great suggestion by a smart man. Classic rock with a full orchestra, and some pretty diverse stuff. This psychedelic treat is an amazing headphones experience. It was a tough choice between this and Long Distance Voyager, only because Voyager bridged the gap from my Aunts’ and Uncles’ musical era into the 80’s and was the first big concert I attended. Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

Who – Who’s Next – sure I was first attracted to “They’re all wasted” from “Baba O’Reilly,”  but this album is packed with nothing but great rock, “The Song is Over” never gets enough credit – but it’s my favorite Who song of all-time. Most of these songs were penned for Lifehouse, Pete Townshend’s failed follow-up to Tommy. This was Townshend’s first major foray into integrating synthesizers and it works perfectly. Who's Next (Remastered) - The Who

Queen – Night at the Opera – My brother loved this album before I did. I actually liked the non-Freddy tunes at first, like Roger Taylor’s “I’m in Love with My Car”, or Brian May’s “39,” but later came to appreciate Freddy’s pure genius on songs like “Love of My Life” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Another very diverse collection. I’m bummed that I never got to see these guys live. A Night At the Opera - Queen

Kansas – Leftoverture – this album was the second album I heard where everything seemed to fit together perfectly (after Nights in White Satin). The best album ever for headphone listening – can’t imagine how many times I fell asleep to this one with those soup bowl sized headphones still on, as the eight track continuously clicked through the tracks. To give you an idea how good this one was, “Carry On My Wayward Son” is the only hit, but probably my least favorite song on this great concept album. Leftoverture - Kansas

Bruce Springsteen – The River – I loved everything Bruce did before this and a few after. With so many great albums, this was a tough decision – but this is a rarity – a double album where every track is strong. The album featured Bruce really diving into relationships and telling stories we could all relate to. “Sherry Darlin,” “Ramrod,” “Crush on You” and “I Wanna Marry You” are in my all-time list for Bruce. Born to Run didn’t exactly suck either. The River - Bruce Springsteen

Cars – Cars – an amazing debut album, and although they followed this with many hits, they never came close to a collection as complete as their initial effort. This is a rarity on the list, an album that I admire, performed by a band that just sucked live on stage. Absolutely love “All Mixed Up/Moving in Stereo,” and not at all because of the Fast Times flashback… The Cars - The Cars

Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes – This was fabulous the first time I heard it and grew better every time I listened to it. I remember playing this often when I first moved away from home to live at college, and the familiar feel eased the transition. Such a smooth diverse album. It starts off with “Refugee” and EVERY song after is better. Great stuff! Damn the Torpedoes (Remastered) - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell – Meat sure could sing, but the arrangements and musicians on this album overshadow his great voice. This is one of the few where I knew every word to every song. These are still classic and timeless party songs, including Phil Rizzuto’s captivating play-by-play and the perfect boy/girl trade-offs of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” And, “No,” you don’t sound just like the record when drunkenly singing this at late night karaoke! Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf

Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – My first words as an infant were actually “Yeah, Yeah. Yeah,” from their 1963 hit “She Loves You,” but I never realized how great the Beatles were until I got this album. McCartney and Lennon at their best, but this one also features Ringo’s best “With a Little Help from My Friends.” The way the album ends with “A Day in the Life” is the best ending to any album EVER, which is appropriate, as this just might be the best of the best, from the best. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – I loved all of their efforts, including The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and 1990’s under appreciated Division Bell. But this one, a tribute to the mercurial Syd Barrett is their most musically packed. This classic features “Have a Cigar” and “Welcome to the Machine;” then there’s all nine parts and 26 plus minutes of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,”  just amazing… Wish You Were Here (Remastered) - Pink Floyd

The Alarm – Strength – One late night on my first shift on college radio I popped in the cart for “68 Guns” and fell in love with this unknown band – two years later, they released Strength, and played close by. I skipped the show because the $3.00 price tag was the equivalent of 30 beers at the Bus Stop – figured I’d have plenty of other chances. Unfortunately a few years later Mike Peters walked off the stage in the middle of “Blaze of Glory” and they were done. This album features the classic “Spirit of 76,” and the song I walked down the aisle to: “Walk Forever by my Side.” Strength 1985-1986 (Remastered) - The Alarm

REM – Reckoning – yeah, I confess that I don’t understand the lyrics to half of these songs – but does anybody? Every one of the tracks off of the band’s second album is a memorable ditty. Simple, catchy and fun. My first “go to” album as a college DJ. “Pretty Persuasion,” “So. Central Rain (Sorry)” and “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” were the classics, but “Harborcoat” and “7 Chinese Bros.” were just as good. Reckoning - R.E.M.

Prince – Purple Rain – Truthfully, a girl named Nikki turned me on to this one, but I did not meet her in a hotel lobby…  Before this, I thought Prince was a flash-in-the-pan pop star. This album proved he was a rock legend, and that my first impressions were pretty pathetic and way off-base. Solid from the first note of “Lets Go Crazy” through the final chords of “Purple Rain;” and it includes my all-time favorite Prince song, “Baby I’m a Star.” Purple Rain (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - Prince & The Revolution

Alice Cooper – Schools Out – Didn’t listen to this until long after it was released when I stumbled across it on my late night Heavy Metal show. It’s another great concept album, with lots of creative stuff complementing the title track. “Public Animal #9” is pure rock, and “Grande Finale” is fantastically diverse! Mr. Furnier never got enough credit for being a great musician, and this classic never gets its just due. School's Out - Alice Cooper

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold – 5 songs. “Industrial Disease” is the only one that ever got any airplay – but this is packed with amazing guitar work from Mark Knopfler. The 14 minute “Telegraph Road” is one of my Top 10 all-time songs, and one of the great drum songs of all time from Pick Withers. It was hard not selecting Brothers In Arms, too. Love Over Gold - Dire Straits

U-2 – The Joshua Tree – I loved Boy, too, and Achtung Baby and Unforgettable Fire, and… This one edges them out because the non-hits are better, including “Trip Through Your Wires,” “Running to Stand Still” and “Red Hill Mining Town.” The album was driven by the band’s new found infatuation with America, but starts off with an amazing song about Belfast, a place where the streets had no name. The Joshua Tree (Remastered) - U2

Thrashing Doves – Bedrock Vice – I’m about to leave the Chestnut Cabaret after an energy packed Chasers show, and these “kids” get on stage pimping their first album. I decide to hang around and loved their stuff. If you ever see this one in a bargain bin grab it. “Biba’s Basement” and “Beautiful Imbalance” were addictive, but “Jesus on the Payroll” was the most intriguing. Definitely the most obscure album on the list, but it’s an unknown treasure.

Paul Westerberg – 14 Songs – I know this will piss off Replacement fans, but I think this is better than any of his efforts with the quartet from Minneapolis. The first time I listened straight through I assumed this was a greatest hits CD – lots of great stuff. “World Class Fad” is tremendous and “Things” is a beautiful ballad. 14 Songs - Paul Westerberg

Barenaked Ladies – Gordon – I bought it for “$1,000,000” – but there were so many more valuable tunes in store. “Enid,” “Grade Nine,” and “Yoko Ono” are just a few of the fun ones.  The album also features the magnificent “Brian Wilson, and some of BNL’s most touching stuff.  The best song is the under-appreciated “What a Good Boy.” Gordon - Barenaked Ladies

Stroke 9 – Nasty Little Thoughts – another band I found by mistake. They opened for someone else – I think Lit – and I loved their stuff. Yup, this is the one with “Little Black Back Pack,” but it’s packed with a bunch of other great tunes. Still amazed this band never took off. On this album, we also get to listen to “Letters,” “Washin’ and Wonderin'” and my favorite S9 tune, “Not Nothin’.” Nasty Little Thoughts - Stroke 9

Flogging Molly – Within a Mile of Home – They admittedly get extra points because of my Irish romanticism. I love the diversity on this one, and the lyrics touch my soul. “Factory Girls,” with a guest spot from Lucinda Williams is a great ride. We get to see the band stretch themselves in new ways, and it works throughout.  “Tobacco Island” is a historic flashback sure to get your Irish up. Within a Mile of Home - Flogging Molly

Green Day – American IdiotDookie and Nimrod were great, too, but I selected this one because it showed how the band was growing and adjusting to the times, and because it absolutely kicks ass. The album is written around a fictitious character “Jesus of Suburbia” and his trials and travails.  The title track is great, and one of a handful of true classics, including “Are We the Waiting,” “Holiday” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”  The non-hits include some of the band’s most creative efforts to date, as well. American Idiot - Green Day

Muse – Black Holes and Revelations – One of the first songs I heard on XM’s old Alternative Rock station Ethel was “Starlight.” I went out and bought the album the following day, and it is packed with hard charging rock and roll, pre-Twilight fame. The final track, “Knights of Cydonia” is one of the best songs of the new century. Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible – This one is a reflection of the times – The first selection on this list where I don’t own this album, but instead have the MP3’s. Haven’t seen them live yet, but I’m sure they’ll blow me away. From “Black Mirror” to “My Body is a Cage” – they are all powerful songs. Funeral, their debut album, was another great collection. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire

Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend – A surprise quirky Indie-Rock hit in 2008. This eponymous debut album was packed with gems that dominated Indie and Alt-Rock radio for a few years.  “A-Punk” was the biggest hit, but there were plenty of other excellent tracks. “Oxford Comma,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “Walcott” highlight the band’s diversity. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Just missed – The Clash – London Calling – should have been a single album, there are a dozen or so great songs, but they unfortunately stretched it out to 4 sides, and Armed Forces by Elvis Costello – loved the songs and sang along, even though I still have no idea what “Green Shirt” and “Good Squad” were about…

So, there you have it – a bit longer than I thought, but that was fun for me. If you made it through the entire list, thanks for your patience, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below…

Rock On!
Cretin

It’s What’s Inside That Matters – Musical Essentials

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Alright, I’m back with my semi-regular look at must have music if you want to impress your friends.  Most of the stuff is new, but once in awhile I’ll throw an olden nugget to impress you. You know how this works a RARA’s Dozen’s worth of cuts to choose from.

Let’s start with three very diverse videos:

The Live Aid Set – Queen: This is an old one, in case you couldn’t tell by the fact the lead singer died twenty years ago. Still get goosebumps remembering watching this concert live and the amazing fan reaction, despite the fact that we were staring at a big screen at JFK stadium while Queen played Wembley across the Atlantic.

Lost and Found – Katie Herzig: A beautiful video, of a beautiful song, from a beautiful artist with a beautiful voice. Check out our beautiful album review, too: The Waking Sleep

Vehicle City Blues – The Swellers: This was a previously unreleased track from their Good For Me sessions recorded at The Blasting Room. It might remind you a bit of Propagandi. Released as a 7″, it sold out all 1,000 copies before it was delivered.

Enough of the eye candy, now here’s some ear candy.  These links take you to iTunes where you can either sample the song or take that RARA’s Farm leap of faith and snag a few:

When I Write My Master’s Thesis – John K Sampson – Something new from the former lead singer of Propagandhi (when’s the last time you read an article with two Propagandhi references?) and The Weakerthans. Reminds me a bit of Death Cab For Cutie. This one will be a hit.

Quiver – Davie Allan & The Arrows – Our next cut is a lost nugget from the 60’s.  It’s great surf rock from an under-appreciated guitar virtuoso. Most 60’s surf rock was great, this is greater.

Monarchy of Roses – Red Hot Chili Peppers – The latest single off of I’m With You, the same album that gave us the 2011 Song of the Year. This one has got a cool psychedelic vibe.  Definitely a hip new feel for RHCP.

Headlights – Morning Parade – Here’s a cut off of this British quintet’s self-titled debut album. Rock fans of all genres will dig this one and find it hard to shake from your memory.

What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way) – Wolf Parade – Another favorite on Sirius XM’s  The Verge. These Canadians made lots of great music, including tihs quirky tune from 2010.

This Summer -Superchunk – These Indie rock veterans prove that there are some cool rockers from the heart of ACC basketball territory, Chapel Hill, NC.  This one features some punk flashbacks and killer guitar work.

Summer of ’89 – Butch Walker and the Black Widows – Walker is a great producer (like Lit’s latest) and a damn good artist, too.  This is a fun little ditty that throws in a few gratuitous Bryan Adams’ references as a bonus.

Fire It Up – Thousand Foot Krutch – This one is a few years old, but it’s a great one to blow out the speakers Canadian Christian Rock style…

Wasted Days – Cloud Nothings – Cleveland Rocks! This one is eight plus minutes of raw, powerful, miserable rock ‘n roll.  It’s great stuff, too, from one of today’s most interesting new acts.

Loro – Pinback – A cool song to chill to.  My son turned me on to these fellows from San Diego.  Worth a listen.

Rock On – Cretin

 

 

Musical Manure – Random Crap from the Farm

OK – It’s been a few weeks since I emptied this fragile mind, and there are a slew of little tidbits threatening to drip out and disappear forever. With a full-day Jimmy Buffett tailgate experience looming, I need to free up some room for the insanity I’m sure to witness.

It seems like the rumors of a Queen tour with Adam Lambert on vocals is about to become a reality. TMZ is reporting it, so it has to be legit, right?  I love Freddie, and think he’s one of the greatest rock and roll performers ever.  His voice was powerful, passionate and unique, and no one will ever be able to replace him.  Still, Adam might just be the best choice to follow. I think he’s a better fit than Paul Rodgers who gave it a shot years ago. The greedy folks at MTV have some good video of the new incarnation but it’s a bear to access. Try Youtube for some lower quality snippets.

I recently stumbled across Sleeper Agent’s “Get It Daddy.” They’re a young garage band out of Kentucky with a ton of potential. The sixsome is led by 24 year-old singer-guitarist Tony Smith and features riveting vocals from 18 year-old Alex Kandel.  Check out “Get It Daddy and the rest of their album, as our album of the week: Celabrasion – Sleeper Agent.  And, here’s a nice bonus find, follow this link to get to know the band a little better: Prison Sessions

The Kaiser Chiefs exploded onto the rock scene at the end of the last decade and then just disappeared. The Brits took a hiatus.  Now they’re about to release a new album in March.  The first single, On the Run has hit the streets.  Good stuff!

Listening to Slow Poison The Bravery’s 2009 release.  I’m surprised it was never a bigger hit. Great song by an excellent band. Here’s the video which is actually pretty damn good, too: Slow Poison.

Remember The Neon Trees from their gigs opening for The Killers a few years ago?  They’re back with the first single Everybody Talks off of their forthcoming album, and it absolutely rocks.

About a month ago, RARA’s Contributor Kari wrote an interesting piece about the Emergence of the Banjo in rock music today.  Since then, I seem to hear it everywhere, particularly with music from the Great White North, with bands like The Acorn and Elliott Brood. It’s a welcome addition.

OK, that’s enough for today.  Have a great week, and look for my post-Parrothead tailgate experience shortly…

Gabba Gabba Hey from the Grave

Heard Joey Ramones’ new release “New York City” the other day. It’s a cool tune reminiscent of late Ramones stuff, and I think we’ll see it become an anthem of sorts for the Big Apple – if it ever gets any airplay, and that’s a big “if.”. This one actually has the potential to be a hit. Interesting stuff considering Joey died more than 10 years ago. Heard it twice on Sirius XM’s, Little Steven’s Underground Garage in the past few days, but can’t find it on the web.  If I recall correctly, this album has been tied up in legal proceedings for about  five years. Sure, hope it sees the light of day.

Found a very cool live Foo Fighters song on Youtube. This one features the Foo’s drummer Taylor Hawkins getting behind the mike and stepping out in front of the band, while Roger Taylor slides into his seat behind the drums, and Brian May joins them on-stage for a cover of Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down.” It absolutely rocks, and would have made Freddie proud. Check it out here!  I’ve seen the Foo Fighters a few times, and truly believe Taylor could someday front his own band similar to the leap Dave Grohl took after Nirvana.

My current favorite new tune is “Crystal Vases” by The Last Royals. They’re a new duo out of Brooklyn New York, and this first tune is a killer.  If you live around Brooklyn, check them out at Pete’s Candy Store on July 25th. If you don’t live around New York, you are out of luck, as nothing else is planned at this time.