Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: The Godz – “The Godz”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: The Godz – “The Godz”

One of the greatest traits about America has always been the regional musical differences born of living in these United States. This album is a perfect encapsulation of that phenomenon that reached fruition musically at this point (1978) and a little further past the mid 1980s. This is not the dissonant 1960’s NYC band the Godz. The Midwest Godz are different and are not for everyone. They are down and dirty rock and rollers. I…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Howlin’ Wolf – ” Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Howlin’ Wolf – ” Moanin’ In The Moonlight”

Some days when you are totally into music can feel just like Christmas. A day when you get a present that is a complete surprise. A present that helps you further joy in yourself, that then gets passed on to others. I have had many such days in the music business, but one in particular stands out above the others. That day, somewhere around 1987, when I went out and bought my first Howlin’ Wolf…

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Black Masala | Trains And Moonlight Destinies

Black Masala | Trains And Moonlight Destinies

ARTIST: Black Masala TITLE: Trains And Moonlight Destinies LABEL: self-released Here’s the third studio album from Washington DC’s Black Masala, hands down one of the most exciting live bands anywhere. Their unique sound combines elements that seem on the surface not to fit together: Balkan brass, punk rock, Indian bhangra, DC go-go, New Orleans funk and second-line music, reggae and who knows what else. The four-person brass section, anchored by trombonist Kirsten Warfield, is the…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Steve Miller “Book of Dreams”

Pete Johnson’s Blast From My Past: Steve Miller “Book of Dreams”

I would love to tell you all grand stories of deep intellectual inspiration for this week’s Blast From My Past. I have been on vacation for a week and have not written a review. I suppose that week should have given me time to ruminate on an album that has deep and consequential meaning (which this album does by the way). But the real reason I chose it was for the song “Jet Airliner”. I…

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