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(Arista/Freedom, 1976) I’m seeing Archie Shepp tomorrow as part of the PDX Jazz Festival, and I cannot wait. I’m gearing up by listening to this live set, one of two records that came from his 1975 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Not as out-there as Mama Too Tight or The Magic of [&#

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(United Artists, 1973) It’s hard to choose a favorite Ike & Tina record, but this is probably it for me (1971’s ‘Nuff Said also gets a lot of spins around here). The title track alone is worth the price of admission, but then you have killer kuts like “Make Me Over,” “Club Manhatta

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky–Colonel Sanders (L-Ky.) has finally announced his running mate for the contentious upcoming 2020 presidential election. In a The Days of Lore exclusive, we’ve discovered that Vincent Furnier (R-Ariz.) accepted the offer several days ago, ending months of speculation. The fried chicken mogu

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Tonight I’ll climb up into the booth at the world-famous Ground Kontrol classic arcade for my monthly Black Sunday gig. All metal. All vinyl. From extreme black to bands that just wanna rock and roll all nite, I’ve got you covered. Also, no cover. It’s a holiday tomorrow so come have a drink(s) and play

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My 5-year-old and I are coming up with some avant-garde compositions that push all boundaries, and are going to leave critics absolutely speechless. Sort of a blend of John Cage and The Fall meets Glass Houses-era Billy Joel. Wrap your head around it if you can. The post

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(Vertigo, 1970) What else would I be listening to on this unholiest of days? (I bought this original German Vertigo pressing a decade ago for 10 bucks, for you nerds). Released in the UK on February 13, 1970–on a Friday, of course)–Black Sabbath’s debut invented an entire genre. Fifty years ago. There w

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(20 Buck Spin, 2013) I was in the mood for something extra gnarly, and Vastum always delivers the gnarlies with some extra gnar. But even more to the point–this Bay Area four-piece has been the best death metal band going for years. The riffs are righteous, the tempos ooze, and the subject matter is the […]

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I’ll be in the DJ booth at one of my favorite Portland watering holes tonight, spinning all vinyl. Rock. Psych. Punk. Glam. Prog. Metal. 8 p.m. till the beer runs dry. The post DJ Mark In the Dark @ Mad Hanna app

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Let’s move onto something more positive and enlightening to get us through the weekend…like, the antithesis of Rush Limbaugh. I want to talk about Fred Rogers–more specifically the music he helped create for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, because it’s all I’ve been thinking about lately.

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I’m not one to wish ill on anyone–I’m probably empathetic to a fault. But yesterday when I heard that the racist who for decades has made fun of people with chronic diseases, gays, women, or anyone who doesn’t share his “values,” all the while profiting off baseless fear-mongering that

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(RCA Victor, 1971) This gem has been in steady rotation for a long time around these parts. I got to thinking about it again since Los Dug Dug’s (well, guitarist/vocalist Armando Nava and a new crew) played a show in San Francisco last night–lots of friends went, and I’m extremely jealous. The Durango,

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(Antilles, 1982) I’ve decided to do a once- or twice-weekly feature where I write about some of the records I listen to throughout the week at TDoL HQ–the upstairs hideaway where I retreat after everyone goes to bed. I’m calling it, you guessed it, Getting The Spins. I figured this would be a nice, easy

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One of the great journalists from a bygone era died today at the age of 85. Jim Lehrer covered many major events over his career, including the Watergate trial. He had a list of nine tenets he followed that I wish every journalist followed. This one especially, which, sadly, is more relevant in 2020 than […]

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It’s been a while. Like a really long time. Like 15-20 years or something. Actually, it’s been approximately five years since I last posted something here on The Days of Lore. And it’s not because I’m lazy, goddamnit. On the contrary, I’ve been very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very,

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I’m not ready to return to the States just yet. After spending the better part of last week in New Zealand, I now flap my arms northwest to India, a country not known for its rock bands. Despite their confusing name, Peter Cat Recording Co. is actually a band. The New Delhi four-piece released their [...]

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The final installment, but not the enz of my current Split Enz obsession. I leave you with a short documentary on the band’s calling it a day in 1984 (boo!), followed by a clip of The Enz performing “History Never Repeats” during a reunion show in 2007 (yay!). I’m realizing how many music videos thes

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Happy Valentines Day, the day I celebrate my love for my wife … and also Neil Finn. Released as a single in 1978, and later added to 1979′s Frenzy LP, “I See Red” is The Enz’s punk rock song. It also seems kind of fitting for today. Frenzy was the first record to feature Tim’s younger [.

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I’m still deep in the Split Enz wormhole, and I like it … it’s great for productivity. This pre-Neil Finn clip comes from the band’s 1976 Second Thoughts LP, their last with original member Phil Judd. More great pop, but this preceded the band’s New Wave leanings that were to come. But the thea

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I’m on a Split Enz kick … now, so are you. For the rest of the week I’ll be posting video earworms from my time down in the YouTube wormhole (not such a bad place if you can avoid the comments section). I start with this one—one of the great pop songs … well, ever. [...]

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I didn’t watch this year’s Grammys. Instead I caught a blow by blow account on Twitter, which is just like being there. Yes, millions gathered to essentially Mystery Science Theater the shit out of the Grammys. Some of it was even funny. Steven Hyden of Grantland got this gem of a jab in: “Did you know [.

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I’ll be playing tunes this Friday at Hawthorne Theatre with my good pal, DJ Bob Ham. It’s always a fun time—I mean, it is Happy Hour on a Friday. I suppose the goal will be to get things warmed up/getting people hot and bothered for the Hot Water Music show later that evening. I think [...]

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I like Portland. I liked the Mint Chicks. I love New Zealand. I dig noisy pop music. But as much as I like these things it doesn’t necessarily mean I’d like Unknown Mortal Orchestra. I’m easy, but I’m not that easy. But I do like Unknown Mortal Orchestra. That’s because Ruban Nielson writes goo

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These days—more precisely, the past five years—it’s taken rock music of a certain disposition to give me that little tickle in my belly. I’m more interested in what music can do for my body than what it can do for my brain … OK, I’ve reverted back to my 23-year-old self. But until I get

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I like Ty Segall. I like glammy Satanic makeup. I like flesh. I like tongues. And I like blood. But I don’t like feet … disgusting things. Do with that what you will while you watch Segall’s vid for “Thank God For Sinners” from last year’s Twins album (his third LP of 2012). Ty Segall &#

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I begin 2013 by going back to the year 2012. It was a simpler time, filled with hope and promise … OK, it was a great year for rock music, filled with some terrific records from The Men, King Tuff, Ty Segall, Ty Segall … Ty Segall, and a lesser-known band out of Saint Louie [...]

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It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything substantial on The Days of Lore. Keeping up with it is difficult when you don’t have an editor breathing down your neck to make deadlines. You sort of have to breathe down your own neck. Is it hot in here? For the 17 of you with impeccable [...]

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1. Tilts – Tilts (Robotic Empire) 2. Swans – The Seer (Young God) 3. Lisabö – Animalia Lotsatuen Putzua (Bidehuts) 4. King Tuff – King Tuff (Sub Pop) 5. Ozarks – Ozarks (Wil-Ru Records) 6. Sic Alps – Sic Alps (Drag City) 7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes (4AD)

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11. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Alleluja! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) 12. Titus Andronicus - Local Business (XL Recordings) 13. Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair (Drag City) 14. Plankton Wat – Spirits (Thrill Jockey) 15. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory (Carpark Records) Like

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16. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE (Def Jam) 17. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum) 18. Fellwoods – Wulfram (At War With False Noise) 19. KISS – Monster (Universal Music Group) 20. Baroness – Yellow & Green (Relapse Records) Like The Days of Lore on Facebook. Follow TDoL on

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21. Tyvek – On Triple Beams (In The Red) 22. La Sera – Sees the Light (Hardly Art) 23. Skelator – Agents of Power (Metal On Metal Records) 24. Rhett Miller - The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine) 25. The Pharmacy - Stoned & Alone (Seayou Records)   Like The Days of Lore on Facebook. Follow TDoL on Tw

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