CD review: Listen to Neil Young

Neil Young has been around for a long time. Aside from looking at old publicity photos of Young from the 60s, it’s kind of hard to imagine ol’ Neil as a young man, or as anything less than the rock and roll icon he is today. I mean, dude, Neil Young! Rockin’ in the free world! Harvest! Cinnamon Girl! I think it’s safe to say he’s put out somewhere around 800 albums since the 60s, and this newest live album, “Sugar Mountain,” has quickly become one of my favorites in recent days. Continue reading

The Cure: still living the dream

My friend Nelson does concrete for a living and is a pretty gnarly drummer; like, big, thudding, John Bonham drums. He is kind of a “tough guy.” That’s why I was so surprised when, years into our friendship, he “came out of the closet” and admitted that he was a huge Cure fan. I was too! It is not always cool to admit you like the Cure. Maybe it is the association with moping goth kids or the silly imagery or Robert Smith all covered in makeup and acting like a sad, sad girl, but sometimes you have to keep your Cure love on the down-low. Continue reading