Monday, May 25, 2015

Pee-Pee Soaked Heckhole's Five Year Anniversary

Wow . . . has it actually been that long?

Back in 2010, the mere thought of starting my own music blog was daunting, to say the least. I like to think of myself as pretty computer-savvy, but I honestly had no concept as to how to go about creating a forum to discuss and distribute to the masses selections from my voluminous collection of tunes. At the time, I figured that only hardcore computer geeks and programming experts had the know-how to set one of these things up, and that I was hopelessly outclassed in that field.  It was only after finally sitting down and really looking into it that I found how easy it would be to go about establishing my own site.  And I'm glad I did.

Over the years, I've written about albums both familiar and obscure, riffing on everything from Rolling Stone 500 selections to strange, hard-to-find bootlegs and other music considered to be well off the beaten track.  In several cases, the tunes I've talked about here have affected or influenced my life in some large or small way, and to this day many of them bring back fond and/or poignant memories from my past whenever I play them.  I'm sure that all of you out there have songs that do the same for you.

All in all, through this blog, I've attempted to sort out and organize my tangled thoughts to convey to you all my love for, hatred of, and, in some cases, mania for the tunes that I enjoy.  I like to think that I've been successful with this, based on the number of visits I've had here over the years and the friends I've made via this site.  And I must say that I've had a high, fine old time doing it!

I've been trying to think of an appropriate post to commemorate this blog's fifth anniversary . . . perhaps something with a "five" in its name, or a five-disc set. But in the end, I figured that there was no need for anything special. I'm planning on continuing this blog for a long time, so I'll need to save my selections for the future.

I will, however, leave you all with one of my longtime favorite albums, AK·79 - the definitive summation of the Auckland, New Zealand punk scene of the late 1970s, released by Ripper Records in late 1979. A fellow blogger and giant in contemporary New Zealand music by the name of Simon Grigg (who compiled the expanded CD version of this disc in 1993 and also wrote the liner notes) put together an excellent write-up on this disc; here it is, for your reading pleasure. I can add nothing more substantive to his fine words.

Accept this compilation as my thanks to you all for continuing to visit and comment upon this site. It's been a heck of a ride so far, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Thanks - more to come!

(And, as always, let me know what you think.)

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Friday, May 15, 2015

B. B. King - Live At The Regal (RS500 - #141)

We lost a legend last night . . . not entirely unexpected, but still sad, and a tremendous blow to the music world.

Riley B. (B.B.) King: September 16th, 1925 - May 14th, 2015

What else need be said?  Farewell, Mr. King, and thanks for all the music.

In honor of and in tribute to his remarkable life, here's B.B. King's classic blues album Live At The Regal, recorded on November 21st, 1964 at the Regal Theater in Chicago, and released by ABC Records in early 1965. Enjoy and remember B.B. King, more than just a great blues guitarist, but one of the 20th century's greatest, most influential musicians.

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