Heart Like a Train

ne thing I love about blues is that they don’t have to be sad, despite the lyrics.

One thing I love about blues is that they don’t have to be sad, despite the lyrics.

Chris Isaak’s “You Took My Heart” from his eponymous 1987 release is a two-chord rockabilly blues song with the kind of freight-train snare drumming you really don’t hear in any other genre. Despite Chris singing “There will be no more love for me . . . ” it’s hard to believe he’s all broken up about it as he repeats the line over and over, louder and angrier (or more exuberantly, perhaps?) Bass, drums, and guitars all drive like Jehu behind but not beneath the vocals. It leaves me smiling every time.

Mystery Train

ust heard the Stray Cats’ (yes, Stray Cats, not Brian Setzer) new single “Mystery Train Kept A-Rollin'”—their first new studio work in 13 years.Delirious fun. These guys not only understand what the old Sun records releases were about, they have the chops to pull ’em off.

Just heard the Stray Cats’ (yes, Stray Cats, not Brian Setzer) new single “Mystery Train Kept A-Rollin'”—their first new studio work in 13 years.

Delirious fun. These guys not only understand what the old Sun records releases were about, they have the chops to pull ’em off.

Here’s hoping for a US tour (and seats I can afford!)

Link Death

ink rot is a web phenomenon whereby links from one site to others begin to fail over time due to changes in the target sites.I’m about to introduce link assassination. Since I have to remove all my CDNow links, but haven’t had time to get all the Amazon.com links, I’m going to just kill them until I have the time.

Link rot is a web phenomenon whereby links from one site to others begin to fail over time due to changes in the target sites.

I’m about to introduce link assassination. Since I have to remove all my CDNow links, but haven’t had time to get all the Amazon.com links, I’m going to just kill them until I have the time.

So, if you read back through older articles (anything prior to the first of December) the links are about to unceremoniously cease to function. I’ll do what I can to get them replaced quickly. In the meantime, you can find everything you need at Amazon.com, which is where we’ll be buying our music from now on, right?