It Was 25 Years Ago: ‘Stand By Me’

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since I sat on the front row of the movie theater – the worst seats in the house – and watched the drama, humor and camaraderie of Stand By Me unfold before me in larger-than-life cinematography. Stand By Me was a typical guy movie – most men have …

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Figuring out Nick Drake’s Fingerings: “From the Morning”

This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

Thank goodness for the Internet; otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what Nick Drake’s guitar chords were. As Curt Kirkwood of The Meat Puppets explains in the book Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Drake relied on open tunings for most of his songs. Usually, a guitar is tuned at E-A-D-G-B-E, and when strummed it sounds like a mess. …

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Sneak Preview: ‘I’m in Love,’ Teenage Fanclub

Just as I write yet another post about Teenage Fanclub, word comes that they’re releasing their first album in six years. Entitled “Here,” the new album is due Sept. 9 and is available for pre-order at http://teenage-fanclub.tmstor.es/. Americans pre-order at https://www.mergerecords.com/teenage-fanclub-here. I’ve already ordered mine and gotten a T-shirt with it (as if I needed another T-shirt). …

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