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Entries from August 28th, 2009

Concert Review: The Black Crowes in Boston, MA, 8/27/09

August 28th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

Concert Review:
The Black Crowes
August 27, 2009
Bank of America Pavilion
Boston, MA
The big fear amongst long-time Crowes fans has been that after 20 years the band had lost their edge. That they were no longer capable of writing the well-crafted songs or performing the type of ferocious rockers that made them “the most rock and roll band in [...]

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How to Drive Like You're from Boston

August 27th, 2009 · 19 Comments · Humor

Since the earliest days of the automobile Bostonians have been admired and respected for their legendary driving skills. Long before the term “road rage” was invented, aggressive driving was all the rage in the hub of the universe. Driving anywhere in the country with a Massachusetts license plate on your car is fair warning to [...]

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Some Not-So-Crazy Fashion Advice

August 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Humor

As one who is deeply in tune with the subtlest forms of matter known to mankind, I operate with an extremely sophisticated level of perception. While many of you mechanically trudge from home to the office and back again barely noticing your surroundings, I am strongly aware of anything and everything that is happening around [...]

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You Wear it Well

August 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Humor

Asked to describe the “greatest moment of their life” most people will defer to the obvious choices: their wedding, the birth of their children, their knighthood ceremony, etc.
Not me. While each of those aforementioned events were indeed magical moments in my life, they all pale in comparison to the day that was truly the “greatest [...]

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My Secret Life as an '80s Radical

August 14th, 2009 · 84 Comments · Humor

Kids have it so easy nowadays. Sure, it’s hotter than ever due to global warming but public schools have gone soft. Back in the early 1980s when I was in middle school we had two problems that today’s kids would never have to deal with. First, there was no air conditioning in school and secondly, [...]

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Puzzling Behavior

August 12th, 2009 · 13 Comments · Humor

It’s hard to escape the fact that people seem to like puzzles. Me? Not so much. I prefer for my leisure activities to be ‘not boring’ and let’s face it – puzzles are super-boring.
Just to clarify, I’m not talking about jigsaw puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles are still kind of boring but they’re also kind of fun [...]

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The Black Crowes Album Project: The Lost Crowes: The Tall Sessions (2006)

August 10th, 2009 · 15 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes Album Project:
The Lost Crowes: The Tall Sessions (2006)
Band Members:
Chris Robinson, vocals, harp
Rich Robinson, guitar
Steve Gorman, drums
Johnny Colt, bass
Marc Ford, guitar
Eddie Harsch, keys
Additional Musicians:
Gary Louris, backing vocals
Andy Sturmer, backing vocals
Eric Bobo, percussion
Karen Grotberg, backing vocals
Bruce Kaphan, pedal steel
Produced by:
The Black Crowes
Engineered by:
Jim Mitchell (1994)
Mixed by:
Paul Stacey (2006)
Mitch’s Review:
In 2006 The Black Crowes finally [...]

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Riding the Rails, Boston-style

August 7th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Humor

Introduction
While I generally admire the concept behind the “Not for Tourist” book series – i.e. “insider” information for the traveling hipster – the truth is that they’re still geared for tourists and they don’t always deliver on the “insider” information that you really need to survive and thrive in the little city with the big [...]

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Concert Review: The Black Crowes in Hampton Beach, NH on 6/19/09

August 1st, 2009 · 9 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

Concert Review:
The Black Crowes
June 19, 2009
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Hampton Beach, NH
I’ve long been a believer in the theory that the venue defines the vibe at a rock and roll concert. Over time you begin to construct a virtual database in your head, mapping out the best and worst venues for particular bands.
It’s hard for me [...]

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