Memorial

Goodbye, Harry Dean

Harry Dean Stanton has died. In the back of my head, I’ve known this day would be coming eventually, but that knowledge did nothing ease the deep sense of loss at his passing. The 91 year old actor’s appearance on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return this summer felt like a clear-eyed acknowledgement of his…

TOBE TUESDAY: Tobe Invades Our Imaginations with His 1986 Cannon Remake of the Classic INVADERS FROM MARS

As I sit here watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for the first time in my adult life (it’s possible I’ve never seen it 100% through and unedited, to be honest) and I have Eaten Alive queued up, I can’t help but think to myself, “Goddammit, John Carpenter better get to the doctor stat!” We’ve…

Dearly Beloved…

Last Thursday the world lost one of the most unique and innovative artists in music history. Prince was more than just another R&B singer or hit maker, he was a beacon of human sexuality and an all around musical genius. I first discovered Prince as a pre-adolescent MTV watcher. It was the early 80’s and…

Short, Dark, and Handsome

I woke today to the sad news of the death of Malik Isaac Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest. A critical part of not the group’s success, Phife was an important part of my music history. From the first time I heard Tribe’s music I was a fan, and they…

Leaving This Toilet Earth

A few months ago, a music contact of mine sent me an email about doing an interview with Dave Brockie aka Gwar’s Oderus Urungus. I jumped at the chance to give him a phone call and chat with a punk/metal/hardcore legend. The interview, sadly, never got posted here or on Rock on Philly, as the…

Pete Seeger: An American Folk Hero

Pete Seeger died early this week at 94 years old. In his near century of life he would challenge the system through both music and activism. Seeger was a man of the people but also a man of music. He was an artist who over his career became the catalyst for American folk music through…

Remembering MCA

This was originally featured on thepaintedman.com just after the passing of MCA. It was entitled “A Eulogy” when it was originally featured. In the wake of the passing of Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys I have gone through several emotions. First was the shock when I opened my laptop and saw several…