It’s Time for a US Rock Against Racism Concert

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Recently listening to The Specials and having the news pop up constantly with these horrible acts of violence, most against an opposite skin color, you have to step back and realize this is not right.

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I am white.  I am not a racist.  If you are watching white cops kill black people on video, you have to be saying “WTF!” We have a serious problem here.  Just because you are black and I am white, doesn’t make that alright.

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The byline on this blog is bringing the world together through music.  We can do it!  The Rock against Racism concerts that featured bands like The Clash and The Specials were wonderful gatherings showing that whites and blacks were not that different and had to look out for each other.  Racism is no way man.  The Specials had blacks and whites in the same band and that was beautiful.  They would get bottled though and had to stand their ground against the dim-witted.  40 years later proves we learn almost nothing from history.  We can’t change history.  But the good news is we all have a future.  We can make that what we want.


LET’S RISE OVER HATE

Remember that movie with the coach and his team was down and there wasn’t much time left but he motivated them to come back and win? Well that is nothing.  The greatest movie speech of all time came from Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

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Let’s continue to bring people together through music.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

 

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Nick Waterhouse Warm Soul

Nick Waterhouse will warm your soul with his warm soul music.  He sounds like he is from another time and place, the right time and place.

New Album out September 30th

NICK WATERHOUSE – NEVER TWICE  PRE-ORDER
 
1) Its Time
2) I Had Some
3) Straight Love
4) Stanyan Street
5) Old Place
6) Katchi
7) Baby I’m In
8) Tracy
9) Lucky Once
10) L.A. Turnaround
About Nick Waterhouse
By Jonathan Toubin
 
Many moons ago Primo Pitino, the DJ of San Franciscos legendary Oldies Night, passed me a copy of his friend Nick Waterhouse‘s “Some Place.” Nick was a local vinyl DJ and the kid working at our Shangri-la, Rooky Ricardo‘s Records.
Though he didn’t have a band at the time, Waterhouse assembled some local musicians to cut a one-off 45 in the vein of the electrifying mid-century modern rhythm and blues he loved. I threw Some Placeon the Technics during sound check a few cities down the line and was blown away from the howling falsetto all the way to the end! I gave it a whirl every night from Texas to Tennessee and all the way back home to New York. Not only were the dancers feet responding, but they were also asking about the track on a nightly basis. The Nashville Scene was so blown away that they printed a piece on Nick after that single listen. DJs and collectors everywhere wanted it so bad that the little record with the big sound started fetching upwards of $300 on Ebay.
The immediate and unprecedented underground dance party success of Nicks DIY record resulted in a full band, gigs, and, after a number of obstacles, the widely acclaimed 2012 LP Times All Gone. Nick’s music, vision, and fully formed aesthetic caught on globally and he was instantly a fixture at nearly every major nightclub and festival on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Japan, and Russia hitting stages everywhere from Primavera to Montreux Jazz Festival and charting on college, public, and commercial radio.
Only a year after self-releasing his first single, Nick Waterhouse was thrust into the chaos of leading a band, touring, and recording in the big leagues! Pummeling high speed down a bumpy hill of lineup changes, economic problems, and general chaos without any breaks, Nick made it through and the challenges made him more focused. 2014′s Holly captured a more experienced artist upping the ante in writing, performance, recording, and production, inspiring a new level of critical and commercial success.
In addition to a jam-packed five years on the road, in the studio, and in the practice space, Waterhouse also produced septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, Los Angeles Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins, and garage rockers the Allah-las. He’s currently collaborating with the likes of young Grammy-nominee Leon Bridges and Steven Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. The Rolling Stones blast Nick’s version of “I Can Only Give You Everything”at stadiums before they go onstage. Vogue hired him to pose with Kendall Jenner. He hipped her to Little Willie John while Anna Wintour complimented his shoes. While a lesser artist would get lost in these distractions, Nick Waterhouse’s acclaim only seems to energize him and make him work harder and push his music to the next level.
Nick’s latest Never Twice is a culmination, intensification, and realization of everything he’s been developing throughout this prolific frenzy. Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick’s new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece. 
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I Tip My Hat To This Live Review As I Await The Specials’ Arrival

 

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Photo from Dave MacIntyre seen on Step On Magazine

I am going on 40 years of being in love with The Specials.  I have seen 1000 concerts and The Specials never made it in the mix.  Sure they are from another country but they were almost other-worldly.   The songs, the characters, the messages, the pure energy.  How can they still be so relevant?

The songs of division that was so strong by a band doing so much to bring us together fits so well into 2016, it’s almost as the last 40 years never happened.  As the media accentuates the differences and hatred between white and black people.  Here are songs, led by example, of a band of many colors but showing us that we are all 2 tone.  Proving again that music is what will bring the country and the world together as one.  But we need to get everyone to listen.

This Tuesday, The Specials will be in Seattle.  I couldn’t be more excited.  They have the drummer from another band I love, The Libertines.  They have added Steve Cradock on guitar, whom I saw earlier this year with Mr. Paul Weller.  At the Paul Weller show Paul announced that Lynval Golding (The Specials and Fun Boy Three) was in attendance.  After further research I found that Lynval lives close to me here in the Seattle area.  (I am going to apologize in advance to him because if I ever run into him at Trader Joe’s he will not be able to make the rest of his appointments that day.)

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Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time at #1

Spool Going Round’s Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All time

It’s about time that Spool Going Round delves into another Top 10 list.  You may remember other highly viewed Top 10 lists by this blog, such as;  Top 10 Live performances from David Letterman, or Top 10 Bands that need to Reunite, or Top 10 Best music moments in Movies. You can click on the links to revisit.

This time around it is the sex sells edition.  Yes, I am a healthy male that thinks the woman’s body is a beautiful work of art.  So with that in mind you will not be seeing the album cover for Hand in Glove by the Smiths. When I thought up this post it was based on a couple album covers and the idea grew from there.  Then I thought I would wax eloquent on each album cover but once I started to put those words down I realized what’s up with this pervert?

Instead I think I will just post the album cover and let you add your own thoughts and memories.   After all some of these albums came out when we were young and discovering what we thought was sexy or not.  I think as an American I was raised like so many of us as being sexually conservative and not encouraged to think sexually, as this was bad.  I eventually figured it out.

At #1

The Cars  “CANDY-O”

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Straight in at #1.  Sure it may be a cartoon but it may not be a cartoon, right? It takes a fast car lady to live a double life. Great cover and great tunes tells the music fan to grab this vinyl and take it home with you.

Thank you for following the Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time at #2

Spool Going Round’s Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All time

This time around it is the sex sells edition.  Yes, I am a healthy male that thinks the woman’s body is a beautiful work of art.  So with that in mind you will not be seeing the album cover for Hand in Glove by the Smiths. When I thought up this post it was based on a couple album covers and the idea grew from there.  Then I thought I would wax eloquent on each album cover but once I started to put those words down I realized, what’s up with this pervert?

Instead I think I will just post the album cover and let you add your own thoughts and memories.   After all some of these albums came out when we were young and discovering what we thought was sexy or not.  I think as an American I was raised like so many of us as being sexually conservative and not encouraged to think sexually, as this was bad.  I eventually figured it out.

At #2

The Strokes  “Is this it”

Is This It? by RCA Victor Europe (2001-07-31)

The beauty rests in the curves.

Please come back to see the final album cover in this Top 10 countdown.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Killer New Beat from Ranking Roger

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I have been a huge English Beat fan my whole life.   Dave Wakeling has continued here in the US as The English Beat.  In the UK Ranking Roger has continued as The Beat.  They allow each other to continue on with the world’s best Ska in their own variation.

Ranking Roger’s Beat, which the US Amazon.com is listing as The New English Beat Featuring Ranking Roger, has a new release slated for September 30th.  Here is Roger Ranking full stop on the new track “Avoid The Obvious”

The Beat – Avoid The Obvious from Blacklight Productions on Vimeo..

SO GOOD!

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time at #3

Spool Going Round’s Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All time

This time around it is the sex sells edition.  Yes, I am a healthy male that thinks the woman’s body is a beautiful work of art.  So with that in mind you will not be seeing the album cover for Hand in Glove by the Smiths. When I thought up this post it was based on a couple album covers and the idea grew from there.  Then I thought I would wax eloquent on each album cover but once I started to put those words down I realized, what’s up with this pervert?

Instead I think I will just post the album cover and let you add your own thoughts and memories.   After all some of these albums came out when we were young and discovering what we thought was sexy or not.  I think as an American I was raised like so many of us as being sexually conservative and not encouraged to think sexually, as this was bad.  I eventually figured it out.

At #3

Carly Simon  “Playing Possum”

Playing Possum

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I think she was purposefully trying to seduce us young men.

Come back to view the rest of the covers in the countdown.
Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time at #4

Spool Going Round’s Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All time

This time around it is the sex sells edition. Yes, I am a healthy male that thinks the woman’s body is a beautiful work of art. So with that in mind you will not be seeing the album cover for Hand in Glove by the Smiths. When I thought up this post it was based on a couple album covers and the idea grew from there. Then I thought I would wax eloquent on each album cover but once I started to put those words down I realized, what’s up with this pervert?

Instead I think I will just post the album cover and let you add your own thoughts and memories. After all some of these albums came out when we were young and discovering what we thought was sexy or not. I think as an American I was raised like so many of us as being sexually conservative and not encouraged to think sexually, as this was bad. I eventually figured it out.

At #4

Plasmatics “Coup d’etat”

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To me Wendy O Williams was so sexy.  Look at her there on the tank.  I always thought she had a great image but when I would hear her talk in interviews that passion would fade immediately.  Luckily album covers can’t talk (yet).

Come back to see the next cover in the countdown.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time at #5

Spool Going Round’s Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All time

This time around it is the sex sells edition.  Yes, I am a healthy male that thinks the woman’s body is a beautiful work of art.  So with that in mind you will not be seeing the album cover for Hand in Glove by the Smiths. When I thought up this post it was based on a couple album covers and the idea grew from there.  Then I thought I would wax eloquent on each album cover but once I started to put those words down I realized, what’s up with this pervert?

Instead I think I will just post the album cover and let you add your own thoughts and memories.   After all some of these albums came out when we were young and discovering what we thought was sexy or not.  I think as an American I was raised like so many of us as being sexually conservative and not encouraged to think sexually, as this was bad.  I eventually figured it out.

At #5

Bow Wow Wow  “The Last of the Mohicans”

This one was a bit controversial due to the age of the beauty in the photo at the time.  But since I am roughly the same age, I’ve done my sentence but committed no crime.  The photo as exotic as the music at the time.  You can bark “ruff ruff” or you can bark “bow wow wow”

Come back to see the next cover in the countdown.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

 

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Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time at #6

Spool Going Round’s Top 10 Sexiest Album Covers of All time

It’s about time that Spool Going Round delves into another Top 10 list.  You may remember other highly viewed Top 10 lists by this blog, such as;  Top 10 Live performances from David Letterman, or Top 10 Bands that need to Reunite, or Top 10 Best music moments in Movies. You can click on the links to revisit.

This time around it is the sex sells edition.  Yes, I am a healthy male that thinks the woman’s body is a beautiful work of art.  So with that in mind you will not be seeing the album cover for Hand in Glove by the Smiths. When I thought up this post it was based on a couple album covers and the idea grew from there.  Then I thought I would wax eloquent on each album cover but once I started to put those words down I realized what’s up with this pervert?

Instead I think I will just post the album cover and let you add your own thoughts and memories.   After all some of these albums came out when we were young and discovering what we thought was sexy or not.  I think as an American I was raised like so many of us as being sexually conservative and not encouraged to think sexually, as this was bad.  I eventually figured it out.

At #6

Santana  “Abraxas”

Santana Abraxas

As a kid of pale skin this was my first exposure to a woman of color in this state of undress.  The guitar solos were good too.

Come back to see who is next on the list.

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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