RIP Tom Petty

Nothing reminds you more of your mortality than when one of your Rock and Roll idols shuffles off this mortal coil (that’s a Shakespeare reference Gnoobs). It was a punch to the gut yesterday when I heard the news that Tom Petty had passed away. That was followed by a brief period of hope as I heard that Tom was clinging to life. That news was further punctuated by Tom’s daughter’s response to Rolling Stone’s report that he had passed.

Let this be a warning to not fuck with Tom Petty’s daughter. That would be about as smart as playing Mississippi Stud (or as Mango has renamed it, Mississippi Dumbass). How’d that work out for you Pipes?

Alas, the good news was only temporary, as we lost one of the greatest American rock artists (not band IJ, artist) later in the evening.  In any event, I’m not here to make fun of Pipes, well not primarily, but to remember Mr. Petty in the way we do around here at the Monkey, with a list of his greatest. Without further ado, here are the top 5 Tom Petty songs of all time. YMMV.

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New Music Alert — The National’s “Sleep Well Beast”

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In the ongoing effort to drag Pipes out of the 80’s as far as music goes, I bring your attention to The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast.

It’s great from top to bottom and, Pipes, if that doesn’t get your attention, take note that it rips all over your President.

If you like it, then as an additional bonus, check out the band’s live performance of the album, start to finish, from NPR, which is available for streaming for a limited time.

One bit of warning, play “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” at your peril.  I can’t get that freaking guitar riff out of my head.

SeaDick’s Visual Set List — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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As reported previously, IJ and our much better halves took in the Jason Isbell/Frank Turner show.  Scroll down for the Frank Turner set list.  Here’s my report and set list for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

I don’t want to be one of those guys, but Jason Isbell is, in my humble opinion, the best songwriter on the planet today.  Oh I can hear ya — “But SeaDick, Bob Dylan is still on the planet, Paul McCartney is still on the planet, that is a very bold statement.”  Yeah, well I’m sticking with it.  Present day, new music, Isbell is the man in the song writing department.  Pretty damn good from a live performance standpoint too.  If you like rock and roll, Isbell and his team are all you need.  The show was pretty spectacular.  The band was clearly on its A game and the set list, as you will see below, gave us just about everything we could want from an Isbell standpoint, old, new, ballads, rock anthems.  Just a flat out great performance.  The only very minor complaint is that his wife, Amanda Shires Isbell, who has been playing fiddle on this tour wasn’t there.  (She’s great too so give her a listen as well.). I understand from the interwebs that she jumped off the tour bus on Thursday to do a couple of solo shows on the east coast.  The fact that the Isbell’s daughter turned 2 on Friday may have also had something to do with it.  The band seemed to fill the missing fiddle parts with some electric guitar and that turned out just fine.

Here are some links to Mr. Isbell for Spotify and iTunes.  If it turns out that you like what you hear, then you should check out this album from the Drive By Truckers.  That’s where he got his start.

Lastly, before I give you the set list, check out this Tiny Desk Concert from NPR.

Without further ado, here’s the set list.  Per usual, the song titles are links to the songs on Apple Music. Continue reading

Frank MotherFooking Turner — SeaDick’s Visual Set List

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So IJ (and our better halves) took in a concert to start the Labor Day weekend.  First we had a little dinner at The Dearborn.  Solid meal, especially if you like strong drinks and two pounds of butter in your mashed potatoes.  IJ and I had the short ribs.  I know, I know, you are shocked.  We then headed over to the Chicago Theater.

If you told me that I could see any two musical acts on the planet right now, I would respond Jason Isbell and Frank Turner.  Well guess what Mrs. SeaDick got me for my birthday sports fans, that’s right, tickets to see Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls open for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.  It really doesn’t get any better than that.

What can I say about the show other than it lived up to my expectations.  Absolutely freaking awesome.  The only complaint I have is that the bartenders at the Chicago Theatre wouldn’t pour a double.  WTF?  Have no fear sports fans, there is a solution to every problem.  You know what you have when you order two Captain and Diets and tell them to hold the diet in one of them?  Problem solved, that’s what.

So even though I just said that I couldn’t say anything else about the show besides it living up to expectations, in typical Monkey fashion, I am going to say some more.  For those of you unfamiliar with Frank Turner (or Frank Mother*&king Turner as IJ likes to say) he is an amazing performer and one of the hardest working guys in showbiz.  I saw him at Lolla last year where he did 4 shows in less than 24 hours.  This was show 2092 for he and his band.  Frank ain’t lazy.  Originally part of a UK punk band (Million Dead), he now fronts the band with an acoustic (hey Muni, please note the proper spelling of that word) guitar, writes some of the best lyrics ever and plays some of the best straight up rock and roll on the planet.  That would be pretty cool alone, but as I mentioned previously, Frank and his band are performers.  He knows how to engage an audience and his shows are some of the best you can see.  Go. See. Frank. Motherfooking. Turner.

You can get more info and find his music here if you like Spotify:

Or here if you prefer iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/frank-turner/id108696785

If you are a music geek like me, then you probably hit SetList.fm both before you go to a concert and afterwards so that you can see the set list for the performer you are going to see or make sure you remember what you heard, especially if you manage the double C&D work around to perfection and parts of the evening get a little hazy.  So here is the set list for Frank from Friday.  Good info, but pretty boring right?  Not to mention that I had to correct it because the asshat who posted it the first time forgot a fooking song.  How can you forget a fooking song?  Time to do it right.  I decided to record a short video clip of each of the songs performed.  The full SeaDick Set List is below, enjoy.  (Song titles are links to the songs in iTunes.) Continue reading

Top X Greatest Songs Ever

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Like I said a couple weeks ago, I gotta break my blogging slump.  Tried to get back in the groove a couple weeks ago, but work and life sometimes interfere with our true calling.  Started a couple blogs on Trump and fucking Republicans, but that is just going to create controversy, and I certainly don’t need any more of that in my life.  So here’s an easy one, and something we can all agree on—the Top Ten Greatest Songs EVER.  Not exactly breaking new ground here, but since it is a list, in order, and covers the greatest songs EVER, it automatically qualifies for Premier Blog status.  Can’t really argue with that logic.

Actually, although the Top 10 songs are pretty obvious, I suppose reasonable minds could differ on the ORDER of the Top Ten.  And maybe there is some gray area as to the 10 spot.  Hotel California really should be on the list, and I expect to catch holy hell for its exclusion.  Oh well.  That is what premier blogging is all about.

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Music Bracket

Music Bracket

The following are the premier blogs in the Music Bracket, with links to the original post:

#1 Seed – Keep Going

Irish Jesus’ manifesto on exploring, finding and experiencing new music, and maybe even life in general.

#2 Seed – Top X Power Ballads

Idyt’s definitive list of the Top 10 power ballads of all time.

#3 Seed – Prince was AWOL from USA for Africa

Idyt notes that Prince wasn’t there when America needed him the most, for We Are the World.

#4 Seed – SeaDick’s Best Albums of 2016

SeaDick reviews the top albums of 2016, in alphabetical order, lest you be tempted to think he might rank them.

#5 Seed – Live Blog – Springsteen Concert

Idyt took a wrong turn and he just kept going, ending up at the Springsteen concert in Louisville, which he live blogged alone like a “looser.”

#6 Seed – Top X Eagles Songs

Idyt’s tribute to the Eagles after the death of Glenn Frey, including a history of the Eagles and their top 10 songs.

#7 Seed – Lost Tracks – Joey by Concrete Blonde

The first of Idyt’s short lived “Lost Tracks” blogs, covering that drunk Joey and the woman who just didn’t understand.

#8 Seed – “We Are The World” – A Definitive History

Idyt’s obsession with “We are the World” continued, including the 2010 remake for Haiti, which featured the brunette Stacy Ferguson and sucked balls.

2016-17 Monkey with a Gun Premier Blog Playoff

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Welcome to our premiere Monkey with a Gun Premier Blog Playoff, wherein we will decide the championship premier blog of the 2016-17 season!  32 of our blogs have been divided into four categories–Bro Stuff, Babes, Music and Sports–where they will compete for your vote to decide the overall champion.  Cast your votes here, or click on the bracket above to be directed to the voting website, where you can also click through to read the Top 32 2016-17 Premier Blogs.

Voting will take place starting NOW, with the champion decided next Monday night at 8:00 p.m.  Voting closes on each round at the following times:

Round of 32 – March 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Sweet Sixteen – Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Elite 8 – Saturday April 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Final 4 – Sunday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Championship – Monday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Good Luck, and may the most premier blog win!

Website here if links won’t work:  https://showcase.votion.co/bracket/b40505fc-1325-11e7-ba3a-029f9751820b