My favorite neighborhood in NYC

If there was one band I wish I could have seen live, it’s THE CLASH. LONDON CALLING is one of my favorite albums. The East Village is one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC as well.

If there was one band I wish I could have seen live, it’s THE CLASH. LONDON CALLING is one of my favorite albums. The East Village is one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC as well. I love taking the L train to 1st Ave. and walking south. Luzzo’s (in the picture) is probably my favorite pizza after L & B Spumoni Gardens.

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The Empire Builder takes me to my 49th State……see you soon, Alaska!

I love trains! This was one of the many stops on the Empire Builder which goes from Seattle to Chicago and takes almost 48 Hours (that’s a CLASH song). The idea that I could do nothing but relax for 2 days was good and I got to see North Dakota!

I love trains! This was one of the many stops on the Empire Builder which goes from Seattle to Chicago and takes almost 48 Hours (that’s a CLASH song). Although I enjoyed the scenery, the room was very uncomfortable and the food was mediocre at best. The idea that I could do nothing but relax for 2 days was good and I got to see North Dakota! I don’t think I’ll be doing such a long train trip again any time soon though.

I never saw him holding a guitar in real life

I enjoy Otis Redding. He had an intensity on stage without being backed up by loud guitars. Very few songs give me a rush like the last half of TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS.

I have a “big 4” when it comes to bands: Metallica, Slayer, The Clash, Sleater-Kinney (in order of discovery). They are not necessarily the ones I listen to the most often, but their music had the most impact on me. Metallica & Slayer spoke to my teen angst, still helps me wake up in the morning and stay awake while driving. The Clash & Sleater-Kinney got me more into political music. As a guy, most of the artists I like are male, but S-K rocks as hard as many (not Metallica or Slayer of course) of the male bands I like. Besides giving me something to relate to, music gives me a jolt…..so I prefer hard rock/metal. However, I enjoy Otis Redding. He had an intensity on stage without being backed up by loud guitars. Very few songs give me a rush like the last half of TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS. Although not one of his more well known songs, OLD MAN TROUBLE is probably my favorite. I never really liked MY GIRL until I heard his live version. His voice just does something amazing to that song. There are songs that give me a jolt and songs that give me goosebumps. Pearl Jam’s version of DOCK OF THE BAY (only performed once in early 1994 as an encore) just gives me the chills. I wish they would release a professional recording of it (or play it live again). It has that Vedderesque angst which works surprisingly well for a song that’s not an angry song.