Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Speaking of great guitar licks (see below), Gawker says this about this video of 100 of them: Alex Chadwick of the Chicago Music Exchange straps on a 1958 Fender Strat and strums his way through 60 years of rock n' roll riffs, starting with the 1954 pop standard "Mr. Sandman," and concluding 99 riffs later with St. Vincent's 2011 single "Cruel." By way of T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T.

R.I.P. Jon Lord 1941 - 2012

(RollingStone.com Photo)
Jon Lord, the keyboardist of the pioneering British hard-rock band Deep Purple and co-author of classic rock anthem “Smoke on the Water,” died on Monday in London. He was 71.

The cause was a pulmonary embolism related to cancer.

In songs from the late 1960s and early ’70s like “Smoke on the Water,” “Hush” and the epic “Child in Time,” Deep Purple laid much of the groundwork for heavy metal, drawing a blunter and fiercer sound out of the blues-based riffs common in the British invasion’s first wave.

Picture Of The Day

One of the competitors finds a way to stand out — with this larger-than-life Bob Dylan sail — in the King’s Cup race held at Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Monserrat Diez/EPA)

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