A tribute to Elvis Presley

August 13th, 2009, 10:54 am by Greg

Sunday, August 16 marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley back in 1977.

Over the years, there have been countless tasteless tributes to the King of Rock & Roll. And we thought that nothing could possibly be cheesier than a black velvet painting of Elvis, right?

Well, how about a Cheese Doodle portrait of Elvis on black velvet?

It’s the cheese, man!


Al Kooper, What Was The First Album You Ever Bought?

July 23rd, 2009, 4:01 pm by Sara

AlKooper“I remember the first single. It was ‘The Closer You Are’ by the Channels on the Whirling Disc label. I believe that my choices were either that one or ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Roger Williams.

So I went for the Channels because it was the blacker record. I guess you could say it was the equivalent of hip-hop today. Even the label was black. That’s a great record, too. I think it’s on one of those Rhino doo-wop box sets.

And I still have that single today. It would take some digging to find it because there’s about 3,999 other ones in my collection, but it’s in there. I think I probably own about 10,000 albums, 4,000 singles and about 3,500 CDs.

And now that I think about it, I think the first album I got was the second Elvis album. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what it was.”

Al Kooper leads his current band, the Funky Faculty, into The Egg in Albany on Saturday, July 25 for a double-bill with Dr. John & the Lower 911.

Lisa Marie’s Swing Set

May 21st, 2009, 9:42 am by Sara

(The following was written by Tim Livingston and originally appeared on the Last Cons Blog on Memorial Day 2006.)

“Wide-eyed expectations when I was young..” So much has changed for an ‘American Son’.. Camelot.. black & white television (w/ rabbit ears).. “Vietnam through Watergate..” drive-in movies.. A pre – Nintendo-baggy pants-hip-hop-cell-phone-i-pod-wired-to-my-brain generation.

Lisa Marie's Swing Set

Lisa Marie's Swing Set

A time when even a King’s daughter had the metal swing set in the back yard, an entertainment complex for suburban children across the the land.. the land.. the states.. “I just wanna taste the American dream..” what was the American dream and does it still exist? “The dream” and the hard reality that walks hand-in-hand with it.. how many lost dreams.. the plans of children left behind on the rusted
swing sets of days gone by.. “Wide Eyed Wonders”..

Memorial Day, kids selling Snapple at a lemonade stand, little capitalists selling to today’s youth market.. store bought punk.. Every generation thinks it is the greatest, the best of times.. the ‘good old days’… When we were Kids.. I could tell you stories..

Wonder if Lisa Marie ever sits on these swings when she comes home? Maybe she has pushed her daughter on them, like her daddy had done.. rumor has it there are still bullet-holes from when E shot up the back-yard.. the rise and fall of the American Dream is a big part of what this album is about..
Lisa Marie’s swing set..
it stands in the backyard of Graceland like a snap-shot in time…
there is something about it..
something I can’t explain..

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