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A Trip to ZZ Top’s Tejas

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December 10, 2015

Stepping into an album cover can be a surreal experience. One of my personal favorite ZZ Top albums is Tejas. Released November 1976, Tejas followed hit records Fandango! (1975) and Tres Hombres (1973), as well as earlier blues-rock offering Rio Grande Mud (1972) and the nearly eponymous ZZ Top’s First Album (1971). ZZ Top’s fifth long… Read More ›

Steely Dan Postmodern: A Meditation on Sonic and Visual Artifice

“You go back Jack do it again Wheel turnin’ ‘round and ‘round You go back Jack do it again…”   Thus incants the first song on Steely Dan’s inaugural album, 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill. “Do It Again” is a song about gambling and revenge and weary despair, but taken on its own this refrain… Read More ›

Goldtops and Humbuckers

The Gibson Les Paul and 1950s Nostalgia in 1970s Heartland Rock  Growing up in the Midwest in the 1980s, I was under the impression that the greatest car ever made was the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Most of my family members who had a driver’s license at any point from the mid-1950s to the late-1960s… Read More ›

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