M is for Mill’s End – yeah I’m skipping some letters for now

mill's endI promise, I will get back to the letter B after this post but this coming Thursday, January 10, 2019 will be the night of a very, very special show as Mill’s End will be celebrating their TENTH anniversary! This is a great four-piece alt-country band from right here in the Valley of the Sun. Chances are good you have seen these guys play because they have played at a lot of different venues around town and what is truly cool is they always seem to play shows with artists from a variety of genres. Continue reading

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On the 1st Day of a Tfronky Christmas …

The Pogues and Kirsty McColl

… I give to you the greatest Christmas song. Of ever. But first, here is the list through yesterday because I know you need to copy this down and make a playlist. It’s that good. Merry Christmas and you’re welcome. Continue reading

On the 2nd Day of a Tfronky Christmas …

Josh GrobanBack in 2002 Josh Groban sang “O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël”) during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller Center in New York. This song was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 and reflects on the birth of the Baby Jesus. There have been countless versions of this song over the years. This is my favorite, an unbelievable singing of what may be the most holy of all Christmas songs. I don’t care if you are religious or not, it would be hard to dispute this is a breathtaking rendition of the tune. And I’ll be honest, I would never count Josh Groban as an artist I listen to often but I sure as heck listen to this song during the holidays. Enjoy.

Cheers!

On the 3rd Day of a Tfronky Christmas …

Nat King Cole - The Christmas SongOkay, after the garage punk rock of Rattlebag I think I will tone things down the next two days since Christmas is just three days away! “The Christmas Song” from Nat King Cole may be one of the most beloved and iconic songs of Christmas. Beautifully written lyrics, an exceptional Big Band style of music and most of all, those incredible vocals from Nat King Cole create a classic tune, one of my personal favorites of the season. Mel Tormé and Bob Wells wrote the song in 1944 and it was first recorded by The King Cole Trio in 1946. A full orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael used the same arrangement for Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song album in 1961. If you don’t like this you don’t like Christmas in my humble (and correct) opinion. So there. Enjoy!

Cheers!

On the 4th Day of a Tfronky Christmas …

Rattlebag

Oh my, I should have posted this yesterday for Punk Rock Christmas Friday, it was the perfect fit! I finally saw my first Mike Eldred Trio show earlier this year and I am HOOKED! This band is bad ass, led by Mike Eldred who absolutely SHREDS on the guitar.  And he is one of the nicest and most sincere guys in the world. If you have the slightest liking of rockabilly mixed with blues mixed with rock and roll then you have to check this band out sometime and fans like me are lucky as hell he lives in the Valley of the Sun!

Mike Eldred and drummer/vocalist Michael Petry teamed up in 2017 to put out a four song Christmas EP by the name of, well, The Christmas EP. The name of the band is Rattlebag and there are four songs on the release, “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls”, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Auld Lang Syne”. Nothing traditional here folks, this is punk rock all the way, four Christmas songs delivered with unbridled fury. It’s awesome and a lot of fun. They played a show December 22 at Rips last year and played the whole EP. Okay, the whole EP clocks in at around 5:15 but that isn’t the point … take a listen. And turn your volume up to 11.

Cheers!

On the 5th day of a Tfronky Christmas …

David Bowie and Bing CrosbyOddest. Duet. Ever. And that is what made it so special and so fricken awesome. “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” is a track that was recorded on September 11, 1977 for Bing Crosby’s television special, “Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas”. The show ended up being his last as he died on October 14, just five weeks after the special was taped. David Bowie of all people was a special guest on the show, playing Crosby’s neighbor who stops by to play the piano, chat with Bing about their musical tastes then sing a duet that would become legendary. Continue reading