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Ween signs to Rounder for new album

Writer: Rebecca Bowen
News, Published online on 30 Aug 2007

"I always wanted to be on the same label that put out all those early George Thorogood records and now I am!"

So stated Dean Ween about his band's new allegiance to Rounder Records, which will release its ninth studio album, La Cucaracha, on Oct. 23. Produced by longtime Ween associate Andrew Weiss, this album - Ween insists - is its most ambitious since 1994's under-cleavage celebrating Chocolate and Cheese.

This much can be said, at least: only for Ween would a publicist think it wise to promote a new LP by using descriptors like "redneck scat boogie" and "blistering porn rock" in the same breath.

Ween's website states that the band has already booked an American tour of "pretty much every major city in the U.S.A" Dates to be announced.

50 Years of Rock?

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Over on the message board, Tom gives us link to an article regarding the birth of rock 'n' roll.

Tom, I'm inclined to agree. Let's have a party!

Diddley turns 75!

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GT is mentioned briefly in a write-up of Bo Diddley's 75 birthday in the Star-Tribune out of Dallas:

"Chris Isaak gave props by covering Diddley Daddy, and George Thorogood paid tribute by doing Diddley's Who Do You Love -- and shooting pool with Diddley in the video for Bad to the Bone."

You can check out the whole thing here.

Say Man, Happy Birthday!

The final recordings of John Lee Hooker

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Can someone explain to me how something can be this amazing?

Fandom: a competition?

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First, is fandom a word? I don't know, I guess it is now!

So, I was wondering today: does being a fan (an ardent devotee, enthusiast) include trying to one-up other fans? Is there an unspoken contest between fans to show who knows more, who's been to more concerts, who has the inside scoop, who has more bootlegs, who owns more paraphernalia, etc. etc.?

Maybe not, but it sure seems that way to me. Just as in any other "community" there is a pressure to conform to the views of the majority and there is a competition to show who is the biggest fan.

I'd just like to say that I reject all of that.

I like the way the Destroyers music makes me feel, and that is the end of the story. I am not here to tell you how you should feel about anything, how a "true" Destroyer fan would think, or to make you feel inferior for what you do think. If that's what you're looking for, go here.

Thank you, New Jersey Star Ledger

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John Mellencamp has released a covers of album of blues and folk songs. I will remain completely neutral here on what I think about this development. However, I will quote the NJ Star Ledger's review of the album:

"Mellencamp's version of Guthrie's "Johnny Hart," for example, is performed as a straightforward folk-rock ballad that lacks the kick and bite of George Thorogood's covers of nearly identical songs."

Very nice to see something positive about our guy, especially in the review of someone else's work!

Eight Hours

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In eight hours, I will have the new CD in my paws.

I cannot describe to you what the Destroyers mean to me, and have meant to me for so long now. Fifteen years! Oh, that fateful day when my best buddy lent me his Maverick cassette and I took it home, put on my headphones, and I came alive. It was like falling in love at first sight - I knew from the first notes of "Gear Jammer" that I'd found musical nirvana, my home. Nothing else does it for me like the Destroyers do.

And following in the grand tradition, I will be at the record store the moment it opens to purchase my copy of the new CD. In '91 I had to skip school for Boogie People, and I've skipped work for every other album. Today will be no different. I owe it to the band. I owe it to myself.

Craig Kilborn performance

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I just saw George and Jim perform "Ride Til I Die" on the the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and I am so proud of the guys!

George usually seems so nervous when he knows he's being videotaped. But not tonight. Tonight he was very comfortable in his own skin, very confident and calm. It was a perfect performance...truly. GT introduced the song as being written by John Lee Hooker and taught to them by John Hammond, and then he ripped into the song. His playing was right on point, his vocals just like the recorded version. There wasn't a single flub as far as I could discern. Jim sat on a stool next to him and provided the electric fills like the pro that he is. Awesome.

What terrific exposure this was for them and the rest of the band...wow.

Congratulations guys!

Who Do You Love?

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Hey guys! Sittin' here listenin' to the new "greatest hits" collection from Rounder. The sound on these newly remastered songs is terrific, and you've gotta love the live and previously unreleased "Who Do You Love." Just awesome!

I've updated the album page with the new info and uploaded six new pictures from the booklet. They're worth a look, you'll find them on the fourth picture page. Later tonight I'll transcribe the liner notes, but right now I'm off to take a nap.

Bootleg

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Sorry it's been so long since I've changed anything...just my lazy streak shining through. Not much in the way of news, at least not that I've heard about. Picked up a great import bootleg CD called "Lonesome George" from Italy. It's from 1977, a concert in a club somewhere in California. If anybody knows any more info on it, let me know.

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