Curdo's Music & Stuff (53)

Let there be no more rock from AC/DC

Dear Angus, I want to start by saying I’m a fan of your band. You guys are one of the most important rock bands of all time and I have all of your records. To be honest, I question anyone into rock n’ roll who doesn’t own one of your records. The logo! It’s one of the most recognizable logos in the world. You’re the maestro of more classic riffs than almost anyone in music…

Reconnecting with Cheap Trick, Santana

Cheap Trick — Bang, Zoom, Crazy, HelloI know it’s no big deal, but I can’t stand this album title. It’s such a silly title. Almost lazy too, isn’t it? I mean, it’s screaming to be referred to as “Bang, Zoom...” in short from now on and, thats probably what I’ll do. “Bang, Zoom...” Yeah, that works. I guess I feel a little bit better now. Other than that bit of housecleaning. ... Cheap Trick are…

My name is Mark, and I like to touch my music

And just like that, Record Store Day is here again! The holiday for true music fans and collectors falls upon us once again to help many take stock in what we have. What we have is remarkable luck that these music holy places are all around us thanks to Bull Moose. Owner Brett Wickard’s gift to folks in Maine and New Hampshire still puts a smile on my face at least once or twice a…

Fugazi for President 2016!

I don’t know about you, but I saw my fair share of April Fool's crap last week. Thing is you can easily write off a good amount of it upon sight. We’re all sharp enough to know that Michael Keaton won’t be returning to star in the next Batman and that four sons of The Beatles aren’t starting a new band, right?  Right?  The one that got me though and stung like a s.o.b. was…

Post-MTV innovator: Jason Bosch of Red Stallion Media and the 'crazy reach' of videos

One great thing about the music-related scene in Maine, and a major reason I want to do these spotlight features every few weeks, is the special collection of talent we have that goes beyond the music itself. Jason Bosch is a wonderful success story in our scene that doesn’t hang a guitar around his shoulder. Since 2010, Bosch has helped the music scene in Maine look like more than just “local artists” previously with his…

Live albums brought us to life

I listen to quite a bit of pre-recorded music like most of you. The studio albums. Enjoying the genius of what came out of great studios like Sun, Fame, Abbey Road and Electric Ladyland. Great captures of whatever creation and performing was going on in those places by talented people who could possibly change the world. Records are magic. For many, many years though equal magic was also properly documented from live stages around the…

Music and stuff: Walt Craven's Something Slithery This Way Comes!

Walt Craven is one of the all-time greats in the local music scene. He’s been the modern rock king since the later '90s. In line with bands like Failure, Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, his bands have brought always massive, melodic rock front and center. Over the years Walt has pumped out gigantic rock songs in Maine and beyond with his bands: Gouds Thumb, 6Gig and Lost on Liftoff. He also took part in…

Lenny’s: The great taste of Maine music history

If you’ve ever headed north on Route 302 towards Windham, you’ve seen him. Right there on the outskirts of Westbrook. That giant serviceman holding a toolbox that used to swing back n’ forth. He’s one of the most recognized landmarks in Maine. Everyone knows that guy!    The legendary serviceman was the handiwork of a young Al Hawkes who had been running a radio/TV sales and repair shop at that location when he was still…

Who’s in a name?

One sign that better weather is on the way is seeing the summer concert schedule unfurl quickly. It got me thinking of all the bands that make a killing touring in the summer. Classic bands are being Frankenstein’d together as we speak! Years ago, the mid-’90s I believe, my folks went to see “The Platters” in concert. For those unaware, The Platters were one of the greatest vocal and song groups ever. They had dozens…

Rap Night and its long-running lineage in Portland

  Jesse Wagner is one of the most important people in our local music scene. Along with his partner in rhyme, (Nate) Shupe, they’ve powered “Rap Night,” one of our longest-running music traditions. It has become a weekly gathering for anyone involved or interested in hip hop. From that night came The Annual Ruckus Cup Classic, a rap battle between the sharpest tongues and most clever minds around. (The ninth cup is happening this Friday…
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