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U2’s First Contact in Glastonbury by cweeks88

U2 are looking more and more like aging Irish Porn Stars

PREVIEW: LISTEN to U2’s “No Line on the Horizon”

Just when you thought aging, self-absorbed rock stars couldn’t be more agonizingly full of themselves as displayed in the upcoming TV special of the 25th Annual Rock Hall of Fame Awards/concerts — U2 strikes again in destroying everything that’s halfway decent about popular Rock music by headlining England’s Glastonbury 2010 Music Festival.

Despite the poor sales of this once-great band’s most recent album No Line on the Horizon, U2 still don’t know when to quit. Since playing on top of buildings in London and causing a carefully orchestrated and televised stir earlier this year didn’t work, perhaps Bono figures that their spanking new songs will resonate with an audience whose only relation to the band is that their parents had Joshua Tree playing in the background during their conception. Continue reading

20 Watts Reviews Yim Yames’ Tribute To EP (Remembering George Harrison) by Irina Dvalidze
Yim Yames New Album: Tribute To

Yim Yames' new EP Tribute To

PREVIEW: Download Yim Yames’ “My Sweet Lord”MP3
WE GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts

It has been eight years since the passing of the most underappreciated, yet arguably the most talented of The Beatles, George Harrison. Fortunately this week the public will be graced with an appropriate tribute to an artist who managed to transcend every socially controversial gap imaginable with his music.

Prepare to discard the nightmares of your drunken uncles singing karaoke renditions of “Yellow Submarine” during the family reunions and praise the music gods for sending you Yim Yames (a.k.a. Jim James of My Morning Jacket).

Yames will finally be releasing the long-awaited EP Tribute To, a set of six Harrison covers, on August 4. The tracks were recorded immediately following Harrison’s passing, yet were kept below the public’s radar until now. A simple tribute from an adoring fan, the collection is quite touching, and shows clear devotion to Harrison’s work. Continue reading

Revisiting Woodstock on its 40th Anniversary by tjwell01
July 5, 2009, 4:15 pm
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The famous field

The famous field

It doesn’t look like much, but this field was the scene of a cultural revolution—sexually and musically.

This is where the famous Woodstock Music Festival took place—in Bethel, NY. It was a totally random weekend trip my father cooked up at the last minute, and as you can see, there wasn’t much to take photos of. The field had a profound emptiness and silence as I stood on the edge and gazed out. The stillness in the air had an ethereal, ghostly scent.

I’m glad I went because it reminded me of how time changes everything. Just 40 years ago, this place was filled with legendary musicians playing at the peak of their careers. Great musicians rocked this field, like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, The Who, Neil Young and Joan Baez. Back then, it was an incredible time to be young and alive, and now, this field just collects rain, bird droppings and nostalgic thoughts.

–Jett Wells

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