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The 12 Boots of Christmas – How About Sandals?

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Installment number two of the 12 Boots of Christmas series is a thirty year-old chestnut that is ready to be roasted again this holiday season.

The Grateful Dead is truckin’ across the nation in support of the Shakedown Street album and lands in Cleveland on November 29, 1979 at Public Hall for a night of fun and frolic along the shores of Lake Erie.


Book Review: The Light in Darkness by Lawrence Kirsch

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When I unwrapped the Live: 1975/85 box set, which I received as a Christmas gift from my parents in 1986, I don't think I truly had a complete idea of exactly how much of an impact Bruce Springsteen would have on my life.  As I put in the first cassette, and began thumbing through the booklet that was included with the box set, it slowly began to register with me.  Born In The U.S.A. had been my first exposure to Springsteen, and as I sat listening to the early club recordings on the box set - "Thunder Road," "Adam Raised A Cain," etc - I was naturally intrigued to learn more about the pre-Born In The U.S.A. material, and further facts about the man behind the recordings.  I spent quite a bit of time soaking in the music from the box set, and in 1992, I finally saw my first Springsteen concert.  While you might lament that my first experience came via the "other band" - I'd argue that seeing Springsteen backed by a trio of mariachi players, would still impress anyone seeing Bruce for the first time.  After all, he is "The Boss."


The Stereo Dictator Presents The 12 Boots of Christmas

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Happy Holidays Music Lovers!  The Stereo Dictator is back with a super special Santa-approved treat that is sure to brighten your spirits and lighten your holiday load.

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Welcome to the 12 Boots of Christmas!

Between today and the last day of 2009, I will be bringing twelve musical gifts to you via the internet.  Coveted bootlegs by big-time bands performing live in locales such as Europe, Australia, California, and Cleveland, the rock and roll capital of the universe.

What awaits you is a worldwide yuletide extravaganza of rock and roll.


Greetings from Buffalo, NY…..

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"Dream ticket."

Those are two great words that would accurately describe my Sunday night spent in Buffalo, NY this past weekend.  I found myself unexpectedly crossing another item off of my rock and roll bucket list - by attending the final show of the tour for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.  These tour-ending shows are always amazing, full of surprises and often, special guests.  I've had offers, I've been tempted, but until now - I never took the plunge.

Cleveland pal John Hannibal reached out to me late last week - he had just purchased two tickets off of StubHub, and had an extra - did I want to go?

I had plans on Sunday - multiple sets in fact.  Instantly, I started making calls and sending emails to cancel all of them - Buffalo, here I come!


The Muppets – Bohemian Rhapsody

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One of the Youtube commenters says it best....the Muppets are indeed, timeless.

God bless Animal.

He rules. Still.


New Releases This Week: Tom Petty, Pixies, Neil Young vinyl

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Lots of cool stuff this week, with the Tom Petty box set sitting at the top of the heap of all-time coolness.  I hope that you guys have a good week - I'll be listening to this Tom Petty box for the rest of the week, and probably next month as well.  See ya in January.

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Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow - Reissue on 180 gram vinyl
The Black Crowes - Cabin Fever (DVD) - recorded during sessions for the band's latest album at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble.
BlakRoc (The Black Keys and Damon Dash) - BlakRoc - Akron's own Black Keys issue the collaborative musical detour featuring guests including Mos Def, Ludacris, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and many others.  Their next proper studio album (recorded at Muscle Shoals) is due in 2010.
Andrea Bocelli - Mi Navidad - For those of you that have been waiting for the Spanish version of Bocelli's new holiday album - produced by David Foster - you're in luck!


Cage Match: Tom Petty vs. Tom Petty

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Since it's the week of Thanksgiving, filled with special family time and nightmarish visits from relatives, I've been reflecting on the things that I'm thankful for.  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, for instance.

I know this seems like an odd thing to mention right off the bat, but has any one of your family members given you a really cool Thanksgiving gift this year, like Tom did?  I didn't think so.  I'm sitting here looking at my copy of the deluxe edition version of The Live Anthology - filled with CDs, DVDs, vinyl, Blu-ray....seriously Tom, you shouldn't have.

A feeling of wonder creeps across my mind - wondering if it will be okay for me to sit at Thanksgiving dinner with headphones on, listening to The Live Anthology?  Because that's probably the only way that I'll have time to soak in all of the cool stuff inside this set in a timely fashion.

Dear family, I ask for your patience and understanding in this time of musical confusion, and perhaps we can watch 400 Days, the included Petty documentary about the making of Wildflowers after dinner if you're up for it.

It's times like these that really make you appreciate all that you've been given in life - things like all of the wonderfully catchy songs that Tom and his Heartbreakers have shared with us over the years.  I could really pick any two Petty songs for this week's Cage Match, but how about these two monster hits?

We got somethin', we both know it, we don't talk too much about it
Ain't no real big secret, all the same, somehow we get around it

Now, there's not a single one of us reading this that hasn't sung this next part in unison with friends - in the car, at a Petty concert...wherever you were, you've done it!

Listen, it don't really matter to me baby
You believe what you want to believe, you see

You don't have to live like a refugee
(Don't have to live like a refugee)

And then you've got the other song in today's Cage Match - a song which has one of the greatest opening riffs known to man.

Refugee or Runnin' Down A Dream - What's your favorite?


Contest: Win a copy of Big Man – the new book by Clarence Clemons!

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Well, the Springsteen tour is finally over.

Is anybody else already feeling a little bit of withdrawal like I am?

What are we going to do with all of our new found free time? While we wait to find out what Bruce and the guys are going to be up to, one option is to curl up with a copy of Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales - the critically acclaimed autobiography from the "Big Man" himself, Clarence Clemons of the legendary E Street Band.

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C'mon, did we really just have to say his name?

I've got a copy of Big Man to give away to one lucky ATV reader, and I'm going to keep it simple - send me an email with the subject "Big Man," and I'll pick a random winner to enjoy this piece of literary perfection.  One email entry per person please - we'll draw the winner at the beginning of next week.

In the meantime, here are a couple of book-related clips for your enjoyment - enjoy and good luck!


Cleveland Bachelor’s Show of the Week – This Way Out’s 4th Anniversary Show

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Dear ATVians,

How many of you took my advice and hit the Evangelicals show? I was there, so I know that it wasn't a tremendous amount of you, but if some of you did, let me know what you thought. Did I make a good pick? (In fact, this requested feedback goes for any show I suggest and you end up finding yourself.)

This week is kind of a nice symbolic beginning to the live music winter. In the bleaker invernal months, high quality national rock shows become less and less frequent. They don't totally disappear, of course, but instead, the true Cleveland indie rocker finds his or her gaze shifting to some of our finer local acts. All winter long, you'll find super-solid multi-band line-ups that garner big attendance numbers, ending up being one of your favorite shows of the year even if the hyper-linked names don't ever make it to Pitchfork or Brooklyn Vegan.


Silver Bullet Bucket List & All I Want For Christmas is for Michael McDonald to not sing any Christmas songs.

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You can all give me shit later for ignoring you on ATV for so long. It's the holidays, so let's wait until after New Year's, mmm-kay? And it's OK, I know you miss me... I see it on my stats every time you Google me.

Thanks to Jukebox 65 for musically inspiring a post from me this weekend. Her tweet was a lovely reminder of the not-too-oft heard early song of Bob Seger.

"2+2=?" off of the Ramblin' Gamblin' Man album from good ol' 1969: