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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’


I was going to click past this song, until I noticed it had 51,000,000+ views.  This is the first comment on YouTube, which recalls a time when regular folks could buy a house for less than $100,000 and live happily ever after:

Lol some years back I played this song and my dad laughed. He said this song reminded him of when he first came to Los Angeles in the mid to late ’70s. He was just assimilating to life in America and every radio station was playing it back then. He also said that times were much different then. People seemed more free and happy unlike today and this song took him right back to those years.

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 3 comments

Lynryd Skynyrd – Freebird

They say this is it – the last time around!

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour is coming to the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Saturday night, May 19th. Back in the day when we communicated by CB radios, my handle was ‘Freebird’. I’ve seen them play a couple of times, and they are exactly what you’d expect – hard-drivin’ southern rock, and a lot of fun.

My brother Dave is their biggest fan, and he’s going to the show next Friday after winning tickets.  The local Bay Area radio station had Gary Rossington in studio, and had him tell a story about writing one of their songs – and the first caller who could name the song would get tickets.

Gary began the story with, “Ronnie and I walked into a bar…..” and boom, Dave is calling in with Gimme Three Steps!

This might be the best music video ever:

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 3 comments

Tony Kinman RIP

We just had the Kinman brothers from Carlsbad featured here a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately, Tony Kinman passed away from cancer on Friday – here are two articles:

Born in 1956, Tony grew up with his family in Carlsbad. He and Chip formed the Dils in 1977, becoming one of San Diego’s first working punk bands, playing many of the city’s first punk shows, alongside the Zeros, the Hitmakers, the Penetrators, and others. Locals still talk about the near riots at venues like the Adams Avenue Theater whenever bands like the Zeros and the Dils were paired.

“Our first show was at a pizza parlor in Del Mar,” Chip recalled for the Reader in 2016. “Our posters had Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. They pulled the plug on us. We didn’t even get through one song. But we kind of expected that. We played the gazebo at Holiday Park [in Carlsbad] one afternoon knowing we were going to get shut down.” The anti-establishment theme continued with singles like “I Hate the Rich” b/w “You’re Not Blank” on the What? Records label.

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment

Tom Jones and CSN&Y

This has to be one of the wildest songs on YouTube. It looks like Graham and David just came from smoking a doobie out back, Neil is trippin’, and Stephen is trying his best to keep up with Tom Jones – and Tom’s laughing at him (at 2:03). This is from ‘This Is Tom Jones’ – the TV show from 1969:

Tom Jones is playing the Greek Theater on May 24th – he is 77 years old!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments

Chip Kinman

The Dils were probably the most famous band to come out of Carlsbad – Chip and Tony Kinman went to Carlsbad High School! The Dils morfed into Rank and File, who played at CSUF when I was the director in 1983 (photo above).

Was the Dils the first band you guys were in? What’s the story with how you formed?

Yeah the Dils was our first band. We got started in 1977 playing in Carlsbad, California. At the time we had musical tastes that not too many people in our high school shared. We liked the New York Dolls and The Ramones and things like that. When we started playing together and writing songs, it all started happening. We started reading magazines, and buying singles by bands. We were reading about the Sex Pistols and realized, “hey this is Punk Rock! That’s what this stuff is called!” When we first heard the Sex Pistols, that sounded like the New York Dolls to us — a band we loved. So we realized that there was a kind of outsider movement happening that wasn’t like anything else that was happening at the time. And there it was, it had a name, it was Punk Rock.

Chip and his new band is playing at the Casbah on April 21st – he is also appearing at Spin Records in Carlsbad that afternoon:

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments