album review: chest fever – a canadian tribute to the band

Let’s not front: we all know how I feel about the Band. (Have you missed the memos? Short summary: my favorite band of all time except when it’s the Rolling Stones or Big Star.) So albums full of covers of the Band, I am into those, let us say. “Into” being a polite way of…

after the waltz

You must, after the age of 33, continue to do a certain type of work, or else go into the shoe business; forget music or it’ll turn into hatred, or else reiteration, redundancy, and in many cases death. — Garth Hudson of the Band, 1984. I wonder what Patterson Hood would think of that. One…

so i remember ev’ry face

There’s a great story in Across The Great Divide, about how the Band hooked up with photographer Elliott Landy. They didn’t want the best photographer — they asked around, looking for the worst photographer, because “best” wasn’t necessarily what they needed at the time, and someone said, “Well, I don’t know if this guy is…

they say danko would have sounded just like me

“You grow up with a dream of discovering this place, not in terms of Columbus but in terms of your own imagination.” — Robbie Robertson of The Band At the moment, in between trashy mystery paperbacks, I’m slowly reading — savoring — Barney Hoskyns’ Across The Great Divide: The Band and America, which is exactly…