Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Jan 30, 2015  |  2 comments
If you want to complain that young rock bands have no sense of the past; no melodies; no hooks; no hope then what do you call a young band with the sense and taste to take a freaky masterpiece like Zep III as a model for their debut? Weak? Lazy? Unworthy of a listen?
Robert Baird  |  Jan 29, 2015  |  8 comments
For famously civilized and jaded New York City, the crowd at the resplendent Beacon Theatre is uncommonly involved. Loud requests, many in tangled liquor dialects, boom from the balcony:

"'REDNECK FRIEND'!"

Onstage, Jackson Browne smiles and shakes his head.

"'COCAINE'!"

"I could do that, but it would have to be the rehab version." [crowd roars]

"'FOR A DANCER'!"

Oh, wait—I'm yelling that.

Robert Baird  |  Jan 23, 2015  |  2 comments
After the death of the label’s biggest star Otis Redding in December 1967 (damn those small planes!)...
Robert Baird  |  Jan 23, 2015  |  0 comments
And so what really were the great Stax/Volt albums after 1968?
Robert Baird  |  Jan 23, 2015  |  3 comments
The whole idea of jazz “singles” seems a little absurd.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 02, 2015  |  0 comments
It’s the day after the office Christmas party and yet Bloodshot Records founder Rob Miller gamely agreed to have a chat.

“Our party’s been at the same Mexican restaurant for the past 19 years and I have an incredible superstition that if the bar tab is not bigger than the food tab then we’ve had a bad year.”

Robert Baird  |  Dec 19, 2014  |  3 comments
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Robert Baird  |  Dec 12, 2014  |  7 comments
Clearly, the concept of overexposure never enters Dave Grohl's mind.
Robert Baird  |  Dec 05, 2014  |  4 comments
“Jessica,” played by sideman Led Dudek, has launched a thousand air guitar solos.
Robert Baird  |  Dec 05, 2014  |  0 comments
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