This Blog Has Been Downloaded To Fifty iPhones — Free!!

This Blog Has Been Downloaded To Fifty iPhones — Free!!

Along with pretty much everybody else, I watched the latest Apple…what do they call these extravaganzas again? Annunciations? You know, the big spiels where a markedly less piss-scared Tim Cook waxes rhapsodic on the latest versions of Appledom’s finest gadgets that we all will be buying as soon as Jonny Ive can figure out how […]

C’mon Guys, Pick Up The Pace!

C’mon Guys, Pick Up The Pace!

The latest column from Berton Averre of the Knack concerns our national pastime, baseball – and its efforts (and failings) toward trying to speed up the ‘pace of play’ while utilizing an effective instant replay system. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My name is Berton, and I’m a baseball fan (“Hi, Berton!”).  Now, smartypants demographers will surmise from that […]

Not Living in the Past

Not Living in the Past

I was going to review the new Ian Anderson album.  Not exactly review; more of a think piece.  I was a big fan of Jethro Tull‘s, particularly in the early days.  My brother and I saw them at Devonshire Downs, which was a San Fernando Valley version of Woodstock in ’69.  In three days and […]

Is Donald Sterling the New Nixon?

Is Donald Sterling the New Nixon?

In the latest installment of Berton Averre’s column, the musician/songwriter/intellectual weighs in on the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the swirling media frenzy that has dominated national headlines for the past three weeks or so… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Donald Sterling: you may have heard of him. The 80 year old married billionaire NBA […]

PONO? PO-YES!

PONO?  PO-YES!

After a brief hiatus, Rock Cellar’s esteemed columnist Berton Averre (you may remember him from his days in the Knack) returns! This month’s topic: Neil Young’s newly-announced digital music player, Pono. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love Neil Young.  He’s a rare artist, and a man of principle, which is even rarer.  Of all the great and not-so-great […]

Happily Untogether. Or, Ah, PUCKETT.

Happily Untogether. Or, Ah, PUCKETT.

I have a friend who collects vinyl. No, he’s not a plastics bondage freak, I mean vinyl records, old LPs. What would be the garage of his house is a reliquary of forgotten, unwanted, and in some cases spectacular discs from the ’60s.  By the way, I have an admission: I was more than happy […]

(Movie) Trailer Trash

(Movie) Trailer Trash

Okay, I’ve hocked you enough on the woeful shape of modern music:  Berton Averre’s Blog. Time for a departure.  Today we’ll talk about the woeful shape of modern American movies. To be honest, I really don’t go to movies anymore.  I’ll occasionally tune them in on Netflix, or HBO.  As a matter of fact the […]

Rock vs. Baseball: Whose Hall of Fame is Worse?

Rock vs. Baseball: Whose Hall of Fame is Worse?

I love baseball.   I love music.   It would be hard to say who meant more to me as an 11 year old, the Beatles or Sandy Koufax.  Suffice to say that the Fab Four and Sandy both have a revered nook in my personal Hall of Fame.   Sandy’s coming through in the ’65 World Series […]

Sex Is Always the Answer

Sex Is Always the Answer

From time to time, when I’m in the midst of one of my room-clearing rants on the woeful state of modern popular music, unfortunate listeners will try to agree with me, saying something along the lines of “Yeah, the crap today is so commercial: all they care about is making money.” And they’re perfectly right, […]