Author Archives: Shap

ROOTS with ROBB: Radiohead!

ROOTS with ROBB: Radiohead!

Radiohead is a band that fought through the buzz band label, and ‘that band with that one song (Creep),’ and have come out the other side with a legion of fans.  Of course there’s many others who feel they’re just critical darlings, and to those folks, I’d ask, have you listened to the Bends, OK Computer or Kid A?  For…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Motley Crue!

ROOTS with ROBB: Motley Crue!

Four men behaving badly and getting away with it (mostly).  Welcome to the story of Motley Crue!  Musically, the Crue hold up better than their Hair Metal contemporaries.  That might be because they really weren’t Hair Metal!  That’s up to you to decide.  Robb and I discussed that in detail in this week’s roots. ; Roots is…Read more »

Woodstock 50  — Most eclectic festival lineup ever?

Woodstock 50 — Most eclectic festival lineup ever?

Peace, Love, Music,Hippies, Hipsters and everyone in between!  Woodstock 50 has announced what could be the most eclectic festival lineup ever to commemorate the OG fest of turning highways into parking lots.  Did you ever think you’d see Miley Cyrus and Santana next to each other on a bill (actually yes)?  Ok, how about Dead and…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: The Doors

ROOTS with ROBB: The Doors

The Doors are in interesting band to do a ‘deep dive’ treatment on.  It’s a band I listened to a lot growing up, but I don’t listen to all that much anymore.  And as I started going through each album, I realized why.  A good chunk of their material doesn’t necessarily hold up the older…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album Edition: Purple Rain

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album Edition: Purple Rain

Prince is one of those artists (like Bowie, the Beatles, Rolling Stones) where their catalog is so deep and varied that its hard to go through and discuss their roots.  Prince, in many ways, can’t be shoved into one genre.  And yes, he definitely has roots and influences, but he HIMSELF is where it begins…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Imagine Dragons

ROOTS with ROBB: Imagine Dragons

I try to keep an open mind about music and realize not everything out there is for me.  I guess Imagine Dragons fall into that category.  And that’s ok!  There’s over a BILLION views on our Roots song of the day on Youtube!  Yes, A BILLION!!  People LOVE this band!  I have good friends and family…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: ZZ Top

ROOTS with ROBB: ZZ Top

“That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” gets the Roots treatment today.  Like many others, ZZ Top is a tale of two different bands, the meat & potatoes blues rock of the 70s, and the excess of the 80s.  The excess (synthesizers, classic videos with classic cars and girls) took them to a whole new level…Read more »

A Plunger is in the Oscar Nominee’s Gift Bag!

A Plunger is in the Oscar Nominee’s Gift Bag!

Nothing says congrats on being nominated like a Plunger with a Poop Emoji!  Yep, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will each get one of these bad boys in their Goody Bag on Sunday!  But look at all these amazing features!  Oh…and it GLOWS IN THE DARK!  The Mister Poop Plunger, I’m sold.Read more »

Shap in the Morning’s Roots with ROBB: Alice in Chains

Shap in the Morning’s Roots with ROBB: Alice in Chains

The first of the big 4 of Grunge to achieve commercial success, Alice in Chains is a band of two sounds and two different eras.  The two sounds:  The Sludgy metal steeped in Black Sabbath (they have a song named ‘Sludge Factory’), and the acoustic side with more vocal contribution from Jerry Cantrell (featured prominently…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS

ROOTS with ROBB: Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS

The first Thursday of the month is here and that brings roots of a classic album.  Rumours is one of the best selling albums of all time, and you can argue it’s the best breakup album ever (Go ahead debate amongst yourselves).  It’s the only album I can think of where two couples within the band are breaking…Read more »