Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Concrete is Set

 

Neither feast nor famine.

Malcolm Young

 

I'm an okay guitarist.

Consider

 

Soundtracks to your life.

Classic Songs

 

Fishermen.

Still Stuck in Concrete

 

Thanksgiving? Maybe!

Welcome to Concrete Again

 

Next week?

Giving "Little Whirl" Another Whirl...

 

Giving Little Whirl Another Whirl

Pixies & Citibank? Kinda Gross?

 

Try this trick.

Happy Halloween & Life is Very Very Weird

 

Shitloads of stuff.

Lots More Material To Upload

 

Your year.

Who Dares Defy the Hand of God to War?

 

Check it out.

Cassettes Are Cool

 

It's a crime.

Not Even Half

 

Not even half...

Welcome To Concrete and Lots More (And Some Less)

 

Very underrated.

Various Thoughts Again

 

My child and my grandfather.

About Last Week

 

That means you.

Okay...I've Changed My Mind

 

The beauty of minimalism.

Thoughts About Keeping On Keeping On

 

Nobody's Jesus.

For That I Am Thankful

 

These are a few of my favorite things.

Won't You Rock Me Daddy-O!

 

Won't You Rock Me, Daddy-O!

Just Brilliant

 

Nothing that matters.

A GIANT Has Passed...I Think?

 

You and I will meet again.

3 New Songs to Work on and More to Come

 

You'd better free your mind instead.

Feels Like the First Time

 

I love being in a band.

Everybody Wants Some

 

Karma.

One Note

 

One note.

On This Day in 1968

 

I hate cliche.

I'm Back! (Bet You Didn't Know I Was Gone!)

 

Hum.

The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill

 

The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill

Grant Hart Is Gone

 

Grant Hart has died.

Hoggett Heads

 

What is a hoggett head, anyway?

Yet Another Durn Album!

 

I'm in the process of readying another album for upload...

 

Where the Heck Did August Go?

 

Summers fly by much too fast in my part of the world.

Fixing Stuff

 

I've spent a goodly amount of time...

Practice Wednesday

 

I think we're going to practice Wednesday.

Yes, The Show Is On The Audio Page

 

Yes, they're there.

August 19, 2017 Show Up For Grabs!

 

Vocals!

Mastering & Maximizing the Concert

 

A day of lasts.

Just a Thing or Two...

 

Me.

About Last Night, Part II

 

Grateful.

Gig Tomorrow

 

Till then...

Five Days Till a Real Gig

 

Humbled.

Iain McMillan

 

Ten minutes.

Andy

 

Coke and VU.

Four New Uploads

 

Grab 'em!

Practice/Video/Gig

 

Thanks, Arthur.

An All-New Music Video Coming Soon!

 

Simple.

Popular

 

Popular.

This & That & That & This...

 

Won't we?

Serious Artists

 

Crazy and sane...

Another New Video

 

River of Blood

New Video On Youtube!

 

Live on YOUTUBE!

New Track on the Audio Page

 

74!

On This Day in 2003

 

People grow up.

20th Anniversary of SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION

 

The truth is...

Back From Maryland...Like You Care, Right?

 

Throwing stones...

Video Clips

 

Warped truthfulness.

Practice Tonight & Roger McGuinn

 

Go to the library.

Mark Your Calendars!

 

Simple but unique...

Blue...

 

What a way to go out...

On This Day 60 Years Ago...

 

John + Paul = different.

Last Night's Practice Was Fun!

 

No bad considering...

Feelings...

 

To me, music should just give you a feeling.

Streaming, Streaming, Streaming and Blah Blah Blah...

 

It makes a difference if you do "your part" to help unknown artists...honest.

Getting That Feeling Again?

 

I'll take what I can get...

The Nothing (Live at the Blue Nile)

 

Another live song...

First Live Show in 4 Years....

 

Every color

Dino! (And Paul!)

 

The whole world is drunk...

The Shape of Your Eyes Go(es) Round My Heart

 

They belong to the listener....

When You Do Something New...

 

Your gut...

How Does A Week Go By So Quickly?

 

No idea...

Long Strange Trip

 

Bicycles and Guitars

The Biggest Month of All

 

Not "Stanley the Steamer"...

Almost Cried Like a Baby

 

More later...

All Over the World

 

Every single country...

Sgt. Pepper, Twin Peaks and Book of Kills (Not in the same breath)

 

Decide for yourself.

21,000 Downloads & Counting

 

Before I go deaf...

Chris Cornell Passes

 

Chris Cornell passes.

Videos

 

3 1/2 years. Damn.

Happy Mother's Day and Video News

 

Perhaps

Practice Tonight & Other Bits of World-Shattering Information

 

Always fun.

Old Letter From A Long-Time Listener

 

I came across an old compact disc with a bunch of files from the late '90s on it...

Mind

 

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations.

A Fun If Sloppy Practice Makes For A Pointed Reminder...

 

Practice makes close to perfect.

Today's May 3 & Others Interesting Facts

 

Lots of people visiting! Good to see each one of you! Y'all come back now, ya hear?

I Suppose I Could Write Some New Songs?

 

I'm sure there are some decent unreleased studio tracks that I haven't had the energy to track down...

Live Rock'n'Roll Albums

 

What makes a great live album?

Pills & Pop

 

We prefer to have our minds massaged.

I Leave Her There Till She Rings 3 Times

 

Check out the audio page...

Time Flies When You're Living

 

Drop it.

SGT. PEPPER REDUX

 

Brilliantly musical...

One Single Song? How 'bout Five?

 

Last weekend...

Various & Sundry Stuff

 

Hell on earth, man.

Top 25 BOK Songs On Apple Music In March

 

Interesting...

Good Practice This Past Tuesday

 

'Nuff said...

Uh...Well...Uh...

 

Only the most ardent BOK fan...

Good Practice

 

Freedom

Saluted and Defied Redux

 

Lost arts...

One of the True Giants Passes

 

R.I.P. Chuck.

Album Will Drop At Least a Week Late...

 

That's Shelley...JIM Shelley. And Book of Kills.

Seven Years and Two Days Ago...

 

Gosh...seven years?

Came and Went...Meh...

 

Windy with drifting snow...

Snow Coming

 

You should.

Got a Spare Million on Ya?

 

I don't...

Saluted and Defied Part II, etc.

 

So much pleasure...

Saluted and Defied

 

Honest.

Won't Practice Till Thursday...

 

A sense of adventure and boundless imagination...

Next Up - Part Two

 

Upload Time...

Third Singles Remixes Release

 

550 ain't nothin'...

Do I Want to be Jefferson Airplane?

 

JA?

Postponed

 

I miss records a lot.

Realistic About Art

 

I don't know any other songs...

Stanley

 

Thanks!

On This Day in 1964 I Was Born

 

The main event of my life.

Next Up?

 

For peanuts.

Good Practice! Bad Day in Rock Music...

 

Joe, Buddy, Richie and Big.

They Come and They Go

 

Vagaries

Can't Stop Proselytizing...

 

Throwing away the key.

3 Years Ago Today...

 

Before...and ever after?

Practice Tomorrow...

 

Not over-thinking...

Filling in Holes

 

Goodnight, Irene.

Evidently I Can't Operate a Recorder

 

I missed the van...

Hmmm...

 

The meek shall inherit the earth.

Happy Accidents

 

Those who could not hear the music...

Back From Somewhere Else

 

The Haunted Life!

Wow! Thanks, Jim Santo of DemoUniverse!

 

Here.

Paint It Black and Glass Turns to Sand...

 

News from the front...

Didn't Practice Last Night...And Other Important News

 

Made for life...

Worth a Mention

 

He must create.

3rd Time's a Charm

 

The key...

Thanks for the Visits!

 

Albatross

Yet Another Album Available Soon!!!

 

I just knew it.

So Carrie Fisher's Dead?

 

So long, Carrie...

Happy Merry Christmas, Hanukkah and Whatever You Might Be Celebrating!

 

Thanks and hope you have a merry day!

Report After First Practice

 

Another planet...

FIRST Jam Tomorrow

 

What should I listen for?

Can't Win For Losing...

 

Someday the bear eats you...

Maybe I'll Wait Another Week...

 

The foolish clown face

Just a Cool Quotation I Happened Upon...

 

That's when you'll realize...

Next Week and Beyond

 

Who needs eyes when you've got music?

Top BOK Songs For November

 

Top 25!

Catching Up

 

Vision

Bits of News, Largely Dispensable

 

We don't know...

Happy 2016 Thanksgiving!

 

She's leaving home...

Don't Forget the Audio Page!

 

Don't forget!

Musicians We've Lost So Far in 2016

 

Not fair at all...

Practice Begins Soon

 

Practice

BOK News

 

The adrenaline of a live performance...

Leonard Cohen Passes...

 

Leonard Cohen dead at 82.

FILLING IN HOLES Now Available Around the World!

 

I learn from thinking about the future...

And Now We Have CD!

 

Stream. Download. Rinse. Repeat.

We Have Upload! (But Not CD)

 

Mostly done...

Ear Worms, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Mixing

 

What a day/night.

Never Work for Other People at What You Do

 

Do something exciting...

Honest...I Tried

 

Honest...

Cubs Win!

 

Filling in holes...

Nothing To Get Hung About

 

Nothing is real...

Finally Progress on the Upload

 

Completed and uploaded...

Top BOK Downloads

 

The Largest Appetite

Back From Bermuda

 

Time Travel

Taking a Few Days Off

 

Terrible bad nerves...

Next Upload Probably Decided...

 

The only real magic...

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017

 

Still no BOK.

Still No Progress...

 

Take it where you find it.

This Is Why I Did the Single of the Month Club

 

Lax...

Another Band Coming Soon...

 

Last evening...

AIFF's and WAV's and MP3's

 

AIFFs and WAVs and MP3s...

The Joshua Bell Experiment & Too Many Choices

 

Choices...

More Music Begins Next Week...

 

Maybe.

Abbey Road

 

Right now, over me.

Time To Upload

 

Three-chord straight up rock 'n' roll...

People Who Just Play the Hits

 

Year after year after year...

And Then There Were None

 

Hours and hours and hours...

Tomorrow Begins the End...But Doesn't It Always?

 

...in my room...

The Final Two at Hand

 

Breasts

Fourth One Just About Done!

 

If only, Chrissie, if only.

VHS Find?

 

While Mary Lou was cleaning out one side of our garage...

...

 

Maybe...

Third Song Completed...Onto a Fourth...and a Fifth...and...?

 

Your love and support.

My Impression Now

 

What we give others...

Second One Done...

 

Number 2 done...

Another One...

 

It means nothing.

New Countries Added to the Party!

 

Hee hee!

...And Today!

 

Next week?

Yesterday

 

I played golf yesterday...

The Beginning of the End

 

Nothing (blessedly) else to do...

The Idea of Being Alone

 

I like the idea of being alone.

The Usurping of Artistry

 

The usurping of artistry

If You Know, You'll Know...

 

If you know, you know.

It's August 16

 

Feel kinda crappy today.

 

Rob C. and Other Words to Read

 

Words, etc.

Jerry

 

The whole history of music...

And In Fact REVOLVER Does Turn FIFTY Today!

 

One more...

Revolver is Turning 50

 

Disoriented and strangely exhilarated...

Anthology (2010-2013)

 

F+W!

Finished Recording Single #11 (Finally, Kids!)

 

Hunky Dory

Five, Six...Done (ummm...soon...)

 

I finished track four last Thursday...

Four Tracks

 

...if I'm lucky.

Quick Odds & Ends

 

Cool?

Less Than A Year Ago...

 

It is extremely hard for me to believe that I mailed the first Singles Club discs out August 5 of last year. I'll be honest...I figured I'd be lucky if I made it through 6 CDs before I gave up. Now here I am working on number 11.

Slightly Less Slow

 

Maybe, but maybe not.

Slow Slow Slow

 

Pulling birds...

I'm Not a Shill For Apple

 

What's what.

Recording

 

We spent hours doing it.

Post

 

Hot, tiring work...

# Eleven

 

Thanks, Russia!

Brian Jones, Jim Morrison and Other Last Calls

 

Last call?

Big Top Ten

 

Lists are fun!

Back to Recording?

 

Musical prostitute

Thank You Whoever You Are

 

Thanks!

BOK in 2004

 

I spent a couple hours today working on an old VHS tape of Book of Kills...

Boomboxes and Etc.

 

When I was a boy...

Musical Myths

 

Accentuate the positive!

Finis

 

Sweat and Love

Single #10 Nearly Done

 

Maybe we took ourselves too seriously...

Work In Progress

 

Recording News & Lists...

Never Be Like You (Again)

 

Few do, eh?

One Done...

 

Does anyone read these little blog excerpts?

Recording Notes & Little League

 

Rock and roll and Little League...

John Bonham and etc.

 

Much of songwriting is simply a mystery.

Happy Birthday, John

 

I try not to be sloppy...

BLOOM OR DIE?

 

The very first Book of Kills album...

Happiest Birthday, Bob

 

I would have if I could have.

Wish I Was One of the Cool Kids

 

Sulky, worthless shits.

Big Number TEN

 

Joey not so much.

Everything Popular...

 

Is Book of Kills right?

I've Brought This Up Before, But...

 

I wish someone would give me the answer!

Various Topics Briefly Addressed

 

We piss anywhere...

Sights Set on Single #10

 

It's not Book of Kills!

What's Better? Fear or Whiskey?

 

I'm not sure.

Singles Mailed & Other Not As Happy News!

 

Singles mailed...

Second Song 'bout Done

 

I had some time...

I've Been Busted For Using My Own Song In My Own Video

Another Vintage BOK Album Available Soon

 

CDBaby has notified me that it's time to upload my "free" album...

 

2nd Song In Preliminary Stage and Other Stuff

 

Chord progressions and such...

First Song in the Bag!

 

Just wondering.

Work Begins For Real

 

I like it so far.

No More Than This...

 

No more than this...

Prince Rogers Nelson

 

I'm not in charge...

When's Apple Gonna Release New Freakin' MacBook Pros?

 

I mean, damn...

Time Again...

 

It was a sad one.

Rock Around The Clock

 

Riots. Honest.

147,022, 14 and 17

 

Fourteen.

Beatles, BOK, Karl Rove & Kurt

 

I sacked him.

Kurt Still Dead

 

Total cut-up

Things I'm Writing To Keep This Blog Semi-Current

 

As you probably know, I rarely go back and listen to anything I record once I'm done with it. 

.

Singles Have Been Mailed & Yes, I'm Actually Busier Than Ever (Pt. 2)

 

Let me give you a run down of a typical day during the week...

8

 

Eh

About Last Night, Again

 

We'll see...

Tonight?

 

Thirty.

Delays Delays Delays

 

Life gets in the way of life sometimes.

Loser Loner Desperation

Haven't Done a Thing on the Second Song!

 

Time is a concept created by humans.

Done With One

 

Pretty much...

Pulling Up The Covers

 

Let me know...

Let The Recording Begin...Again...

 

...

"Why I Stopped Pirating Music" (By Not Me...Someone Else)

 

A conscience is a marvelous thing to see.

Still I Feel Sad Though There's Lots To Be Happy About

 

Morning, Dad.

4/6ths Are Gone...Farewell, Sir George!

 

Farewell.

Setting My Sights On Single #8

 

It definitely bears mentioning...

Happy Post-Life Birthday, Lou + The Karl Rove Revisited?

 

I'd be up for getting back together.

SINGLES HAVE BEEN MAILED! (+Streaming vs. Physical Product)

 

Sad but true.

CeeLo Speaks

 

Just product?

Single #7 ALMOST Done

 

Monday?

Computer Issues Addendum

 

Yeh!

Computer Issues Again

 

3s

Lyrics Lyrics Lyrics

 

Let it roll off the edge of the Grand Canyon...

Finished One...One To Go...

 

A known enemy

Archive & Single #7 Updates

 

Surprise!

Frequently & Ruthlessly

 

Your masterpiece

Archive Stuff

 

Twist and Shout

Take My Word For It

 

Symbolic Gestures

Music Doesn't Pay

 

Started

51 Years Ago

 

A time to look at things differently...

George Harrison & Other Topics of Note

 

Capos are fun!

More Archive Stuff

 

Please?

The Portable Archive Part II

 

Lots and lots of songs

Even More of a Record than It Was

 

20.064

The Portable Archive

 

Thanks.

Single of the Month Thoughts & Paul Kantner

 

Bye Paul.

Mailed to Subscribers

 

Singles on the way...

Single #6

 

I'm not anything that you think I am...

Yesterday's Milestone

 

A new high...

Looks Like My Pleas Were Heard!

 

The power of Facebook...

What WAS I Complaining About

 

Some liberated republic

It's Always Something...

 

Just what I feel...

Quick Post...

 

I Want to Hold Your Hand!

Feels Like The First Time...

 

Dysfunctionalism

First Song/Sixth Single

 

A reason for being...

Photo Page, New Song, Old Stuff, Singles Club, Etc.

 

I'd sure be grateful.

David Bowie

 

The time I have left

Last Thoughts On 2015

 

You feel like a prisoner...

Syd

 

If my memory serves me well...

It's Very Sad For New Bands

 

It's very sad for new bands.

Addendum to 12/31

 

Thanks! And Happy New Year!

Listening to Flowers & Other Stuff

 

Listening to flowers

Good Day in the Studio

 

When we get there...

R.I.P. Lemmy

 

In the other person's place...

Progress of a Sort (Part II)

 

EP's are cool.

Post-Kringle...

 

Best wishes!

Merry Happy Kringle!

 

Thanks for listening!

Progress of a Sort

 

The more you use, the more you have.

5th Single To Be Delayed?

 

The expectation of living.

No Way?

 

Wanna feel old?

Second Song/Fifth Single

 

Love!

Smart Rock is a No-Sale

 

Smart rock.

How It Turns Out

 

I'm almost always surprised at how it all turns out.

Damn Near Impossible

 

Everybody has goals...

BOK Top 20 For November & Thoughts

 

Thriller!

I've Begun Single #5...But Will It Be What It Should Be?

 

But...

For The Good Of The Cause

 

It's a work of God.

We Have a Special Responsibility to the Arts

 

As a great democratic society...

Dulcimers and Stuff

 

Until you're ready to look foolish...

Happy Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Go eat something!

Maybe the Best Present I Ever Got

 

There chords and you're into jazz.

You Can Be Billy Joel...

 

If you don't get it out, you're going to explode.

Recording Finished

 

Won't you rock me, Daddy-O?

The WHITE ALBUM

 

My unchallenged favorite.

Sessions For Single #4

 

Two songs complete.

 

Most Popular Songs By Album

 

What should you listen to?

Doors

 

Glad I'm not cool.

Human (Again)...And Various Other Subjects Too Long To Include In The Title

 

I rarely go back.

Beatles and Other Stuff...

 

If you don't have to write songs, why write them?

Addendum to ...and The Beatles...

 

Rushing to judgement.

...and The Beatles!

 

1+ Deluxe!

Singles Club News and The Beatles!

 

I never know what I'm going to do until I do it.

That Was September...

 

Pop mythology.

16,240

 

16,240

Some Ideas For The Fourth Single

 

Weird

Odds and Etc.

 

This is the excerpt that appears on my main blog page...

Single #3 Will Soon Be On Its Way!

 

On its way soon!

HUSKER DU Getting Together Again?

 

Husker Du?

Another Big Day In Rock'n'Roll History

 

Big day in r'n'r!

I Had To Have The Music

 

I had to have the music.

Can YOU Tell The Difference?

 

MP3's

More On Single #3

 

3rd single almost done?

Happy Belated Birthday John!

 

Produce your own dream.

Music More Music House Trees Etc

 

Trees and stuff...

Ten Years Ago

 

"That's why I forget my old songs..."

Janis & Other Stuff...

 

and stuff

Big September & SPLENDID News

SPLENDID TRIGGER Coming Soon!

 

'S'not...

Surprise! You're Live!

 

Special.

IMPORTANT Notice!

 

Homemade stuff gets messed up sometimes.

Splendid Trigger

 

Splendid!

Been Away - SINGLES MAILED TOMORROW!

 

Handmade mayo!

Listening To The Beatles

 

If it weren't for them...

5 In A Row!

 

I still haven't found what I'm looking for...

Single #4?

 

Wigs and stuff...

The BOK Top 25

 

The Top of the Pops!

To The Rest Go The Dregs

 

Vertigo sucks. Bad.

Brief Note

 

Break your orbit.

Just a List of Stuff

 

It's just a list of stuff...

Dropping a Big #2

 

You'll feel good about yourself!

Outsiders & Other Stuff

 

You tend to observe things more...

A Great Year For UFOs

 

UFOs...

Biding My Time...

 

Seventeen and counting!

Second Single Is Nearly Finished

 

You should have the freedom to experiment...

A Poet Is a Nightingale

 

A poet is a nightingale...

Five Track Affair

 

A five track affair...

Spotify Still Sucks

 

Right?

The Singles Club - Discs 1 and 2...

 

Single #2 in the works!

The BOK Singles Club (& Other Stuff...)

Subscribe to the BOK Singles Club NOW!

 

Subscribe to THE BOOK OF KILLS SINGLES CLUB today!

BOK Singles Club Starts Wednesday, August 5!

 

Other stuff happened, too.

In The Words Of The Buddha

 

"The mind is everything. What you think, you become."


I Think In Terms Of Emotions

 

"I think in terms of emotions."

Re-Mixing & Re-Mastering

 

Mixing is fun.

How The CD Lost Its Shine & Other Matters Of Interest...

 

'There are only about 100 people in the world who understand our music."

Yeah...it's done...

 

One more big spurt of musical love...

E.P. Done...Probably.

 

Done.

It's like sex...

 

It's the best...

Another Song/Another Outtake

 

New songs...new outtakes.

Wrapping Up The E.P.

 

Wrapping...

Apple Music, Part Two

 

I'm really liking Apple Music.

Big Business Monkey, Volume 5 CDs Have Been Mailed

 

Life has taught me to release my ears...

Time To Upload Another Album To iTunes et al

 

It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than boring.

Book Of Kills CD Singles Series, Volume 3

 

Okay...I think I can do this.

 

Once you grow up...

 

Once you grow up...

The Coming E.P. Release

 

Anyhow...yeah...

Apple Music

 

The life of every man is a diary...

...And Thinking...

 

More thinkin'...

Still Thinking

 

I'm still thinking about the subscription thing. 

Additional Thoughts

 

Once you make a decision...

Changes? BIG Changes?

 

Thinking about making some changes...

Home Again, Home Again

 

Galloping on a tomato.

Our Choices...

 

Our choices...

John Fogerty

 

How open?

Kinda Sorta Big Day In Rock & Roll

 

Screw it.

This And That...

 

Eh...

If You Really Want To Hurt Your Parents...

 

If you don't like it, eat me.

Goodbye, Girl...

 

You were the best dog ever.

Sadie Was A Good Dog

 

In the end we're all just temporary memories.

Music Was Better When You Were A Kid

 

Music today. Sheesh!

If I Should Disappear

 

Rare track!

Well...

 

Well...

If I Should Fall

 

Looking...

Recording & Recording & Stuff

 

Recording...

Random

 

Yeah.

NumberOneMusic Scam!

 

Scam.

Skip Spence

 

This slow trek...

More comments from listeners!

 

More comments from listeners.

New Album Available On BandCamp.com

 

BBM 5

"New" Release Coming This Week

 

(Sorta) new sounds coming.

Singles, Albums, E.P.'s

 

Tomorrow Never Knows...

BOK Is On BandCamp.com Again

 

It's BandCamp again.

Temporary Roll Now No More

 

Mundanity comes knocking...

I Was Going To Play Golf Today

 

One day I hope you will hear it...

"How do you write a good song?" she asked.

 

I do my best work alone.

And now a few words from Bill...

 

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Okay.

Big Business Monkey, Volume 5?

 

Compelling? Sure. Scatter-shot? Yes.

Alex Chilton

 

What's the fun of that?

Yikes! It's Friday the Thirteenth!

 

Friday the 13th. The sequel.

More...

 

The case with most men...

And A Couple More Actual Messages From More Actual People...

 

It's nice.

Actual Messages From Actual People...

 

Actual messages from actual people received this week.

The Sun Turns Our Patio Into A Lifeless Hell!

 

It's Odds & Ends Thursday!

Thanks, Leonard!

 

God Speed, Leonard!

Johnny Cash Was Born On This Day

 

What is it? I don't know. It's life.

The Pleasures Of Saying Goodbye Has Gone To The Presses

 

Number One Music?

My Most Influential Albums Ever

 

Most Influential.

The Pleasures Of Saying Goodbye Is Almost Ready

 

Thanks for all you do!

New Unreleased Stuff + Lou Reed Thought The Beatles And Doors Were Garbage But I Still Love Him

 

I still love him.

Music Can See You Through Anything

 

It's just nice, I guess...

Next Release?

 

The Pleasures of Saying Goodbye...

 

There are two types of musicians...

 

Another BOK album to be uploaded soon.

And Syd Vicious Died On This Day

 

Last ever.

John Lydon Was Born On This Day

 

Is this the story of Johnny Rotten?

O My Old 'Murica, Where Have You Gone?

 

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end.

iPads & Helgamite

 

Where have you gone, Steve Jobs? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

It Snowed Today

 

Later.

Back But Not Back

 

We shall see.

Discography and Store Pages Getting There + Other News!

 

A "new" rarities collection for 2015?

Big Day In History

 

Semi-big day in history.

I'M The Star Of THIS Movie, Bub!

 

This is MY movie, dammit.

Discography and Store Pages Are Temporarily Down

 

It ain't a popularity contest!

And The Rarities Keep On a'Comin'!

 

Rarities!

A Good 2014

 

2014. Nice.

Creativity

 

"You have to do stuff that average people don't understand..."

Dean Martin

 

They don't make coolness like that anymore.

No Accounting For Musical Preferences...

 

If I don't get back to the web site again before Christmas, let me wish all of you who visit bookofkills.com regularly and those of you who stream and download BOK music a great holiday (if you celebrate a holiday this time of year)! God willin' and the creeks don't rise, I will continue to upload rare and unreleased music regularly in the coming year. I'm sincerely glad you enjoy listening to it. 

Can't Stand It Anymore

 

It was fourteen years ago today (or yesterday, actually).

John Lennon Murdered On This Day 34 Years Ago

 

Just think...

Writing On The Wall

 

WRITING ON THE WALL is the next BOK smash album for online stores.

New (Old) Book Of Kills Video On YOUTUBE!

 

"Fade" video is on YouTube. Check it out!

Various Thoughts

 

Various thoughts from the head of your host...

Meeting With George III This Sunday

 

Packers/Vikings!

Sometimes

 

Some times...

R.I.P. Big Bank Hank

 

So long, Henry.

The Music Died When...

 

"I love that musicians can record at home..."

If You're A Beatles Fan...

 

Whew!

Another Collection Of Odds & Ends?

 

Old tapes...

Blue Nile Songs

 

Thanks!

Some Quotations To While Away The Seconds

 

"...they usually smell funny..."

RIP Blue Nile

 

RIP Blue Nile. I'll miss you.

Rare Recordings

 

Super rare stuff is fun!

The American Music Scene Is A Mess

 

Jeez...

Addendum

 

I've just sent massive waves of shock rumbling throughout the cultures of the world.

John Would've Been 74 Today

 

John Lennon would've been 74 today.

Paul Revere Has Died At 76

 

Yet another major figure from the greatest era in rock music has passed away.

DETRITUS Is Out!

 

DETRITUS is now available!

Another Song From The Mike+George+Me Session

 

Turned out "To Dream a New Dream" wasn't bad. 

Whenever I Find A "Lost" Track I'm Happy!

 

Whenever I find a lost recording...

Big Business Monkey, Volume 2

 

I'm in the final stages of preparing May 1995's BIG BUSINESS MONKEY, VOLUME 2...

The Take Afterwards...

 

Great to see Mike again!

Mike George & Jim

 

The further misadventures of Mike, George and Jim

Another Album Available Soon!

 

News! News! News!

Reminder

 

A reminder...

Rock is...etc.

 

Rock is...etc.

Some Interesting Audio Coming...

 

Some rare stuff!

A near phantom musical entity such as I...

 

I still haven't looked through my old box of cassette tapes in an attempt to determine whether or not I can find any unreleased gems from 1988-89 to tack onto a 25th anniversary re-release of BLOOM OR DIE?. I've been quite busy with simple household duties, grandchildren, everyday life, and trying to make a buck and just haven't found the necessary time to listen to anything. But I promise that tomorrow I will sniff around. And I'll let you know if I do indeed find any recordings that would make a re-release worthwhile.

Otherwise, I don't have anything to add. I'll continue to post new photos and recordings on a semi-regular schedule. Thanks for supporting bookofkills.com by streaming and/or downloading BOK songs. I appreciate your interest in a near phantom musical entity such as I.

More Quotations

 

Eat something sweet...

Some Thoughts From Frank Black

 

They're like, it's cool and everything, but whatever.

Yow!

 

...but you're mainly interested in the music side of things, aren't you?

I'm Stuck Being Me

 


"I'm stuck being me."

Ringo Took The Drummer's Seat

 

Ringo ascends the throne...

Real Bands Are Made Of This...

 

Real bands...

A 25th Anniversary Edition?

 

BLOOM OR DIE? 25th anniversary...

On This Day...

 

King Leo...

Far better it is to dare mighty things...

 

Far better it is to dare mighty things...

My Life's Musical Works On Two 32 GB Flash Drives

 

I've been engaged for some time now in preserving my albums...

Other People's Tastes

 

...or was that "school"?

Attention Spans Ain't What They Used To Be

 

That instant gratification thing...

Woody Words

 

The job of the artist...

...And About The Photos Page...

 

I'm helpless...

Interviews Coming Soon

 

Apparently the interviews left some sort of impression...

Some Interesting Words

 

"I won’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer..."

About Last Night

 

...a little get-together for Amy and Brian Temples...

Strange...

 

I spent a couple hours this afternoon copying a number of my albums...

Supporting BOOKOFKILLS.COM

 

Thanks for caring enough to care.

They're All Gone Now

 

Goodbye, Tommy.

Taylor Swift Lays It Down

 

Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal recently concerning the future of recorded music.

Happy Fourth!

 

Happy Fourth!

The Walkman Was Born 35 Years Ago Today

 

I suppose it's worth noting that on this day in 1979 Sony introduced the Walkman...

RIDING THE ECHO DOWN Is The Newest BOK Addition To Online Stores Everywhere

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for your support.

Good News If You're Looking To Download RIDING THE ECHO DOWN!

 

I'll be uploading the new BOK album, RIDING THE ECHO DOWN, to iTunes, CDBaby, Slacker, Amazon, eMusic, and many other online music stores early next week.

More Thoughts On The New Album

 

Just my opinion.

It's Done, By Gosh!

 

It's finally here!

Finally...

 

The first Book Of Kills album featuring all new music since 2008's THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS

Riding The Echo Down

 

Musicians are crazy!

Mixology Part 2

 

I spent a good part of yesterday listening to all the new songs...

Bo Diddley Has Passed

 

Bo Diddley died Monday.

Finishing Touches

 

I like the album...

Robbing Your Mother

 

Stealing in the name of art.

Brief Thoughts

 

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...

This & That

 

And remember...knowing is half the battle!

Why So Many Rock Stars Die At 27 - Explained By Science!

 

 

The More I Mix The More I Create More To Mix

 

Wouldn't that be the shit?

Mixology

 

Mad rush...

It Rained Buckets Last Night

 

It rained and rained and rained...

Time To Move On...

 

On to the next record...

Final Stretch

 

A twelve track, 30 minute record in the grand 1965-66 tradition of American albums...

The Only Reward For Making A Record

 

When you're in rock-and-roll, everyone is embittered.

You Are Not News

 

What is your status? Please do share.

Album Notes

 

I think taking this time off was merited and wise.

Why I Am Quitting Spotify...

 

Why I Have To Quit Spotify...

iTunes Etc

 

iTunes is old hat.

DON'T STOP THE SCREAM Is Available NOW!

 

What's that you say?

Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter!

Uploading Another Album Soon!

 

Art requires audacity

Jeez I Better Write About Something, I Guess...

 

Here's an interesting tidbit that ultimately means next to nothing...

Long Time, No Record

 

So...when will I get back to recording? I don't know.

Change Is Good

 

Repeating one style of music again and again is deadly boring to me.

No Musos Allowed...And No Slackers Either

 

He had a kind of primal instinct for playing the guitar.

Just Play Live

 

Go play live. Just play live.

Once

 

Okay...pretty much back on track.

Sunday Practice, The Next Song, Etc...

 

Gravy on the steak.

Practice Tomorrow...Yeh!

 

Really looking forward to practicing with George, Casey, Jane and Pablo tomorrow evening.

Song #11

 

I worked 2-3 hours today on getting the drum track figured out and recorded. 

Onward To Number Eleven

 

Two songs in one week? Golly.

#10 Nearing Completion

 

I think I'm going to be able to finish the tenth song tomorrow.

10 Things A Musician Should Never Say On Stage

 

Ten Things You Should Never Say On Stage

Still More Quick Thoughts

 

It will, if it has to, be a nice closing statement.

Another One Gone...

 

The great ones continue to pass.

Good Article

 

You can read this very good article on the state of rock and roll...

Pop Song #9 (Finished)

 

Just the way it is.

Pop Song #9 (Cont'd)

 

Sometimes it's good to let a song simmer before you're done with it.

Pop Song 9

 

Maybe songs come to me from the same region as dreams?

The End Is In Sight

 

I always play it by ear.

The Lot Of Amateur Musicians

 

While talking to a friend recently, I was taken by surprise...

#8 Done

 

I finally finished the latest song...

Giant Asteroids & Unfinished Songs

 

Gives one pause, eh? 

Today Would've Been Lou Reed's 72nd Birthday

 

Today would've been Lou Reed's 72nd birthday. 

Still On The "Next One"...

 

Still working on #8.

On To The Next One...

 

Now it's on to the next song.

The Good Thing About Not Making Music...

 

The good thing about not recording much new music for the last five years...

...Is About Finished

 

Back in the '90s when I put our a LOT of albums...

7th Song...

 

I've got the drum and first guitar down for a seventh song...

Another Song In The Can

 

No. 6 is about 90% done.

Sort Of Out Of Rhythm

 

I'm going to head for the bedroom...

David Bromberg On Robert Dylan

 

I don't think Bob has gotten credit for what a great singer he is. 

SLeePFeeDeR Says Goodbye

 

The great Luray, Virginia band SLeePFeeDeR gave notice on Facebook last evening that they were calling it quits...

ALL ABOUT YOU Now Available On CDBaby

 

The new "expanded" version of ALL ABOUT YOU is now available.

50 Years Ago Today I Came Into Existence

 

I don't know when I first heard the Beatles...

56 Years Ago...

 

Yeah, I know it's all about fifty years ago this week and next...

Song #5 And ALL ABOUT YOU

 

I believe in my last post I said something...

Song #4 Finished

 

I've finished a fourth song...

Another Album Will Be Available Soon

 

I'll be uploading another Book Of Kills album soon!

"Musicians don't retire..."

 

Musicians don't retire.

January is already gone?

 

This seemed like the longest freaking month of all time.

The Rooftop Concert Was FORTY-FIVE Years Ago!

 

Dang. Time flies...

Farewell, Pete (1919-2014)

 

Farewell, Pete. Thanks.

I do update the website...

 

do regularly update the website.

Have You Ever...

 

Have you ever been so sick...

And another thing...

 

I realized a few moments ago...

Monotony & Solitude

 

"The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind," -- Albert Einstein

Billy Brett Has A New Album Out!

 

Billy Brett (of BUCK GOOTER) and John Sgroi have got a new album out that you can listen to NOW on Bandcamp.com.

Another EXCELLENT Show

 

Last night's gig with SLeePFeeDeR and Buck Gooter was another outstanding night of rock and roll.

Show TONIGHT In Harrisonburg, VA At The Blue Nile

 

Of course, you already know that if you spend any amount of time on this web site! 

Happy New Year!

 

Like the blog post title says...

When you're in the world of creating things...

 

Nice quotation I came across by Ben Stiller

Happy Holidays!

 

Hope you're having a happy holiday season...

Something About Recording...

 

There's something about writing and recording songs that provides me with a feeling of near bliss.

A Song For The New Album

 

I thought today would be a good day...

A Gig For The New Year

 

A show on Sunday, January 5, at The Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, Virginia...

5 Quotations By Jack Kerouac

 

5 Quotations By Jack Kerouac

The Passing Of Nelson Mandela

 

With the passing of Nelson Mandela...

Not Much News...

 

Not much news to report.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

It is no secret amongst those who know me well that I LOVE Thanksgiving far more than any other holiday. 

That Sound...

 

I've often pondered over the last 10-12 years the mystery that is Book Of Kills...

What A BLAST!

 

What a blast the show was last night! 

"The Jim Shelley"

 

I stumbled upon "Drinkify" (which is a web page that tells you what to drink depending upon the musical act you're listening to. I typed in the Grateful Dead first...

One More Practice...

 

Casey, Jane, George, Pablo and I will enjoy a short practice today. Next stop will be a show at The Attic in Luray, Virginia, next Friday (November 22)...

BOK Practiced!

 

We finally all got back together again and practiced! 

Why Not?

 

 “We always tried to make a change..."

This Time, Maybe?

 

The word on the street...

No Practice (Yawn)

 

Yawn.

BOK Practice...

 

George, Casey, Jane, Pablo and I are ostensibly planning to practice this coming weekend...

LOU REED IS FUCKING DEAD

 

My heart just sank into my chest. I feel like crying. 

Maybe One Show Now...

 

Looks as though the three potential shows in November have been whittled down to one...

Possible Gigs

 

Thanks, Deanne.

Hall Of Fame

 

I wonder what Kurt would think?

No News Is No News

 

Not much in the way of musical news that I can report.

Upcoming BOK Show At The Little Grill?

 

Deanne Good (fab Valley photog) is (I think) going to put together a show at The Little Grill featuring Book Of Kills, SLeePFeeDeR, and Forward Smash.

BUTM Tracks Coming Down Soon

 

If you want to download the BUTM 4 show tracks, do it soon...I'll be taking them down soon.

These Are Your Book Of Kills(?)

 

Brian Temples contacted me last Friday evening and asked if I'd be interested in setting up a Brian, Dustin Bugg, George Nipe and me Book Of Kills show somewhere in Harrisonburg early next year with Fear + Whiskey opening. 

We Blew Up The MOOOOONNNNN!

 

It rained like a son of a gun Saturday afternoon and into the evening. 

Blow Up The Moon 4

 

I should've put this up earlier in the week, but I forgot.

This Is Your Book Of Kills

 

In my continuing quest to eventually have all BOK albums available for download online, I have finished preparations to have 2008's THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS ready for audio consumption.

Another Good Practice

 

Casey, George, Jane, Pablo and I had another good, fun practice yesterday.

BOK, Fear + Whiskey, etc.

 

Casey, Jane, George, Pablo and I had a fun, productive practice yesterday. 

More Quick Thoughts

 

In answer to a few inquiries...

Quick Thoughts

 

No practice last weekend.

Fear + Whiskey Anthology

 

I'm pretty much done compiling the aforementioned Fear + Whiskey anthology compact disc.

...and good artists don't do that...

 

Record companies never want to take risks.

Bugg 70 Reflections

 

Bugg 70 was a great party celebrating one man's 70 years here on Earth

One BOK Down...But Not Out

 

Book Of Kills v. 1 (Casey, Jane, George, me and Pablo) will NOT be playing tomorrow at Bugg 70.

Rock & Roll Blow-Out

 

George and I practiced yesterday from 12 to 3:30 with Dusty, Brian, Amy and Gary...

Fear + Whiskey Anthology In The Works?

 

I listened to the Fear + Whiskey e.p. Bona Fide last evening...

I wrote a song today...oh boy.

 

I wrote a song today...oh boy.

Yeah, I know...

 

Yeah, I know I say I'm thinking about making an album over and over.

Brief Notes...

 

A few brief notes...

Interesting Conversations, Part II

 

More interesting conversations this past weekend.

A 2nd Practice With All Five Of Us?

 

It looks as though we're going to get all five of us together again.

A Good Practice Was Had By All

 

For the first time, George, Jane, Casey, Pablo and I were able to convene in one place at the same time yesterday and jam together.

Maybe next weekend?

 

George, Jane, Casey and Pablo weren't able to get together over the weekend.

No practice this weekend?

 

Random news...

Weekend Practice

 

George, Jane, Pablo and I practiced for about an hour and a half Saturday afternoon...

Brian Jones & Jim Morrison...

 

No...I'm not going to start with the "On This Day..." thing again...

I talked to Amy Sunday...

 

I talked to Amy Sunday afternoon...

First Full Practice? Uh...no

 

Unfortunately, Pablo (our drummer) was unable to attend the practice yesterday...

First Full Practice

 

Casey, Jane, George, Pablo and I (I certainly hope) will all convene today at George's practice space to jam together for the first time late this (Saturday) afternoon...

First Practice

 

George, Jane, Pablo and I had a good first practice...

Book Of Kills Latest

 

Jane emailed everyone last evening to let us know that the drummer she'd found in Staunton (sorry...I forgot to let you all know before today that she'd been working on finding us someone) had listened to a CD I'd made of the songs we were considering playing for the August thing and said that he liked what he heard and wanted to play with us.

Kim Deal quits the Pixies?

 

I woke up today at the beach (our last day there...I'm home now and vaguely depressed), logged onto my computer for the morning's news and discovered that Kim Deal had left the Pixies again.

No News Yet

 

No news yet concerning a drummer for the BOK reunion with Casey, Jane, George and me.

Meeting Tonight

 

Casey and Jane Firkin, George Nipe III and I met in Harrisonburg earlier this evening...

The Usual Bump(s) In The Road

 

Unfortunately, we learned yesterday that Zack isn't going to be available to play in August.

F + W Practice

 

Zack, Amy and I jammed for about an hour last evening.

Fear + Whiskey To Practice This Evening

 

Amy, George, Zack and I will convene today at Bugg's Place for a little jam...

Four Bands?

 

It looks as though I will be playing in four different "bands" for the benefit show that Gary Bugg has lined up at his place in August.

One BOK Line-Up Seems Set

 

Okay...one BOK line-up seems to be set.

Ray Manzarek Dead At 74

 

Ray Manzarek of the Doors is dead.

Music Must Not Be Compartmentalized

 

This idea that music is compartmentalized...

Book Of Kills (x2) Update

 

Casey and Jane Firkin have both thrown their hats into the ring!

Interesting Conversations

 

I had an interesting phone conversation with Gary Bugg today...

Just What Exactly Am I Doing?

 

Well...as far as music goes, not much of anything...

Fear + Whiskey's Future

 

Amy, George, Zack and I met for a couple beers last evening and discussed the future of Fear + Whiskey.

F + W Meeting

 

Amy, Zack, George and I are getting together tonight...

Black Francis Live

 

George Nipe, his girlfriend Christine, and I went to Clementine's in Harrisonburg, VA last night to see Black Francis play live...

Fear + Whiskey?

 

2013 hasn't been a particularly good year for Fear + Whiskey...

Updating The Web Page

 

Just a quick note today...

Another Book Of Kills album will soon be available from CDBaby...

 

Another Book Of Kills album will soon be available from CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and numerous other outlets.

A New Home For BOOKOFKILLS.COM

 

Hi! How are you? Yes, Bookofkills.com is back.

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