Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

June 30, 2015

It had been 35 years since I’d seen the quintessential prog-rockers Yes, led by the recently departed Chris Squire. They didn’t disappoint.

Prefab Sprout’s lost Steve McQueen was a perfect slice of synth-pop heaven

Prefab Sprout’s lost Steve McQueen was a perfect slice of synth-pop heaven

June 29, 2015

‘Steve McQueen,’ released this month in 1985, should’ve hurtled Prefab Sprout to fame in MTV-era America. Instead, they remained curiously anonymous.

The Isley Brothers, “Here We Go Again” (2015, rec. 1980): Something Else! sneak peek

The Isley Brothers, “Here We Go Again” (2015, rec. 1980): Something Else! sneak peek

June 17, 2015

Here is a sneak peek of a track from the great lost Isley Brothers album, ‘Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980.’ It’s a funky, uptempo number called “Here We Go Again.”

Tim Kuhl – 1982 (2015)

Tim Kuhl – 1982 (2015)

June 28, 2015

Here is a review of the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s Tim Kuhl’s latest project, ‘1982,’ an alternately soothing and moderately disquieting record.

Tim Kuhl – 1982 (2015)

Tim Kuhl – 1982 (2015)

June 28, 2015

Here is a review of the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s Tim Kuhl’s latest project, ‘1982,’ an alternately soothing and moderately disquieting record.

Rich Halley 4 – Creating Structure (2015)

Rich Halley 4 – Creating Structure (2015)

June 27, 2015

Here is a review of ‘Creating Structure’ by the Rich Halley 4, a satisfying album where the wall between composing and performance is removed completely.

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

June 30, 2015

‘Hydra,’ Toto’s second album, confounded critics and fans alike upon its release in October 1979, but it has aged well.

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

June 30, 2015

‘Hydra,’ Toto’s second album, confounded critics and fans alike upon its release in October 1979, but it has aged well.

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (2015): Movies

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (2015): Movies

June 18, 2015

Turns out, the third ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ film – the only one I’d never seen before – was the most enlightening of them all.

Prefab Sprout’s lost Steve McQueen was a perfect slice of synth-pop heaven

Prefab Sprout’s lost Steve McQueen was a perfect slice of synth-pop heaven

June 29, 2015

‘Steve McQueen,’ released this month in 1985, should’ve hurtled Prefab Sprout to fame in MTV-era America. Instead, they remained curiously anonymous.

Warren Haynes, “Common Man” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Warren Haynes, “Common Man” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

June 29, 2015

Warren Haynes’ “Common Man” is just what you want from a collaborative effort like this, something that shines a new light on a long-treasured figure.

Cretones – Thin Red Line (1980): Forgotten Series

Cretones – Thin Red Line (1980): Forgotten Series

June 23, 2015

Cretones’ ‘Thin Red Line’ certainly tanked in its time. But hindsight, through the courtesy of a 35-year rearview mirror, offers a different perspective.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Jazz + Rock): Yes, Richard Page, Toto + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Jazz + Rock): Yes, Richard Page, Toto + others

June 21, 2015

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes J.D. Souther, Jose James, Luke Reynolds, Kevin Gilbert, Leslie Johnson, Joni Mitchell, Marc Cary and others.

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

The Beatles, “I Call Your Name” from Past Masters (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Call Your Name” from Past Masters (1964): Deep Beatles

June 26, 2015

Through it failed to make the ‘Hard Day’s Night’ soundtrack, “I Call Your Name” nevertheless illustrates the Beatles’ rapid artistic development.

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

January 27, 2015

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Yes, “Then” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Then” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

June 23, 2015

An inventive and frenzied drum part from Bill Bruford helps propel Jon Anderson’s “Then” into the upper echelon of early Yes songs.

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

June 30, 2015

‘Hydra,’ Toto’s second album, confounded critics and fans alike upon its release in October 1979, but it has aged well.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Reissues + Live): Rolling Stones, John Oates, Yes + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Reissues + Live): Rolling Stones, John Oates, Yes + others

June 24, 2015

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Emerson Lake and Palmer, Gov’t Mule, Jeff Beck, Lead Belly, the Knack and the Staple Singers.

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

June 29, 2015

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” released 40 years ago this month on ‘The Basement Tapes,’ illustrates how Bob Dylan and the Band pushed each other to greatness.

Steve Cropper still possesses an impromptu kind of genius: ‘That’s the way we did it’

Steve Cropper still possesses an impromptu kind of genius: ‘That’s the way we did it’

June 27, 2015

“I don’t write for myself,” Steve Cropper admits, “and I don’t write for my family.” No, he’s motivated by something else.

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

May 29, 2015

Crosby Stills and Nash, Los Lobos and Richard Thompson, and Lyle Lovett are a few of the artists who can help get you ready for summer.

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

June 29, 2015

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” released 40 years ago this month on ‘The Basement Tapes,’ illustrates how Bob Dylan and the Band pushed each other to greatness.

Rain Songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Blind Lemon, Led Zeppelin + others: Odd Couples

Rain Songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Blind Lemon, Led Zeppelin + others: Odd Couples

May 9, 2015

Selecting the best-ever rock ‘n’ roll rain song is no easy task. So, we put them all in one heavyweight tournament to see which was best.

Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles (2015): Books

Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles (2015): Books

June 16, 2015

Bobby Hart rose to fame with Tommy Boyce as part of the songwriting team behind the Monkees. But there was more to the story.

Act unnaturally: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr in the movies

Act unnaturally: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr in the movies

June 20, 2015

When you ask Ringo Starr about his movie career, he’s happy to talk about ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ Bill DeYoung’s look back shows that’s probably for the best.

Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles (2015): Books

Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles (2015): Books

June 16, 2015

Bobby Hart rose to fame with Tommy Boyce as part of the songwriting team behind the Monkees. But there was more to the story.

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

May 29, 2015

Crosby Stills and Nash, Los Lobos and Richard Thompson, and Lyle Lovett are a few of the artists who can help get you ready for summer.

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

June 30, 2015

It had been 35 years since I’d seen the quintessential prog-rockers Yes, led by the recently departed Chris Squire. They didn’t disappoint.