Vinnie Zummo talks jazz, reviving the Zummos and Joe Jackson: Something Else! Interview

Vinnie Zummo talks jazz, reviving the Zummos and Joe Jackson: Something Else! Interview

July 12, 2018

Vinnie Zummo already had a fascinating career as a sideman, notably with Joe Jackson, before launching a well-respected solo career.

David Garfield, “Stay” from Jammin’ Outside the Box (2018): Sneak Peek

David Garfield, “Stay” from Jammin’ Outside the Box (2018): Sneak Peek

June 11, 2018

David Garfield’s take on “Stay,” the classic Rufus song, features an amazing cast of guest stars who lift this cover to another level.

Gideon King and City Blog, “Upscale Madhouse” (2018): Exclusive Song Premiere

Gideon King and City Blog, “Upscale Madhouse” (2018): Exclusive Song Premiere

July 20, 2018

Gideon King & City Blog are exclusively premiering their new song “Upscale Madhouse” here at Something Else!

Jan Hammer – Seasons Pt. 1 (2018)

Jan Hammer – Seasons Pt. 1 (2018)

July 17, 2018

Jan Hammer’s, ‘Seasons Pt. 1’ picks up right where Drive left off, continuing with his unique brand of wholly keyboard-based instrumental music that sits in a space between prog-pop, fusion jazz and New Age.

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet – Contra/Fact (2018)

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet – Contra/Fact (2018)

July 1, 2018

Matthew Lux’s debut ‘Contra/Fact’ contains a good deal of delightful surprises but given his credentials, such surprises are to be expected.

The Countdown 5 – Complete Recordings 1965-1969 (2018)

The Countdown 5 – Complete Recordings 1965-1969 (2018)

July 16, 2018

Complete Recordings 1965-1969′ finds the Countdown 5 reveling in the creative freedom of the era – and obviously having fun doing so.

Preston Frazier’s Best Albums of 2018 (So Far): Neal Morse, Parliament, Take 6 + Others

Preston Frazier’s Best Albums of 2018 (So Far): Neal Morse, Parliament, Take 6 + Others

July 9, 2018

Preston Frazier offers his take on the best albums of 2018 (so far), with tips of the hat to Neal Morse, Parliament, Take 6 and others.

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

April 12, 2018

‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ released 30 years ago this week, started a journey. Iron Maiden is now a part of me, and I am a part of what’s kept them around.

Young Gun Silver Fox – AM Waves (2018)

Young Gun Silver Fox – AM Waves (2018)

July 6, 2018

Anyone who liked the MOR music coming from the radio forty years ago will find everything to like about Young Gun Silver Fox’s ‘AM Waves.’ Yacht rock has a new soundtrack, and it’s a good one.

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

July 14, 2018

Long past the hit-making phenomena of the ‘Silk Degrees’ years, Boz Scaggs is still providing some very good reasons to keep listening to him with his third return-to-my-roots record in a row, ‘Out of the Blues.’

The Wood Brothers – One Drop Of Truth (2018)

The Wood Brothers – One Drop Of Truth (2018)

February 1, 2018

With emotional directness, wit, and uncanny musicianship found on ‘One Drop of Truth,’ pure Wood Brothers translates into pure roots rock joy.

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

July 14, 2018

Long past the hit-making phenomena of the ‘Silk Degrees’ years, Boz Scaggs is still providing some very good reasons to keep listening to him with his third return-to-my-roots record in a row, ‘Out of the Blues.’

David Philips – Get Along (2018)

David Philips – Get Along (2018)

May 18, 2018

Philips is clearly that guy who is well suited for DIY, and now we know from ‘Get Along’ that even when he does something by himself two different ways, both ways are the ‘right’ way.

Yes, “Holding On” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Holding On” from Union (1991): YESterdays

July 3, 2018

“Holding On” doesn’t quite reach Yes greatness – ironic, given the song is packed full of so many production tricks.

Walter Becker, “Three Sisters Shakin'” (circa 1992): Steely Dan Sunday

Walter Becker, “Three Sisters Shakin'” (circa 1992): Steely Dan Sunday

June 10, 2018

The one silver lining to come from the tragic loss of Walter Becker is that we’ve now seen a steady stream of officially released goodies from his vault.

The Beatles, “Mother Nature’s Son” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Mother Nature’s Son” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

June 28, 2018

The Beatles deep cut “Mother Nature’s Son” proves Paul McCartney’s mastery of simplicity in melody, subject and arrangement.

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

October 18, 2015

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

October 22, 2015

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

Toto, “If You Belong to Me” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “If You Belong to Me” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

July 10, 2018

On another AOR band’s album, “If You Belong to Me” would have been a highlight, possibly even a hit. On Toto’s ‘Tambu,’ it’s a song I usually skip.

(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.”

Chicago, “Vote For Me” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Vote For Me” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

July 7, 2018

‘Vote For Me’ reveals Chicago legend Robert Lamm’s sense of humor, while skewering our political process and the hypocrisy of elected officials.

Rod Harris Jr., “I Can’t Tell You Why” from Exits and Options EP (2018): One Track Mind

Rod Harris Jr., “I Can’t Tell You Why” from Exits and Options EP (2018): One Track Mind

July 19, 2018

Atlanta-based guitarist Rod Harris Jr. has released a worthy follow up to ‘The Counsel of Elders,’ his debut album.

Charlie Ballantine Group, June 16, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Charlie Ballantine Group, June 16, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

June 24, 2018

The set mirrored Charlie Ballantine’s new album ‘Life is Brief,’ since both included some unexpected Bob Dylan selections.

Jo Jo Gunne – So … Where’s the Show? (1974): Forgotten Series

Jo Jo Gunne – So … Where’s the Show? (1974): Forgotten Series

May 2, 2018

Comparisons to his former band Spirit were inevitable, but Jay Ferguson’s work with with the more rock-focused Jo Jo Gunne stood on its own.

Long Songs by Led Zeppelin, the Temptations, Yes, Iron Butterfly + Others: Odd Couples

Long Songs by Led Zeppelin, the Temptations, Yes, Iron Butterfly + Others: Odd Couples

July 15, 2018

Rock ‘n’ roll has always been considered music of the moment. Then bands like Led Zeppelin and Yes decided they wanted that moment extended.

The Rolling Stones – Sucking in the Seventies (1981): On Second Thought

The Rolling Stones – Sucking in the Seventies (1981): On Second Thought

July 11, 2018

Mainly consisting of lesser-regarded tracks from 1973-79, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sucking in the Seventies’ serves as a rather interesting memento.

Iron Butterfly, UFO, Humble Pie, Kansas + Others: Lost Hard Rock / Prog Recordings

Iron Butterfly, UFO, Humble Pie, Kansas + Others: Lost Hard Rock / Prog Recordings

June 15, 2018

The list is by no means exhaustive or definitive: Most people have their own personal choices for what they consider to be great lost recordings.

Pink Floyd: Album By Album, by Martin Popoff: Books

Pink Floyd: Album By Album, by Martin Popoff: Books

June 30, 2018

Martin Popoff manages to make the often-written-about story of Pink Floyd new again. That’s quite an accomplishment in itself.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): Movies I’ll Never Forget

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): Movies I’ll Never Forget

July 3, 2018

Of the countless movies I’ve seen throughout my life, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ stands as a huge milestone. Here’s why.

Moody Blues’ Ray Thomas (1941-2018): An Appreciation

Moody Blues’ Ray Thomas (1941-2018): An Appreciation

January 16, 2018

The Moody Blues have an unusual hold over fans, with many believing the group has mystical, otherworldly powers. And maybe they do.

Mystery Discs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, INXS + others: Gimme Five

Mystery Discs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, INXS + others: Gimme Five

March 25, 2018

I found a bunch of albums – including Lynyrd Skynyrd, INXS and others – that I didn’t know I had. In fact, I can’t say why I wanted them in the first place.