Butcher Brown, “Camden Session” from Camden Session (2018): Something Else! sneak peek

Butcher Brown, “Camden Session” from Camden Session (2018): Something Else! sneak peek

September 17, 2018

Following a tribute to Afrobeat great Fela Kuti, Butcher Brown goes back to doing their usual analog, bell bottoms thing.

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 2: Brian Gruber and Ronnie Scott’s

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 2: Brian Gruber and Ronnie Scott’s

September 7, 2018

Billy Cobham is joined by Brian Gruber in a talk with Mike Tiano that delves into the output and impact of many of the drummer’s contemporaries.

Butcher Brown, “Camden Session” from Camden Session (2018): Something Else! sneak peek

Butcher Brown, “Camden Session” from Camden Session (2018): Something Else! sneak peek

September 17, 2018

Following a tribute to Afrobeat great Fela Kuti, Butcher Brown goes back to doing their usual analog, bell bottoms thing.

Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (2018)

Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (2018)

September 19, 2018

Shai Maestro was already living up to his flattering last name when we first noticed him as the pianist in Avishai Cohen’s trio back in ’08. He would stay with

Kait Dunton, “OCD” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): One Track Mind

Kait Dunton, “OCD” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): One Track Mind

September 18, 2018

‘trioKAIT 2’ was released last spring, but that doesn’t mean that Kait Dunton and her sharp, small squad aren’t done creating some buzz with it.

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

September 13, 2018

The way a chamber string trio is being used by the Brandon Seabrook Trio for ‘Convulsionaries’ is bonafide wack. It’s akin to G.G. Allin hosting ‘Masterpiece Theater.’

On Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station, Uriah Heep’s Living the Dream, other new releases

On Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station, Uriah Heep’s Living the Dream, other new releases

September 20, 2018

Just trying to catch up on recent releases by artists including Paul McCartney, Uriah Heep, Jack White, Judas Priest, Wilko Johnson and others.

Projekt Gemineye, “Virtual Reality” (2018): One Track Mind

Projekt Gemineye, “Virtual Reality” (2018): One Track Mind

September 9, 2018

If “Virtual Reality” is a fair sample of Projekt Gemineye’s forthcoming album, then we are in for a hard-rocking treat.

Alestorm / Gloryhammer, September 11, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alestorm / Gloryhammer, September 11, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

September 19, 2018

If you pull your kid out of school and drive five hours to see Alestorm and Gloryhammer at a club, you may have a metal problem. It was more than worth it.

The Beatles, “Little Child” from With the Beatles (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Little Child” from With the Beatles (1963): Deep Beatles

August 30, 2018

“Little Child” paints a tantalizing picture of the organic sound of the Beatles, giving a taste of their early years.

Little Freddie King – Fried Rice & Chicken (2018)

Little Freddie King – Fried Rice & Chicken (2018)

July 29, 2018

If you haven’t yet discovered the hidden blues treasure Little Freddie King, ‘Fried Rice & Chicken’ is a perfect way to get acquainted.

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

June 14, 2018

In the beginning, Donovan was often dismissed as a minor-league Bob Dylan. But he proved critics wrong with ‘Sunshine Superman.’

The Deanan Gourmet Popcorn Factory Crew, “Lil’ Kernel” (2018): One Track Mind

The Deanan Gourmet Popcorn Factory Crew, “Lil’ Kernel” (2018): One Track Mind

August 19, 2018

The men and women who make popcorn in a Wylie, Texas factory believe strongly enough in their mission to devise a cool 90-second rap ditty.

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

June 14, 2018

In the beginning, Donovan was often dismissed as a minor-league Bob Dylan. But he proved critics wrong with ‘Sunshine Superman.’

Yes, “State of Play” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

Yes, “State of Play” from Talk (1994): YESterdays

September 18, 2018

“State of Play” sounds as for away from the main sequence of Yes songs as they could get. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

Walter Becker, “She Was Good” (early 1990s): Steely Dan Sunday

Walter Becker, “She Was Good” (early 1990s): Steely Dan Sunday

August 12, 2018

Walter Becker’s estate drops another ’11 Tracks of Whack’ outtake that continues the decades-old theme of falling for a prostitute.

Something Else! Columnist Kit O’Toole to Co-Host First-Ever Solo Beatles Videocast

Something Else! Columnist Kit O’Toole to Co-Host First-Ever Solo Beatles Videocast

September 9, 2018

Renowned Beatles authors Kit O’Toole and Kenneth Womack will be joined by veteran radio personalities Ken Michaels and Tom Hunyady on “Talk More Talk.”

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, “Time is the Enemy” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Time is the Enemy” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

September 11, 2018

“Time is the Enemy,” with an old-school vibe which hints at Steely Dan, is another deep cut which could use some dusting off by Toto.

(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, “Alive Again” from Hot Streets (1978): YESterdays

Chicago, “Alive Again” from Hot Streets (1978): YESterdays

September 8, 2018

Chicago’s Donnie Dacus was doomed to be compared to the late Terry Kath. It wasn’t fair then, and it still isn’t.

Kait Dunton, “OCD” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): One Track Mind

Kait Dunton, “OCD” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): One Track Mind

September 18, 2018

‘trioKAIT 2’ was released last spring, but that doesn’t mean that Kait Dunton and her sharp, small squad aren’t done creating some buzz with it.

Alestorm / Gloryhammer, September 11, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alestorm / Gloryhammer, September 11, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

September 19, 2018

If you pull your kid out of school and drive five hours to see Alestorm and Gloryhammer at a club, you may have a metal problem. It was more than worth it.

Eric Carmen – Eric Carmen (1975): On Second Thought

Eric Carmen – Eric Carmen (1975): On Second Thought

August 6, 2018

Wearing his heart and influences on his sleeve, Eric Carmen created a cherished debut album that was true to his soul.

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.

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.

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.

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 2: Brian Gruber and Ronnie Scott’s

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 2: Brian Gruber and Ronnie Scott’s

September 7, 2018

Billy Cobham is joined by Brian Gruber in a talk with Mike Tiano that delves into the output and impact of many of the drummer’s contemporaries.

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.

New Orleans at 300: In Search of Jazz

New Orleans at 300: In Search of Jazz

August 29, 2018

New Orleans is a place where many cultures met in the past, and it continues to draw people from all over the world – including jazz lovers like me.

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.