Steely Dan’s Gaucho: An album doomed from the start?

Steely Dan’s Gaucho: An album doomed from the start?

November 21, 2014

Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ was issued 34 years ago today. Getting it to the point of release was no easy task.

Tony Iommi’s new music for CSI won’t premiere tonight

Tony Iommi’s new music for CSI won’t premiere tonight

November 2, 2014

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi says he’s been informed that tonight’s episode of ‘CSI’ has been pushed back.

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

November 20, 2014

Steve Lukather confirms that ‘XIV’ is at the mastering stage, even as Keith Carlock officially joins the Toto lineup.

Carmela Rappazzo, jazz vocalist: Something Else! Interview

Carmela Rappazzo, jazz vocalist: Something Else! Interview

November 20, 2014

So, I wondered, what’s a nice girl like Carmela Rappazzo doing in a place like jazz?

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

November 16, 2014

The impromptu nature of this collaboration among free-jazz aces Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall and Tim Dahl makes ‘Luddite’ great.

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

November 16, 2014

The impromptu nature of this collaboration among free-jazz aces Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall and Tim Dahl makes ‘Luddite’ great.

“Cash Only Island” (1996): Steely Dan Sunday

“Cash Only Island” (1996): Steely Dan Sunday

November 16, 2014

“Cash Only Island” is another song Steely Dan introduced for their 1996 tour, but never put on an album.

“Good Morning Good Morning” (1967): Deep Beatles

“Good Morning Good Morning” (1967): Deep Beatles

November 7, 2014

A seemingly straightforward, upbeat rock track from the Beatles instead that tells a bleak story of discontentment.

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

November 20, 2014

When Levon Helm decided to return to the Americana roots that had for so long nourished his career, he did it his way.

Various Artists – The Healing Blues (2014)

Various Artists – The Healing Blues (2014)

November 7, 2014

This is a review of ‘The Healing Blues,’ a special compilation of great oroginal blues songs to benefit the Greensboro, NC-area homeless.

Allen Toussaint, “Lady Madonna” from The Art of McCartney (2014): One Track Mind

Allen Toussaint, “Lady Madonna” from The Art of McCartney (2014): One Track Mind

November 17, 2014

Allen Toussaint explores a Paul McCartney connection from long before their time together around the newly reissued ‘Venus and Mars.’

Graham Nash, “Simple Man” (1971): Forgotten Series

Graham Nash, “Simple Man” (1971): Forgotten Series

November 17, 2014

Graham Nash doesn’t dilute “Simple Man” with wish-fulfillment fantasies. There’s just this: a heart that longs for what’s been lost.

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (1973): On Second Thought

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (1973): On Second Thought

November 15, 2014

A new Led Zeppelin reissue gives S. Victor Aaron, Nick DeRiso, JC Mosquito, Fred Phillips and Mark Saleski the chance to reassess.

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

November 12, 2014

Lucinda Williams’ gruff slur on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” conveys just how few times the fates allow us the moments we’d like.

The Beatles Invade Cincinnati, by Scott Belmer (2014): Books

The Beatles Invade Cincinnati, by Scott Belmer (2014): Books

November 4, 2014

Scott (Belmo) Belmer’s scrapbook retrospective ‘The Beatles Invade Cincinnati’ captures the hysteria surrounding Beatlemania.

Big Star – Live In Memphis (2014)

Big Star – Live In Memphis (2014)

November 19, 2014

‘Live in Memphis’ makes the case for Big Star’s inclusion of two Seattle interlopers, showing how they grew as a band into the ’90s.

Can Fiona’s Web Therapy fix The Comeback star Valerie?

Can Fiona’s Web Therapy fix The Comeback star Valerie?

November 8, 2014

Mike Tiano on how double the Lisa Kudrow is double the fun.

Jon Herington Solo Songs: Gimme Five

Jon Herington Solo Songs: Gimme Five

November 14, 2014

You know him from his work with Madeleine Peyroux, the Dukes of September and Steely Dan. Let’s dig into Jon Herington’s solo career.

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

November 1, 2014

A celebration of the life of one of improvisation’s major influences found many who loved Mel Davis gathered on stage at London’s Cafe Oto.

Desert Island Discs: Christmas Songs Edition

Desert Island Discs: Christmas Songs Edition

December 4, 2012

Worried about being running aground in some tropic locale this Christmas season? Something Else! has you covered, with a new list of Yuletide favorites criss-crossing the usual stylistic landscape.

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

March 18, 2014

Jackson Browne’s 1986 single “In the Shape of a Heart” was a big hit in certain circles. It went to No. 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but rose to only No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.