Allan Harris – Black Bar Jukebox (2015)

Allan Harris – Black Bar Jukebox (2015)

December 20, 2014

Allan Harris’ triumphal ‘Black Bar Jukebox’ refuses to acknowledge genre boundaries — or stick too closely to expectations.

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

December 18, 2014

Here is a review of Wayne Krantz’s cool fusion jazz rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

December 11, 2014

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s avant-garde and experimental jazz, including Roscoe Mitchell, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith and others.

David Lee Roth selects his favorite Van Halen album: ‘That’s my ticket; my entry fee’

David Lee Roth selects his favorite Van Halen album: ‘That’s my ticket; my entry fee’

December 20, 2014

David Lee Roth was reluctant to pick his top Van Halen album — until he came up with a suitably salacious scenario in which he’d have to.

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

December 20, 2014

Returning to an expanded live take on ‘Pawnbroker,” it’s as if Tinsley Ellis is coming into his own, right there on stage.

John Fred and His Playboy Band – Agnes English (1967): Forgotten series

John Fred and His Playboy Band – Agnes English (1967): Forgotten series

December 3, 2014

John Fred and His Playboy Band coupled fun with quality, and ‘Agnes English’ ranks as a perfect example of their vision and abilities.

Best Jon Herington Steely Dan-related guitar performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Jon Herington Steely Dan-related guitar performances: Steely Dan Sunday

December 14, 2014

Preston Frazier lists his favorite Jon Herington guitar performances of Steely Dan songs or Steely Dan-related tunes.

Deep Beatles: Beatles Christmas Records

Deep Beatles: Beatles Christmas Records

December 13, 2014

More than throwaway Yuletide keepsakes, the Beatles’ Christmas discs offer fans a peek into their rapid artistic and personal development.

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

December 20, 2014

Returning to an expanded live take on ‘Pawnbroker,” it’s as if Tinsley Ellis is coming into his own, right there on stage.

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

December 20, 2014

Sometimes, as with the title track to Whitey Morgan’s new album ‘Grandpa’s Guitar,’ a song just hits you right where you live.

Inside Phil Collins’ blatant rip off of Prince on ‘Sussudio': ‘Never ran away from that idea’

Inside Phil Collins’ blatant rip off of Prince on ‘Sussudio': ‘Never ran away from that idea’

December 19, 2014

The similarities between Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” and Prince’s “1999” are undeniable — even to Collins himself, it turns out.

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

December 19, 2014

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

December 19, 2014

Brian Setzer, an unjustly unheralded guitar player, has this knack for connecting with the redux zeitgeist.

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

December 20, 2014

Sometimes, you’ve simply got to talk back to the blues. That’s what happened to Jimmy Rushing, appearing here with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2014

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2014

December 1, 2014

Kit O’Toole counts down the best Beatles-related releases of the past year, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania.

Jack Bruce + Gary Moore, Ginger Baker, others – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts (2014)

Jack Bruce + Gary Moore, Ginger Baker, others – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts (2014)

December 19, 2014

‘Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts’ illustrates how fertile Jack Bruce’s collaboration was with a certain UK guitarist. No, not Eric Clapton.

Power Pop Songs Other Than ‘Go All The Way': Gimme Five

Power Pop Songs Other Than ‘Go All The Way': Gimme Five

December 2, 2014

Big Star, the Romantics and the Knack make our list of power pop songs that deserve some of the attention that the Raspberries’ titanic hit usually gets.

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

December 19, 2014

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

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.