Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s legendary lineup changes: ‘Our career was decided by tantrums’

Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s legendary lineup changes: ‘Our career was decided by tantrums’

February 27, 2015

Deep Purple’s comings and goings have long provided gossip fodder, but Ian Gillan says there’s often been a very simple explanation for all of it.

George Harrison remembered by Alan White, Joey Molland, Robben Ford + others

George Harrison remembered by Alan White, Joey Molland, Robben Ford + others

February 25, 2015

We’re celebrating the late George Harrison’s birthday by revisiting some signature moments with collaborators from his post-Beatles years.

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

February 24, 2015

Aram Bajakian consistently finds inspiration for his music from places few or no one else thinks to look. This time, he’s making a new soundtrack for an old, classic film made in the former Soviet Union, and here is a second advance taste of this project.

Syberen van Munster – Plunge For Distance (2015)

Syberen van Munster – Plunge For Distance (2015)

February 27, 2015

Here’s a review of Syberen van Munster’s debut album ‘Plunge For Distance,’ a sophisticated work that gently combines Old and New Worlds.

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

February 24, 2015

Aram Bajakian consistently finds inspiration for his music from places few or no one else thinks to look. This time, he’s making a new soundtrack for an old, classic film made in the former Soviet Union, and here is a second advance taste of this project.

Anthony Braxton – Trio and Duet (1974; 2015 expanded reissue)

Anthony Braxton – Trio and Duet (1974; 2015 expanded reissue)

February 24, 2015

Here is a review of an expanded reissue of the 1974 recording ‘Trio And Duet,’ exploring two sides of avant-garde great Anthony Braxton.

Midnight North – Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles EP (2015)

Midnight North – Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles EP (2015)

February 27, 2015

By embracing traditional sounds and executing them with vital energy, Midnight North has produced a record that stands on its own merits.

Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s legendary lineup changes: ‘Our career was decided by tantrums’

Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s legendary lineup changes: ‘Our career was decided by tantrums’

February 27, 2015

Deep Purple’s comings and goings have long provided gossip fodder, but Ian Gillan says there’s often been a very simple explanation for all of it.

A Conspiracy of Stars: Why is UFO classic rock’s best-kept secret?

A Conspiracy of Stars: Why is UFO classic rock’s best-kept secret?

February 26, 2015

UFO have somehow gone so far under the mainstream radar that you need advanced detection equipment from NASA to find them.

Little Walter – The Blues World of Little Walter (1988): Forgotten Series

Little Walter – The Blues World of Little Walter (1988): Forgotten Series

February 15, 2015

Remembering lesser-known sides from Muddy Waters harpist Little Walter, who hurtled his instrument forward before dying today in 1968.

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.

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

December 28, 2014

Enough gushing about guitars, saxes and drums. Here are Steely Dan’s five best miscellaneous performances, as selected by our panel.

Robben Ford with Keb Mo + Robert Randolph, “Justified” (2015): One Track Mind

Robben Ford with Keb Mo + Robert Randolph, “Justified” (2015): One Track Mind

February 24, 2015

Robben Ford’s new song is loose, truly collaborative — the opposite of those emailed digital confections so often dubbed “duets” these days.

The Band, “She Knows” from High on the Hog (1996): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “She Knows” from High on the Hog (1996): Across the Great Divide

February 26, 2015

Richard Manuel shows one final time why Rick Danko and Levon Helm always saw him as the Band’s true frontman.

Chris J. Connolly – Flying Lessons (2015)

Chris J. Connolly – Flying Lessons (2015)

January 20, 2015

UK-born New Yorker Chris J. Connolly has figured out on debut album ‘Flying Lessons’ that keeping it simple makes it great.

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

February 23, 2015

Issued five years ago today, ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’ finds Johnny Cash in the midst of a bracing acceptance of his looming fate.

Little Walter – The Blues World of Little Walter (1988): Forgotten Series

Little Walter – The Blues World of Little Walter (1988): Forgotten Series

February 15, 2015

Remembering lesser-known sides from Muddy Waters harpist Little Walter, who hurtled his instrument forward before dying today in 1968.

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys, By Viv Albertine (2014): Books

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys, By Viv Albertine (2014): Books

February 10, 2015

More than a punk-rock memoir, Viv Albertine’s book tells the story of a woman who remained true to herself through many reinventions.

The J. Geils Band, “One Last Kiss” from House Party Live In Germany (2015): One Track Mind

The J. Geils Band, “One Last Kiss” from House Party Live In Germany (2015): One Track Mind

February 1, 2015

In the run up to the J. Geils Band’s early-1980s-era hitmaking period, they still possessed the bluesy party-band grit of their earliest days.

The Monkees were more struggling Marx Brothers than Beatles: ‘A very different kettle of fish’

The Monkees were more struggling Marx Brothers than Beatles: ‘A very different kettle of fish’

February 24, 2015

Decades later, the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz says “I’m always amazed that people, even real fans of the show, missed that dynamic.”

Doppelganger songs by the Hollies, America, Ian Thomas, others: Gimme Five

Doppelganger songs by the Hollies, America, Ian Thomas, others: Gimme Five

February 23, 2015

Call this the Sincerest Form of Flattery Part 2, as we explore those times when artists copied a style so convincingly that it took on its own substance.

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out: ‘I was liberated’

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out: ‘I was liberated’

January 3, 2015

Remembering George Martin — both with and without the Beatles — on the occasion of the great producer’s 89th birthday.

The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2014: Lucinda Williams, D’Angelo, David Crosby

The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2014: Lucinda Williams, D’Angelo, David Crosby

December 31, 2014

The concensus Something Else! Top 10 for 2014 features Lucinda Williams, D’Angelo, David Crosby, Brian Blade, Seth Walker, Matthew Shipp and others.

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.