Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

January 26, 2015

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” released 47 years ago this month, was a labor of love for his friend and musical companion Steve Cropper.

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 24, 2015

Here is the exclusive video premiere of “Mushmouth,” a track by Athens, Georgia’s own Kenosha Kid from their upcoming album ‘Inside Voices.’

Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (2015)

Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (2015)

January 26, 2015

Here is a review of flugelhorn titan Kenny Wheeler’s elegant posthumous release ‘Songs For Quintet.’

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 24, 2015

Here is the exclusive video premiere of “Mushmouth,” a track by Athens, Georgia’s own Kenosha Kid from their upcoming album ‘Inside Voices.’

Henry Kaiser + Ray Russell, “GuKTen LIMPo” from The Celestial Squid (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Henry Kaiser + Ray Russell, “GuKTen LIMPo” from The Celestial Squid (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 23, 2015

UK guitar session vet Ray Russell gets back in touch with his trash-jazz side in collaboration with Henry Kaiser for “GuKTen LIMPo,” an advance stream from their upcoming album ‘The Celestial Squid.’

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

January 27, 2015

It’s easy to think of “Black Sun” as Death Cab for Cutie’s layered farewell to Chris Walla. Instead, it feels more like a new beginning.

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

January 25, 2015

Released 10 years ago today, Adrian Belew’s ‘Side One’ began four separate installments of adrenaline-charged, twisty guitar. Better buckle up!

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

January 7, 2015

A new Circle II Circle release whets my appetite for this summer’s Wacken, which will be headlined by the reunited Savatage.

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

January 27, 2015

It’s easy to think of “Black Sun” as Death Cab for Cutie’s layered farewell to Chris Walla. Instead, it feels more like a new beginning.

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

January 27, 2015

It’s easy to think of “Black Sun” as Death Cab for Cutie’s layered farewell to Chris Walla. Instead, it feels more like a new beginning.

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

January 20, 2015

Humming with romance and sexuality, the sentiment of Rene and Rene’s “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” radiates with pure pop godliness.

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

January 22, 2015

This old Chuck Willis tune, forgotten in the wake of his early death, gave the Band a chance to let loose — and let loose they most certainly did.

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.

‘Stack O’ Lee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

‘Stack O’ Lee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

January 23, 2015

Eleven hours into work on ‘Another Good Road,’ John Oates decided to cover his old favorite ‘Stack O’ Lee.’ It proved more difficult than he’d imagined.

‘Stack O’ Lee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

‘Stack O’ Lee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

January 23, 2015

Eleven hours into work on ‘Another Good Road,’ John Oates decided to cover his old favorite ‘Stack O’ Lee.’ It proved more difficult than he’d imagined.

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

January 26, 2015

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” released 47 years ago this month, was a labor of love for his friend and musical companion Steve Cropper.

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.

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

January 27, 2015

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

January 20, 2015

Humming with romance and sexuality, the sentiment of Rene and Rene’s “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” radiates with pure pop godliness.

The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler: Books

The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler: Books

January 13, 2015

Tom Wheeler’s ‘The Fender Archives’ takes us back to a time when it seemed that anything that was imaginable was also achievable.

Genesis – The Sum of the Parts (2015): Movies

Genesis – The Sum of the Parts (2015): Movies

January 17, 2015

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett blasted the ‘Sum of the Parts’ documentary as incomplete, even biased. He was right.

Nick Cave, “Avalanche” from Black Sails on Starz (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Cave, “Avalanche” from Black Sails on Starz (2015): One Track Mind

January 11, 2015

Stripped down to its girders, Nick Cave’s new interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” takes on an epic, swirling sadness.

Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Queen + U2, others: Gimme Five

Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Queen + U2, others: Gimme Five

January 19, 2015

We celebrate Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Queen, Public Enemy, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and more.

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.