WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

October 21, 2014

‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ finally returns with much – if, alas, not all – of its original music in tact.

Syd Arthur – Sound Mirror (2014)

Syd Arthur – Sound Mirror (2014)

October 20, 2014

With ‘Sound Mirror,’ Syd Arthur proves more than capable of harnessing the energy of their live show in a studio setting.

AC/DC, “Play Ball” from Rock or Bust (2014): One Track Mind

AC/DC, “Play Ball” from Rock or Bust (2014): One Track Mind

October 7, 2014

AC/DC returns missing a key member, but none of its familiar sound.

Are Hall and Oates yacht rockers?: ‘I don’t even know what that means’

Are Hall and Oates yacht rockers?: ‘I don’t even know what that means’

October 21, 2014

John Oates is taking Hall and Oates’ more recent categorization as yacht rockers in stride – though he insists he’s never worn “the stupid hat.”

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

October 21, 2014

Far from losing its freshness, this power jazz trio led by its virtuosic trumpet player Avishai Cohen has delivered its best set of recordings yet.

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

October 19, 2014

‘Etymology’ by Burnt Belief, featuring Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin and Jon Durant, is as good as you can get with downtempo music.

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

October 14, 2014

John Butcher in remarkable in that he plays differently in different places, constantly trying different sounds and new ideas.

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

October 18, 2014

Cat Stevens covers Leadbelly’s dark tale of escape, pointing the way to what could have been a very different career path.

Mashmakhan, “As The Years Go By/Days When We Are Free” (1970): Forgotten series

Mashmakhan, “As The Years Go By/Days When We Are Free” (1970): Forgotten series

September 30, 2014

Mashmakhan’s “As The Years Go By” was a quirky cross-pollination of flower-power pickings, the Zombies and Deep Purple.

“Dig a Pony,” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

“Dig a Pony,” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

October 17, 2014

The Beatles’ often-overlooked “Dig a Pony” is a classic example of John Lennon’s love of wordplay.

“Wet Side Story” (unreleased, 1996?): Steely Dan Sunday

“Wet Side Story” (unreleased, 1996?): Steely Dan Sunday

October 19, 2014

Maybe “Wet Side Story,” played during the 1996 tour, should go on Steely Dan’s next album, too.

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

October 16, 2014

The Band’s fun run through Allen Toussaint’s soul-lifting “You See Me” underscored an often-forgotten portion of their inestimable legacy.

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

October 20, 2014

Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’ is an expection to the rule of double albums being full of filler. This one is all killer.

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

October 20, 2014

Robbie Robertson’s son set out to reshape his father’s life as a children’s tale. He ended up with something that will resonate with everyone.

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

October 16, 2014

Booker T. and the MGs shared Stax Records’ message of racial tolerance by their very presence. But it wasn’t always easy.

Amanda Kravat, “Wouldn’t Be This” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Amanda Kravat, “Wouldn’t Be This” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

October 13, 2014

Amanda Kravat crafts a billowing dream of what could be — for herself, and for this song.

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

October 6, 2014

John Lennon’s 40-year-old ‘Walls and Bridges’ is long overdue for a critical reevaluation.

Michael Lynch, “Mr. Monster / Going the Wrong Way” (2014): One Track Mind

Michael Lynch, “Mr. Monster / Going the Wrong Way” (2014): One Track Mind

October 18, 2014

Michael Lynch has given us a great little Halloween tune in “Mr. Monster,” with fierce hook lines and a jiggly, jagged bubblegum beat.

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

October 20, 2014

Robbie Robertson’s son set out to reshape his father’s life as a children’s tale. He ended up with something that will resonate with everyone.

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

October 8, 2014

The Ipswich Music Festival presentation of Jazz at the Movies gave us more than we bargained for.

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

October 21, 2014

‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ finally returns with much – if, alas, not all – of its original music in tact.

Rock is Dead! Songs by Todd Rundgren, the Knack, Elvis Costello, others: Gimme Five

Rock is Dead! Songs by Todd Rundgren, the Knack, Elvis Costello, others: Gimme Five

October 5, 2014

To celebrate October, autumn and U2’s recent marketing fiasco, here’s a few songs about the death of everyone’s favorite bad penny, rock ‘n’ roll.

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

October 19, 2014

Remembering Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, who helped open the door to jazz for me.