The Terry Kath Experience (2017): Movies

The Terry Kath Experience (2017): Movies

November 12, 2017

‘The Terry Kath Experience’ isn’t a documentary you merely watch; it’s one you experience and you feel.

Lucas Lee Discusses His Topical New Album, Working with Marco Minnemann

Lucas Lee Discusses His Topical New Album, Working with Marco Minnemann

November 17, 2017

Lucas Lee goes in depth with Preston Frazier on ‘Acceptance of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations,’ his 2017 prog-rock project with Marco Minnemann.

Here’s Chippy – Things We Left Behind (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Here’s Chippy – Things We Left Behind (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

September 28, 2017

Hooky hard-rocking tunes, loaded with nifty noodlings, humming with momentum and good timing is where Chip Muellemann’s heart and soul resides.

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

November 21, 2017

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

November 21, 2017

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

Dan Blacksberg – Radiant Others (2017)

Dan Blacksberg – Radiant Others (2017)

November 14, 2017

Dan Blacksberg’s ‘Radiant Others’ is a fresh, nontraditional take on traditional melodies that happens to be Jewish in origin. You don’t need to be an ethnomusicologist to enjoy this one.

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

November 12, 2017

The Undertones produced outstanding songs, but they unfortunately never netted enough sales to acquire widespread notice, remaining a cult favorite.

Lucas Lee Discusses His Topical New Album, Working with Marco Minnemann

Lucas Lee Discusses His Topical New Album, Working with Marco Minnemann

November 17, 2017

Lucas Lee goes in depth with Preston Frazier on ‘Acceptance of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations,’ his 2017 prog-rock project with Marco Minnemann.

Living Colour – Shade (2017)

Living Colour – Shade (2017)

September 11, 2017

Is ‘Shade’ the best ever Living Colour album? Maybe, but that’s such a tall order.

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (2017)

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (2017)

November 18, 2017

You can’t help but wonder how great this would have been if Maroon 5 more consistently rose above the easy expectations of their fans and these times.

The Wood Brothers, “River Takes the Town” from One Drop Of Truth (2018): One Track Mind

The Wood Brothers, “River Takes the Town” from One Drop Of Truth (2018): One Track Mind

November 16, 2017

Right at the time southeastern Texas was beset by a major hurricane in late summer of 2017, the Wood Brothers recorded a song that perfectly captures that catastrophic time in their signature folksy manner.

Marcus Randolph and My Peeples Peeple – Transplant (2017)

Marcus Randolph and My Peeples Peeple – Transplant (2017)

November 6, 2017

Marcus Randolph’s debut album ‘Transplant’ is heartfelt but also very loose, and it’s both of those qualities together make it a fun listen.

Chicago + Al Green, “Tired of Being Alone” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago + Al Green, “Tired of Being Alone” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

July 1, 2017

“Tired of Being Alone” has the greatest lead vocal on any officially released Chicago song – and that’s an insult to no one.

The Wood Brothers, “River Takes the Town” from One Drop Of Truth (2018): One Track Mind

The Wood Brothers, “River Takes the Town” from One Drop Of Truth (2018): One Track Mind

November 16, 2017

Right at the time southeastern Texas was beset by a major hurricane in late summer of 2017, the Wood Brothers recorded a song that perfectly captures that catastrophic time in their signature folksy manner.

Yes, “Almost Like Love” from Big Generator (1987) YESterdays

Yes, “Almost Like Love” from Big Generator (1987) YESterdays

November 14, 2017

When you add together all the disparate parts of “Almost Like Love,” you almost get a good Yes song … but not quite.

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

The Beatles, “Sexy Sadie” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Sexy Sadie” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

November 6, 2017

The Beatles’ controversial visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi inspired one of the most bitter John Lennon compositions.

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

October 18, 2015

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

October 22, 2015

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

Toto, “Animal” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Animal” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

November 21, 2017

“Animal,” the final new song on Toto’s 1990 retrospective ‘Past to Present,’ may be the weakest – but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Chicago, “Harry Truman” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Harry Truman” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

November 18, 2017

One of the more unusual things Chicago ever recorded, “Harry Truman” could be considered a novelty song – but that doesn’t take away any of my enjoyment.

Toto, “Alone” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): One Track Mind

Toto, “Alone” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): One Track Mind

November 16, 2017

The initial single from Toto’s upcoming retrospective set ’40 Trips Around the Sun’ has a hint of familiarity, and that’s not too surprising.

Pink Floyd – The Wall, February 7, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Pink Floyd – The Wall, February 7, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

October 8, 2017

Pink Floyd created a signature concert experience during their first performances of ‘The Wall,’ but I was lucky to have been there at all.

Rock and Roll Music, by the Beatles, Stones, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Odd Couples

Rock and Roll Music, by the Beatles, Stones, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Odd Couples

June 25, 2017

For us, rock and roll was a term applied to music of the 1950s such as Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry – and was strictly to be avoided.

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

April 19, 2017

‘Fight for the Rock’ almost put Savatage’s career in a coffin before we got their best work.

Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick (1977); We’re All Alright! (2017): Shadows in Stereo

Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick (1977); We’re All Alright! (2017): Shadows in Stereo

July 21, 2017

Cheap Trick’s ‘We’re All Alright!’ does what so few late-career albums are able to do: tap into what made a band great in the first place.

I Thought I Knew Something About the Beatles

I Thought I Knew Something About the Beatles

September 15, 2017

Tom Wilmeth takes a deep dive into the expanded edition of Mark Lewisohn’s ‘The Beatles – All These Years, Vol. 1: Tune In.’

The Terry Kath Experience (2017): Movies

The Terry Kath Experience (2017): Movies

November 12, 2017

‘The Terry Kath Experience’ isn’t a documentary you merely watch; it’s one you experience and you feel.

The Wild One, Forever: In Appreciation of Tom Petty

The Wild One, Forever: In Appreciation of Tom Petty

October 5, 2017

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers represented what we strive for across so many aspects of our lives: consistency, dependability, and longevity.

Halloween Heroes From Ramones, Queen, R.E.M. + Others: Gimme Five

Halloween Heroes From Ramones, Queen, R.E.M. + Others: Gimme Five

October 30, 2017

Here are a few super-powered considerations to explore before cutting eye holes in the spare bed sheets this Halloween.