Tony Kaye discusses his scary Yes Album-era injury: ‘We hit a car head on’

Tony Kaye discusses his scary Yes Album-era injury: ‘We hit a car head on’

February 28, 2015

Tony Kaye was on the way back from a Yes performance at Basingstoke in 1970, when the band was involved in a horrific crash.

Toto, “Bend” from Toto XIV  (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Toto, “Bend” from Toto XIV (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

March 1, 2015

Steve Porcaro’s official return to Toto hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. An import bonus track from the upcoming ‘Toto XIV’ fixes that.

Nick Hempton, “Nordberg Suite [Catch and Release #6]” (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Nordberg Suite [Catch and Release #6]” (2015): One Track Mind

March 1, 2015

Here is a review of the sixth song from Nick Hempton’s ‘Catch and Release’ series. “Nordberg Suite” features Bruce Harris on trumpet — and no drums.

Spin Marvel featuring Nils Petter Molvær – Infolding (2015)

Spin Marvel featuring Nils Petter Molvær – Infolding (2015)

February 28, 2015

Here is a review of ‘Infolding,’ an explosive techno-jazz record by Martin France-led Spin Marvel featuring trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær.

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.

Nick Mason says Pink Floyd leftovers are scarce now: ‘There weren’t very many discards’

Nick Mason says Pink Floyd leftovers are scarce now: ‘There weren’t very many discards’

March 1, 2015

There won’t be more ‘Endless River’-style explorations of additional unheard Pink Floyd songs for future albums. Nick Mason explains why.

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.

Toto, “Bend” from Toto XIV  (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Toto, “Bend” from Toto XIV (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

March 1, 2015

Steve Porcaro’s official return to Toto hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. An import bonus track from the upcoming ‘Toto XIV’ fixes that.

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

February 28, 2015

This brave song, written about the horror of racism long before the Civil Rights movement, is given a different complexity by Cassandra Wilson.

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.

Staple Singers, “Samson and Delilah” from Freedom Hwy. Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Samson and Delilah” from Freedom Hwy. Complete (2015): One Track Mind

February 27, 2015

There was no small amount of violence in Blind Willie Johnson’s original take, and that’s boldly recaptured in this unheard version by the Staple Singers.

Staple Singers, “Samson and Delilah” from Freedom Hwy. Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Samson and Delilah” from Freedom Hwy. Complete (2015): One Track Mind

February 27, 2015

There was no small amount of violence in Blind Willie Johnson’s original take, and that’s boldly recaptured in this unheard version by the Staple Singers.

Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper were strangers who hit it big: ‘Why don’t you guys just keep on writing?’

Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper were strangers who hit it big: ‘Why don’t you guys just keep on writing?’

February 28, 2015

Something immediately clicked between Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper. Their first writing session, in fact, produced an astounding three hit songs.

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.