Archive for February, 2009

One Track Mind: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around" (1972)

One Track Mind: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around" (1972)

From the first chunky guitar chords, the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around” is a different kind of a song about getting dumped, and still loving her anyway, and thinking to yourself — and then saying out loud — that you’ll wait for as long as it takes for her to return, since there’s always a chance, no matter how remote, thatRead More

Quickies: Claudio Roditi, Linda Presgrave, Matt Criscuolo, Ruthie Foster

Quickies: Claudio Roditi, Linda Presgrave, Matt Criscuolo, Ruthie Foster

The last two Quickies were an investigation of jazz records only. We’re still hacking through some recent noteworthy jazz records of different stripes, but this time, I threw in some non-jazz right at the end. Still on a blues bent that started with coverage of Shemekia Copeland’s and Joe Bonamassa’s latest offerings earlier this week, it wouldn’t feel right toRead More

Something Else! Reviews on the 2009 Blues Hall of Fame honorees

Something Else! Reviews on the 2009 Blues Hall of Fame honorees

by Nick Deriso The Blues Foundation announced its 2009 inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Lucky us. We already love ’em: Multiple Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal; Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”; as well as late Chicago bluesman Son Seals and the Reverend Gary Davis. Several singles or album tracks are also set to beRead More

J.J. Cale – Roll On (2009)

J.J. Cale – Roll On (2009)

The question for rock musicians has always been how they might navigate into middle age, and later. No previous format — from country pickers to down home blues men to doomed jazzmen — was so inextricably tied into youth. That makes the lasting relevance of J.J. Cale, 70 now, all the more notable: “Who knew?” he admits during a chuggingRead More

Joe Bonamassa – The Ballad Of John Henry (2009)

Joe Bonamassa – The Ballad Of John Henry (2009)

by Pico When talking about major figures in blues, the conversation is almost guaranteed to include such luminaries as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Steve Ray Vaughan, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Koko Taylor and the like. But if you’re talking about the blues scene of today such talk has to include Joe Bonamassa. Think not? Consider that Bonamassa’s last three albumsRead More

Shemekia Copeland – Never Going Back (2009)

Shemekia Copeland – Never Going Back (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron It’s no throwaway phrase to say Shemekia Copeland was raised on the blues; her Dad Johnny Copeland established a proud tradition of quality blues as a singer, songwriter and guitarist and put out a slew of notable records in the 80’s and 90’s until his death in 1997. The following year at just nineteen years old,Read More

One Track Mind: Philip Bailey "Children Of The Ghetto" (1984)

One Track Mind: Philip Bailey "Children Of The Ghetto" (1984)

Philip Bailey should have been a star in his own right. Here’s a guy with a falsetto as divine as Russell Tompkins, Jr.’s, served as co-lead singer of the superstar soul group Earth, Wind and Fire and used star producers to handle his first two solo albums. And yet, all there is to show for it is a single hitRead More

Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009): An Appreciation

Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009): An Appreciation

by Nick DeRiso Snooks Eaglin, who had been battling prostate cancer, shot to prominence on the strength of 1959’s “New Orleans Street Singer,” a record that even today is a revelation. Mostly, because it sounds nothing like Eaglin, who was as modern and as inventive and as non-traditional as they came. Still, for all of the foot-stomping joys of hisRead More

Quickies: Ede Wright, Tobin Mueller, Stefano Leonardi

Quickies: Ede Wright, Tobin Mueller, Stefano Leonardi

Getting the word out on some of more esoteric or little-known artists and their albums is something we love doing here at Something Else, hence the name for our little tea room on the interwebs. “Quickies” is where I’ve yakked up a lot of records by musicians who are not rich and famous yet, but in my view, should be…atRead More

Movies: Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

by Tom Johnson I have been a Titanic junkie since I was a teenager, falling deep under the ship’s spell when Dr. Robert Ballard discovered her battered hull lying on the ocean floor. I built model after model, each increasing in complexity, finally culminating in a large scale reproduction of Titanic as it exists today, or at least what weRead More

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