Archive for May 14th, 2011

Alive Natural Sound Records Two-Fer!: Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg (2011)

Patrick Boissel’s Alive Natural Sound record company, an outfit he founded in 1994, has become a haven for music acts in the realms of garage rock, punk, power pop, and just about any band that plays the blues with bluster and the volume up at 10. It’s the smaller labels like this one who find those diamonds in the rough,Read More

Half Notes: Paul McCartney – The Space Within US DVD (2006)

by Tom Johnson Paul McCartney has managed to document each of his more recent tours, yet insists on releasing them not as actual concert videos but more as documentaries of the show. This would be fine if he’d do as others have done, such as Peter Gabriel with Still Growing Up, and put the unedited live footage together as aRead More

Half Notes: David Gilmour – David Gilmour (1978)

Maybe because it’s the first Pink Floyd-related solo album I ever bought, but also because it came between two Roger Waters-heavy releases (Animals and then The Wall), this has always been a sleeper favorite for me. It’s a loose record, with some interesting instrumentals, never didactic — and anything but a knockoff of what the larger band was doing (like,Read More

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – The Out-of-Towners (2004)

by Mark Saleski Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette. Piano, bass, drums. A rational person might ask, “Do we really need another live record from these people?”