Archive for June 21st, 2011

Neil Young and the International Harvesters – A Treasure (2011)

Time to rethink Neil Young and the 1980s. A Treasure, featuring live songs from a 1984-85 tour with a group of Nashville pros, is the sixth release in Young’s ongoing Archives Performance Series — and it shines a spotlight on an often overlooked period

Half Notes: Ernie Krivda – Blues for Pekar (2011)

Tenor man Ernie Krivda pays tribute to a fellow Cleveland resident, the late writer (American Splendor) and jazz critic Harvey Pekar in this lickety-split throwback bebop recording, out today on CD and DVD formats through Capri Records. Krivda only stops to take a breath during the lastingly beautiful “Darn that Dream,” by Jimmy Van Heusen. That’s the exception that provesRead More

Billy Corgan – The Future Embrace (2005)

by Mark Saleski I squinted out through the heavy dawn fog at the mysterious figure standing near the edge of the ocean bluff. Slowly moving closer, it became apparent that she was totally nude, except for a black top hat.

Vicious World – Plays the Music of Rufus Wainwright (2011)

Originally named for a Rufus Wainwright song, it was perhaps inevitable that Vicious World would eventually devote an entire album to this underrated contemporary singer-songwriter. That doesn’t make the prospect any less daunting

Half Notes: Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)

by Tom Johnson This is one of the few instances where a song by a very odd band got huge, was virtually everywhere, and still I loved every second of it. “Float On” couldn’t be ignored, and I don’t know why you’d want to ignore it anyway. (And so what if it lifts the entire structure of the chorus fromRead More

Eric Hofbauer and the Infrared Band – Level (2011)

Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer penned the liner notes to his new album out today, Level, beginning it with the testimony that “the music on Level … explores the human condition using sound to tell stories