Archive for July 8th, 2011

One Track Mind: Rush, "Countdown" (1982)

by Tom Johnson Growing up, I plastered my room with pictures of the space shuttle. Glorious photos of the shuttle leaping forth from its pad in a blaze of orange flame

Tab Benoit – Medicine (2011)

Since his 1992 debut Nice And Warm, you always know exactly what you’ll get from a Tab Benoit record: honest, rough-and-ready electric blues with a dash of Cajun seasoning, soulful bayou ballads and a two-step or two thrown in for good measure.

Duncan Sheik – Daylight (2003)

by Tom Johnson I fell hard for Sheik’s highly developed melodic sense on Phantom Moon, a moody, dark, mostly acoustic album of songs about the psyche written by a friend and playwright. I stepped back through his small catalog to Humming and found the album almost as beguiling, and only his debut, self-titled album left me wanting.

Steve Macfarlane – Happy Daze (2011)

With Happy Daze, singer/songwriter Steve Macfarlane whisks us back to the lushly sophisticated melodies of Burt Bacharach and Neil Sedaka, perhaps his clearest inspiration. It’s a tricky thing, since both so often risked sounding mushy or maudlin

The Friday Morning Listen: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts to both Twitter and Facebook gently reminding people that they might be able to change their lives if they do something about them rather than merely kvetch.