Archive for September, 2011

Levin Torn White – Levin Torn White (2011)

Levin Torn White – Levin Torn White (2011)

‘Levin Torn White’ ain’t for the weak, but it’s lethal combination of brawn and brains makes it the release of the year.

Motley Crue – Motley Crue (1994): Forgotten series

Motley Crue – Motley Crue (1994): Forgotten series

When I saw Motley Crue’s self-titled 1994 record on a list of the “10 Worst Heavy Metal Albums of All Time,” I was a little taken aback.

Christie Winn – Closer to Home (2011)

Singer-pianist Christie Winn, a performer who crackles with spontaneity, pushes Closer to Home into every corner of her craft. Her deft ability to sound both quiet and strong, rhythmic and yet lucid, soulful and still multi-dimensional makes the album a consistently engaging delight.

Best of September 2011: Reader picks include Lindsey Buckingham, Thomas Dolby and Rockpile

Here’s a look back at the Top 10 stories from last month on, based on page views from our readers.

The Friday Morning Listen: Wilco – The Whole Love (2011)

Salon writer Touré misses monoculture. This isn’t the monoculture of a Starbucks every 1 1/2 miles, bookending the Walmart and the Lowes.

A 1970s' artifact?: Records you simply couldn't hide from

by Mark Saleski Back in the 1970s, there were a handful of records you just couldn’t get away from. They were everywhere: on the radio, in your car’s 8-track player, on your best friend’s stereo.

Gimme Five: Duke Robillard on solo sides, dates with Tom Waits and Herb Ellis

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to blues legend Duke Robillard, founder of Roomful of Blues and former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Half Notes: Nine Inch Nails – Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D (2007)

by Tom Johnson 133t!11!! H4x0rd! w00t! LOL WTF?! OK! Pandering title aside, the concept was pretty cool: The usual NIN remix album that followed in the footsteps of a regular album, but this time it was accompanied by a DVD containing all of the multitracks for the songs — so you could do whatever you feel like with them, thenRead More

Something Else! Reviews on the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

The new nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 elicited the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth — even amongst us.

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton, "Layla" (2011): One Track Mind

After a desultory, red-light district blast of horns, the Wynton Marsalis-led Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra settles into this funereal rhythm, swaying from side to side as Eric Clapton rips off a few blues-simmered, heartfelt asides. If you hadn’t checked the liner notes, the song itself — a signature moment for the guitarist as a member of Derek and theRead More