Archive for September 16th, 2011

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (1936-2011): An Appreciation

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, a former sideman with Muddy Waters who became a Grammy-winning performer in his own right, has died.

Something Else! sneak peek: Paul McCartney – Ocean's Kingdom (2011)

Listen in as Paul McCartney makes his initial foray into the world of dance with the forthcoming release Ocean’s Kingdom, commissioned for the New York City Ballet and performed by the London Classical Orchestra.

The Black Keys – Attack and Release (2008)

There’s a good reason why that can of grease appears on 2003’s Thickfreakness: that’s exactly what this band sounds like. Greased up, fried up, and amplified, the Black Keys are direct descendants of swampy blues rock — Junior Kimbrough being one of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s favorites, which figured heavily into the first album, The Big Come Up. Later albums findRead More

Guilty pleasures: White Lion, "Radar Love" (1989)

by Fred Phillips I don’t like White Lion. Not even a little bit. During my teen years I got so sick of “When the Children Cry” that I felt like puking every time I heard it.

The Friday Morning Listen: Thomas Dolby – The Flat Earth (1984)

I like this idea: that on any given evening there’s a decent chance that there’s a man on the eastern coast of England, sitting in the wheelhouse of his refurbished 1930’s era lifeboat