Archive for October, 2011

Enrico Rava – Tribe (2011)

On his last outing, trumpet master Enrico Rava was in a New York state of mind. This time, for Tribe, his head, heart—and most notably—his entire band is firmly back in his native Italy.

Aerosmith – Rocks (1976; 2011 import reissue)

by Beverly Paterson There’s a new 35th anniversary edition import of this classic Aerosmith recording by Sony Japan? Has it really been 35 years since Rocks was released?

U2 – Achtung Baby (1991; 2011 deluxe edition reissue)

by Tom Johnson Who lost their mind here? The band, their manager, the label? Was it all of them at once? I don’t get this one at all. Many others don’t get this one.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road" (1975)

Rosalita. Thunder Road. Rosalita. Thunder Road. Rosalita. Thunder Road. Thunder Road. Yes. As I’ve said before, for the most part I don’t compare one song to another

One Track Mind: Lindsey Buckingham, "Stars Are Crazy" (2011)

Performing live, Lindsey Buckingham has developed this knack for stripping away his familiar in-studio sorcery — an exacting, very revealing process.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More” (1975)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More” (1975)

The longest title on a Steely Dan song ever, “Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More” is another SD song set in the environs of the duo’s youth.

Andrey Dergatchev – The Return (2006)

by Mark Saleski There have been pieces of music in my past that have stirred such emotional resonance that I wondered if maybe the music was written for me.

On Second Thought: Bill Frisell – Live (1995)

by Tom Johnson My creative writing teacher in college drilled into us the mantra “show don’t tell.” Don’t tell people your character is heartbroken. Show them.

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette – Open Source (2011)

Long, long before Nels Cline had attained his current status as one of the most original, fearless and bad-assed electric guitarists around, he was an obscure twenty-something acoustic guitarist playing in a small, acoustic combo

Nils Lofgren – Old School (2011)

You could forgive Nils Lofgren, best known these days as a 27-year member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, for issuing a contemplative record after such a difficult period. And there’s some of that here.