Archive for October 4th, 2011

Something Else! Featured Artist: The Beach Boys

As the Beach Boys prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary with the Nov. 1 release of Smile Sessions, an updated version of the 1968 track “Do It Again” and a proposed world tour, we take a look back at some fun, fun, fun old favorites

Todd Rundgren, “Love My Way” (2011): One Track Mind

Is there another mainstream performer who could go — who, you know, would go — from making a bashy Yardbirds-do-Robert Johnson blues album over to this aridly propulsive synth-pop?

Half Notes: Screaming Trees – Ocean of Confusion: Songs of Screaming Trees 1989-1996 (2005)

by Tom Johnson A sadly overlooked band, the Trees got lumped in with the grunge movement in the early 1990s. What’s unfortunate is that, like fellow Seattlites Mudhoney, these guys were way better than what got popular. It’s a typical complaint, I know, but I dare you to listen to pretty much anything these guys put out and tell meRead More

David Paul Mesler, with Tony Rondolone – Moonsongs (2011)

Pianist David Paul Mesler and saxophonist Tony Rondolone offer 13 takes on a theme during the appropriately titled Moonsongs, an album perfectly suited for twilight

Geoff Vidal – She Likes That (2011)

The toughest part about writing this review has been trying to decide if I should file it under the jazz category or the fusion jazz category. And whenever that conundrum happens, it’s usually a good sign for the record.