Archive for October 11th, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955-2011): An Appreciation

When I think of men in my lifetime who dared to imagine an ideal world and then worked toward that seemingly impossible goal, I think first of the guy who set out this mantra in a gorgeous song, John Lennon. And close behind him, Steve Jobs. Starting in the mid-1970s, Jobs sought to build personal computers that were uncomplicated andRead More

Popa Chubby – Back to New York City (2011)

This is a script-flipped blues rock record, with a plugged-in emphasis on the rock part. Back to New York City, in many ways, is as loud as it is brash — a thundering restatement of Popa Chubby’s outsized persona and even outer-sized personality.

Forgotten series: Dan Dyer – Of What Lies Beneath (2004)

by Mark Saleski Jeff Buckley if he’d been a little happier? David Gray if he actually wanted to rock a little? This is a tough one.

One Track Mind: Johnny Cash, "Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right" (2011)

It’s one thing to cover somebody, quite another to expose something fundamentally true about the original song through your interpretation — and that happens with Johnny Cash’s take on this Bob Dylan classic.

One Track Mind: Slade, "Run Runaway" (1984)

by Fred Phillips In the early days of my metal fandom, one of the best ways to sample new music was the compilation albums from K-Tel and the like. They were a lot cheaper than a standard cassette, usually running $4-$5 as opposed to $7-$8 for regular albums

Darius Jones Trio – Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) (2011)

Darius Jones might be the fastest rising star in the whack jazz world or at least, the fastest rising alto sax player within that realm.