Archive for October 17th, 2011

New Music Monday: Something Else! breaks down the week's releases

Here’s a look at some notable music projects — both new and reissue — scheduled for release on Oct. 18, 2011, with our thoughts

David Paul Mesler – Just a Lucky So and So (2011)

Many a jazz singer has stumbled through the Great American Songbook, slowed by imitative missteps or the inability to keep pace with a swinging quartet surrounding him. David Paul Mesler is not that singer.

The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy: The Best of the McCoys (1995): Forgotten Series

The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy: The Best of the McCoys (1995): Forgotten Series

Aside from ‘Hang On Sloopy,’ the McCoys dispatched a string of comparably strong songs ripe for rediscovery if you missed them the first time around.

Jane’s Addiction – The Great Escape Artist (2011): Something Else! sneak peek

by Tom Johnson Still relevant? I have no idea. I’d guess the question that pops up in most people’s heads when they hear the name “Jane’s Addiction”

Half Notes: Michael Brook – BellCurve (2007)

by Tom Johnson After the disappointment I felt with 2005’s RockPaperScissors, I would never have expected a “remix” album of that material to not only stand on its own but be as strong as it was — nor be a favorite for the year 2007. And yet … BellCurve takes the strongest elements of RockPaperScissors and re-molds them with veryRead More

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" (1973)

“…that dissolves into a circular piano figure that…” leads into the rolling guitar riff that opens “Rosalita,” my favorite Springsteen song.