Archive for November 2nd, 2011

Something Else! sneak peek: Field Music, "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing," (2011)

by Tom Johnson Field Music’s Measure slotted itself in squarely at the top of my 2010 year-end list, and for good reason.

Alan White, of Yes and the Plastic Ono Band: Something Else! Interview

Alan White, of Yes and the Plastic Ono Band: Something Else! Interview

Alan White talks about his long history with Yes, a collaboration with Tony Levin and David Torn, and his memorable stint with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band.

Half Notes: Pablo Aslan – Piazzolla in Brooklyn (2011)

You hear about musicians being moved to a new tribute by dusty old masterpieces, about timeless moments on vinyl that crackle and pop to life as reborn honorifics. Then there’s the jazz tango disaster Take Me Dancing, a 1959 recording by Astor Piazzola that is so irredeemably bad that it has spurred the Grammy-nominated Pablo Aslan to action. (Piazzolla himselfRead More

The Decemberists – The King Is Dead EP (2011)

by Tom Johnson With The King Is Dead EP, The Decemberists add themselves to the small roster of bands who refused to “deluxify” their just-released albums in order to cash in on extra sales

The Curtis Brothers – Completion of Proof (2011)

The virile, confrontational jazz of the 1960s is reborn on the Curtis Brothers’ Completeion of Proof. Siblings Luques and Zaccai Curtis perform in the brash, muscular style of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, even as they confront thorny moral issues

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