Archive for December 14th, 2011

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Blues and R&B

2011 brought its share of comebacks (Gregg Allman, the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste, the Time) Stax-related joys (both Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper issued solo sides) and out-of-nowhere delights (Big Head Todd does the blues?).

Half Notes: The Shins – Wincing the Night Away (2007)

Maybe it’s a “sophomore slump” of sorts to some — despite this being their third album — since their big break came with the film “Garden State” just after 2003’s Chutes Too Narrow was all the rage. Will they really change your life? I think a lot of people thought they would and held this album to that standard. ThisRead More

Raoul Björkenheim, Bill Laswell and Morgan Agren – Blixt (2011)

Raoul Björkenheim, Bill Laswell and Morgan Agren – Blixt (2011)

The music of Raoul Bjorkenheim, Bill Laswell and Morgan Agren is just as interesting for what it does as what it doesn’t do

Jack DeJohnette – :rarum XII: Selected Recordings (2004)

There are many possible ‘correct’ answers to the question “What makes a jazz drummer interesting?” Groove? Yes. Chops? Maybe. For me, it all boils down to musicality.

Eagles, Herbie Hancock, Tom Petty, Levon Helm slated for 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest

The Eagles and Tom Petty play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time, as 2012’s lineup is announced for the sprawling outdoor music event featuring rock, jazz, Americana, gospel, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco.

Rubber Band – XMAS!: The Beatmas (1996)

Since the Beatles are unfortunately no longer around to share their wonderful little holiday tunes with us, I suppose the next best thing to such entertainment is this great disc by Rubber Band.

Blues Music Awards nominees include Bo-Keys, Musselwhite, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Nominees have been announced for the 33rd Blues Music Awards, to be held on May 10, 2012 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Click through the links for our thoughts on the new nominees!