Archive for December 23rd, 2011

Genesis' Steve Hackett, Yes' Chris Squire at work on collaboration

Prog-rock veterans Steve Hackett of Genesis and Chris Squire of Yes are at work on a collaborative project, to be called (not making this up:) Squackett.

Shelved Captain Beefheart album finally sees release

A previously shelved album by wow-man rock artist Captain Beefheart is set for release on Jan. 15, 2012 by Zappa Records.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Live and Reissues

Live albums and reissue projects often do much to shape the broader idea we have about a musical legacy, and this year was no different — with impressive sets devoted to Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and the Smiths

Half Notes: Lily Allen – It's Not Me, It's You (2009)

I first heard (and heard of) Lily Allen on “Saturday Night Live.” It used to be that I’d watch that show just for the musical guests. In recent years, that part of the show (OK, the whole show) has been way more spotty. So out comes this Lily Allen. Flower print dress. High heels. Insanely catchy music. The tune wasRead More

One Alternative – Air Sculpture (2011)

One Alternative again bursts through convention with Air Sculpture, moving well outside the bounds of typical acoustic ensembles by incorporating not just classical music forms but also the boisterous attitude of roots rock and the improvisational intrigue of jazz.

Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten – Thunder (2008)

I know what you’re thinking – three basses … another Spinal Tap opus? Nope, sorry. If it’s not Spinal Tap, then next to the drum solo, the bass solo is just about the most reviled thing at concerts

The Friday Morning Listen: The Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

I would like to be all quiet and happy and wish everybody a beautiful holiday season but I’m just not feeling it. In fact, I’m pissed off, a little depressed, and ready to punch the next person I see.