Archive for January 18th, 2012

Death Cab for Cutie announces new North American tour — complete with an orchestra

If you wondered how Death Cab for Cutie was going to replicate the swelling strings found on its 2011 release Codes and Keys, here’s your answer: They’re bringing friends along on their just-announced tour. Lots of them.

Bruce Springsteen to release title track from forthcoming album We Take Care Of Our Own

The fans have been restless. The E Street Band came back to life in the form of an announcement of a completed album and tour to follow.

Something Else! sneak peek: Paul McCartney – Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

Before the Beatles, before he put on that first Little Richard record and saw a whole new world open up before him, Paul McCartney listened to this kind of music.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints (1967; 2011 reissue)

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints (1967; 2011 reissue)

Parked between the Doors’ freaky frequencies the Association’s vocal pop, Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ‘Incense and Peppermints’ is still stunning.

Half Notes: Garland Jeffreys – Rock and Roll Adult (1982)

One of my college roommates had this record. He made me listen to it one time in the middle of the the Friday night campus radio punk show. I guess he was trying to show me that there was a brighter side of life, one not so nasty as what the Dead Kennedys and the Sex Pistols had to offer.Read More

Forgotten series: My Brightest Diamond – A Thousand Shark's Teeth (2008)

One listen to Shara Worden’s voice and it should come as no surprise that she’s actually a trained singer, pulling off with ease the kinds of things most rock singers can only dream of attempting.

Matt Flinner Trio – Winter Harvest (2011)

Following in the New Acoustic tradition of David Grisman, Tony Rice and Mike Marshall, the Matt Flinner Trio likewise starts with the tempo and cadence of bluegrass and injects the soul of folk, the elegance of chamber music and the thrill of jazz.