Archive for January 20th, 2012

Death of Etta James sparks tributes from famous fans, including the Four Tops, Beyoncé, Nile Rodgers, Kings of Leon

As the news spread that Etta James had passed away this morning, famous fans took to the Internet to pay tribute to the legendary soul singer.

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen to sit in for Levon Helm at Midnight Rambles in February

With Levon Helm sidelined by an undisclosed medical procedure, his web site has announced that Donald Fagen of Steely Dan will be a special guest at previously scheduled Midnight Rambles on February 11, 18 and 25.

Cancer diagnosis has proven to be inspirational for Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath

Some wondered if Tony Iommi’s recent cancer diagnosis was going to stall a planned reunion with the other original members of Black Sabbath. If anything, it’s proven inspirational.

The Doors – Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story Of L.A. Woman DVD (2012)

Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story Of L.A. Woman is a new, 100-minute DVD documentary from Eagle Rock that chronicles the creation of what turned out to be the Doors final album with iconic lead singer Jim Morrison

Half Notes: Robert Fripp and Brian Eno – The Equatorial Stars (2004)

I excitedly ordered a copy of this collaboration between Robert Fripp and Brian Eno when it was released as an import through Fripp’s DGM records in the U.S., and I unfortunately cannot say I recommend it. For two geniuses of ambient, this was incredibly boring, and this is coming from a very, very big King Crimson/Fripp/etc. fan. Fripp sounded likeRead More

Gimme Five: Jazz's greatest final recordings from John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, others

“Thank you very much, you make me feel so wonderful. It’s been a pleasure being here but I really must go now, it’s so hot.” — Clifford Brown at the end of his final performance, June 25, 1956

The Druids of Stonehenge – Creation (1968; 2011 reissue)

Founded in 1965, the Druids of Stonehenge not only looked dark and mysterious, but the music they played emitted a menacing bite as well.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen, "We Take Care Of Our Own" (2012)

Well, what a couple of crazy days it’s been. First we get the surprise (but long overdue) announcement of the new Springsteen single and album, then the actual release of the song, and then the expected frothing of the dogs of disappointment.