Archive for January 26th, 2012

Etta James' album sales soar by staggering 378 percent in the wake of her death

Just days after her death at age 73, soul singer Etta James has climbed to her highest-ever position on the Billboard album charts. The Best of Etta James rose from No. 162 to 46 in the 48 hour period after her passing on January 20.

Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis join forces for three April concerts in New York City

Paul Simon will by joined by Wynton Marsalis for a trio of shows beginning with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2012 annual gala concert on April 18th. Two public shows will follow on April 19-20, also at the Rose Theater in New York City.

Something Else! sneak peek: Hear two new Van Halen songs, "Blood and Fire" and "The Trouble With Never"

Two more brand-new tunes have emerged from the forthcoming reunion project between Van Halen and David Lee Roth — “Blood and Fire” and “The Trouble With Never.”

One Track Mind: Erykah Badu, Zigaboo Modeliste and others, "A la Modeliste" (2012)

This song, produced by Mark Ronson as part of the “Re:Generation” project, is like a neutral-ground hang, a crawfish boil, and a Saints tailgating afternoon rolled into one.

Gimme Five: Recommended Fleetwood Mac, but not from Rumours

News that Fleetwood Mac could reunite this year — after Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham complete their current solo commitments, that is — had me scurrying back to the old records for a refresher. But not to Rumours

Half Notes: Ehud Asherie, with Harry Allen – Upper West Side (2012)

The talented young pianist Ehud Asherie doesn’t look to bowl you over with sheer speed and power but rather, seduce you with taste and swing.

Otis Taylor on ‘One Million Slaves,’ ‘Open These Bars,’ ‘Resurrection Blues,’ others: Gimme Five

Otis Taylor on ‘One Million Slaves,’ ‘Open These Bars,’ ‘Resurrection Blues,’ others: Gimme Five

Otis Taylor has quickly become one of the most exciting and original voices in a genre badly in need of both.

Half Notes: Travis – Singles (2004)

Radiohead-lite band Travis couldn’t have named it more plainly. While having only four albums, at the time, seemed a bit premature to be releasing a best-of, it was nice in that you got at least a few tracks from each album, rather than “that one big single” from each. You know how that goes. Here, you got a good chunkRead More