Archive for January 27th, 2012

E Street Band's Little Steven appearing as a television mobster again — in Norway

Fans of Little Steven Van Zandt’s comedy-gold role as Silvio Dante in the HBO series “The Sopranos” have reason to rejoice. The guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band is back on TV, starring in a new series called “Lilyhammer,” billed as a mob tale with a funny twist. Van Zandt portrays Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, a mafia snitch inRead More

Celebrate 40th anniversary of Rory Gallagher's solo career with extensive vinyl reissues

Fans of the underrated blues guitarist Rory Gallagher have another reason to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his solo career, as Sony Music and Capo Records prepare a massive vinyl reissue campaign.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood to debut radio show in North America this weekend

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is ready to start up his own radio show in America. The Ronnie Wood Show features the guitarist playing a variety of music from his favorite new and established artists, while sharing personal stories from his legendary music career.

Mort Weiss: On the state of jazz, Coltrane clones, and the noose of technology

Some thoughts and comments — bound to piss some people off and others smile. Do I feel that I am an expert on what I’m about to say? The answer is a resounding yes! Onward.

Marmalade – Fine Cuts: The Best Of (2011)

A two-disc set, Fine Cuts: The Best Of is the place to start if you’re not already hip to this great Scottish band. The first record centers on Marmalade’s 60s nuggets, while the second disc features highlights from the 1970s.

Forgotten series: Frank Sinatra – Trilogy: The Past (1980)

Trilogy, presented as an “event” in 1980 when Frank Sinatra sessions began slowing to a crawl, finds him attempting to frame the past, present and future on a trio of discs. It’s an ultimately flawed release — but not without its saving graces.

Half Notes: Damien Jurado – And Now That I'm In Your Shadow (2006)

Damien Jurado and his cracked, wavering voice won me over. He’s not a perfect singer — he’s not even great in the way that enigmatic leads can be imperfect and yet still make it work. There’s something so earnest and vulnerable that sometimes I feel almost as if I shouldn’t listen — because it feels too private — but it’sRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Frank Zappa – We're Only In It For The Money (1968)

The drama surrounding the whole SOPA and PIPA bills was kind of fun to see play out. It was like the corporate interests legislators who were behind the bills had absolutely no idea that their proposals might have unintended consequences