Archive for February 13th, 2012

Something Else! on the 2012 Grammys: Adele sweeps … so why didn’t we love 21 more?

We love Adele’s poise, her earthy attitude, the roiling emotion in her voice. So why don’t we love the newly crowned six-time Grammy winner’s album 21? Blasphemy, right?

Glen Campbell, “Wichita Lineman” (1968): One Track Mind

Glen Campbell, “Wichita Lineman” (1968): One Track Mind

As Glen Campbell sang his signature tune “Rhinestone Cowboy” for likely the last time on stage, I thought of another song he’s famous for.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Streets Of Fire" (1978)

It’s a short, inner-directed musing, but one that encapsulates the desperation that’s one of the essential elements of Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Bruce wanted this album to be relentless, to never let up

Half Notes: Poliça – Give You the Ghost (2012)

A fizzy combination of Cocteau Twins-style dream-pop and stamping R&B grooves, Poliça is a meeting of the musical minds by electronica producer Ryan Olson (Gayngs) and vocalist Channy Leaneagh. Together, they’ve fashioned an album in the forthcoming Give You The Ghost that is both haunting and hooky

Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants – The Lost 1974 Sessions (2012)

A vibraphonist very much in the tradition of Lionel Hampton, Peter Appleyard — who’d, fittingly, worked with Benny Goodman in the period that these recordings were made — has issued 21 albums as a leader. Unfortunately, many (maybe most) of them have long been out of print