Archive for March, 2012

Joe Perry looks back on Aerosmith's 1980s-era records: 'They were like product, almost'

Every album Aerosmith issued in the 1980s rose to at least gold-selling status, with 1989’s explosively popular Pump streaking to seven-times platinum sales. But that doesn’t make the decade a golden era.

Busy Brian May of Queen admits difficulty in creating new music: ‘Time is a big problem’

You know Brian May as the frizzy-headed guitar-playing genius in Queen. But he’s also a PhD-in-astrophysics-holding chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University, a family man, and a tireless activist for his favorite causes.

To get into the groove, Dr. John says he ate African food and listened to Ethiopian jazz

Dr. John’s forthcoming collaboration with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has a turbulent, polyrhythmic propulsion, and that’s no accident, the legendary keyboardist says.

Esperanza Spalding on reinvigorating jazz: 'It just needs better publicity'

The New York Times, in a recent piece, said celebrated young jazz bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding has “the potential to reinvigorate an entire genre.” To which, she replies: “No, it just needs better publicity.”

One Track Mind: Clara Ponty, "Sunshine" (2012)

When I learned that Clara Ponty was coming out with a new album, I got curious, and to be completely upfront about it, I was curious because she is the daughter of famed violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Various artists – The Quill Records Story: The Best Of Chicago Garage Bands (1997)

Chicago, Illinois was home to Quill Records, an independent label run by Peter Wright that released a string of singles between the years 1965 and 1967.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Kinks – Give The People What They Want (1981)

Technology marches on, and this week it intersected in an interesting way with Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour.

Who frontman Roger Daltrey noncommittal on another reunion tour: ‘It all depends’

Frontman Roger Daltrey was noncommittal about another reunion tour for the Who, saying “it all depends on whether it feels right.”

Dr. John – Locked Down (2012)

More often than not, it’s seemed like Dr. John has relied on the dark mysteries of his voice — rather than the material — to sell his records. Of course, what a voice it is: Full of wry sweetness, weed-smoke inscrutability and spicy indignation.

Forgotten series: Robert Wyatt – Comicopera (2007)

“Why would you listen to this?” The question must have travelled through nearly everyone’s mind at some point upon hearing some seemingly offensive bit of music.

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