Archive for April 18th, 2012

One Track Mind: Barry Manilow, "Bandstand Boogie" (1975)

When I went back to the SER watercooler with my cohorts following the news today of Dick Clark’s death, we were all in a somber and reflective mood. Watching American Bandstand was a late Saturday morning ritual for all of us

Complete tracklisting for massive reissue of Paul McCartney's Ram released

The full tracklisting has been announced for the sprawling reissue of Paul McCartney’s 1971 album Ram. The only project to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, Ram was Paul’s second post-Beatles LP.

'Look at that man; he never ages': TV and music icon Dick Clark dies at 82

Dick Clark, who shaped music tastes for generations with TV’s “American Bandstand,” delighted us in the afternoons with the well-watched $25,000 “Pyramid” game show, then gave the world a peek at Times Square craziness with his annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” specials, has died.

Paul Rodgers wonders if Adam Lambert ‘has the groundwork to see him through’ high-profile Queen tour

Paul Rodgers, who toured with Queen for four years in the last decade, said he might not have taken the gig if it had been preceded by the media attention surrounding Adam Lambert’s similar feature spot in 2012.

John Wetton of Asia, King Crimson and UK: Something Else! Interview

John Wetton has an over-stuffed briefcase of appointments this year.

Daniel Freedman – Bamako By Bus (2012)

This is a drummer’s record but not a record about drum solos. Musically, however, it’s about a lot of other things, like rhumba, West African, reggae, Moroccan, Afro-Cuban, funk-fusion and, finally jazz.

Celebrating Levon Helm, co-founder and voice of the Band: Gimme Five

Levon Helm re-emerged in the last decade after an initial cancer diagnosis to reclaim his mantle as yearning storyteller and timeless soul singer.