Archive for April 20th, 2012

Anathema – Weather Systems (2012)

For those already familiar with the band, the evolution of Anathema has been a fascinating one to watch — particularly since coming back from a prolonged absence a few years back.

'Celestial amnesia': Carlos Santana talks about remaining grounded after all these years

'Celestial amnesia': Carlos Santana talks about remaining grounded after all these years

Carlos Santana has had his share of accolades, fame and fortune. Since his explosive debut more than four decades ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has sold some 90 million records and earned 10 Grammys — including a record-tying nine for a single album, 1999’s album of the year Supernatural.

Dave Stewart played a key role – from afar – in the Traveling Wilburys’ formative days

Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics fame, played a key role in the formative days of the Traveling Wilburys, that 1980s supergroup featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison.

For Yes' Chris Squire and Genesis alum Steve Hackett, forthcoming collaboration grew organically

An official street date, tracklisting and album title have been released for Squackett, the forthcoming collaboration between Yes’ Chris Squire and Genesis alum Steve Hackett.

Something Else! sneak peek: Rufus Wainwright, "Out of the Game" (2012)

Rufus Wainwright returns with a song that sounds as old as polyester and, in fact, boasts a few venomous rebukes of dead-end dalliances that you’d expect to hear from the old men who once wore it.

Guilty pleasures: De La Soul, "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" (1991)

I’ve never understood why so many people — even in the present-day environment of mainstream acceptance for the modern, much more watered-down, commercially acceptable version of hip-hop — still see rap music as a threat.

Half Notes: Paul McCartney – In Red Square: A Concert Film (2005)

Filmed in 2003, McCartney was “Back in the (former) USSR” (c’mon, you know I had to do it) for the first time since the Beatles were banned from the country in the 1960s. You know what a dangerous thing those Beatles were. Featuring a Beatles-heavy setlist (thankfully), this isn’t quite a concert: They don’t use the term “film” in theRead More

Deep Purple – Total Abandon: Australia '99 (2012)

Here’s where the Steve Morse edition of Deep Purple staked its claim to the band’s stirring history — and, in many ways, began to refashion it for a new age.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Band – The Last Waltz (1978)

Yesterday, I received a message from an old high school friend. We shared a lot of great times, but one of the greatest was the afternoon we spent at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, Maine, watching Martin Scorsese’s concert film The Last Waltz.