Archive for June 3rd, 2012

Steely Dan Sunday, “Time Out of Mind” (1980)

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen dug “Sultans Of Swing” like the rest of us did when this first Dire Straits hit was making hay on the radio in 1979. It was beginning with this song where Mark Knopfler made fancy fingerpicking — by way of Chet Atkins — cool again in rock music.

The Chocolate Watch Band – No Way Out (1967, 2012 reissue)

For a spell there, the Chocolate Watch Band was remembered more for their loony name than their music. Although they were a popular live act in and around their stomping grounds of San Jose, California, their records stiffed, naturally limiting their profile. By the time the 70’s arrived, the Chocolate Watch Band were all but a dim memory until aRead More

Half Notes: Floratone – Floratone (2007)

A collaboration between jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Matt Chamberlain, it must have seemed pretty straight-forward upon first inspection

Peter J. Martin – Waltz for the Wicked (2012)

Australian guitarist Peter J. Martin is a player of enormous technical capability but also much lyrical strength, twin talents that make Waltz for the Wicked a deeply listenable adventure.

Greg Brown – Honey in the Lion's Head (2004)

I’ve never met Greg Brown (though I did once see my mom, all five feet and seventy-something years of her, run up to him to shake his hand after a show) …