Archive for June 29th, 2012

Cancer returns for celebrated soul singer Curtis Salgado; lung surgery planned

Award-winning soul blues singer/harmonica master Curtis Salgado will undergo surgery on July 18 in Portland, Oregon, to remove a cancerous growth from his lung

Half Notes: The Offspring – Days Go By (2012)

I haven’t thought about The Offspring in quite a few years, but when their latest record landed on my desk this week, I had to give it a try for old times’ sake.

Pink Floyd – The Story Of 'Wish You Were Here' (2012)

It is both interesting and somewhat telling that Eagle Rock’s Pink Floyd documentary The Story Of Wish You Were Here both begins and ends with footage of the band performing “Wish You Were Here”

Oh! My BlackBird – Dare Me (2012)

The cello-driven folk of Dare Me delights not just because of its offbeat instrumentation, but also in the way that it plays with dichotomies, with shadows and light, both musically and lyrically.

S. Victor Aaron’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012, Part 4 of 4: Fusion Jazz

And now for the final installment of my first-ever, mid-year assessment of what are the best records we’ve covered here on SER. This time, we survey that murky hybrid world called “fusion jazz.”

Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project – Centennial (2012)

Even the most noble of tribute efforts can be sunk by a maudlin sense of care, the feeling that the great works being presented are sacrosanct — rather than living, malleable pieces of art. This album deftly avoids those mistakes.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA (1984)

Maybe it’s just me but I’m getting sort of tired of the steady stream of articles and books that attempt to apply scientific analysis to our perception of music.