Archive for July, 2012

One Track Mind: Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy, "Deep, Deep Down" (2012)

Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli might be ensconced in the downtown New York improvised music scene, but he can’t help but to continue to view American culture from the distance of the Atlantic Ocean.

Gimme Five: Songs where Genesis, well, sucked

There was the Peter Gabriel era, the Phil Collins-led edition, and then that Ray Wilson album. We’re not getting into which one was better — only when Genesis didn’t quite live up to our expectations.

Melvin Taylor – Beyond The Burning Guitar (2010, 2012 reissue)

About a dozen or so years ago when I first came across the impossibly great blues guitarist Melvin Taylor, I noticed how much his guitar playing owes to jazz and particularly George Benson

Desert Island Discs: Live Album Edition

Only perhaps on this site could we query folks for Desert Island Live Discs, and find a six-way tie among the responses between the Who, Bill Evans, Little Feat, Kiss, Warren Zevon and the Talking Heads.

Fred's Country Fried Rock: Fifth on the Floor, “Distant Memory Lane” (2010)

One of the very first installments of Country Fried Rock that I wrote was on Fifth on the Floor’s “The Fall.” The Southern soul tune remains my favorite by the band, but this ballad is a very, very close second.

Avi Granite’s Verse – Snow Umbrellas (2012)

Born in Toronto, living in Brooklyn (where, it seems, all the good musicians aspire to call home), jazz guitar specialist Avi Granite has recently put forth Snow Umbrellas.

Pat Travers – Blues on Fire (2012)

You wonder if Blind Lemon Jefferson saw anything like this coming: A set of double-barrelled, perfectly titled blues-rock (emphasis on the “rock”) reworkings of classic 1920s blues with brawny sense of modern menace.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Jungleland in Gothenburg" (2012)

Yes, “Atlantic City” was next, but E Street Nation had a special moment in Gothenburg, Sweden the night before last and I just couldn’t let that moment pass.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Maxine" (1982)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** We all like to think that Steely Dan’s music is distinguished by sly lyrics, complex harmonies, elite musicianship and sharp production. While those attributes might be found in nearly every Steely Dan song, the most instantly recognizable feature is not any of those things.

Tony Savarino – Guitaresque (2012)

This is music made for summer, for never-ending afternoon dreamscapes followed by brilliant bursts of color as the sun dives behind the dunes.