Archive for July 1st, 2012

Steely Dan Sunday, “True Companion” (1981)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** On June 21, 1981, Steely Dan had announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus, a culmination of the headaches and tragedies that coincided with the making of Gaucho.

Human Spirit – Dialogue: Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival (2012)

Human Spirit, a newly named Seattle-based jazz group with a lengthy history, offers an old-fashioned guest star-packed blowing session on Dialogue, recorded live at Tula’s Jazz Club

Forgotten series: Bohemian Vendetta – Enough (1998)

Formed in 1966, this Long Island, New York band was born right on the cusp of the burgeoning psychedelic scene, and their razzle dazzle music reflects such an environment.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007)

The Dap-Kings may not be a household name, but you likely already know them: They backed the late soul diva Amy Winehouse on her tremendously successful “Rehab” from Back to Black — which, of course, was way better than just “Rehab.” Like Motown’s Funk Brothers, who backed pretty much everyone on the label in the ’60s, the Dap-Kings have sinceRead More

Best of June 2012: Reader picks include Rush, Little Feat, Norah Jones, John Wetton and Asia

How’s this for all over the map?: Our readers pushed Rush, Michael Jackson, Norah Jones and Little Feat into the monthly Top 10 for June 2012. Dude, that map is in tatters.

One Track Mind: Metallica, “Escape” (1984)

The decision to play 1984’s Ride the Lightning in its entirety last weekend for their inaugural Orion Music and More Festival brought a historic moment for Metallica. It intrigued me so much that I tuned in to Fuse TV’s live stream