Archive for July 2nd, 2012

Neneh Cherry and The Thing – The Cherry Thing (2012)

Though there’s a long jazz tradition of puttin’ the swing on pop songs, the phenomenon is far less common in the hip-hop world. That’s not to say that there haven’t been successes

New Music Monday: Asia, Shorty Rogers, Marillion and a gold-plated Bob Dylan

Asia’s return-to-form release from its original superstar lineup highlights a week that also includes new live and studio stuff from Icarus Witch, Jefferson Starship, Marillion and Nile

On Second Thought: Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of the Seventh Son (1988)

There’s no simple way to put it: Iron Maiden is a huge part of my musical life. I found them — they found me, maybe — in that sweet spot in every heavy metal fan’s life

Fred's Country Fried Rock: Earl Dibbles Jr., “The Country Boy Song” (2012)

Unlike several of the country music bloggers that I enjoy reading regularly, I don’t consider myself a crusader against pop country. I don’t care for it, and if I mention it, it’s usually some snide comment

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "The Price You Pay" (1980)

“Why does Bruce neglect this song?” The sentiment has been expressed many, many times on various E Street messages boards over the years.