Archive for July 22nd, 2012

Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh lights up Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm fundraiser taking off

Phil Lesh, the legendary bassist with the Grateful Dead, opened an emotional Saturday night performance at the late Levon Helm’s studio with “Cumberland Blues.”

Ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson plans sequel to epic "Open," with new album this summer

Jon Anderson, having just completed a lengthy American solo tour and with more shows to come in South America, is creating a similarly brisk pace — four years after he split with Yes

'We wanted to Police-ify it': Stewart Copeland on "Every Little Thing," "Murder by Numbers" and "Message in a Bottle"

Stewart Copeland takes readers inside the studio for a trio of key Police cuts, revealing the struggles the band had to get its sound right, and the overdubs that made one song all but impossible to replicate.

Steely Dan Sunday” “Ruby Baby” (1982)

Steely Dan Sunday” “Ruby Baby” (1982)

For only the second — and last — time in this series, we’re discussing a cover song. When Fagen decided to theme an album on “certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late ’50s and early ’60s,” he could have easily filled it withRead More

Bill Cantrall – Live at the Kitano (2012)

Trombonist Bill Cantrall’s new concert recording gets going fast, with a hard-blowing track called “BBM” that will have you recalling those primary-colored Blue Note sides by Art Blakey and Horace Silver.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Going to a Go-Go/ Away We a Go-Go (1965-66)

No wonder they’re called the Miracles. Toting tunes capable of moving mountains, stopping wars, healing the sick, raising the dead and turning water to wine, the Detroit, Michigan group chalked up a couple of dozen Top 40 hit singles

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Forty Fort (2010)

Frank Zappa brought the question up — “does humor belong in music?” — after many years of providing the answer every time he took out his black dot-writing pen or stepped onto the stage.