Archive for August, 2012

One Track Mind: Dave Stewart featuring Orianthi, "Girl in a Catsuit" (2012)

There is a droning, strangely intoxicating groove to this song, like a reckless combining of a two-on-the-tongue night of acid and some grease-popping north Mississippi blues.

Forgotten series: The Leaves – Hey Joe (1993)

Although folk singer and future Quicksilver Messenger Service vocalist Dino Valenti is said to have composed “Hey Joe,” it was actually copyrighted by Billy Roberts.

Jefferson Starship – Tales from the Mothership (2012)

A star-stuffed stop by Jefferson Starship at the Roswell UFO Festival offers new insight into the legends of Jefferson Airplane, the Dead and CSN, as well — along with a powerful reminder of that era’s deep sense of musical community.

The Friday Morning Listen: Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age Of Wireless (1982)

A couple of mornings ago, me and one of my music nerd friends were having a good chuckle over the results of a recent scientific study, the distillation of which was published online at The Economist.

Something Else! sneak peak: Shemekia Copeland, "Lemon Pie" (2012)

In an election year, there are a lot of political issues being discussed, argued, spun and distorted.

'No further surgeries are needed': New health scare for Eddie Van Halen, but it's not cancer

Eddie Van Halen’s health has forced his band to postpone a scheduled swing through Japan in November, but the good news is: It’s not a return of his cancer.

Bob Mould – Silver Age (2012)

Silver Age is that rarest of Bob Mould records: An unadorned, primal rocker, all bloody-knuckled riffs and flinty attitude with little or no introspection, much less sentiment. That makes sense, in many ways.

Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance (2012)

Patterson Hood is an aspiring novelist, destined to someday become the next William Faulkner. Well, maybe; his day job often gets in the way of that.

The Wife – Bad Habits (2012)

Complex and brutally honest, Swedish band the Wife’s Bad Habits delineates the hard journey we all make through this world, yet finds a way in the end to make peace with its most difficult moments.

Books: Street Player: My Chicago Story, by Danny Seraphine (2010)

Danny Seraphine served as the drummer for Chicago from 1967 to 1990. He may not be one of the more famous drummers in rock ‘n roll history but he is definitely on the list of the most respected skin beaters of the classic rock era.