Archive for August 20th, 2012

New Music Monday: Kelly Joe Phelps, Kiss, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Scrapomatic

This week’s roundup of New Music Monday items is topped by Kelly Joe Phelps, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ry Cooder and Scrapomatic. There are interesting reissues and live dates to discuss, too

Florian Weber – Biosphere (2012)

Typically if you want to find the truly forward-thinking jazz pianist these days, you have to go out to whack jazz, where you’ll find visionaries like Matthew Shipp.

Kiss – Destroyer: Resurrected (1976; 2012 reissue)

The promise, both fulfilled and completely missed, on Kiss’ 1976 release Destroyer can be heard inside the Gene Simmons vehicle “God of Thunder.”

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Johnny 99" (1982)

When I first heard “Johnny 99,” it was the driving, almost rockabilly bent to Bruce’s guitar that drew me in.