Archive for August, 2012

Desert Island Discs: One Hit Wonder Edition

By this estimation, the decade of the One Hit Wonder was the 1970s, as our panel of potentially stranded passengers voted for 18 tracks from that era to take along on their doomed trip.

Chick Corea and Gary Burton – Hot House (2012)

When Chick Corea and Gary Burton get together, as they have every year for the last forty years, it’s a communion of music masters that has no peers.

'You don't have to make an album anymore': Alan Parsons says no new projects in works

Though Alan Parsons recently took part in The Prog Collective, don’t look for a new full-length album under his own name anytime soon.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Highway Patrolman" (1982)

Unlike the “tough choices” that politicians claim to have to make (you know, the choices that don’t actually affect them in any direct way?), there are folks whose daily loves are shadowed by the forces that they can’t control

Tommy Bolin – The Ultimate Teaser (2012)

Arriving between stints with the James Gang, Billy Cobham and then Deep Purple, Teaser stands as the first, best testament to the roving genius that was doomed guitarist Tommy Bolin.

Bob Pressner – King of Nothing (2012)

Bob Pressner sings with a timeless, almost mythological passion — sorting through the promise and the disappointments of life with a knowing eye.

Art Pepper – Unreleased Vol. VII: Sankei Hall-Osaka Japan, November 18, 1980 (2012)

In November of 1980, things were going pretty well for Art Pepper. His newly published autobiography co-written with wife Laurie Straight Life had been receiving positive reviews

‘I try to be myself’: John Oates enjoys living and working in Nashville, but he’s not going country

Though John Oates has been a Nashville resident for some time now, you shouldn’t look for him in a ten-gallon hat on the cover of his next all-original solo release.

'Tom Petty kind of feel': Former Genesis frontman Ray Wilson at work on new solo album

Former Genesis frontman Ray Wilson is in the studio, putting the finishing touches on as many as a dozen tracks co-written by Peter Hoff, a producer and collaborator with Wilson’s band Stiltskin.

Inside the happenstance behind Jefferson Starship’s cool 1970s album covers: ‘Almost by accident’

Jefferson Starship, starting with 1973’s Dragonfly, issued a trio of well-received albums — each of them with an interlocking cover-image theme — first air, then water, then fire and then earth. Cool, right? Longtime leader Paul Kantner says it was essentially just a happy accident.

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