Archive for September 3rd, 2012

'We avoided the pitfalls that have plagued him': ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on working with Rick Rubin

Though ZZ Top now says they’re thrilled with the results on the forthcoming new longplayer La Futura, they admit that it wasn’t always smooth sailing with eccentric producer Rick Rubin.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "State Trooper" (1982)

I’ve always loved the tension that builds up in this little ticking bomb of a song. The sparse yet insistent guitar, the unhinged shouts and howls, and a man carrying that one secret that’s been with him for a long, long time

Dan Meinhardt – Gone West (2012)

I’ve found that young jazz musicians — the more ambitious ones, at least — like to hit the ground running and start establishing their foothold in the jazz world as soon as they’re wrapping up their advanced studies

Drew Paralic – Wintertime Tunes (2012)

A scalding summer hasn’t delivered us from its convection heat, though it has brought this crisp set of jazz tunes focusing on snow-covered, shiver-inducing themes. Wintertime Tunes blows in like fall’s first northerly breeze.