Archive for September, 2012

Desert Island Discs: Greatest Hits Edition

For some bands, it’s all about the albums. For others, though, it’s all about the songs — and you’ll need a handful of best-of sets, too, for your fateful trip to this isolated desert isle.

One Track Mind: Neal Morse, "Momentum" (2012)

Former Spock’s Beard frontman Neal Morse doesn’t just return to solo mainstream prog rock on the title track from his new album, he dives headlong into the genre’s most familiar sounds

Capital City Rockets – Capital City Rockets (1973; 2010 reissue)

This Ohio band announced the return of Jamie Lyons, former lead singer of the Music Explosion, who scored a giant hit with “A Little Bit O’ Fun” in 1967. Future Godz bassist Eric Moore was another noted member of Capital City Rockets.

Carl Weingarten – Panomorphia (2012)

I’m often amazed at the technique displayed by some of the world’s finest guitarists, but over time, I’ve also come to appreciate the sounds wrung from a guitar by some of the more out-of-the-box practitioners of the instrument.

'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.

'I'm not just this tribute singer': Long-time fan Jon Davison thrilled to put his stamp on Yes

Jon Davison says he got tremendously positive feedback from Yes fans during a summer tour, with many praising him for echoing the band’s past triumphs even as Davison makes his own distinctive contributions.

Paul Stanley on why Kiss will never use outside writers again: ‘Completely self contained’

Paul Stanley on why Kiss will never use outside writers again: ‘Completely self contained’

Paul Stanley said he put his foot down after assuming producer duties for Kiss’ 2012 studio album ‘Monster.’