Archive for October, 2012

Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet – Stellar Pulsations (2012)

Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet – Stellar Pulsations (2012)

Since Rob Mazurek had jumped headlong into electro-acoustic jazz and generally positioning himself on the fringes of both jazz and rock, he’s rarely looked back at the straight post-bop of his early career, at least not so with the same approach.

Tired of “Stairway to Heaven”? Other recommended moments from upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues

Tired of “Stairway to Heaven”? Other recommended moments from upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues

Forget the reunion so many had hoped for when the surviving members of Led Zeppelin held a news conference recently. Turns out it was only to promote a new concert film. But, wait, there’s more

New Music Monday: Black Country Communion, Neil Young, Andrew Bird, Keith Emerson, Manu Katche

New Music Monday: Black Country Communion, Neil Young, Andrew Bird, Keith Emerson, Manu Katche

Neil Young returns with original music with Crazy Horse. Keith Emerson returns to the prog-rock glories of his time with Emerson Lake and Palmer. Black Country Communion, however, is busting up — but they left one last terrific album.

Forgotten series: The British North American Act  – In The Beginning … (1969)

Forgotten series: The British North American Act – In The Beginning … (1969)

No matter how obscure an album may be, it eventually gets reincarnated as a CD. The artifact we’re looking at this time around is the British North American Act’s In The Beginning…, which initially surfaced on the Now label in 1969

Nick Millevoi – In White Sky (2012)

Nick Millevoi – In White Sky (2012)

Nick Millevoi, the experimental guitarist of Many Arms fame, follows up last year’s solo 12-string guitar project Black Figure Of A Bird with another solo guitar album.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Working On The Highway” (1984)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Working On The Highway” (1984)

It started on The River, this fan divide concerning “Serious Bruce” vs. “Fun Bruce.” For some, tunes like Crush On You and I’m A Rocker are lower tier songs, to be looked upon with a barely-disguised sneer.

‘Still in construction phase': New Spock’s Beard project will include collaborations with Neal Morse

‘Still in construction phase': New Spock’s Beard project will include collaborations with Neal Morse

Spock’s Beard is one again at a crossroads. Roughly a decade after original frontman Neal Morse left, successor Nick D’Virgilio has also departed. Now, the group is once again embarking on a new project with a new singer.

‘Just wish he had good things to say when Ronnie was alive': Tim Owens rips into Vivian Campbell’s Dio project

‘Just wish he had good things to say when Ronnie was alive': Tim Owens rips into Vivian Campbell’s Dio project

When Tim “Ripper” Owens began fronting Dio Disciples in 2011, he says former Dio drummer Vinny Appice questioned the move. And, of course, everyone is aware of the vicious feud that unfolded after Vivian Campbell left the original Dio band.

‘Van Halen will always be his priority': Tremonti says Wolfgang isn’t leaving his dad’s band

‘Van Halen will always be his priority': Tremonti says Wolfgang isn’t leaving his dad’s band

Fans shouldn’t worry that Wolfgang Van Halen’s new spot in Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band means an end to Van Halen. Tremtoni says he’d like Wolfgang to stay, and they’ll work around any future commitments with his father’s group.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Snowbound” (1993)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Snowbound” (1993)

<<< BACKWARD (“Springtime”) ||| ONWARD (“Tomorrow’s Girls”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Like Simon & Garfunkel’s post-band breakup hit “My Little Town,” Steely Dan reconvened for a single, new original song with “Snowbound.”