Archive for October, 2012

One Track Mind: Fabienne Delsol, “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (2007)

One Track Mind: Fabienne Delsol, “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (2007)

What a dynamite single from the lovely Fabienne Delsol. Although it was formatted by Damaged Goods Records as an A and B side release, I view this single as a double A-side. Both songs are that strong.

Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (2012)

Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (2012)

Maybe it’s a longing for simpler, better times, but I’ve found myself listening to a lot of 1980s-influenced hard rock lately, both comebacks from bands of the era and newer acts that play the style.

‘I’m enjoying music as much as I ever have': Yes’ Chris Squire isn’t close to slowing down

‘I’m enjoying music as much as I ever have': Yes’ Chris Squire isn’t close to slowing down

Chris Squire’s old bandmate in Yes, drummer Bill Bruford, retired from music in 2009. Don’t look for the tireless bassist to go gently into that good night any time soon.

Black Country Communion – Afterglow (2012)

Black Country Communion – Afterglow (2012)

The pity of it, really, is how perfectly named this album is. See Afterglow, a thunderous delight, arrives just as Black Country Communion appears to be falling apart. It’s a shame.

‘The band were actually watching Mary Poppins': Engineer Alan Parsons hilarious take on the Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz phenonenon

‘The band were actually watching Mary Poppins': Engineer Alan Parsons hilarious take on the Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz phenonenon

Count Alan Parsons, engineer on Pink Floyd’s legendary Dark Side of the Moon, as another in the long line of skeptics when it comes to syncing the album up with “The Wizard of Oz.”

Forgotten series: The Fleur de Lys, the Nocturnes, others – Rare Mod, Volume 2 (2009)

Forgotten series: The Fleur de Lys, the Nocturnes, others – Rare Mod, Volume 2 (2009)

With the subtitle that reads “A Second Volume of ’60s Underground Rhythm n’ Blues, Psych & Soul,” this compilation of rare and hard-to-find mod tunes offers surprises from the familiar to the obscure.

‘There’s the old retiree': Steve Hackett’s game, but something else is holding up a Genesis reunion

‘There’s the old retiree': Steve Hackett’s game, but something else is holding up a Genesis reunion

In the wake of issuing his new Genesis Revisited II project, Steve Hackett has inevitably been asked about getting back together with his old bandmates. He’s not the one, unfortunately, that’s holding up such a reunion.

One Track Mind: Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle (featuring Chris Turner), “Electric Ladyland” (2012)

One Track Mind: Jesse Fischer and Soul Cycle (featuring Chris Turner), “Electric Ladyland” (2012)

What if Jimi Hendrix had not passed in 1970 and went on to re-work the title track from his 1968 opus Electric Ladyland in 1977?

Louisiana Red – When My Mama Was Living (2012)

Louisiana Red – When My Mama Was Living (2012)

Louisiana Red had a life story that could only have belonged to an itinerant bluesman — from the interesting (he was born not in Louisiana, but in Bessemer, Ala.) to the horrowing (his mother died not long after giving birth, and his father was lynched by the KKK).

‘Things have changed for us': Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod just part of the growing buzz around Rush

‘Things have changed for us': Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod just part of the growing buzz around Rush

Rush was already becoming something of a next-gen cultural phenomenon, even before its recent nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.