Archive for November, 2012

Serapicos – Serapicos is a Town (2012)

Gabriel Serapicos sounds like what would happen if the Magnetic Fields starred in a film by Wes Anderson. But even that’s not completely right.

‘They’ve just gone and f–ed it up completely!!!’: Peter Frampton had a Facebook meltdown last night

‘They’ve just gone and f–ed it up completely!!!’: Peter Frampton had a Facebook meltdown last night

We’ve all struggled to get something to post to Facebook. Same thing happened to Peter Frampton overnight. Unlike us, however, he has more than 640,000 followers, and they got a front-row seat for the online rant that followed.

‘Not only a mentor, but a friend’: Former collaborators remember late guitar hero Ronnie Montrose

‘Not only a mentor, but a friend’: Former collaborators remember late guitar hero Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose would have been 65 on November 29, 2012, and former musical collaborators like Marc Bonilla say this first birthday without him is going to be particularly hard.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mort Weiss, “The Touch Of Your Lips” (2012)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mort Weiss, “The Touch Of Your Lips” (2012)

Mort Weiss, the old-school bop clarinet player with youthful exuberance and energy, had just this month banged out his tenth album since 2001, I’ll Be Seeing You.

On Second Thought: Grand Funk Railroad – Good Singin’ Good Playin’ (1976)

Rising from the ashes of Terry Knight and the Pack, a Flint, Michigan-based band that cut a string of singles and two full-length albums worth hunting down, Grand Funk Railroad was one of the hottest acts of the early 1970s.

One Track Mind: Eric Clapton, “Looking at the Rain” (2012)

One Track Mind: Eric Clapton, “Looking at the Rain” (2012)

A newly unearthed Eric Clapton track, to be included in a lavish 35th anniversary reissue of Slowhand, finds the guitarist offering his own quietly weary take on a Gordon Lightfoot deep cut.

Something Else! sneak peek: Richard Thompson, “Good Things Happen To Bad People” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Richard Thompson, “Good Things Happen To Bad People” (2013)

“Good Things Happen to Bad People,” the guitar-stoked advance song from Richard Thompson’s forthcoming long-player Electric, finds him bellowing with a bracing vigor. There’s a knife’s edge to both his singing and his playing.

‘Why should your name come first?’: Keith Emerson on the beginnings of Emerson Lake and Palmer

‘Why should your name come first?’: Keith Emerson on the beginnings of Emerson Lake and Palmer

Keith Emerson, who has just released a stirring orchestral-rock album called Three Fates Project, returns to the earliest days of his star-making stint with Emerson Lake and Palmer in a new interview.

‘I look at it with humility’: Ian Gillan still absorbing Deep Purple’s Hall of Fame nomination

‘I look at it with humility’: Ian Gillan still absorbing Deep Purple’s Hall of Fame nomination

This fall’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination for Deep Purple, perhaps best known for its 1973 hit “Smoke on the Water, hasn’t quite sunk in for long-time frontman Ian Gillan.

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

On this particular island, there will be sun and sand – but nary an original artist.