Archive for December, 2012

Ridin’ out 2012 with Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Ridin’ out 2012 with Neil Young and Crazy Horse

With the exception of Fridays and the holidays, I don’t normally put on music based on the situation. But as 2012 drew to a close, I found myself listening to Neil Young’s Psychedelic Pill quite often, probably every couple of days. And why was that?

‘I haven’t put it in the oven yet': Ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson still at work on long-awaited Olias sequel

‘I haven’t put it in the oven yet': Ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson still at work on long-awaited Olias sequel

Jon Anderson isn’t fronting Yes anymore — but he isn’t slowing down either. Upcoming projects include a sequel to his solo debut as well as a collaboration with Rickie Lee Jones sideman Jeff Pevar.

‘We’ll see what we shall see': Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page isn’t saying much about promised new solo album

‘We’ll see what we shall see': Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page isn’t saying much about promised new solo album

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6zYf33Yi9E&w=500&h=305] Don’t expect to get a whole lotta details from Jimmy Page on his long-awaited new solo album, scheduled for release sometime in 2013. The Led Zeppelin legend insists that saying too much only sets up false impressions.

A ‘Super Terrific New Year’s Eve Dance Party Spectacular’ with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

A ‘Super Terrific New Year’s Eve Dance Party Spectacular’ with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCuRmUpou1o&w=500&h=305] Only Van Halen’s David Lee Roth could put on a New Year’s gala this gloriously weird.

‘The major rip-off of all time': The Police’s Andy Summers is still fuming over Puff Daddy sample

‘The major rip-off of all time': The Police’s Andy Summers is still fuming over Puff Daddy sample

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyAcS6ajrKQ&w=500&h=355] Imagine guitarist Andy Summers’ surprise when he heard his iconic riff from the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” for the first time as part of a Puff Daddy song — on his kid’s radio.

Deep Cuts: Ringo Starr’s ‘She’s About a Mover,’ ‘Harry’s Song,’ ‘King of Broken Hearts,’ others

Deep Cuts: Ringo Starr’s ‘She’s About a Mover,’ ‘Harry’s Song,’ ‘King of Broken Hearts,’ others

Affably difficult to dislike, yet seldom transcendent as a solo artist, Ringo Starr would become the only ex-Beatle who failed to earn an individual chart-topper in his native Britain. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden moments to enjoy.

One Track Mind: Lincoln Street Exit, “The Bummer”/”Sunny Sunday Dream” (1967)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSj7Km3YH8&w=385&h=280] Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lincoln Street Exit encountered a wealth of local popularity during the freak years.

Ratchet Orchestra – Hemlock (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk7NPU9jF3E&w=420&h=315] Jazz performed by large orchestras make up a big, important part of the history of jazz but the kind of big bands that get me fired up the most are ones who break from convention and behave like a rowdy, small band.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Ain’t Got You” (1987)

This isn’t going to be pretty. It will, however, be honest… It’s not in my nature to just toss up my hands at a challenge, which is what I almost did when presented with the twelve songs of Tunnel Of Love.

Notable 2012 deaths in music: Dave Brubeck, Dick Clark, Don Cornelius, Levon Helm, Jon Lord

Notable 2012 deaths in music: Dave Brubeck, Dick Clark, Don Cornelius, Levon Helm, Jon Lord

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOi0tC00Luc&w=500&h=305] We stop today to remember those who left the world of music in 2012, from Dave Brubeck and Dick Clark to Levon Helm and Ronnie Montrose.