Archive for December 7th, 2012

‘We take our influences from different things’: Eric Singer explains impact of the Beatles, Journey on Kiss’ Monster

‘We take our influences from different things’: Eric Singer explains impact of the Beatles, Journey on Kiss’ Monster

Your average rock fan might put on Kiss’ new album Monster, and specifically the track “Outta This World, and fail to hear how the Beatles and Journey impacted the band.

‘It’s a strange thing’: Greg Lake is still not over Kanye West’s sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’

‘It’s a strange thing’: Greg Lake is still not over Kanye West’s sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’

Greg Lake marvels at how current “21st Century Schizoid Man,” recorded during his co-founding stint with King Crimson in 1969, continues to sound some four decades later. So much so, in fact, that it was sampled by Kanye West.

‘That was the gotcha moment for me’: Peter Frampton remembers his first experience with the talk box

‘That was the gotcha moment for me’: Peter Frampton remembers his first experience with the talk box

Peter Frampton’s famous talk box is back in a big way, found everywhere from his new FCA! 35 Tour release to that funny commercial for Geico auto insurance. But where did he first hear this unusual device?

‘It might take people to the wrong areas’: Geoff Downes on what happens when you search for ‘Asia XXX’

‘It might take people to the wrong areas’: Geoff Downes on what happens when you search for ‘Asia XXX’

Whether it was intended or not, Asia did much to thwart internet piracy by naming its new album XXX.

Deep Cuts: John Lennon’s ‘I Found Out,’ ‘I’m Losing You,’ ‘Out the Blue,’ others

Deep Cuts: John Lennon’s ‘I Found Out,’ ‘I’m Losing You,’ ‘Out the Blue,’ others

As the anniversary of John Lennon’s vicious murder looms on December 8, 2012, we didn’t return to his best-known hits — after all, there’ll be plenty of “Imagine,” “Watching the Wheels,” “#9 Dream” and Beatles favorites to go around.

On Second Thought: The Turtles – Solid Zinc (2002)

Scads of Turtles anthologies are available, but there’s no question this packet ranks as the finest of the fleet. A two-disc collection, Solid Zinc features all the Los Angeles band’s best known songs

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Albums for 2012, Part 3 of 4: Whack Jazz

<<< Part Two, Mainstream and Modern Jazz ||| Part 4, Fusion Jazz >>> In continuing with a long-held tradition, I’ve parsed out the jazz that goes avant-garde from the more conventional stuff.

The Friday Morning Listen: Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny – Beyond The Missouri Sky (1997)

Me and TheWife™ have busted outa town for a long weekend. It’s our 14th anniversary and we are ensconced in one of our favorite inns in the far north of New Hampshire.