Archive for January 9th, 2013

‘He was unsure of himself’: Jack Douglas remembers tentative return by the Beatles’ John Lennon in 1980

‘He was unsure of himself’: Jack Douglas remembers tentative return by the Beatles’ John Lennon in 1980

Jack Douglas, who produced the final album issued in John Lennon’s lifetime, says the former Beatles star was so nervous about returning to music in 1980 that he initially had Douglas rehearse a band without him.

‘Ideas, emotions, energy and honesty’: Steve Hackett explores the strengths of early Genesis

‘Ideas, emotions, energy and honesty’: Steve Hackett explores the strengths of early Genesis

Steve Hackett, who played guitar for Genesis over the bulk of the 1970s, makes no bones about it: He prefers the band’s early era. That’s been made clear over a pair of Revisited projects. He’s also planning a tour focused on that time.

Something Else! Interview: Co-founding Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty

Something Else! Interview: Co-founding Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty

Drummer Jim McCarty, who has participated in all of the Yardbirds’ many Rock and Roll Hall of Fame incarnations, talks about a line of guitarists from the Surrey area that stretches back to their 1960s heyday.

The Love Machine – Electronic Music To Blow Your Mind By!!!; Flower Power Sitar – Rajput and The Sepoy Mutiny (2013)

Paired now as a single disc by Gear Fab Records, these albums were initially pressed on the Design label in 1968 and 1967 respectively.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Wilco and Calexico, Nov. 20, 2004

Tempe, Arizona: Wilco brought its amazing conglomerate of musicians to Tempe’s Marquee Theatre in support of the terrific A ghost is born, with the equally talented, although unfairly publicly ignored opening act Calexico.

Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak (2013)

Amazon.com Widgets When discussing the release his last album Samdhi, saxophone extraordinaire Rudresh Mahanthappa described his music as “a place where Western elements and Indian elements can mingle very easily and very freely and results in something that, hopefully, hadn’t been heard before.”

Joan Osborne – Bring It On Home (2012)

Joan Osborne – Bring It On Home (2012)

If you last heard one-hit-wonder Joan Osborne doing “One of Us” in the 1990s, a turn to the blues likely comes as a shock. But time has weathered her voice in the best of ways, and her abiding passion for these soulful sides did the rest.