Archive for January 12th, 2013

‘Like a rhythmic party': For Jordan Rudess, new drummer is most exciting development with Dream Theater

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28MmnThlYOo&w=500&h=305] Since Dream Theater released 2011’s celebrated A Dramatic Turn of Events, the group has earned its first Grammy nod — for the song “On the Backs of Angels.” But that’s not what excites Jordan Rudess the most.

‘Something wonderful will take place': David Coverdale says Jon Lord’s passing could spark Deep Purple reunion

‘Something wonderful will take place': David Coverdale says Jon Lord’s passing could spark Deep Purple reunion

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ak12PBrTuw&w=500&h=305] In a moving farewell to his former bandmate in Deep Purple, David Coverdale says the terrible loss of founding keyboardist Jon Lord just might serve as the spark the band needs to get back together.

‘Nonsense from the beginning': Dennis DeYoung furiously debates whether Styx is ‘corporate rock’

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-seebMbckw&w=500&h=305] Corporate rock? Who you calling corporate rock? Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung, speaking to In the Studio, fires back at the old pejorative hurled Styx’s way after they began racking up platinum sales in the late 1970s.

Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee – Heels over Head (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N77v19MMWCc&w=500&h=305] For those looking for more of Billy Martin’s well-established sound as part of the next-gen jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood, this new title is likely perfectly named. Turns out Martin has long had a passion for New Orleans street music.

Erin McKeown – Manifestra (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I07zXXtc-d0&w=500&h=305] Though she has dabbled in everything from rock to jazz to pop, Eric McKeown’s new album — in a move perhaps indicative of the times — focuses on folky, protest songs. Not that there aren’t a few fun flourishes along the way.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Slippery Rock (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuxpYZDQLnk&w=420&h=315] I like Mostly Other People Do The Killing (heretofore referred to as MOPDTK) because they’re merry musical marksmen, top drawer jazz musicians who shoot down every style they suggest. But I don’t know how many other people can dig this.

Newsted – Metal (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fuFthydoJ4&w=500&h=305] Since leaving Metallica, Jason Newsted’s record hasn’t exactly backed up statements that he was into heavier music and how things might have changed during the dark period of Load and Re-Load if the bassist had more input.