Archive for February 26th, 2013

‘Really good, deep and spiritual’: Billy Sherwood boldly goes into new album with Star Trek’s William Shatner

‘Really good, deep and spiritual’: Billy Sherwood boldly goes into new album with Star Trek’s William Shatner

Billy Sherwood has been beamed on board for the newest album from swashbuckling Star Trek star James T. Kirk — er, William Shatner. Sherwood says he is providing the music, while Shatner writes the lyrics.

Keith Jarrett – Hymns, Spheres (1976, 2013 reissue)

Keith Jarrett – Hymns, Spheres (1976, 2013 reissue)

Keith Jarrett famously declared he was leaving behind contemporary electric music not long after leaving Miles Davis’ touring band in 1972 but that self-imposed restriction didn’t stop him from making some of the most unique, creative, and yes, even modern records by a jazz musician during the 70s.

‘I’m so proud of what Lou and I achieved’: Foreigner’s Mick Jones, Lou Gramm to reunite for first time in decade

‘I’m so proud of what Lou and I achieved’: Foreigner’s Mick Jones, Lou Gramm to reunite for first time in decade

Foreigner’s Mick Jones will reunite with the band’s original frontman Lou Gramm for the first time since 2003. The occasion: Their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13, 2013.

Something Else! Interview: Steven Wilson on classic ’70s sounds, prog’s rebirth and his amazing new album

Something Else! Interview: Steven Wilson on classic ’70s sounds, prog’s rebirth and his amazing new album

When neo-progger Steven Wilson says he loves the texture and scope of music from the 1970s, he doesn’t just mean classic recordings by the likes of King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. He means all of it — ABBA, jazz, the Bee Gees, all of it.

Read my lips!: The sing-along history of lip-syncing, from Soundies to Milli Vanilli to Beyoncé

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Memorex ran a popular ad campaign for their blank cassette tapes, asking “is it live, or is it Memorex?” Memorex tapes may be long gone, but the question has taken on new significance.

Ches Smith and These Arches – Hammered (2013)

Ches Smith’s These Arches boasts a line-up so powerful I had to check the statute books to see if this grouping was even legal.

Almost Hits: The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)

Almost Hits: The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset” (1967)

I would’ve thought there was enough of a melancholic beauty and universal appeal to the 1967 Kinks’ classic “Waterloo Sunset” that it would have transcended any Anglocentric provincialism