Archive for March 12th, 2013

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “Sail On Sailor” (1972)

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “Sail On Sailor” (1972)

I still wonder what might have been. After all, Blondie Chaplin’s early-1970s tenure marked a seismic change, both visually and musically for the Beach Boys — who saw their lineup integrated and their sound given a sharp new edge.

‘Lead, bass, drums and howling at the moon’: Van Halen’s return has David Lee Roth all amped up

‘Lead, bass, drums and howling at the moon’: Van Halen’s return has David Lee Roth all amped up

Outside of a few pick up dates in the U.S., which David Lee Roth attributes to filling in when somebody else dropped out, Van Halen is going to focus on dates outside of the U.S. in 2013.

Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet – Wislawa (2013)

The Penguin Guide to Jazz On CD (Fourth Ed., Cook and Morton) opined back in the 90s that the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is an artist first and foremost and a musician second, asserting that “he is a man whose imagination is fired as much by words…as by music.”

‘A possibility of flying apart at any moment’: For Pete Townshend, it’s a wonder the Who is still here

‘A possibility of flying apart at any moment’: For Pete Townshend, it’s a wonder the Who is still here

Even as the Who announced the final dates of their sold-out Quadrophenia and More tour across the UK, Pete Townshend can’t help but marvel that they’re still together at all. And not just because they’ve lost two members.

Vo-Duo – Nou La (2013)

To commence Nou La, Vo-Duo sends blessings to the sacred heart of the Asoto drum, to the spirits and finally to the listeners. This modest, exquisite acapella piece, called “Bonjou,” foretells the loveliness and sanctity to come.

Southern Hospitality – Easy Livin’ (2013)

One part Allman Brothers, one part Levon Helm, and one part Howlin’ Wolf, Southern Hospitality is a jam band, a blues band, and a roots band — sometimes all inside of one knee-slapping throwback tune.

Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks (1947-2013): An Appreciation

Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks (1947-2013): An Appreciation

Peter Banks, original guitarist for progressive rock legends Yes, has passed away, confirms former band member Billy Sherwood. Banks, 65, played on the first two albums by Yes, suggested the name and even created the band’s first logo.