Archive for March 22nd, 2013

Sean Nowell – The Kung-Fu Masters (2013)

Sean Nowell is a name I remember from a couple of years ago when sizing up his last album Stockholm Swingin’ (2011), a snappy live encounter of solid, straight ahead jazz performed by both American and Swedish musicians in a small combo band.

After weeks in limbo, original Yes guitarist Peter Banks is finally cremated

After weeks in limbo, original Yes guitarist Peter Banks is finally cremated

Peter Banks, after an impressive, fan-driven campaign to raise funds, has been cremated in a private ceremony at north London’s Golders Green Crematorium.

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Jungleland,” Sydney (2013)

Back when I was writing my Jungleland entry for the Sparks Fly On E Street series, E Street Nation had yet to discover Bruce’s decision as to the replacement for long-time saxophonist and side-man Clarence Clemons.

‘Sh*t, I can still play; that’s good': As Fleetwood Mac reunites, Mick Fleetwood picks his favorite tracks

‘Sh*t, I can still play; that’s good': As Fleetwood Mac reunites, Mick Fleetwood picks his favorite tracks

For long-time drummer Mick Fleetwood, preparing another reunion set list for Fleetwood Mac is fairly straight forward. Any song, he says, will do — though Fleetwood admits a personal preference for the group’s uptempo songs.

‘Might as well!': David Lee Roth on the philosophy behind Van Halen’s 1984 hit ‘Jump’

‘Might as well!': David Lee Roth on the philosophy behind Van Halen’s 1984 hit ‘Jump’

You may have listened to “Jump,” Van Halen’s lone charttopping hit from 1984, without stopping to realize the deeper philosophical message laying just beneath the surface. David Lee Roth is here to help.

Books: The Beatle Who Vanished by Jim Berkenstadt (2013)

Just when you think no other aspect of Beatles history could possibly be overlooked, a book comes along revealing a little-known corner of their story.

One Track Mind: Steve Forbert, “Romeo’s Tune” from Jackrabbit Slim (1979; 2013 reissue)

There’s a moment in this song, when Steve Forbert sings “sneak on out beneath the stars and run,” that meant everything to me when this song was new. A whole world, a world far away, lived inside that one line

The Friday Morning Listen: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (2013)

You know, it was kind of fun cracking wise about all of those boy bands. The music was disposable (and made to be so), the hair was perfect, and so were the dance moves. They all used the same production software.