Archive for April 4th, 2013

Thurston Moore and Loren Connors – The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through (2013)

The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through begins like a train grinding to a sparks-throwing stop — except it never stops. It just keeps throwing sparks, keeps getting louder, and brighter, and closer.

Something Else! sneak peek: Album art and a monster riff from Black Sabbath’s upcoming 13

To paraphrase Ozzy Osbourne, who whines with a dark menace on this preview video, there’s “no where to hide” from this monster riff as Black Sabbath offers a short preview of its forthcoming reunion project.

Something Else! Interview: Billy Martin of Wicked Knee, and Medeski Martin and Wood

Something Else! Interview: Billy Martin of Wicked Knee, and Medeski Martin and Wood

Accomplished musical alchemist Billy Martin has taken an opportunity away from Medeski Martin and Wood to rekindle an idea he had years ago — combining ragtime and funk with trumpeter Steven Bernstein.

‘A slightly new direction’: Strings had impact on new album from ex-Genesis frontman Ray Wilson

‘A slightly new direction’: Strings had impact on new album from ex-Genesis frontman Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson is, of course, best known for his work with Genesis — having fronted the band for its final studio release in 1997. He’ll also appear with Steve Hackett on the guitarist’s Genesis Revisited tour.

Thieves’ Kitchen – One For Sorrow, Two For Joy (2013)

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy is the fifth record by UK/Swedish progateers Thieves’ Kitchen, a band that’s been around since ’99 but hadn’t gotten perhaps the notice here in the States they’ve enjoyed in their local European environs. Here’s a strong bid for wider recognition.

Something Else! sneak peek: Chicago, “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know” and “Watching All the Colors” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Chicago, “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know” and “Watching All the Colors” (2013)

Proof positive that Chicago is, at long last, working on some new music arrives via streams of two songs — still in demo form. In fact, these rough cuts don’t even have the band’s fabled horn section yet.

Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, “Never Give Up” (2013): One Track Mind

Ben Gibbard doesn’t have the market cornered on elegiac piano-driven balladry. Turns out Chris Walla, his long-time bandmate in Death Cab for Cutie, is issuing just such a ruminative bit of melancholy for Record Store Day.