Archive for April 19th, 2013

One Track Mind: Lifesigns, “Telephone” from Lifesigns (2013)

The soon-to-be-released Lifesigns single “Telephone” is perhaps the best example of how the group’s previous lives in prog and pop can coalesce into a listenable, yet still challenging, amalgam of both.

‘It’s pretty cool’: Healthy again, Timothy B. Schmit celebrates return to the road with Eagles

‘It’s pretty cool’: Healthy again, Timothy B. Schmit celebrates return to the road with Eagles

As the Eagles get set for a summer tour, Timothy B. Schmit can’t help but wonder at it all. Just months after a sudden bout with cancer, the honey-voiced bassist has made a stirring recovery.

Del Shannon – Home and Away (1967; 2012 reissue)

This was an ambitious album for both Del Shannon, and for producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The goal was to make a UK Pet Sounds of sorts, with Del in the guise of Brian Wilson — but the album was shelved by Del’s record label Liberty Records

One Track Mind: Anthony Branker and Word Play, “Let’s Conversate!” from Uppity (2013)

Anthony Branker plays no instruments on his latest record Uppity. Actually, he’s never performed on any of his six releases, so I can’t discuss what a great instrumentalist or vocalist he is.

Skid Row – United World Rebellion, Chapter One EP (2013)

Skid Row – United World Rebellion, Chapter One EP (2013)

After a very uneven first album with new singer Johnny Solinger and a second album that was full of jokey novelty tunes, I didn’t hold out much hope for the future of Skid Row. Until now.

The Friday Morning Listen: Elvis Costello – The Juliet Letters (1993)

I was pretty much off the media grid on Monday when the bombs exploded in Boston. I had the day off and was in the middle of a viewing of Louis Malle’s The Lovers. TheWife™ called from work to inform me