Archive for May 17th, 2013

Exclusive stream: Flash, “Hurt” from Featuring Ray Bennett and Colin Carter (2013)

Flash, together again after four decades, take on a song that’s already been defined (as a Nine Inch Nails original) and then redefined (with Johnny Cash’s harrowing third-act re-do) — and yet they still find new revelations.

‘I kind of had my suspicions': John Clayton on the mystery gig that turned out to be Paul McCartney

‘I kind of had my suspicions': John Clayton on the mystery gig that turned out to be Paul McCartney

For John Clayton, the gig was a complete mystery. He knew that Diana Krall would be on piano, but not who the singer would be. “They wouldn’t say who it was,” the Grammy-winning jazz bassist reveals. Because it was Paul McCartney.

One Track Mind: The Second Helping, “Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft” (1968)

One Track Mind: The Second Helping, “Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft” (1968)

Operating out of Alhambra, California, the Second Helping signed on the dotted line with the local Viva label, where they issued three singles during their livelihood.

‘Bob isn’t being Woody; I’m sensing more James Dean': Remembering the pre-fame Bob Dylan

‘Bob isn’t being Woody; I’m sensing more James Dean': Remembering the pre-fame Bob Dylan

John Cohen, a photographer who took a series of pre-fame pictures of Bob Dylan, says he knew from the first that there would be more to Bob Dylan than the legacy sounds of folk and old blues.

Cold Satellite – Cavalcade (2013)

What a complex experience this is, modern poetry set in the back seat of a roaring rock ‘n’ roll muscle car. The effect, as Cavalcade unfolds, is at first very visceral and then deeply illuminating.

One Track Mind: The Maharajas, “Black Box/B-Files” (2013)

The mighty Maharajas’ latest single “Black Box” (Chaputa Records), perhaps a teaser for their upcoming new album, is a winner. Up-tempo and rockin,’ “Black Box” to my ears bears a strong Fuzztones/Music Machine influence

Billy Vera – Big Band Jazz (2013)

Billy Vera – Big Band Jazz (2013)

Anyone who came of age in the 1980s can instantly visualize one scene when hearing the name “Billy Vera and the Beaters”: Michael J. Fox and future wife Tracy Pollan slow dancing to “At This Moment” on the TV sitcom Family Ties.

The Friday Morning Listen: R.E.M. – Green (1988)

Everything will kill you, eventually. Pay enough attention to media reports and you’ll discover that consuming just about anything will lead to your early demise.