Archive for May 21st, 2013

Almost Hits: The Eagles, “Busy Being Fabulous” (2008)

Almost Hits: The Eagles, “Busy Being Fabulous” (2008)

Released in 2008 from the Eagles’ double-album set Long Road Out of Eden, “Busy Being Fabulous” is a song that shows Don Henley to be in typical high quality form.

Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” from Rocks Europe (2013): Exclusive stream

The seasons haven’t officially changed until you’ve cranked up a favorite version of this warm-weather classic. An epic live retelling of “Summertime Blues” by Blue Cheer — available here as an exclusive advance stream — should do the trick.

‘I could listen to Led Zeppelin just for the drums’: Tony Banks on how John Bonham influenced Genesis

‘I could listen to Led Zeppelin just for the drums’: Tony Banks on how John Bonham influenced Genesis

Genesis’ 1980s-era transition from producer David Hentschel — who oversaw four studio albums beginning with 1976’s A Trick of the Tail — had to do with an abiding passion for the thunderous drum sound of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham.

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

Too often, Queen has become the sum of its over-stated parts — the operatic singer, the layered vocals, the anthematic balladry. What’s lost is the group’s ability to unleash round house after round house of knuckle-sandwich heavy rock.

Richard Pinhas – Desolation Row (2013)

Forty years after first bursting into the avant-rock scene with his band Heldon, the music of guitarist/composer/philosopher Richard Pinhas remains as intriguing, mysterious and ahead of it time as it did then. And naturally, music that’s so far ahead can sound like something else altogether for the uninitiated.

On Second Thought: The High Llamas – Talahomi Way (2011)

Full Disclosure: At a secret council convened by the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission and the Order of the Golden Dawn, it was decreed that all critics writing about the High Llamas must reference Brian Wilson at least twice.

Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot – On The Road To Spearfish (2013)

Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot – On The Road To Spearfish (2013)

Even as bassist Billy Talbot prepares for a round of European shows with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, he’s issuing a new studio album with his own band. On the Road to Spearfish is due today from Vapor Records.

‘I warned him in the beginning’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons predicted trouble for Van Halen, David Lee Roth

Gene Simmons confirms that Eddie Van Halen, frustrated over his relationship with David Lee Roth, approached him about joining Kiss in the early 1980s. The timing was right, too, as Simmons and Co. were working without a guitarist on Creatures of the Night.

David Ake – Bridges (2013)

It’s clear from his latest recorded offering Bridges that the pianist and composer David Ake has a lot to say musically, but this being only his third record over a period of fifteen years, he hasn’t had much time to say it.

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