Archive for May 28th, 2013

Almost Hits: Elvis Costello and the Attractions, “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983)

Almost Hits: Elvis Costello and the Attractions, “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983)

Elvis Costello has released so many albums and singles, it’s astounding that he has never scored a huge hit in America. He came close, however, with 1983’s “Everyday I Write the Book,” a track off Punch the Clock.

‘An easy choice; he understands me’: Joe Satriani on his new collaboration with Mike Keneally

‘An easy choice; he understands me’: Joe Satriani on his new collaboration with Mike Keneally

Joe Satriani’s new solo effort has become his highest-debuting album in two decades, thanks in no small way the Chickenfoot guitarist says to the smart contributions of sideman of Mike Keneally.

Sanguine Hum – The Weight of the World (2013)

A more ruminative effort than Sanguine Hum’s well-regarded 2010 debut, The Weight of the World is post-prog in both the most “post” and the most “prog” sense of the words.

‘Out plotting the Faces’ future’: Talks still moving forward on Rod Stewart reunion

‘Out plotting the Faces’ future’: Talks still moving forward on Rod Stewart reunion

Rod Stewart’s hope to reunite with the Faces was thwarted by illness just before their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and then by Ron Wood joining the on-going Rolling Stones reunion concert series. But the idea isn’t dead.

São Paulo Underground, “The Love I Feel For You” (2013): Something Else! sneak peek

A fourth LP is in the offing for that avant-Chicago/folk-Brazilian amalgam, the São Paulo Underground. Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics), Guilherme Granado (keyboards, electronics) and Mauricio Takara (drums, percussion, cavaquinho, electronics) are back

Honeychain – Futura (2013)

Recorded early in the year, Futura was initially intended to be a solo effort by Hillary Burton, who garnered accolades as one-half of the Southern California based Nushu, which also included Lisa Mychols. But shortly after the project was completed, Honeychain ballooned into a full-blown band

‘You will probably never do the same thing twice’: Adrian Belew on recreating King Crimson

‘You will probably never do the same thing twice’: Adrian Belew on recreating King Crimson

Since King Crimson went on an extended hiatus in 2009, Adrian Belew — both with his power trio and with the Crimson ProjeKCt — has worked to keep the group’s legacy before concert goers. That doesn’t mean he’s always faithful to the originals.

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Somewhere (2013)

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Somewhere (2013)

The combined talents of Jarrett, Peacock, and DeJohnette extend far beyond technical facility. They’ve played together for so long now that to look for their line between improvisation and straight play is to miss the point.

One Track Mind: Queen’s Brian May with Kerry Ellis, “The Kissing Me Song” (2013)

Brian May’s on-going collaboration with Kerry Ellis finds the Queen co-founder adding his iconic guitar sound to “The Kissing Me Song,” a cutesy mainstream pop song with a fan-generated video of people smooching to boot.

Matt Kane Trio – Suit-Up! (2013)

Amazon.com Widgets Kansas City, home of Count Basie, is famous for its jazz, the one of the hard swinging variety. Even those jazz cats who migrate to New York from KC will retain that swing with them.

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