Archive for May 29th, 2013

‘I’m a proud owner of a Toto toilet’: Steve Lukather comes to terms with jokes about his band’s name

‘I’m a proud owner of a Toto toilet’: Steve Lukather comes to terms with jokes about his band’s name

As Toto prepares for the opening night of its 2013 tour on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Brussels, guitarist Steve Lukather finds himself answering the inevitable questions about the origins of the band’s name. His answer might surprise you.

Something Else! Interview: Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer

Something Else! Interview: Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer

As Glass Hammer reissues 2005’s Inconsolable Secret, it’s easy to connect those early attempts at broader narrative concepts with the band’s recent epic release Perilous.

Exclusive stream: Stephen Stills with Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “Don’t Want Lies” (2013)

Exclusive stream: Stephen Stills with Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “Don’t Want Lies” (2013)

Sounding something like Stephen Stills’ seminal Super Session project, with a dash of CSNY, this exclusive advance stream of “Don’t Want Lies” finds Stills participating in a loose, bluesy date with Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd

On Second Thought: Liam Finn – Fomo (2011)

With Fomo, Liam Finn found his own voice while carrying on the family tradition of sunny pop song craft leavened with trippy experimentalism. The Finn family firm, of course, includes father Neil and uncle Tim

Download: David Byrne and St. Vincent – Brass Tactics EP (2013)

Download: David Byrne and St. Vincent – Brass Tactics EP (2013)

David Byrne and St. Vincent continue their brass-focused, ass-wriggling collaboration with Brass Tactics, an EP with this intriguing new track, two throwaway remixes and a pair of terrific live cuts. Download it free here.

Ross Hammond Quartet – Cathedrals (2013)

Ross Hammond made a record last year that I dug the hell out of. Adored is raw rock-jazz that I found very instinctual because everyone in his band are seasoned jazz cats who cross over to rock for fun.

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Wings Over America (1976; 2013 reissue)

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Wings Over America (1976; 2013 reissue)

Members of certain generations instantly sense excitement when hearing the opening lyrics to “Venus and Mars”: “Sitting in the stand of the sports arena, waiting for the show to begin.”

WTF?! Wednesdays: Marc Ribot, “The Wind Cries Mary” (1990)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Marc Ribot, “The Wind Cries Mary” (1990)

This week I’m taking a break from the truly bizarre to have a short visit with the only moderately bizarre.

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