Archive for June 18th, 2013

Van Halen begins delayed Japanese tour with expanded set, film from David Lee Roth

Van Halen begins delayed Japanese tour with expanded set, film from David Lee Roth

Van Halen belatedly began its 2013 tour of Japan with a jumbo set that expanded to include “Jamie’s Cryin,’” “Atomic Punk” and — just before the timeless “Ice Cream Man” — a special showing of David Lee Roth’s cool short film “Tokyo Story.” See video from today’s performance of “Panana” here!

Almost Hits: The Beau Brummels, “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (1965)

Almost Hits: The Beau Brummels, “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (1965)

Credit usually goes to the Byrds for founding the folk-rock movement, but the Beau Brummels were actually the first band to not only play such a style but obtain commercial success in the process.

Something Else! sneak peek: Booker T., “Father Son Blues” from Sound The Alarm (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Booker T., “Father Son Blues” from Sound The Alarm (2013)

Booker T.’s “Father Son Blues” — which, yes, features his talented offspring Ted Jones — opens with a grease-popping organ lick before recapturing a groove familiar to anyone who ever soaked up a Stax Records side back in the day.

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

I’ve been meaning to write a Forgotten Series entry on Dio’s Magica, but the new Deluxe Edition, due out June 25, 2013 from Niji Entertainment, provides a perfect opportunity to revisit one of the metal legend’s most overlooked records.

One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

There are probably more than a few people who thought this No. 12 1969 hit by the Spiral Starecase was a Chicago song anyway. But it sure is a strange way to advance a long-awaited new album project.

Yellowjackets – A Rise In The Road (2013)

A “rise in the road” connotes a challenge that needs to be met, and certainly a band that’s been around for thirty-two years has seen its share of them

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