Archive for June 27th, 2013

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – No Morphine No Lilies (2013)

Often in sizing up drummers who lead their own bands, I find that they either actively get out front or they get out of the way and let their band mates becomes the focal point.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best Of 2013 (Rock and Pop): Steven Wilson, CTA, Steve Lukather, Stick Men

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best Of 2013 (Rock and Pop): Steven Wilson, CTA, Steve Lukather, Stick Men

Occasionally, an album comes bursting out of your speakers, and you know — just know — that it’s going to end up here, on your half-way best of list. And on the year-ending compendium, too. Steven Wilson put out that album.

Forgotten series: Journey – Next (1977)

Before Steve Perry joined Journey as lead singer and turned them into a pop metal sensation, the San Francisco band issued a trilogy of albums. Such discs bear slight resemblance to the sound that brought them mega-success.

One Track Mind: The Babys, “Not Ready to Say Goodbye” (2013)

One Track Mind: The Babys, “Not Ready to Say Goodbye” (2013)

In as much as they don’t have people like John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips in the band anymore, the Babys sound almost exactly like they once did on an aptly named new single “Not Ready to Say Goodbye.”

The Band, “Tears of Rage” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Tears of Rage” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

“Tears of Rage” quickly established the Band as something entirely different, even before Richard Manuel’s devastating vocal began.

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