Archive for July, 2013

Jean-Luc Ponty – King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (1970)

Months before Miles Davis entered the studio with an impressive assemblage of jazz musicians to create his signature jazz-rock masterwork Bitches Brew, a fringe rock star and an little-known jazz violinist from France got together to make some proto-fusion

‘We’ll just have to work around that’: Jon Davison’s tenure in Yes complicates things for Glass Hammer

‘We’ll just have to work around that’: Jon Davison’s tenure in Yes complicates things for Glass Hammer

As Yes enters the final weeks of a U.S. tour featuring a trio of its 1970s recordings, the question of where that leaves frontman Jon Davison’s other group Glass Hammer looms large.

‘I’m happier with the people I’m working with’: Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre set to release rare solo effort

‘I’m happier with the people I’m working with’: Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre set to release rare solo effort

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre will release his first album in a decade, and his first since Ian Anderson decided to produce a sequel to the band’s classic Thick as a Brick as a solo project.

John Frusciante – Outsides EP (2013)

John Frusciante – Outsides EP (2013)

A solo effort in the most complete sense of the word — John Frusciante plays all of the instruments, and even designed the cover art for Outsides — this EP also reflects a singular creative genesis.

‘He was doing what he loved to do’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons remembers final work with Eric Carr

‘He was doing what he loved to do’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons remembers final work with Eric Carr

Gene Simmons speaks emotionally about the passing of Eric Carr, and Kiss’ last-ditch effort to include him in a video — an appearance that would ultimately be the cancer-stricken drummer’s last.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Yoko Ono with Ornette Coleman, “AOS” (1968)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Yoko Ono with Ornette Coleman, “AOS” (1968)

She’s one of the world’s most famous avant-garde performers of all time, not so much because of her works but because of who became her soulmate.

Steve Lukather on what the Porcaros have meant to Toto: ‘That’s the hard part, watching brothers go down’

Steve Lukather on what the Porcaros have meant to Toto: ‘That’s the hard part, watching brothers go down’

Steve Lukather talks about the crushing loss of Jeff and Mike Porcaro as band mates in Toto, saying the returning presence of their brother Steve Porcaro eases the pain.

‘I found it by mistake’: How Glyn Johns helped showcase Led Zeppelin’s huge drum sound

‘I found it by mistake’: How Glyn Johns helped showcase Led Zeppelin’s huge drum sound

Glyn Johns, who engineered Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut, basically stumbled upon a new way of recording drummer John Bonham — creating the dynamic stereo cadences that drive tracks like “Communication Breakdown.”

One Track Mind: Darden Smith, “Seven Wonders” from Love Calling (2013)

Darden Smith returns with a quietly introspective love song — one that offers as many ruminative questions about the mysteries of passion as it does celebrations of how these things somehow work out anyway.

‘I thought it was a hoax’: Richard Thompson wasn’t easily convinced about Bob Dylan cover

‘I thought it was a hoax’: Richard Thompson wasn’t easily convinced about Bob Dylan cover

When he first heard that Bob Dylan had covered a tune from 1999’s Rumor and Sigh in concert recently, Richard Thompson admits that he figured he was being pranked.

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