Archive for July 23rd, 2013

Van Dyke Parks – Songs Cycled (2013)

Van Dyke Parks – Songs Cycled (2013)

A little too mannered at times, Van Dyke Parks songs would fall flat on their ass were it not for his flair for musical mischief making. “Dreaming of Paris,” for instance, is the picture of genteel reverie until he announces that JFK has been shot

Neil Young, “Old Man” (1972): Almost Hits

Neil Young, “Old Man” (1972): Almost Hits

It seems that no matter where you go, if you have a handful of musicians in the crowd, you can always strike up a conversation about Neil Young. Heck, you don’t even need musicians

Matt Bianco – Hideaway (2013)

Sophisticated UK pop group Matt Bianco may be best known in the US for launching the career of onetime member Basia. But their blend of Latin rhythms, acid jazz, and other world music influences render them an unfairly overlooked band.

Exclusive stream: Peter Frampton with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Gold Dust Woman” (2013)

Exclusive stream: Peter Frampton with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Gold Dust Woman” (2013)

Musical worlds collide in the most interesting of ways with this exclusive stream, as 1970s guitar god Peter Frampton joins the Royal Philharmonic to do a Fleetwood Mac song.

On Second Thought: Suicidal Tendencies – The Art of Rebellion (1992)

I often imagine myself in the 1990s as crawling through a musical desert and finding the occasional oasis. It is, I think, my least favorite musical decade.