Archive for July 25th, 2013

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

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

A cinematic, fever dream of a song, “The Weight” remains both an enigma and an emblem for its singer Levon Helm and the Band.

Sneak peek: Dream Theater’s James LaBrie, “Agony” from Impermanent Resonance (2013)

Interesting, very interesting. James LaBrie has never really shied away from doing something that’s outside the progressive metal framework of Dream Theater on his solo albums

One Track Mind: Peter Banks, Sonja Kristina + Billy Sherwood, “Winter Time” from Fly Like an Eagle (2013)

One Track Mind: Peter Banks, Sonja Kristina + Billy Sherwood, “Winter Time” from Fly Like an Eagle (2013)

In yet another guest-packed project, the Billy Sherwood-produced Steve Miller tribute Fly Like an Eagle finds a special resonance with the inclusion of more final music from Peter Banks.

Ben Monder – Hydra (2013)

An authority no less than Pat Metheny once said of fellow guitarist Ben Monder, “Monder is a very evolved kind of musician — great chord voicing and just excellent playing.”

One Track Mind: John Waite on “Missing You,” “Mr. Wonderful,” “When I See You Smile,” others

One Track Mind: John Waite on “Missing You,” “Mr. Wonderful,” “When I See You Smile,” others

Turns out, one of John Waite’s best-known songs was recorded simply as a favor, while another was made up largely on the spot — complete with an overt reference to his time in the Babys.

Felsen – I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore (2013)

Stationed in Oakland, California, Felsen plays the kind of music that’s easy to groove to as well as to kick back to and absorb the poetic content.