Archive for July 30th, 2013

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.

Deep Cuts: Solo Genesis projects from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett

Deep Cuts: Solo Genesis projects from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett

Albums constructed apart have allowed Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett to explore areas of their songcraft that might have gone undiscovered in Genesis.

‘It was the thing that made the take really work’: How a white lie sparked Joe Satriani’s band

‘It was the thing that made the take really work’: How a white lie sparked Joe Satriani’s band

“Lies and Truths,” a key cut from Joe Satriani’s new solo effort Unstoppable Momentum started life as a demo called “Fast Robot.” He left it that way, just to see what his bandmates would come up with.

On Second Thought: Stereolab – Not Music (2010)

With Stereolab gone on (possibly permanent) hiatus, let’s admit that we took the “groop” for granted.

‘To us, it still feels the same’: Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s just-launched North American tour

‘To us, it still feels the same’: Geezer Butler on Black Sabbath’s just-launched North American tour

Geezer Butler takes stock, as Black Sabbath kicks off a 20-city North American tour behind its reunion record with Ozzy Osbourne — and he says it’s just like old times.

Christian McBride Trio – Out Here (2013)

Christian McBride Trio – Out Here (2013)

Still going on a tear following his widely-acclaimed Kind Of Brown (2009), the prodigious bassist Christian McBride has since produced two records in 2011 and soon to be two in 2013;

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