Archive for August, 2013

North Mississippi Allstars – World Boogie is Coming (2013)

Named after one of their dad’s favorite sayings, and featuring found-object recordings of R.L. Burnside and Otha Turner, you’d expect the Dickinson Brothers’ new North Mississippi Allstars album to be riven with nostalgia.

Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out/Crises: Collectors’ Editions (2013)

Best known perhaps as a pair of albums that produced hit singles (!) for Mike Oldfield, new 30th anniversary editions of Five Miles Out and Crises illustrate the imaginative depth found elsewhere.

UB40 – Getting Over the Storm (2013)

UB40 can be forgiven for getting a little maudlin, for enjoying some tear-in-your-beer saloon music. After all, it hasn’t been all red, red wine and roses lately for the British reggae-pop band.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Oasis” (1977)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Oasis” (1977)

“Oasis” provides a very early counterexample to the notion that the music of Pat Metheny tends toward lightweight fare, closer to new age or (worse) smooth jazz than anything from the “real” jazz tradition.

One Track Mind: Dave Stewart with Martina McBride, “Every Single Night” (2013)

One Track Mind: Dave Stewart with Martina McBride, “Every Single Night” (2013)

Dave Stewart continues blending his quirky brand of rock with rootsier influences, this time adding big-voiced country chanteuse Martina McBride — who gooses this yearning lament through its soaring bridge

‘I don’t think those guys want to’: Adam Lambert nixes idea of a world tour with Queen

‘I don’t think those guys want to’: Adam Lambert nixes idea of a world tour with Queen

Adam Lambert says fans shouldn’t expect any large-scale tour to follow his September debut in the U.S. fronting classic-rock legends Queen.

Eileen Howard – Blues in the Green Room (2013)

This isn’t so much down home as it is upbeat, an empowering set of blues from a singer with jazz chops. There’s a buoying effect throughout Eileen Howard’s Blues in the Green Room.

One Track Mind: Jim Beard, “The Gentleman and Hizcaine” (2013)

Keyboardist and composer Jim Beard has long been a “behind the scenes” kind of guy, contributing his skills to music by better-known acts, such as Wayne Shorter, Chuck Loeb, Eliane Elias

Jeremy – Searching For The Son (2013)

Jeremy – Searching For The Son (2013)

Being prolific is one thing, but being prolific and having the ability to create high quality music is an entirely different animal altogether. However, Jeremy Morris is blessed with both attributes.

The Friday Morning Listen: Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams (1977)

One of my favorite lines from the old sitcom WKRP in Cincinatti had Johnny Fever asking fellow DJ Venus Flytrap if he wanted to go check out Carly Simon album covers.

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