Archive for August 4th, 2013

Allen Toussaint – Songbook (2013)

Allen Toussaint – Songbook (2013)

Allen Toussaint’s languid, reverie-filled piano introduction to “Southern Nights,” a No. 1 hit he gave to Glen Campbell, is worth the price of admission to his new live set Songbook all by itself.

‘It’s a balancing act’: Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson on mixing concert favorites with their new music

‘It’s a balancing act’: Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson on mixing concert favorites with their new music

If you’ve noticed that Heart hits like “Never,” “Straight On” and “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You” weren’t part of their recent set lists, there’s a reason for that: Ann and Nancy Wilson say they got sick of them

On Second Thought: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – We’re New Here (2011)

On Second Thought: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – We’re New Here (2011)

Though his decades old warnings about the moral decay of Reaganism rang ever truer in the age of Fox and Palin, the late Gil Scott-Heron entered the 2010s as a prophet without honor in his own country.

Gimme Five: 1980s smooth jazz albums that don’t, you know, suck

How do you react when you hear or read the term “smooth jazz”? Does it conjure up visions of Kenny G flittering up and down scales as he’s swaying with his long, curly locks tousling about and holding his straight sax off to the side of his mouth?

‘We’re just kind of feeling our way’: Alan White, Jon Davison discuss prospect of new music from Yes

‘We’re just kind of feeling our way’: Alan White, Jon Davison discuss prospect of new music from Yes

Jon Davison has been with Yes for about a year and half, time that’s largely been spent revisiting a trio of the group’s 1970s recordings on tour. Now, he and drummer Alan White talk about the prospect of new music.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Janie Runaway” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Janie Runaway” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Two Against Nature”) ||| ONWARD (“Almost Gothic”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Crisp, dry production, a lean groove — anchored by Becker’s usual fat, bubbling bass line — and Fagen’s smart horn arrangement, “Janie Runaway” is an agreeable little mid-tempo number

‘It can be construed as him being an a**hole’: Graham Nash sticks up for the mercurial Neil Young

‘It can be construed as him being an a**hole’: Graham Nash sticks up for the mercurial Neil Young

The famously mercurial Neil Young has left more than one project seemingly at the drop of the hat — most recently walking out on a planned Buffalo Springfield reunion in order to work with Crazy Horse again.

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