Archive for August 25th, 2013

Sly and the Family Stone – Higher! (2013)

Sly and the Family Stone – Higher! (2013)

The story of Sly and the Family Stone is that of the 1960s, a decade of dizzying highs followed by a period of just as devastating lows. Their music, and the band itself, shared the similar promise of a new way — only to implode with a shocking finality.

On Second Thought: Southeast Engine – Canary (2011)

Appalachian archivists Southeast Engine are tinged with the fatalistic old-time religion of the region, most notably on 2009’s From the Forest to the Sea, so it’s tempting to see their bloodline in Old Testament terms

One Track Mind: Wayne Shorter, “Witch Hunt” (1964)

One Track Mind: Wayne Shorter, “Witch Hunt” (1964)

Kind Of Blue has long been touted as the best jazz album ever made, and I remain on that big bandwagon. But what’s the second best?

‘Much broader political and humanitarian statements’: The Wall is transformed on Roger Waters’ relaunched tour

‘Much broader political and humanitarian statements’: The Wall is transformed on Roger Waters’ relaunched tour

As Roger Waters’ European stadium tour of Pink Floyd’s The Wall hits Budapest tonight, he admits that his relationship with the work has become less personal

‘We outsell the Beatles and Elvis put together’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons makes no apologies for merchandising

‘We outsell the Beatles and Elvis put together’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons makes no apologies for merchandising

From a 1977 Marvel comic that presented the band as superheroes to a new line of make-up festooned Hello Kitty items, Kiss has perfected a merchandising aesthetic across successive generations.

Quicksilver Messenger Service, with James Cotton – Live at the Old Mill Tavern (2013)

On the precipice of some very bad vibes — they were about to lose Nicky Hopkins then David Freiberg before going into a folk-rock abyss with Dino Valenti — Quicksilver Messenger Service put on one of its last truly great shows.

‘It was an unbelievable moment’: Greg Lake on how Emerson Lake and Palmer gave comfort to a dying girl

‘It was an unbelievable moment’: Greg Lake on how Emerson Lake and Palmer gave comfort to a dying girl

Greg Lake’s worldwide Song of a Lifetime tour found him sharing stories as much as his discography, then inviting members of the audience to talk about the connective qualities of music. One such tale still stands out.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cousin Dupree” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cousin Dupree” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Jack Of Speed”) ||| ONWARD (“Negative Girl”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** If Two Against Nature was a somewhat unlikely winner Grammy winner for 2001, Album of the Year, the song “Cousin Dupree” was an even more unlikely winner for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

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