Archive for September 26th, 2013

The Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm’s delicately poignant vocal completely animates this key song from the Band – stripping bare the awful costs of these kind of conflicts.

Gimme Five: The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine on “Help Me Rhonda,” “Don’t Fight the Sea,” “Sloop John B”

Gimme Five: The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine on “Help Me Rhonda,” “Don’t Fight the Sea,” “Sloop John B”

Al Jardine joins us, just ahead of a series of concert dates with Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck, to talk about classic Beach Boys tracks — from his first lead vocal to their latest reunion effort.

John Abercrombie Quartet – 39 Steps (2013)

John Abercrombie was one of the key jazz guitarists to emerge in the mid-’70s, along with John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and an Abercrombie ECM album has been a steady occurrence since

One Track Mind: Canary, “Let Down Your Guard” (2013)

After releasing two EPs, Canary has gotten it gender-bending brand of blues-rocking menace down to a coiled science. Take “Let Down Your Guard,” a track that first hits you in the solar plexus

Lists: Alfred Hitchcock’s best blondes, from Ingrid Bergman to Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh

“Sex on the screen should be suspenseful,” Alfred Hitchcock told François Truffaut. “If sex is too blatant or obvious, there’s no suspense.