Archive for September 29th, 2013

Bill Callahan – Dream River (2013)

Dream River is the fourth album released under Bill Callahan’s name, and further explores the introverted landscape mapped by his previous releases. It is not the most cheerful of places, to be sure

‘A lot of that stuff was a cliche’: Robert Plant on returning to his Led Zeppelin-era vocal style

‘A lot of that stuff was a cliche’: Robert Plant on returning to his Led Zeppelin-era vocal style

Beginning roughly with 2007’s Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, Robert Plant began working in a quieter, more confidential manner that was completely alien to his Led Zeppelin style.

‘His spiritual strength is what remains’: Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gives a touching tribute to Jon Lord

‘His spiritual strength is what remains’: Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gives a touching tribute to Jon Lord

The death of Jon Lord had a profound impact on Deep Purple during the recording of its newest album Now What?!, even though he’d left the group some 10 years before.

Guilty pleasures: The Archies – Everything’s Archie (1969)

Originated in 1942 as teenage comic-strip characters, the Archies found new means of employment in the late ’60s

‘It gave you chills’: Stephen Kalinich on key deep cut from the Beach Boys’ Made in California

Stephen Kalinich goes inside one of the most intriguing rarities found on the Beach Boys’ new Made in California box set — a song he co-wrote with Brian Wilson in 1974, “California Feelin.’”

Steely Dan Sunday, “Blues Beach” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Blues Beach” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“Things I Miss The Most”) ||| ONWARD (“Godwhacker”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It would be easy to dismiss the song “Blues Beach” as “Hey Nineteen” lite.

‘I was stabbed in the back and left for dead’: Sammy Hagar can’t imagine even shaking hands with Eddie Van Halen

‘I was stabbed in the back and left for dead’: Sammy Hagar can’t imagine even shaking hands with Eddie Van Halen

Sammy Hagar’s retrospective tour inevitably brought him face to face again with his hitmaking tenure in Van Halen — and with another round of similarly inevitable questions about a reunion.

Heather Stewart – What It Is (2013)

With the sophomore disc What It Is, Heather Stewart steps completely into her own, presenting a disc of deep emotional honesty amid agelessly created music.

Connie Crothers and Jessica Jones – Live At the Freight (2013)

Pianist Connie Crothers and tenor saxophonist Jessica Jones color outside the lines on Live At the Freight, a duo recording taken from a session in August of 2011 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley.