Archive for November 23rd, 2013

‘Hopefully there’s more to come’: Early setback turned into great things for Adam Lambert

‘Hopefully there’s more to come’: Early setback turned into great things for Adam Lambert

Something that at first seemed like a setback ended up becoming a pivotal moment in the rocket-ride career of singer Adam Lambert. After all, on the same 2009 night in which he finished second on American Idol, Lambert performed for the first time with Queen.

Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe (2013)

Glasgow’s Chvrches (pronounced as “churches” for those scoring at home) draws from a deep well of accessible pop cool on their debut The Bones of What You Believe.

New York Voices – Let It Snow (2013)

Jazz and holiday music naturally fit each other; some of our most beloved Christmas albums have been recorded by jazz artists such as Nat King Cole and Vince Guaraldi.

The Melvins – Tres Cabrones (2013)

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Melvins. Their 19th album Tres Cabrones is a step backwards for the band — because it marks the return of original drummer Mike Dillard

Stan Getz, Tito Puente, Herb Alpert, others – It’s a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba (2013)

At first, this idea of Latin-Jewish music might seem exotic. Who mixes congas and kugels — much less bagels and bongos, right? The truth is, it’s been with us since at least the 1930s

On Second Thought: The Smithereens – 11 (1989)

On Second Thought: The Smithereens – 11 (1989)

Formed in 1980, the Smithereens are still going strong today. Sticking to their principals, the New Jersey band, in all these years, has never once compromised their ideals and bowed down to trends.

Mumpbeak – Mumpbeak (2013)

Oslo-based UK expatriate Roy Powell refuses to believe that prog-fusion has run its course, and it’s clear from his recorded work that he’s dedicated his musical career challenging that notion.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “(Cross the) Heartland” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “(Cross the) Heartland” (1979)

For me, it all started here, so this short story bears repeating. I was hanging out with a cousin, doing the usual late 70s thing. That is, listening to music, playing backgammon, and wondering if we’d ever get laid.

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