Archive for November 26th, 2013

On Second Thought: Delicate Steve – Positive Force (2012)

When people try to describe Delicate Steve, they generally start speaking in roundabout terms which, more often than not, create a strong visual but fail to capture the sound.

Grass-roots efforts of Voices for Yes aimed at belatedly propelling prog-rockers to Hall of Fame

Grass-roots efforts of Voices for Yes aimed at belatedly propelling prog-rockers to Hall of Fame

A grass-roots effort to get Yes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began with John Brabender’s outrage over the band’s having been ignored for so long. Now, he’s trying to get them the needed votes.

‘You don’t write songs like that’: The complicated birth of Van Halen’s “Right Now”

‘You don’t write songs like that’: The complicated birth of Van Halen’s “Right Now”

“Right Now,” which later earned three nods at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, actually began two different demos — and it took months for Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen to decide they went together.

‘No words can say how much I feel’: Journey’s Arnel Pineda looks to aid typhoon-torn fellow Filapinos

‘No words can say how much I feel’: Journey’s Arnel Pineda looks to aid typhoon-torn fellow Filapinos

Journey’s Arnel Pineda is hoping to raise enough money to buy 2 million meals to aid his native countrymen in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon earlier this month.

Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton (1921-2013): An Appreciation

Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton (1921-2013): An Appreciation

NEA jazz master Chico Hamilton, whose career highlights included stints with Lester Young and leading his own celebrated West Coast-jazz band, has died. The legendary drummer was 92.

Leni Stern – Jelell (2013)

Perhaps like a lot of jazz guitar fans, I came to Leni Stern by way of her husband Mike, the owner of the so-called “Chops of Doom.”

Gimme Five: 1980s Neil Young That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: 1980s Neil Young That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

There were certainly moments, and they seemed to come in bunches, when Neil Young stumbled so badly in the 1980s that it was difficult to imagine he’d ever regain his footing. But, not always.

State Cows – The Second One [Japanese Edition] (2013)

State Cows hail from Sweden but you would never know it. Close your eye and listen and you think: L.A.

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “It’s Uncanny” from No Goodbyes (1977)

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “It’s Uncanny” from No Goodbyes (1977)

It’s not always easy to find an unfiltered moment like this from Hall and Oates — a pairing that has become so closely associated with genre-jumping mixtures of street-corner soul with modern new-wave verve.

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