Archive for January, 2014

The Beatles, “Free as a Bird” from Anthology 1 (1995): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Free as a Bird” from Anthology 1 (1995): Deep Beatles

“Free as a Bird” provides an epilogue, albeit imperfect, to the Beatles’ story.

Reacta, “Sound of Drums” (2014): Exclusive video premiere

Here’s a sneak peek into the upcoming debut release from alt-rock/indie pop band Reacta, titled Refraction. Based in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Reacta began as an instrumental group before combining with William Merritt Hendricks, an American troubadour.

Bipolaroid – Twin Language (2013)

The psychedelic influence of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett is undeniable with Bipolaroid, especially in the presence of singer-guitarist Ben Glover.

The Friday Morning Listen: Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (1963)

I’ve got no new thoughts to add to this week’s mass of Pete Seeger tributes. His long and inspirational life has been covered extensively from many angles.

The Band, “Stage Fright” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Stage Fright” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band had every right to this song, after what happened on that ill-fated night of April 17, 1969 at Bill Graham’s Winterland in San Francisco.

‘One of the best times of my life’: Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks is hoping to tour with Dave Grohl

Stevie Nicks’ plate, already filled with Fleetwood Mac, solo projects and an acting job on American Horror Story, would be piled still higher if she had her way.

James Brandon Lewis – Divine Travels (2014)

A lot of jazz saxophonists strive to sound spiritual but for James Brandon Lewis, that’s part of who he’s always been.

‘That ain’t no Hank Williams song!’: Big stars threw those beer bottles at the Blues Brothers

‘That ain’t no Hank Williams song!’: Big stars threw those beer bottles at the Blues Brothers

A key moment in the original Blues Brothers film finds the band dodging beer bottles at a backwoods dive where the barkeep informs them they have both kinds of music — “country and western.” Turns out, two very famous people were hurling those empty Budweisers.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Chicago, January 28, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Chicago, January 28, 2014

At Symphony Hall in Chicago: I have a bone to pick with Chicago bassist/vocalist Jason Scheff. Scheff is an excellent player and fine singer, having been with the band for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, he almost caused the death of my best friend Joe.

John Simon on the Band, fixing The Last Waltz and taking credit: Something Else! Interview

John Simon on the Band, fixing The Last Waltz and taking credit: Something Else! Interview

Producer John Simon, so intimately involved in the genesis of the Band, has a unique perspective.

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