Archive for January 18th, 2014

Brand X with Phil Collins – Missing Period; Live at the Roxy; Is There Anything About? (2013)

Phil Collins has taken his knocks (ahem!) for yanking Genesis up by its prog-rock roots and replanting it on the Billboard pop charts. Still, anyone who questions Collins as a drummer need only explore his tandem, tantalizingly brief late-1970s career in Brand X.

Ex-Toto frontman Fergie Frederiksen loses cancer battle: ‘His legacy lives on’

Ex-Toto frontman Fergie Frederiksen loses cancer battle: ‘His legacy lives on’

Fergie Frederiksen, who fronted Toto for 1984’s Isolation and rebounded despite a cancer diagnosis to release two recent albums, has died

Beasto Blanco – Live Fast, Die Loud (2013)

It doesn’t matter how many records I listen to in a year, I always seem to miss a few good ones. Live Fast, Die Loud is one of those that I didn’t get to in 2013.

One Track Mind: The Outsiders, “The Guy With The Long Liverpool Hair” (1964)

Claiming absolutely no kinship to the Outsiders from Cleveland, Ohio, who raced to the top of the charts in 1966 with the horn-rocking “Time Won’t Let Me,” these boys called Brooklyn, New York home

‘We’ve got the best of both worlds’: Success apart sparks Hall and Oates reunions

‘We’ve got the best of both worlds’: Success apart sparks Hall and Oates reunions

Hall and Oates, not long after their acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, got back to work — though, as has been increasingly the case lately, not together. Turns out, that strengthens their bond.

Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home (2014)

Damon Fowler’s career was hardly in need of enlivening. This is a guy who, over the past few years, has not only been unleashing his own rootsy blues-rock outings but has also co-founded the good-time dixie-groove Southern Hospitality band.

Rare companion release from Chicago’s Stone of Sisyphus era surfaces online

Rare companion release from Chicago’s Stone of Sisyphus era surfaces online

Though it’s long been forgotten now, there was a CD-ROM component planned for Chicago’s shelved Stone of Sisyphus recording in the early 1990s — and it’s now surfaced online. Stream it here!

Ian O’Beirne – Glasswork (2014)

Making the labored sound simple must be one of the tallest orders for any jazz musician, but that seems to come naturally to Philadelphia-based saxophonist Ian O’Beirne.

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

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

For many years, I longed for those early Pat Metheny concerts, when “Phase Dance” was always played. OK, I still do, but there have been a few instances where the song has popped up

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