Archive for January 23rd, 2014

Something Else! sneak peek: David Crosby – Croz (2014)

As the opening “What’s Broken” elevates into a cirrus-cloud of lonesome reverie, Crosby reclaims every lost promise of his solo career — dormant now for two decades

Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia – Devil’s Tale (2014)

The languid sway of “Urn St. Tavern,” the first track from Devil’s Tale, is perhaps as sluggish as things get on the brilliant new record from Canadian guitarist Adrian Raso and Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia.

Forgotten series: The Yellow Balloon – The Yellow Balloon (1967)

Conceived by producer Gary Zekley, the Yellow Balloon featured an interesting cast of characters, most notably Dick St. John of Dick and Dee Dee, actor Don Grady from “My Three Sons,” and Daryl Dragon

Gimme Five: Post-1980 Genesis Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: Post-1980 Genesis Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Though the popular consciousness has placed the terminating line between Prog Genesis and Pop Genesis at the moment in which Peter Gabriel packed up his flower outfit and split, the truth is the group underwent a slower evolution.

Sammy Walker – Sammy Walker; Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline (2014)

Sammy Walker – Sammy Walker; Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline (2014)

“The jukebox in the café don’t play nothing that I know: Hell, I guess I’ll save my quarter to hear that steam-boat whistle blow”: Sammy Walker’s voice still sounds strong on Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline.

Pete Robbins – Pyramid (2014)

As a bandleader and award-winning composer, saxophonist Pete Robbins never stands still, crafting each album using some different dimension.

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

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

After a series of very dire warnings about the Band’s new rock-star lifestyle, perhaps this utterly scarifying parable was all but inevitable.