Archive for January 24th, 2014

Rachel Ana Dobken – The Church Street Demo (2014)

Recorded almost entirely alone, from the guitars and drums to “foot-tapping, some piano,” Rachel Ana Dobken’s Church Street Demo is quiet but assertive, spacious but filled with resonant moments.

Jackson C. Frank – Jackson C. Frank (1965; 2014 reissue)

Whatever god dreamed up Jackson C. Frank’s fate must have been in a pretty morbid mood.

Toto’s Steve Lukather on departure of drummer Simon Phillips: ‘Sometimes change is good’

Toto’s Steve Lukather on departure of drummer Simon Phillips: ‘Sometimes change is good’

A standard news release announcing Toto’s long-awaited new studio project, as well as a forthcoming tour, had a shocking piece of news embedded inside: Drummer Simon Phillips is departing. Now Steve Lukather is commenting.

Warren Zevon – Transverse City (1989): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Transverse City (1989): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon was in an innovative mood, and found willing co-conspirators in producers Duncan Aldrich and Andy Slater.

Jim Clayton – Songs My Daughter Knows (2013)

A musical scrapbook for pianist Jim Clayton’s child, who had not yet hit the ripe old age of three at the time of recording, Songs My Daughter Knows is a refreshing and moving jazz record.

‘We were surprised’: After late add, Red Hot Chili Peppers plan to take on rock classic for Super Bowl

‘We were surprised’: After late add, Red Hot Chili Peppers plan to take on rock classic for Super Bowl

Now that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have gotten over the shock of becoming a last-second addition to the Super Bowl halftime show, Chad Smith says they’re working up a very special classic-rock cover.

‘He really couldn’t play’: Elliott Landy remembers hypnotizing night for the Band’s Robbie Robertson

Photographer Elliott Landy followed the Band in its early days, both through signature moments like the album-cover shoot for their sophomore self-titled album and in smaller moments away from the spotlight.

The Friday Morning Listen: Wire – Change Becomes Us (2013)

I used to have this ridiculous habit of obsessing about what music should be playing when a person comes to the house for a visit. Hours might be spent standing in front of the giant rack of CDs (and before that, LPs) in the search for the “perfect” recording.