Archive for February, 2014

Sheela Bringi – Incantations (2014)

Perhaps the most compelling thing about Sheela Bringi’s Incantations is how the Indian-American artist crosses all sorts of melodic lines and never sacrifices the spiritual integrity of the recording. The disc is prayerful and stylish in its mingling of ancient Indian music, devotional chants, jazz, and even blues traditions. “My music is about accessing a place of mystery and divinity,”Read More

Fuse, with Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen and Tom Petersson – Fuse (1969): Forgotten series

Fuse, with Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen and Tom Petersson – Fuse (1969): Forgotten series

Before there was Cheap Trick, there was Sick Man Of Europe, and before there was Sick Man Of Europe, there was Fuse.

Justin DiFebbo – Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo (2014)

Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Justin DiFebbo dives head long into the styles and feel of pop songs from previous eras on the deeply enveloping Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo.

Deep Beatles: “Wait,” from Rubber Soul (1965)

Deep Beatles: “Wait,” from Rubber Soul (1965)

The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul is an embarrassment of riches. In addition to its stellar material, it signaled the final days of Beatlemania and a transition into more experimental sounds and sophisticated songwriting.

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (2014)

If jazz is dead, then why are there still new forms of it popping up everywhere?

‘We were one of the first’: Crossover success helped propel Hall and Oates to pop stardom

‘We were one of the first’: Crossover success helped propel Hall and Oates to pop stardom

Hall and Oates are rightly praised for their six career charttopping pop hits, an accomplishment that no doubt helped bolster their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials. Less discussed is how they reached that pinnacle — by way of earlier successes on the R&B charts.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (1974)

So I was poking my way through an odd discussion about classic rock on one of those Internet-type forum things. It started out with the question of whether Bruce Springsteen’s popularity — ticket and album sales-wise — had been hurt because he isn’t considered to be “classic rock.”

One Track Mind: Lyle Lovett, “Rosie” from Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (2014)

One Track Mind: Lyle Lovett, “Rosie” from Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (2014)

That Jackson Browne, one of the 1970s and ’80s most prolific and recognizable singer-songwriters, hasn’t already had one of these all-out, star-flecked tribute moments boggles the mind, really.

Books: Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries, by Jeff Walker (2014)

Jeff Walker’s just-published book Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries is exactly what the title suggests — a look at the sexy underbelly of the Fab Four in 400 ways you probably couldn’t imagine.

Gimme Five: Andy Summers on songs with the Police, Animals, Neil Sedaka and Robert Fripp

Gimme Five: Andy Summers on songs with the Police, Animals, Neil Sedaka and Robert Fripp

Andy Summers’ echoing, textural approach to the guitar is forever linked with the Police, but he’d been an established figure in music for more than a decade before rising to stardom with that sound alongside Stewart Copeland and Sting.

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