Archive for March 13th, 2014

One Track Mind: Old 97’s, “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” from Most Messed Up (2014)

If you were worried that frontman Rhett Miller might ease into a middle-aged softness as Old 97’s entered its third decade, this unhinged drinking song of an advance track from the forthcoming, apparently well-titled Most Messed Up sets all of that to rest.

‘He’s taught me a lot’: David Crosby partnership with long-lost son sparked musical comeback

‘He’s taught me a lot’: David Crosby partnership with long-lost son sparked musical comeback

For David Crosby, his long-awaited Croz was more than a chance to jump-start his dormant solo career. It was another chance to connect with his son, James Raymond.

Nikki Lerner – Longings (2014)

Nikki Lerner’s Longings isn’t the sad embrace its title seems to indicate. Instead, it’s a journey of understanding, an attempt to make sense of this life’s unknowable complexities — with all of the small triumphs, the sudden pitfalls and the ardent moments associated with such things.

Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, others talk about Deep Purple’s sweeping impact: ‘That’s our foundation’

Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, others talk about Deep Purple’s sweeping impact: ‘That’s our foundation’

Deep Purple began its march into rock history with the addition of Ian Gillan and Roger Glover 45 years ago. Lineups have changed over the years, but the two remain — along with founding drummer Ian Paice — a cornerstone of the Purple sound.

Matthew Shipp Trio – Root of Things (2014)

There are thoughtful pianists who play from the brain and passionate pianists who play from the heart. Matthew Shipp’s distinction has been that he’s always been a thoughtful pianist who plays from the heart.

‘Don’t know if I’ll take the plunge’: Jeff Lynne on touring, and the possibility of reunions with ELO and the Traveling Wilburys

‘Don’t know if I’ll take the plunge’: Jeff Lynne on touring, and the possibility of reunions with ELO and the Traveling Wilburys

Jeff Lynne discusses the prospect of a new tour, and ruminates both on reforming the Traveling Wilburys and reuniting with other original members of the Electric Light Orchestra in advance of a hometown honor tonight in Birmingham.

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

When Beck came out with Sea Change in 2002, I was more than a little surprised. First of all, its sound was a drastic shift away from the snappin’ funk of Midnite Vultures. Oh sure, maybe it was telegraphed just a little bit by Mutations, but that didn’t really mute the shock of its arrival. But what surprised me evenRead More

The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993): Across the Great Divide

That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s ‘Infidels,’ heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.

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