Archive for March 14th, 2014

I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway (2014): Books

I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway (2014): Books

I’ll Take You There, Greg Kot’s new biography of Mavis Staples, explores the life and times of an ebullient contralto and former member of the Staple Singers who’s still belting out R&B and gospel at 74.

Bill Champlin on how Chicago, Toto helped the Tubes hit it big: ‘I was actually the ringer’

Bill Champlin on how Chicago, Toto helped the Tubes hit it big: ‘I was actually the ringer’

The Tubes’ “She’s a Beauty” became not just their biggest hit but also an intriguing intersection between Chicago and Toto. Wait, Chicago and Toto?

‘I’m sure I would have remembered’: Eddie Van Halen denies asking to join Kiss in the 1980s

Gene Simmons reignited an old debate yesterday when he told Rolling Stone that he’d once talked Eddie Van Halen out of joining Kiss in the early 1980s. Thing is, Van Halen himself says that never happened.

Deep Beatles: “The Night Before” from Help (1965)

Deep Beatles: “The Night Before” from Help (1965)

Was “The Night Before” the Beatles’ response to the Shirelles’ 1960 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”? The 1965 Help! track could be seen that way, as it deals with a common topic: what happens the morning after intimacy?

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome (2014)

From the same lively, progressive jazz scene in Seattle that’s brought us Paul Rucker, Cuong Vu and the various “tet” bands (Reptet, Triptet and Hardcoretet), Samantha “Sam” Boshnack is the fast-rising star of the bunch.

‘It’s been a very difficult time’: Peter Gabriel discusses the depression that gripped Genesis bandmate Phil Collins

‘It’s been a very difficult time’: Peter Gabriel discusses the depression that gripped Genesis bandmate Phil Collins

Peter Gabriel says the idea of getting back together with Genesis isn’t out of the question. He’s simply found the enormity of doing such a thing, some 40 years later, a bit daunting.

The Friday Morning Listen: Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)

The Friday Morning Listen: Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)

So even though they tell us that spring is almost here — time’s been moved ahead an hour, the 21st of March is approaching — we’re not really getting the feel of the season up here in the Northeast.