Archive for March 23rd, 2014

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

Bob Dylan’s career, brimming as it is with enough unreleased tracks to make ordinary songwriters blush, has often puzzled both fans and critics alike. At times, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to his decisions regarding which of composition to release and which to leave in the can. Tracks such as “Blind Willie McTell,” “Lord, Protect My Child,”Read More

Ashley Davis – Night Travels (2014)

Inspired as much by dreamscape ruminations on love as she is by Celtic folkways, emerging talent Ashley Davis’ forthcoming Night Travels creates an endlessly involving, warmly enveloping atmosphere across its 11 tracks. To her enormous credit, the results sound at once timeless and new.

‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Ex-Yes man Jon Anderson puts finishing touches on new supergroup

‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Ex-Yes man Jon Anderson puts finishing touches on new supergroup

Jon Anderson, who has principally toured as a solo act since leaving Yes in 2004, is building a new band around the former Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Now, he’s ready to talk about the rest of the lineup.

Eric Carmen – The Essential Eric Carmen (2014)

Eric Carmen – The Essential Eric Carmen (2014)

There is much to love, of course, about this double-disc 30-song collection of confectionary power-pop goodness. After all, it’s a first-time-ever grouping of both the best of his years with the Raspberries and as a solo artist. But The Essential Eric Carmen goes one step further, collecting Carmen’s first new song in some 18 years. That track, a determinedly hopefulRead More

The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell (2014)

If I’d heard of the Pretty Reckless before I stumbled across the title track of their latest album, Going to Hell, I likely would have written them off as soon as I discovered that their singer was one Taylor Momsen

Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri – Two Men Walking (2014)

Two Men Walking is all about Ivo Perelman going one-on-one with a viola player, which is cause for joy for improvised music enthusiasts…especially since the viola player is a kindred soul in Mat Maneri.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) ||| ONWARD (“God’s Eye View”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I recall hearing an interview with Al Stewart of “Time Passages” fame who mentioned that the reason his songs are so lyrically lush (i.e. wordy) is because he believes it’s better to write songs with verses composed of many words and using wordsRead More

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