Archive for March 26th, 2014

One Track Mind: GWAR, “The Road Behind” from America Must Be Destroyed (1992)

After hearing of the passing of Dave Brockie, known to GWAR fans as alien conqueror Oderus Urungus, I wanted to write something about Scumdogs of the Universe, my personal favorite record by the band. But in the days that followed, I kept coming back to this song. “The Road Behind” seemed somehow fitting, and a perfect representation of what GWARRead More

‘My singing was a little lacking’: John Fogerty on the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit he’d do over

‘My singing was a little lacking’: John Fogerty on the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit he’d do over

“Fortunate Son,” from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 album Willy and the Poor Boys, has served as a rallying call for a generation protesting the war, the backbone of countless commercials and film soundtracks, and a concert staple for John Fogerty.

Andrew Hadro – For Us, The Living (2014)

That burly baritone sax, it can be an abrasive sound maker, but in the right hands it can be this warm, inviting sonority.

Deep Purple – Live In California 74 (2014)

Deep Purple – Live In California 74 (2014)

This was the one where Ritchie Blackmore refused to go on stage, because it was not yet sunset — and he felt that would dim the impact of Deep Purple’s lightshow.

‘Jon Davison has brought in an interesting quality’: Chris Squire on Yes’ forthcoming Heaven and Earth

‘Jon Davison has brought in an interesting quality’: Chris Squire on Yes’ forthcoming Heaven and Earth

Though Jon Davison has been touring with Yes since 2012, the group’s upcoming release will be his first studio collaboration — and the singer-songwriter looks to have had a critical role.

Birchall and Woolhouse – The Scenery of Life Unfolding (2014)

This has been done, of course. Among the legends to have played in a piano-and-bass duo are Bill Evans and Eddie Gomez, Chris Anderson and Charlie Haden, Duke Ellington and Ray Brown, and Paul Bley and Gary Peacock, among many others. To be sure, stepping into this format has its pitfalls.

Jon Herington picks Steely Dan’s signature song: ‘A good representation of their work’

Jon Herington picks Steely Dan’s signature song: ‘A good representation of their work’

Guitarist Jon Herington has worked as a sideman with Steely Dan going back to 2000, while also playing a showcase role in the Dukes of September all-star amalgam with Donald Fagen.

‘We never finished the song’: The Eagles’ loss was Don Felder’s gain as the 1980s began

‘We never finished the song’: The Eagles’ loss was Don Felder’s gain as the 1980s began

How much better would the Eagles’ only so-so 1979 album The Long Run have been with the inclusion of Don Felder’s first solo hit, 1981’s “Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)”? It almost happened.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Deerhoof, “Panda Panda Panda” (2003)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Deerhoof, “Panda Panda Panda” (2003)

I have said (and defended) many times that I am not a lyrics person. Still, that doesn’t really excuse me for what I am about to admit: that I’d listened to Deerhoof’s album Apple O’ many times and never realized, until just the other day, that Satomi Matsuzaki was singing “Panda Panda Panda.” Yeah, I know that’s the song title.Read More

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