Archive for April, 2014

The Levon Helm Band, “The Same Thing” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

The Levon Helm Band, “The Same Thing” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

A treasured opportunity to hear Levon Helm swinging again, in all of his groaning, yelping, easy-going, era-defying, down-home glory.

One Track Mind: Judas Priest, “Redeemer of Souls” from Redeemer of Souls (2014)

One Track Mind: Judas Priest, “Redeemer of Souls” from Redeemer of Souls (2014)

Newly released music from an old favorite band always brings an odd mix of anticipation and trepidation before I push the play button. I always have a great sense of dread that it will be awful

Books: I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli (2014)

While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time

Hyungjin Choi – Tales of a Dreamer (2014)

Classically trained, but unafraid to furiously swing, Hyungjin Choi leads a group of likeminded jazz performers through a set that is as varied as it is satisfying.

One Track Mind: Bob Mould, “I Don’t Know You Anymore” from Beauty and Ruin (2014)

One Track Mind: Bob Mould, “I Don’t Know You Anymore” from Beauty and Ruin (2014)

The only thing, it seems, that ever reliably pierced the twined armor of Bob Mould’s squalling guitar and emotionally serrated singing style was the former Husker Du frontman’s penchant for revelatory hooks. Same here.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Trumpeter Forbes Graham

WTF?! Wednesdays: Trumpeter Forbes Graham

You’ve probably never heard of trumpeter Forbes Graham, though you might have heard him if you’re familiar with the (insert genre here, since I have no idea what to call them) band Kayo Dot.

‘I have my own mythology’: Matthew Shipp announces new release I’ve Been To Many Places

‘I have my own mythology’: Matthew Shipp announces new release I’ve Been To Many Places

I’ve Been To Many Places, my upcoming solo piano release on Thirsty Ear Records, is an apotheosis for me. I feel like the piano is a live organism at this point. I feel a complete fusion of my soul

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Luna” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Luna” (1976)

The story of “Luna” begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Shelter Records, with whom the Heartbreakers were signed when their eponymous debut was released, was founded and run by Denny Cordell (who produced the album) and Leon Russell

‘We played on that’: Micky Dolenz discusses the secret to the Monkees’ success

‘We played on that’: Micky Dolenz discusses the secret to the Monkees’ success

In some ways, the very nature of the Monkees’ creation helped them establish a sound unlike many of their contemporaries, Micky Dolenz says. Each of them arrived with their own unique voice.

Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite (2014)

Ross Hammond typically invests a lot into his recording projects, as we witnessed with instinctual rock-jazz excursions like 2012’s Adored and 2013’s Cathedrals.