Archive for April 5th, 2014

For all of his talent, Kurt Cobain was not the spokesman for my generation

For all of his talent, Kurt Cobain was not the spokesman for my generation

I was finishing my senior year in college, and remember watching MTV’s announcement of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, 20 years ago today. I admit I wasn’t surprised, as he always seemed like a tortured soul. Two decades later, I must admit, I still feel ambivalent toward Nirvana.

One Track Mind: Ian Anderson, “Enter the Uninvited” from Homo Erraticus (2014)

One Track Mind: Ian Anderson, “Enter the Uninvited” from Homo Erraticus (2014)

When all of the talk about concepts and recurring characters is done, an album like Ian Anderson’s forthcoming Gerald Bostock-themed Homo Erraticus must still have the musical goods — must still hold up on its own. The frenzied, very modern creativity surrounding “Enter the Uninvited” signals that it will.

‘I thought we’d recorded over it’: Nick Mason on Pink Floyd’s long lost collaboration with Stephane Grappelli

‘I thought we’d recorded over it’: Nick Mason on Pink Floyd’s long lost collaboration with Stephane Grappelli

A rare alternate take on the title track from Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here featuring violinist Stephane Grappelli, previously thought to be gone forever, finally appeared on an Immersion reissue of the 1975 album — and Nick Mason still can’t get over the fact that this version wasn’t used instead.

Fabian Almazan – Rhizome (2014)

If you’ve seen trumpeter Terence Blanchard live you are already well aware of pianist/composer Fabian Almazan.

‘I was kind of nervous’: Journey’s Neal Schon says it took a Stax legend to intimidate him

‘I was kind of nervous’: Journey’s Neal Schon says it took a Stax legend to intimidate him

Neal Schon has been around plenty of guitar heroes over the years. He started, after all, in Carlos Santana’s band. And so it’s perhaps of little surprise that, when asked if a player ever humbled him, Schon says: “Maybe one time.”

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregg Allman, “Midnight Rider” from All My Friends (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregg Allman, “Midnight Rider” from All My Friends (2014)

The Allman Brothers Band will soon pull into the station for good, but Gregg Allman shows via a forthcoming concert film that he’s not finished playing the role of Midnight Rider.

‘Come on, Don, break up!’: As Don Henley’s relationships ended, classic Eagles songs emerged

‘Come on, Don, break up!’: As Don Henley’s relationships ended, classic Eagles songs emerged

Something clicked for the Eagles in the mid-1970s, as they went from being a popular country-rock act to chart-breaking arena-filling superstars. Many credit lineup changes that included the arrivals of Don Felder and Joe Walsh. Felder has another idea, however.

Carl Weingarten – Life Under Stars (2014)

Carl Weingarten didn’t intend to follow-up his ensemble long player Panomorphia with another ensemble album but that’s how Life Under Stars — eight years in the making — turned out.

Viper Mad Trio – Buddy Bolden’s Blues (2014)

With so many traditional jazz artists fetishizing the oh-so-serious 1950s, it’s a breath of fresh air to find the Viper Mad Trio kicking up their heels amid the hipster — and determinedly happy — small-combo sounds that came before.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

I don’t know about the rest of the Pat Metheny fan base, but I was pretty much unprepared for what As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls had to offer.

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