Archive for April 24th, 2014

Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, though he shares a Native American heritage, spent the first few months on this project simply listening to Indian songs. Then, before fully engaging for the first time in this legacy music, he tried to forget all of that and simply create.

‘We did that in ’74’: For Hall and Oates, a surprising reaction to concert deep cut

‘We did that in ’74’: For Hall and Oates, a surprising reaction to concert deep cut

Hall and Oates has a number of songs, huge era-defining hits, that must be played at every concert. But with a Hall of Fame career stretching all the way back to the early 1970s, there are plenty of deep cuts to sprinkle in, as well.

Slayer, “Implode” (2014): One Track Mind

Wednesday night, Slayer made a surprise appearance to kick off the Revolver Golden Gods Awards with the debut of a new song, “Implode.”

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm (1988)

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm (1988)

The guest-packed Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm represents yet another left turn in Joni Mitchell’s fabled career. Following the release of 1985’s strident and terse Dog Eat Dog, Mitchell and co-producer/bassist Larry Klein return with a lush, sophisticated and elegant work

Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans + Badfinger: Gimme Five

Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans + Badfinger: Gimme Five

The Badfinger legacy was ultimately left to Joey Molland who, with a group of collaborators over the years that’s included Yes co-founder Tony Kaye, soldiered on.

‘They will be songs that people know’: Glenn Hughes says California Breed considering expanded live set

‘They will be songs that people know’: Glenn Hughes says California Breed considering expanded live set

With tour dates presumably looming, the question for the newly formed California Breed quickly becomes: What will they play, beyond their original music? After all, the group includes Glenn Hughes, who’s been in Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Black Country Communion — and Jason Bonham, who’s also worked with BCC, Foreigner and Led Zeppelin.

One Track Mind: Neil Young, “Needle of Death” from A Letter Home (2014)

One Track Mind: Neil Young, “Needle of Death” from A Letter Home (2014)

But for the lack of surface noise, “Needle of Death” could just as well be a just-dug-up vinyl relic from a bygone era — so complete is Neil Young’s trip back into age-old technological nostalgia. Then, the lyrics begin to pierce through the facade of hype built up around its low-tech recording.

Joe Beck – Get Me Joe Beck (2014)

When we listen to the last known recordings of a music great who has passed away, is it natural to elevate the quality of the music in those recordings because nothing else from that musician will ever follow it?

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