Archive for May 4th, 2014

One Track Mind: Jeff Beck, “Why Give It Away” from Yosogai (2014)

One Track Mind: Jeff Beck, “Why Give It Away” from Yosogai (2014)

The first thing that grabs ya’ about this new Jeff Beck tune is the gigantic groove Beck establishes from the get-go, and a soaring lead that brings this too-brief three minute funk-rock excursion to its end.

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Night Ride Home (1991)

Joni Mitchell ended her tenure at Geffen with the lovely and understated ‘Night Ride Home’ — an album that in many ways works in stark contrast to its predecessor.

‘Do you want the truth?’: John Oates has a special ritual before Hall and Oates shows

‘Do you want the truth?’: John Oates has a special ritual before Hall and Oates shows

You were expecting a handful of M&Ms — with the brown ones contractually removed?

Paul Bley – Play Blue, The Oslo Concert (2014)

The Paul Bley who sits behind a piano in front of this live audience, with no accompaniment, is Bley in his purest form.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Weather In My Head” (2012)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Weather In My Head” (2012)

<<< BACKWARD (“Memorabilia”) ||| ONWARD (“The New Breed”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Side two of Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos, that is if you bought the neat-looking clear vinyl version, starts smartly with the track “Weather In My Head.”

One Track Mind: Beverly, “You Can’t Get It Right” from Careers (2014)

This hooky little song tastefully melds a radio-ready pop mentality with a jagged garage-rock stance.

Jim McCarty on the Yardbirds’ forgotten guitar great: ‘He was much more spontaneous’

Jim McCarty on the Yardbirds’ forgotten guitar great: ‘He was much more spontaneous’

The legends of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page tend to obscure subsequent contributors — but another guitarist earns high praise from the Yardbirds’ stalwart drummer, as well.

On Second Thought: Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon (1970)

On Second Thought: Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon (1970)

‘Mona Bone Jakon’ is significant because of its emotional content, unique because of its instrumentation — and important because of its honesty.

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