Archive for March 22nd, 2015

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

When others are building newfound fame around your essential disco vibe, it’s time for a return in full. And that’s just what Chic has done.

Roger Waters and Pink Floyd came to a grinding halt with didactic Final Cut

Roger Waters and Pink Floyd came to a grinding halt with didactic Final Cut

Released this week in 1983, ‘The Final Cut’ represented the novelization of Pink Floyd, its songs reduced to infrastructure for Roger Waters’ narratives.

Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide (2011): On Second Thought

Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide (2011): On Second Thought

Bluegrass, I like. Tommy Shaw, I like. But together? You couldn’t help but wonder how ‘The Great Divide’ would ever work. But it did.

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

In February 1962, as Ernestine Anderson took the stage at a Seattle jazz club, the then-34 year old should have been consolidating her early successes.

Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a brilliant moment of studio trickery

Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ was a brilliant moment of studio trickery

“Locomotive Breath,” released this week back in 1971, seemed like Jethro Tull’s most coherent, successful synthesis yet. It was actually pieced together.