Archive for May, 2015

Scott Amendola, with Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn – Fade To Orange (2015)

Scott Amendola, with Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn – Fade To Orange (2015)

Scott Amendola was right, his opus orchestra piece just couldn’t be a special, one-night-only performance. Fortunately, it won’t be now.

Rickie Lee Jones, “Jimmy Choos” from The Other Side of Desire (2015): One Track Mind

Rickie Lee Jones, “Jimmy Choos” from The Other Side of Desire (2015): One Track Mind

‘Jimmy Choos,’ the lead track off the first album of original Rickie Lee Jones material in 10 years, sounds both familiar and different.

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

When Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ ‘As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls’ arrived in May 1981, it sounded like nothing else in my record collection.

The Beatles, “Love of the Loved” (Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Love of the Loved” (Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

“Love of the Loved” failed to secure a recording contract for the Beatles with Decca. But Brian Epstein didn’t give up the hope that it could still hit.

Crosby Stills and Nash captured one of rock’s best supergroups at the peak of its powers

Crosby Stills and Nash captured one of rock’s best supergroups at the peak of its powers

Released on May 29, 1969, ‘Crosby Stills and Nash’ brought together guys whose average work shames most rock composers. Then they upped the ante.

The Old Ceremony + R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, “Fall Guy” from Sprinter (2015): One Track Mind

The Old Ceremony + R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, “Fall Guy” from Sprinter (2015): One Track Mind

As the Old Ceremony joins together with several musical heroes, “Fall Guy” emerges as a fizzy moment of old-meets-new alchemy.

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

Songs about Boats, Sailing and the High Seas by Crosby Stills and Nash + others: Gimme Five

Crosby Stills and Nash, Los Lobos and Richard Thompson, and Lyle Lovett are a few of the artists who can help get you ready for summer.

Bill Wyman, “What & How & If & When & Why” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bill Wyman, “What & How & If & When & Why” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bill Wyman’s “What & How & If & When & Why” doesn’t sound anything like is his earlier laid-back rootsy fare – to say nothing of the Rolling Stones.

Journey, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” from Raised on Radio (1986): One Track Mind

Journey, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” from Raised on Radio (1986): One Track Mind

Neal Schon takes us inside the unique guitar sound from Journey’s “I’ll Be Alright Without You,” released on May 27, 1986 as part of ‘Raised on Radio.’

Levon Helm, seen in this 1970 file photo, a singer and drummer for the rock group the Band, has died, April 19, 2012 at age 71. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Levon Helm’s essential Band songs: Gimme Five

Born on May 26, 1940, Levon Helm is known today as a country proselytizer, an inventive interpreter and a one-of-a-kind drummer. It all started right here.

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