Archive for February, 2017

The Link Between the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and Several Legendary Films

The Link Between the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and Several Legendary Films

What does the Beatles’ first film have in common with ‘Star Wars,’ Alfred Hitchcock and ‘The Avengers’? Mike Tiano reveals this surprising link.

Toto, “Somewhere Tonight” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Somewhere Tonight” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

“Somewhere Tonight” features a familiar, though well-told story of lost love. Toto’s musical approach is what makes this an enduring deep cut.

AMP Trio, “N.T. Bag” from Three (2017): Something Else! exclusive premiere

AMP Trio, “N.T. Bag” from Three (2017): Something Else! exclusive premiere

“N.T. Bag” isn’t played by a trio where one player dominates over the others. With the AMP Trio, everyone dominates.

Trouble Kaze – June (2017)

Trouble Kaze – June (2017)

The sextet Trouble Kaze and their debut album ‘June’ is an inspired way to extend and expand on the ideas first put forward by the Japanese/French quartet Kaze.

Projekt Gemineye, “Ordinary Day” from Ordinary Day (2016): One Track Mind

Projekt Gemineye, “Ordinary Day” from Ordinary Day (2016): One Track Mind

“Ordinary Day” makes a fine first impression for Canadian metal/prog veteran Mark Anthony K’s Projekt Gemineye.

Chicago, “While the City Sleeps” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “While the City Sleeps” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm contributes a stand-out cut from the last album (except for parts of ‘VII’) where Chicago is truly an experimental band.

Rich Halley and Carson Halley – The Wild (2017)

Rich Halley and Carson Halley – The Wild (2017)

In understanding the vital, father-son sax-drums core of Rich Halley’s ensembles, ‘The Wild’ is revelatory.

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

It seems the magical, minimum number needed to qualify as a rock ‘n’ roll band is three. So, let’s pit some famous rock trios against each other.

Victor Assis Brasil – Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (1970, 2017 reissue)

Victor Assis Brasil – Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (1970, 2017 reissue)

Victor Assis Brasil left behind several quality works to explore but his Jobim tribute ‘Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim’ now reissued is a fine place to start on that journey.

The Beatles, “Martha My Dear” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Martha My Dear” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear” incorporates other genres into rock, but also subverts the typical verse-chorus form.

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