Archive for November, 2017

Steely Dan’s ‘Black Friday’ provides a perfectly nonsensical soundtrack for today

Steely Dan’s ‘Black Friday’ provides a perfectly nonsensical soundtrack for today

Steely Dan’s “Black Friday” might feel a bit on the nose this morning, but what else comes to mind on the first day of the Christmas shopping season?

Anna Nalick – At Now (2017)

Anna Nalick – At Now (2017)

Anna Nalick’s vulnerable, touching ‘At Now’ breaks down the barriers to human emotion, telling her story through song.

Songs of Thanksgiving from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez + others: Gimme Five

Songs of Thanksgiving from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez + others: Gimme Five

Sometimes it’s best to give thanks. And sometimes it helps to have songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others to remind us.

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

Toto, “Animal” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Animal” from Past to Present (1990): Toto Tuesdays

“Animal,” the final new song on Toto’s 1990 retrospective ‘Past to Present,’ may be the weakest – but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

The Everly Brothers – Two Yanks in England (1966): Forgotten Series

The Everly Brothers – Two Yanks in England (1966): Forgotten Series

‘Two Yanks in England’ finds the Hollies working with the Everly Brothers, one of their key influences. Two future Led Zeppelin members, were there, too.

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Fiona Ross – Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey (2017)

Fiona Ross’ new album builds on her previous material, while demonstrating the maturation of talent this musical hand grenade has let loose.

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – Hide Ye Idols (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – Hide Ye Idols (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza and his audacious crew once again stretch jazz across multiple red lines and force people to rethink what defines that idiom.

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (2017)

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (2017)

You can’t help but wonder how great this would have been if Maroon 5 more consistently rose above the easy expectations of their fans and these times.

Chicago, “Harry Truman” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Harry Truman” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

One of the more unusual things Chicago ever recorded, “Harry Truman” could be considered a novelty song – but that doesn’t take away any of my enjoyment.

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