Archive for January, 2018

Liam Gallagher – As You Were vs. Noel Gallagher – Who Built the Moon? (2017): Odd Couples

Liam Gallagher – As You Were vs. Noel Gallagher – Who Built the Moon? (2017): Odd Couples

Maybe it’s about time that Noel and Liam Gallagher were left to pursue their muses, without the pressure of nostalgia.

Ashton Gardner and Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (1971): One Track Mind

Ashton Gardner and Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (1971): One Track Mind

Filled with funky, blues-battered dynamics, Ashton Gardner and Dyke’s “Resurrection Shuffle” seized the radio dial in the summer of 1971.

Toto, “2 Hearts” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “2 Hearts” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Steve Lukather’s patented emotional honesty is even more palpable on “2 Hearts” because of the raw edge found on Toto’s ‘Kingdom of Desire.’

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama fixed a glaring hole in their amazing career resume with ‘Down in New Orleans,’ released on this date 10 years ago.

The Beatles, “Words of Love” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Words of Love” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, particularly John Lennon and Paul McCartney, were avid students of the Texas-born singer-songwriter Buddy Holly.

The Residents – Meet the Residents (1974) and The Third Reich ‘N Roll (1976): 2018 pREServed Editions

The Residents – Meet the Residents (1974) and The Third Reich ‘N Roll (1976): 2018 pREServed Editions

Expanded reissues from the Residents allow us to peer inside the earliest mad musical manifestations of possibly America’s most enigmatic musical troupe.

The Byrds, “What’s Happening?!?!” from Fifth Dimension (1966): One Track Mind

The Byrds, “What’s Happening?!?!” from Fifth Dimension (1966): One Track Mind

I went onto bigger and better things, but I always remembered this weird, claustrophobic Byrds tune from my childhood.

Chicago, “Old Days” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Old Days” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago closes out the nostalgia-concept second side of 1975’s ‘Chicago VIII’ with this upbeat, enjoyable catalog of “boyhood memories” that “seem like yesterday.”

Dark Hound – Dawning (2018)

Dark Hound – Dawning (2018)

I walked away wondering how I’d missed Dark Hound’s first two albums. It’s an oversight that I intend to correct immediately.

Warren Zevon – Mr. Bad Example (1991): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Mr. Bad Example (1991): On Second Thought

This remains a strong, too-often overlooked Warren Zevon album. Yet ‘Mr. Bad Example’ marked the beginning of his career’s second act.

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