Guilty Pleasures

Guilty pleasures: The Archies – Everything’s Archie (1969)

Originated in 1942 as teenage comic-strip characters, the Archies found new means of employment in the late ’60s

One Track Mind: Psy, “Gentleman” (2013)

Can K-Pop juggernaut Psy catch lightning in a bottle again? Does anybody care? Actually, a lot of people care.

Herb Alpert – Fandango (1982; 2013 reissue)

I tried — I really did — to shake Herb Alpert. His silky smooth trumpet musings had been my introduction to something like jazz, though, and I’ve always associated his music with a time of unvarnished musical enthusiasm.

Desert Island Discs: Guilty Pleasures Edition

Desert Island Discs: Guilty Pleasures Edition

Proof that every one’s guilty pleasure is their own: We reached almost no consensus on this particular version of Desert Island Discs, with only the Carpenters, the Electric Light Orchestra, Hall and Oates and Olivia Newton-John garnering more than one mention.

New Music Monday: John Hiatt, Lee Ritenour, Shemekia Copeland, the Gaddabouts, Lee Konitz

Another New Music Monday, another truckload of cool sounds — this time from the likes of John Hiatt, Lee Ritenour, Medeski Martin and Wood, Shemekia Copeland, Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris and the Gaddabouts, among others.

Gimme Five: Songs where Genesis, well, sucked

There was the Peter Gabriel era, the Phil Collins-led edition, and then that Ray Wilson album. We’re not getting into which one was better — only when Genesis didn’t quite live up to our expectations.

Guilty pleasures: Jackyl – Jackyl (1992)

When Jackyl’s self-titled debut came out, I absolutely hated it. I was in the waning days of my “more notes=better music” listening phase.

Joe Walsh – Analog Man (2012)

We all know the Joe Walsh from 1978′s “Life’s Been Good,” his biggest-ever solo hit. The guy with the mansion he’s never seen. The guy at parties sometimes until four, with gold records on the wall. Leave a message, right? Maybe he’ll call.

'Lordy! Lordy!': Little Richard reacts to recently discovered jam with Joe Walsh

While digging around for tasty extras to include in the deluxe edition of the forthcoming 2012 release Analog Man, Joe Walsh came across an amazing find: A tape of his former band the James Gang jamming with Little Richard.

Guilty pleasures: De La Soul, "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" (1991)

I’ve never understood why so many people — even in the present-day environment of mainstream acceptance for the modern, much more watered-down, commercially acceptable version of hip-hop — still see rap music as a threat.