One Track Mind

One Track Mind: Reload, “Dark Matter” (2014)

One Track Mind: Reload, “Dark Matter” (2014)

Bands like France’s Reload are keeping the prog rock genre alive.

One Track Mind: Peter Himmelman, “Too Afraid to Lose” from The Boat That Carries Us (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Himmelman, “Too Afraid to Lose” from The Boat That Carries Us (2014)

Himmelman moves away from specificity, and into something far more resonant.

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

They sound utterly reinvigorated on this stomping new live release.

One Track Mind: Roger Gomez, “Mondays Guide” from Behind Cloud Nine (2014)

One Track Mind: Roger Gomez, “Mondays Guide” from Behind Cloud Nine (2014)

Threaded with a hip-hugging hook, this song packs a wallop.

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

A mystery-laced tribute to Anne Sexton has lost none of its power, 25 years on.

One Track Mind: “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Word Crimes” from Mandatory Fun (2014)

One Track Mind: “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Word Crimes” from Mandatory Fun (2014)

An anthem, whether you know the source material or not, for those who love words.

One Track Mind: Marillion, “Gaza” from A Sunday Night Above The Rain (2014)

One Track Mind: Marillion, “Gaza” from A Sunday Night Above The Rain (2014)

The costs of these conflicts, the very real costs, are writ large.

One Track Mind: Nick Hempton, “Catch and Release” (2014)

One Track Mind: Nick Hempton, “Catch and Release” (2014)

Write, record and release a new jazz tune every six weeks for a year? Nick Hempton could be onto something good.

One Track Mind: Jerry Garcia Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from GarciaLive: Volume Four (2014)

One Track Mind: Jerry Garcia Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from GarciaLive: Volume Four (2014)

Jerry Garcia’s take is simply enveloped in an atmosphere of absence.

One Track Mind: Shooter Jennings, “4th of July” from Put the O Back in Country (2005)

One Track Mind: Shooter Jennings, “4th of July” from Put the O Back in Country (2005)

I still can’t figure out why this wasn’t a huge summer hit.