Rock Music

Forgotten series: Iron Butterfly, Gene Vincent, Eric Carmen, others – Garagelands Volume Two (1999)

Forgotten series: Iron Butterfly, Gene Vincent, Eric Carmen, others – Garagelands Volume Two (1999)

Like its predecessor, Garagelands Volume Two (Bam Caruso Records) salutes long lost songs of the ’60s, where fuzz guitars mingle cordially with chiming tambourines and screeching harmonicas, while the drums thump and pump

Gimme Five: Our Christmas favorites include Nat King Cole, Vince Guaraldi … and Henry Rollins?!?

There are as many Christmas music traditions as there are stockings hung with with care. For some, the process of awaiting ole St. Nick requires a classic soundtrack, filled with old favorites. For others, something newer makes sense.

Jordan Richardson’s Top Albums for 2012: Metal and Hard Rock

It took some doing, but I’ve finally completed the sacrifices necessary to appease the Dark Lord. With the fiery strength He gave me, I was able to narrow down a list

Deep Cuts: Post-1970s Yes, including ‘Machine Messiah,’ ‘State of Play,’ ‘New State of Mind,’ others

Deep Cuts: Post-1970s Yes, including ‘Machine Messiah,’ ‘State of Play,’ ‘New State of Mind,’ others

Anyone can recite, bass line and verse, their favorite moments from Yes’ seminal 1972 release Close to the Edge. Everybody knows about the mountains coming out of the sky, and how they stood there, too.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown” (1984)

My 1984 self just couldn’t identify with this song. My dad was a factory worker, but health issues forced him to retire long before his job vanished.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Confide In Me” (1993)

<<< BACKWARD (“Teahouse On The Tracks”) ||| ONWARD (“Big Noise, New York”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** You can probably find a little bit of Ray Charles in most anything Donald Fagen plays, but on occassion, his affection for the music of America’s most important soul man is explicit. “Confide In Me” is one of those occasions.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2012: Indie Bands

This list is necessarily all over the map. Heck, in a lot of respects, there’s no map at all. You’ll find it in tatters down on the passenger-side floorboard. Delving into unsigned bands is like that.

Mondo Topless – Freaking Out (2010)

A choice, not-so-obvious all-covers album from Philadelphia’s Mondo Topless, starting with a pretty rockin’ version of The Twilighters’ “Nothing Can Bring Me Down.” Elsewhere, an eclectic bunch of garage and rock bands are represented

Gimme Five: Songs where Van Halen, well, sucked

Gimme Five: Songs where Van Halen, well, sucked

Criticizing Van Halen for the times it were too corny or over-the-top almost feels disingenuous. After all, the band’s legend was founded on their blend of dizzying virtuosity with pervy jokester asides.

Beverly Paterson’s Top Albums for 2012: Rock and Pop Music Reissues

Stay tuned for my list of reissue faves from 2012, from Evol to SRC, from True Hearts to the Ventures, presented as always in alphabetical order. After all, who can really choose, with so many great sounds?