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On Second Thought: Hackamore Brick – Long Way Home (2009)

Nearly thirty years after turning critics on their ears with their dandy debut album One Kiss Leads To Another, Hackamore Brick returned to the fore with Long Way Home. The comeback release, although it retains the spirit of what went before, is no repeat performance. And that’s quite alright, as it shows Tommy Moonlight and Chick Newman, who are originalRead More

‘You just don’t do that’: Steve Cropper’s biggest hit once became his biggest embarassment

‘You just don’t do that’: Steve Cropper’s biggest hit once became his biggest embarassment

Steve Cropper settled into the theater seats with his wife and another couple, ready to enjoy the new film American Graffiti in 1973. He had no idea what was about to happen next.

Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon (2014)

These days, I approach a new Iced Earth record with both high hopes and a little trepidation.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Worlds Apart” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Worlds Apart” (2002)

The musical palette employed during “Worlds Apart” — the tablas and the vocals delivered by Asif Ali Khan and Haji Nazir Afridi — was almost shocking. This is a Bruce Springsteen song?!

‘Musically, it’s a voyage’: Inside David Crosby’s long-awaited, surprising new album

‘Musically, it’s a voyage’: Inside David Crosby’s long-awaited, surprising new album

Over a career which saw him co-found both the Byrds and Crosby Still and Nash, David Crosby has been known for a certain low-fi sound. Even his most critically acclaimed effort away from those groups shared this homey feel.

Los Lonely Boys – Revelation (2014)

Los Lonely Boys have never sounded more cosmopolitan, never more engaged in the wider musical landscape around them, and yet Revelation isn’t all about previously untried sounds. The brothers keep their feet firmly planted on a now familiar soul-soaked blues-rock firmament.

Forgotten series: The Sir Finks – (Tres Mexicanos) Del Sur De Texas (2008)

Forgotten series: The Sir Finks – (Tres Mexicanos) Del Sur De Texas (2008)

This was a fun surf instrumental album from Get Hip, containing all of the Sir Finks’ material as recorded for the Wildebeest label.

‘We never had any time’: Jack Bruce says overscheduling, not internal squabbling, killed Cream

‘We never had any time’: Jack Bruce says overscheduling, not internal squabbling, killed Cream

For all of their many arguments, accusations and on-stage antics, Cream really broke up because of bad management, bassist Jack Bruce says. Having issued three albums in four years, and toured incessantly through 1968, they simply burned out.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Door Number Two” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Door Number Two” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Mary Shut The Garden Door”) ||| ONWARD (“Downtown Canon”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It’s strange: I like Donald Fagen records for how much they sound like Steely Dan and I like Walter Becker’s records for how they distance themselves from Steely Dan records.

Tom Levin – Them Feet (2014)

Tom Levin took a huge step back into the spotlight, after struggling for years through a bad record deal, with 2011’s Tooth and Claw. This new album consolidates everything that once made him a best-new-artist phenom