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Flotsam and Jetsam – Ugly Noise (2013)

After 1995′s Drift, Flotsam and Jetsam seemed to do just that — drift off the musical map — with a series of disappointing records and a couple of long hiatuses between records. Then came 2010′s The Cold.

Gordon Hauptfleisch (1954-2013): An Appreciation

Gordon Hauptfleisch (1954-2013): An Appreciation

Having spent some of his earliest years just a mile down the road from where the Beach Boys grew up, the late Gordon Hauptfleish had a special way of capturing California’s flaxen past, always describing it with real force and wisdom.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Medical Science” (1994)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Medical Science” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Lies I Can Believe”) ||| ONWARD (“Babylon Sisters (Live)”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have complementing talents — that’s a major reason of what made their partnership such a success — but there’s some overlap too, and one of the things they are both big on is making their songs groove.

One Track Mind: Black Sabbath, “The End of the Beginning” from 13 (2013)

A day after fans heard the first single from Black Sabbath’s upcoming 13 project, the band debuted a second song, “The End of the Beginning,” live in New Zealand.

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (2012 Anniversary Edition)

Initially released on the Elektra label late in 1972, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 featured a smattering of one hit wonders and no hit wonders from the not so distant past.

One Track Mind: Lifesigns, “Telephone” from Lifesigns (2013)

The soon-to-be-released Lifesigns single “Telephone” is perhaps the best example of how the group’s previous lives in prog and pop can coalesce into a listenable, yet still challenging, amalgam of both.

‘It’s pretty cool’: Healthy again, Timothy B. Schmit celebrates return to the road with Eagles

‘It’s pretty cool’: Healthy again, Timothy B. Schmit celebrates return to the road with Eagles

As the Eagles get set for a summer tour, Timothy B. Schmit can’t help but wonder at it all. Just months after a sudden bout with cancer, the honey-voiced bassist has made a stirring recovery.

Del Shannon – Home and Away (1967; 2012 reissue)

This was an ambitious album for both Del Shannon, and for producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The goal was to make a UK Pet Sounds of sorts, with Del in the guise of Brian Wilson — but the album was shelved by Del’s record label Liberty Records

Skid Row – United World Rebellion, Chapter One EP (2013)

Skid Row – United World Rebellion, Chapter One EP (2013)

After a very uneven first album with new singer Johnny Solinger and a second album that was full of jokey novelty tunes, I didn’t hold out much hope for the future of Skid Row. Until now.

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Sabbath, “God is Dead?” from 13 (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Sabbath, “God is Dead?” from 13 (2013)

Since Black Sabbath began working on a new album with original singer Ozzy Osbourne and producer Rick Rubin, fans have been waiting for a taste of what was coming.