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Steely Dan Sunday, “Countermoon” (1993)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Countermoon” (1993)

<<< BACKWARD (“Trans-Island Skyway”) ||| ONWARD (“Springtime”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Donald Fagen gets down with the slowed-down, hand-clapping funk of “Countermoon,” a song that like the preceding “Trans-Island Skyway” is a song that could have been better.

Forgotten series: Traffic cofounder Chris Wood – Vulcan (2008)

Forgotten series: Traffic cofounder Chris Wood – Vulcan (2008)

Traffic fans like myself had been waiting for years for this long-rumored, unreleased instrumental solo album by the band’s founding flautist/saxophonist Chris Wood to finally surface.

‘The only rock star out there’: Gene Simmons confirms that Kiss almost did a duet with Lady Gaga

‘The only rock star out there’: Gene Simmons confirms that Kiss almost did a duet with Lady Gaga

Kiss’ new album Monster features a song called “Freak” that band co-founder Gene Simmons says connected with Lady Gaga, starting a chain of events that nearly led to a duet.

‘We never wrote a cock-rock song’: Jonathan Cain has a theory about Journey’s lasting resonance

‘We never wrote a cock-rock song’: Jonathan Cain has a theory about Journey’s lasting resonance

Longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain says Journey’s music has an innocence, an essential lack of cynicism, that helps it to resonate across the generations.

‘That don’t mean the band’s breaking up’: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is at work on a new solo project

‘That don’t mean the band’s breaking up’: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is at work on a new solo project

Aerosmith is in the run up a long-awaited new studio album, and then a world tour in 2013. After that, fans have to wonder if they can stick together. After all: Steven Tyler says he’ll then start work on a solo project.

Ben Gibbard – Former Lives (2012)

Ben Gibbard – Former Lives (2012)

I’m not sure Ben Gibbard, recording his first-ever solo album away from Death Cab for Cutie, has ever sounded more alone. And in that scary freedom, in that essential stillness, he experiments in ways we haven’t heard before.

On Second Thought: Jackson Browne – Hold Out (1980)

On Second Thought: Jackson Browne – Hold Out (1980)

During the 1970s, Jackson Browne had staked out a great reputation for himself as one of the elite poets of rock. His often introspective (some would say self-absorbed) songwriting propelled him to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

‘No denying the Yes factor’: Glass Hammer rides wave of interest in Jon Davison toward imaginative new project

‘No denying the Yes factor’: Glass Hammer rides wave of interest in Jon Davison toward imaginative new project

Glass Hammer, riding a wave of interest as its lead singer also serves a stint in Yes, is set to issue an epic new project called Perilous on October 23, 2012 — the American prog rock act’s most ambitious concept album yet.

‘Didn’t sound as good as they could’: Jeff Lynne on why he decided to rework Electric Light Orchestra favorites

‘Didn’t sound as good as they could’: Jeff Lynne on why he decided to rework Electric Light Orchestra favorites

Jeff Lynne has gone in depth on what drove him to refashion some of his most famous moments with the Electric Light Orchestra in a new album for Frontiers called Mr. Blue Sky.

‘It’s the same old crap’: Deep Purple alum Ritchie Blackmore’s hilarious preview of his forthcoming album

‘It’s the same old crap’: Deep Purple alum Ritchie Blackmore’s hilarious preview of his forthcoming album

Into a world of endless hype for every new project steps Ritchie Blackmore, whose band Deep Purple was recently announced as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.