Rock Music

Steely Dan – Everything Must Go (2003)

by S. Victor Aaron After pulling off what could pass as one of the most improbable comebacks in rock history, Steely Dan re-emerges a mere three years later with another serious effort, Everything Must Go. SD modified its approach to this album somewhat to set it apart from the prior, Grammy-winning Two Against Nature, by going back to analog recordingRead More

Forgotten series: Pink Floyd – Division Bell (1994)

by Nick DeRiso Perhaps the only album from after the so-called Classic Period (“Dark Side”-to-“Animals,” some would also include “The Wall”) that must be checked out by any prospective Pink Floyd fan — if only because it helps encapsulate the Rest of the Story, outside of Roger Waters’ monolithic influence.

Steely Dan – Two Against Nature (2000)

by S. Victor Aaron Twenty years is a long time to go without a proper studio album, but long-suffering fans of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s Steely Dan finally got relief in February of 2000 with the release of Two Against Nature. Expectations ran high for one of the most successful rock bands of the seventies, and bands that reuniteRead More

Allen Toussaint – Connected (1996)

I’ve always been a fan of this pianist/composer. Perhaps never meant to be a star, Toussaint was one of those great working-class, behind-the-scenes talents — he did session work, produced, helped with A&R, wrote songs — who made the record business go back in the day. In this way, Toussaint was the tireless, beating heart of New Orleans music inRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Steely Dan

by S. Victor Aaron 1) Aja (1977)Strong set of songs + note perfect production + top notch musicianship = masterpiece. High point: The Wayne Shorter and Steve Gadd exchange during the extended instrumental passage of the title cut. Low point: Didn’t come with a second LP.

The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

Any conversation about the Beatles inevitably leads to one place: The Desert Island Disc. (Well, actually, it passes through Which One Is Your Favorite — somebody else can deal with that one — but it ends up, inevitably, with this eternal question.)

The Fireman – Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1994)

Capitol Records tried to drop hints that was, in fact, a record by Paul McCartney. Press information shipped with the advance CDs had a pull-out reproduction of a tabloid, apparently circa 1964: “‘Beatlemania,’” the headline screamed, “sweeps U.S.” But the enclosed news release goes on and on about “an anonymous duo” known as the Fireman. No other details given onRead More