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The Friday Morning Listen: The Oxford American Southern Music Issue – The Music of Louisiana (2012)

So I decided a while back that it would be a good idea for me to start backing up stuff from my computer.

Kylesa – From the Vaults, Vol. 1 (2012)

Sludge metal titans Kylesa have presented their own gift for the holidays with From the Vaults, Vol. 1, a tantalizing record. The rarities and B-sides take hold immediately

Superlith – Plasma Cluster (2012)

Just when you think you’ve heard it all — literally — some really crafty cats come along and create sounds that hadn’t quite been previously contemplated. A couple of such musicians from Philadelphia’s fertile experimental music scene banded together to create some of this alien but strangely alluring noise.

Jane’s Addiction, Franky Perez, others – Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 (2012)

When this soundtrack compilation landed on my desk, it didn’t mean much to me. I don’t watch the show and only a few of the names on the back of the CD meant anything to me — and one of those was Katey Sagal

‘Not only a mentor, but a friend': Former collaborators remember late guitar hero Ronnie Montrose

‘Not only a mentor, but a friend': Former collaborators remember late guitar hero Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose would have been 65 on November 29, 2012, and former musical collaborators like Marc Bonilla say this first birthday without him is going to be particularly hard.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mort Weiss, “The Touch Of Your Lips” (2012)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mort Weiss, “The Touch Of Your Lips” (2012)

Mort Weiss, the old-school bop clarinet player with youthful exuberance and energy, had just this month banged out his tenth album since 2001, I’ll Be Seeing You.

On Second Thought: Grand Funk Railroad – Good Singin’ Good Playin’ (1976)

Rising from the ashes of Terry Knight and the Pack, a Flint, Michigan-based band that cut a string of singles and two full-length albums worth hunting down, Grand Funk Railroad was one of the hottest acts of the early 1970s.

One Track Mind: Eric Clapton, “Looking at the Rain” (2012)

One Track Mind: Eric Clapton, “Looking at the Rain” (2012)

A newly unearthed Eric Clapton track, to be included in a lavish 35th anniversary reissue of Slowhand, finds the guitarist offering his own quietly weary take on a Gordon Lightfoot deep cut.

Something Else! sneak peek: Richard Thompson, “Good Things Happen To Bad People” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Richard Thompson, “Good Things Happen To Bad People” (2013)

“Good Things Happen to Bad People,” the guitar-stoked advance song from Richard Thompson’s forthcoming long-player Electric, finds him bellowing with a bracing vigor. There’s a knife’s edge to both his singing and his playing.

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

On this particular island, there will be sun and sand – but nary an original artist.