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Something Else! Interview: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Something Else! Interview: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson, even as a massive four-DVD set of live Jethro Tull performances is set to be released next week, continues a well-received solo tour, highlighted by a June 30 stop at London’s Royal Albert Hall and then a string of U.S. dates.

Exclusive stream: Ray Manzarek + Roy Rogers, “Just Like Sherlock Holmes” from Twisted Tales (2013)

Arriving like a perfect combination of everything that the late Ray Manzarek brought to the Doors — this free-form, jazz-inflected sense of freedom — and the gnarled dangers of Roy Rogers’ slide blues, “Just Like Sherlock Holmes” is a fine valedictory.

WTF?! Wednesdays: The Residents, “Swastikas On Parade/Hitler Was A Vegetarian” (1976)

WTF?! Wednesdays: The Residents, “Swastikas On Parade/Hitler Was A Vegetarian” (1976)

The Residents have been around since the early ’70s, have made over 60 albums, 10 DVDs, 3 CD-ROM projects and numerous music videos and short films. And they make weird-assed music and dress in tuxes with top hats and eye masks.

Almost Hits: The Beau Brummels, “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (1965)

Almost Hits: The Beau Brummels, “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (1965)

Credit usually goes to the Byrds for founding the folk-rock movement, but the Beau Brummels were actually the first band to not only play such a style but obtain commercial success in the process.

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

I’ve been meaning to write a Forgotten Series entry on Dio’s Magica, but the new Deluxe Edition, due out June 25, 2013 from Niji Entertainment, provides a perfect opportunity to revisit one of the metal legend’s most overlooked records.

One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

There are probably more than a few people who thought this No. 12 1969 hit by the Spiral Starecase was a Chicago song anyway. But it sure is a strange way to advance a long-awaited new album project.

Yellowjackets – A Rise In The Road (2013)

A “rise in the road” connotes a challenge that needs to be met, and certainly a band that’s been around for thirty-two years has seen its share of them

Blue Cranes – Swim (2013)

It would be easy to assume that a discussion about a record produced by the Decembrists’ Nate Query and featuring a guest spots by the tUnE-yArDs’ Noah Bernstein and Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin is a discussion about an indie rock record

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Real Man” (1992)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Real Man” (1992)

Here we have the sister track to The Long Goodbye. Thematically? No, but certainly musically

Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark – Blind, Crippled and Crazy (2013)

An easy atmosphere of camaraderie, a lived-in sense of community, surrounds this homey reunion, as Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark amble up, sit a spell, and share a few songs. You can almost hear the rocking chair creaking below them on the front porch.