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The Nervebreakers – Hijack The Radio! (2012)

Now here’s a nice and nasty blast from the past! I admit I had forgotten all about the Nervebreakers until “My Girlfriend Is A Rock” refreshed my memory.

John Frusciante – Letur-Lefr (2012)

PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone.

JD Allen Trio – The Matador and the Bull (2012)

Every so often, we are lucky enough to come across a record that flips previous musical conventions on its head — a record that is fresh, original and that forces us to think differently

Michael Des Barres – Carnaby Street (2012)

Michael Des Barres has seen a lot of rock ‘n’ roll highway pass by. But he’s still itching to explore new sideroads.

One Track Mind: Kiss, “Hell or Hallelujah” (2012)

I won’t say that “Hell or Hallelujah” had the same impact on me as hearing “Unholy” from Kiss’ Revenge record, but it’s a very similar situation.

Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day III and Canada Day Octet (2012)

Toronto born, New York based drummer Harris Eisenstadt has taken the master route for learning the ins and outs of modern creative jazz music

One Track Mind: The English Beat, "Save It For Later" (1982; 2012 reissue)

Their name focused on rhythm, but short-changing the shooting-star early-1980s post-punkers English Beat as a ska band is to ignore their essential, still deeply interesting complexities.

Download: J.D. Souther – NoiseTrade Sampler EP (2012)

If you know J.D. Souther, one of the 1970s’ unjustly overlooked country-rock svengalis, it’s likely as a collaborator with the Eagles.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Police – Ghost In The Machine (1981)

While packing up a house in the effort to get it ready for sale, there comes a time when the oddest sensation arrives — when you feel like the house just isn’t yours anymore…and that you no longer belong there.

Something Else! sneak peek: Melissa Etheridge, "Falling Up" (2012)

In this uncertain era, we need people to frame the issues as much as we need life-affirming voices to lift us from the doldrums. Enter Melissa Etheridge, with a new song that finds hope, and humor, in the hard times.