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Tchiya Amet – Celestial Folk Music (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZKY3R1MIQ&w=500&h=305] Tchiya Amet creates this interesting subtext, weaving a mystical tapestry of stories, myths, legends and spells through a varied rhythmic landscape. But even if you aren’t familiar with the source material, Celestial Folk Music charms.

Something Else! sneak peek: Darondo featuring The Park, “2012” (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzATAxmOPKk&w=560&h=315] It’s a song about a certain day. This day. December 21, 2012. William Pulliam, aka Darondo, is a soul and funk singer from the San Francisco Bay area who cut several sides in the early 70s, but only three singles were released.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

The Friday Morning Listen: The Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

So I’m drivin’ home the night before last and as I get a few miles away from the house I notice that people are flashing their high beams at me. This has happened occasionally but mostly the cause is that I’ve been slow to the high beams lever. Oops!

Jordan Richardson’s Top Albums for 2012: Rock and Pop Music

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfI3AehnirQ&w=500&h=305] Narrowing down the wealth of pop and rock albums from 2012 into a set of 10 favorites is an onerous chore that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It is a fate worse than death; a grueling salvo of nepotism

Gimme Five: Mayan Apocalypse Edition

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVwKilMss1I&w=500&h=305] Strictly speaking, the Mayan calendar doesn’t end at all — not on Friday, not ever. December 21, 2012 is simply the end of a 5125-year cycle. Now that we’ve got that cleared up, we can address the real problem: WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE ANYWAY.

Karl 2000 – Karl 2000 (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqHhNayMJ5g&w=420&h=315] When you have three American musicians — two from Greenville, SC — interpreting Russian folk music, you might expect it to get a little wild and full of pastiche.

Something Else! sneak peek: Jason Newsted, “Soldierhead” (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAqdCUkxHJ4&w=500&h=305] A few weeks ago former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who has been fairly quiet since his departure from Voivod, suddenly popped up with a new website and some teasers to new music coming.

Something Else! Interview: Kelly Nickels, former L.A. Guns bassist

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lsnTx_JASg&w=500&h=305] Kelly Nickels, a member of L.A. Guns from 1987-95 and again from 1999-2000, was part of the band’s classic lineup with lead guitarist Tracii Guns and singer Phil Lewis.

The Mickey Finns – Prayers and Idle Chatter (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_OJTMD20OI&w=500&h=305] It’s easy to pigeon-hole the Mickey Finns as a New York City-based Celtic band. You’ve got the fiddle, the drinking songs, a reel and a jig on Prayers and Idle Chatter. But there is a lot more going on here.

On Second Thought: Spencer Davis – So Far (2006)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPhi3t5BSVw&w=500&h=305] This album has to be Spencer Davis’ most varied yet: He’s basically talking about his career and/or his life in general, before and after fame hit.