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Jeremy – Love Explosion (2012)

Prolific is one thing, but being prolific and maintaining a high level of excellence in the process proves to be an entirely different kettle of fish. Jeremy Morris, however, is blessed with both attributes.

Tangerine Dream – Under Cover (2012)

Tangerine Dream – Under Cover (2012)

Cover albums are inherently risky, and quite frankly more than a little overdone of late. Leave it to Tangerine Dream to breathe new life into things

Billy Sherwood – The Art of Survival (2012)

Billy Sherwood – The Art of Survival (2012)

Billy Sherwood again sounds a futureshock alarm on The Art of Survival, resuming an on-going exploration into the way technology is forever changing our lives.

Forgotten series: An Apple A Day: More Pop-Psych Sounds From The Apple Era (2006)

Forgotten series: An Apple A Day: More Pop-Psych Sounds From The Apple Era (2006)

There must’ve been an avalanche of artists back in 1967 when Apple first opened for business looking for new talent, as shown during this second edition of rare acetates from RPM.

David Virelles – Continuum (2012)

David Virelles – Continuum (2012)

A young, prodigious Cuban born-and-raised pianist and composer recasts the folklore and culture of his homeland, filtered by the teachings of some of jazz’s greatest living avantists.

2 Taks Back – Coming Home Again (2012)

2 Taks Back – Coming Home Again (2012)

2 Taks Back, an Indianapolis, Indiana-based foursome, offers no-frills rock on their new project Coming Home Again, music that’s unadorned in the very best old-school way.

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Forward” (2012)

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Forward” (2012)

Bruce Springsteen’s newly unveiled song isn’t going to unseat “This Land Is Your Land,” much less “Youngstown.” But, during a jokey performance at a Ohio rally for President Obama, it’s clear that wasn’t the point anyway.

Deep Beatles: “Oh! Darling” from Abbey Road (1969)

The stereotype stands to this day: John Lennon wrote the rockers, Paul McCartney the love songs. But the Abbey Road track “Oh! Darling” challenged this notion by having McCartney write and sing the blues.

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Tim Bedner – Of Light And Shadow (2012)

Some guys play the guitar extremely well and some guys who play the guitar just have great feel. Ottawa, Ontario-based plectrist Tim Bedner is in a special class of guitarists who excel at both.

Forgotten series: Jim Stafford – Jim Stafford (1974)

Forgotten series: Jim Stafford – Jim Stafford (1974)

Jim Stafford’s debut album sported four Top 40 hits both in 1973 and ’74. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you now look at the man and his music, he became more known for his novelty, somewhat goofy tunes