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On Second Thought: Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil (2011)

If ADD is the new normal, then Deerhoof are right at home — as the wacky next door neighbors in a sitcom. On a wave of squalling guitar, gamelan percussion and sweetly sung but odd phrases that are repeated

Solomon Burke – Live at Montreux (2013)

Age and precipitous weight gain had, by this point, robbed Solomon Burke of his mobility — but, as this 2006 performance at Montreux illustrates, none of the passion and power that once made him the Boy Wonder Preacher

Steely Dan Sunday, “Gaslighting Abbie” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Gaslighting Abbie” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Aja [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“What A Shame About Me”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The Nineties brought many surprising events that delighted long-suffering Steely Dan fans who’ve had nearly no new output from either Becker or Fagen since 1982’s The Nightfly.

The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane (2013)

The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane (2013)

“We became a kind of institution,” Mick Jagger says here, talking about the Rolling Stones’ 1981 tour — then one of the biggest of its kind. There would be more, many more. And the Stones would go from institution to commodity.

Steve Hunter, with Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Tony Levin and others – Manhattan Blues Project (2013)

Best known for work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Steve Hunter has fashioned an album that transcends its own title. You come in expecting a set of gut-bucket, soul-lifting grooves, but you get that and so much more.

Mort Weiss – A Giant Step Out And Back (2013)

Mort Weiss – A Giant Step Out And Back (2013)

The statement on the front CD cover announces what this music is about: “A Free Jazz Recording By The Undisputed Master Of The Jazz Clarinet.”

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Missouri Uncompromised” (1976)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Missouri Uncompromised” (1976)

So many years removed from this album’s release, and I am still stunned at tracks such as this. Metheny has a theme but the presentation is one long guitar solo.

Bruce Cockburn – Pacing the Cage (2013)

Bruce Cockburn, in a moment of serendipity, is beginning another tour today even as a documentary about his celebrated 2008 solo jaunt is finding its way to DVD.

Forgotten series: Brownsville Station – Yeah! (1973)

Forgotten series: Brownsville Station – Yeah! (1973)

Formed in 1969 by Cub Koda, who later reaped the title as an honorable music historian, Brownsville Station issued a trio of albums prior to harvesting honey with this disc.

One Track Mind: Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, “Black Market” (2013)

It’s hard to deny the electricity, enthusiasm and emotion of Afro-Cuban music, and a certain drummer out of San Francisco has captured that essence in leading a band of like-minded specialists of the music form.