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Something Else! Featured Artist: George Harrison

George Harrison remains the Beatles’ great unresolved mystery — the guy who might have actually done more had he been in any another band after 1965. Or not. His solo records are a frustrating mix of the sublime, the blatant and the unremarkable. Sometimes within a three-song sweep. Sometimes within the same song. Thus, the unresolved part. George seemed asRead More

Quickies: Akoya Afrobeat, Joe Jackson, Herbie Hancock

by Pico Most of this go around of Quickies is about catching up on some of the more recent big name releases. Spending so much time off the main highway of current music, I sometimes need to get back on it to regain a sense of where the mainstream is to begin with. Well, “mainstream” from the perspective of theRead More

Swamp Cabbage – Squeal (2008)

Photo by Leslie Lyons by Pico Out of the thickets and marshes northeast Florida from which Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were spawned comes another group bringing a different take on the great music of the South: the trio that calls itself Swamp Cabbage. Swamp Cabbage is the creation of Richie Haven sideman Walter Parks. Parks, whoRead More

Deep Cuts: Steely Dan "Doctor Wu" (1975)

by S. Victor Aaron Wednesday night I noticed a tickle in my throat; it was sudden, unwelcome cascade of post-nasal drip. “I am not getting sick” I told myself and went to bed successfully ignoring this minor distraction. Thursday night the symptom was still persisting, but I felt fine. As a precaution, I started taking Zicam. “I am NOT gettingRead More

Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation's Dark (2008)

photo by Jason Thrasher by S. Victor Aaron No band today epitomizes Southern rock more precisely than Athens, Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers. Sometimes they sound even more Dixie than Skynard, The Marshall Tucker Band or the Allman Brothers. Not only do they possess the rough and tumble sound of their forebears but they’ll often co-opt country, punk and folk in creatingRead More

One Track Mind: Gov't Mule "Perfect Shelter" (2004)

by Pico Covering High And Mighty about a year and a half ago gave me a convenient excuse to pull out and listen to some of the prior Gov’t Mule CDs. Out of the one just prior to this one, Déjà Voodoo, came a tune that has lately been the perfect ear food for the testosterone-charged seventies kid in me.Read More

Peter Frampton – Fingerprints (2006)

Peter Frampton’s first-ever instrumental release boasts a buffet-style diversity. And by refusing to settle into easy genre work — you just knew this would be jazz(zzzzzzzzz)y, right? — Frampton finally distances himself completely from a certain mid-1970s double live album. Well, almost anyway. No, familiar keyboardist Bob Mayo doesn’t appear. (He actually died of a heart attack on tour someRead More

The Subdudes, “Poor Man’s Paradise” (2007): One Track Of The Year

With all the All Star albums of 2007 out of the way, there’s just one more piece of year-end business to take care of: my favorite song of the year. Like the top CD of the year, this one didn’t require much agonizing. It’s a song that puts me in a great mood every time I listen to it, andRead More

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Best Of The Rest

by Pico Either it’s been a strong year music-wise, or I’ve simply been listening to more new releases than I usually do. It’s probably a combination of both but regardless, there was a lot of good chaff left on the floor by the time I finalized my All-Stars Starters and Alternates lists. And so, here’s a list of the recordsRead More

Dan Fogelberg (1951-2007): An Appreciation

by Pico At 6:00 a.m. this morning, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg passed away peacefully at his home in Maine. He fought a three year battle with prostate cancer that was already advanced when diagnosed in 2004. He was 56 years old. He will of course always be remembered for the music he left behind. The hits like “Longer,” “Same Old LangRead More