Post Tagged with: "Baby Boomer Bliss"

Deep Cuts: Crosby & Nash "Lay Me Down" (2004)

A late period gem from a couple of old hippies you probably thought had self-destructed in a drug-induced haze years ago. Not hardly. It seems like every time you turn around, Graham Nash and David Crosby are touring in one configuration or another. Oftentimes, it’s with their erstwhile partner Stephen Stills, but these folk-rock sexagenarians hadn’t stopped playing the hitsRead More

Joe Jackson – Body and Soul (1984)

What if a skinny-tie wearing late-1970s garage bandster — like, say, Joe Jackson — decided to transfer those same dark insights into the bracing, sophisticated context of a large-band jazz record? More than a few, if not every single damn one, would fail. But not Joe. With cover art in the familiar, almost sepia-toned style of Blue Note, and aRead More

Frank Zappa, “Willie the Pimp” from Freak Out (1969): One Track Mind

Frank Zappa has to be the most well-known and influential weird rock star but his campiness played a much smaller role for that vast influence than most people think. Instead, it was his extreme open-mindedness in making modern music. His equal love for Stravinksy, Varèse and doo-wop created concoctions that to this day sound confusing for most but excited moreRead More

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

Howlin' Wolf – The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1971)

NICK DERISO: It was payback time for ’60s-stars Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr, and the rhythm section from the Rolling Stones. After all, vocalist and harmonica player Chester Arthur Burnett — you might know him better as Howlin’ Wolf — had been one of the chief architects, at least in spirit, for the decade of sound and fury thatRead More