Post Tagged with: "Baby Boomer Bliss"

Movies: The Cars – Unlocked (2006)

Movies: The Cars – Unlocked (2006)

by Nick DeRiso Ric Ocasek, the rail-thin co-leader of the Cars, spent months going through VHS and Betamax tapes to compile this sweeping video retrospective. I’m sure that he simply set out to pay tribute to his old band. Until very recently, that’s been sorely needed: New wave, then mainstream, the Cars for a while seemed to make almost noRead More

Deep Cuts: Pete Townshend, "Slit Skirts" (1982)

Deep Cuts: Pete Townshend, "Slit Skirts" (1982)

Less anthematic, in the way of his work with The Who, than it is reflective and frank, Pete Townshend convincingly argues the case for middle-aged rock with “Slit Skirts.” That the gap between the extroversion of his band recordings and the smaller joys of his solo stuff was already disappearing makes this tune all the more memorable. Opening in aRead More

One Track Mind: Petra Haden "I Can See For Miles" (2005)

One Track Mind: Petra Haden "I Can See For Miles" (2005)

by Pico Readers of this site are going to think that we are celebrating Father’s Day two months early because for the second time in as many days, a talented offspring of a famous father is getting the spotlight. Charlie Haden’s daughter Petra never aspired to fill her dad’s huge shoes as a premier acoustic bassist—who could?—but she did pickRead More

The Wood Brothers – Loaded (2008)

The Wood Brothers – Loaded (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron The lead singer and guitar player plays in an electric blues band in Atlanta. The bass player is in New York as one third of the premier acid jazz band of the last ten years. You might say that these guys form a musical odd couple. Truth is, The Wood Brothers is a natural combination, andRead More

Quickies: Jack Bruce/Robin Trower, Amos Hoffman, Ruthie Foster, Kevin Ayers

Quickies: Jack Bruce/Robin Trower, Amos Hoffman, Ruthie Foster, Kevin Ayers

by Pico Hey, it’s been a while since we’ve last done a “Quickies;” time to play catch up. This go around includes a couple of new releases by some Brit rockers from the sixties and seventies showing they still have what it takes. Since their names don’t end with “Clapton,” “Page,” “McCartney” or even “Davies,” their fresh new records haveRead More

Deep Cuts: The Stylistics, "People Make The World Go Round" (1971)

Deep Cuts: The Stylistics, "People Make The World Go Round" (1971)

by S. Victor Aaron Some time back, I allowed that the music of Hall & Oates was a guilty pleasure of mine. My affinity for their much of their body of work is really a derivative of my appreciation of that Philly Soul sound from the early and mid-seventies. The primary architect of this sound was producer, arranger and composerRead More

One Track Mind: Sanford Clark, "The Fool" (1956)

One Track Mind: Sanford Clark, "The Fool" (1956)

NICK DERISO: Produced by an actual working-class hero, touching listeners across every genre and making its case well away from the witheringly bright lights of the Sun Records myth, I’d argue that this record was when rock and roll finally came into its own. Written by legendary Frank Sinatra producer Lee Hazelwood, Sanford Clark’s rockabilly ballad “The Fool” would hitRead More

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

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)

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

One Track Mind: Frank Zappa "Willie The Pimp" (1969)

One Track Mind: Frank Zappa "Willie The Pimp" (1969)

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