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The Beatles, “You Know My Name” from Past Masters (1970): One Track Mind

The Beatles, “You Know My Name” from Past Masters (1970): One Track Mind

The bitter end of the Beatles? The flip side of the “Let It Be” single begs to differ.

Jandek – Chair Beside A Window (1982)

By Mark Saleski This story travels a bizarre triangle from Portland, Maine to San Diego, California to Houston, Texas. To be honest, there’s nothing particularly exciting about either the story or the music, but it illustrates just how big the world of art is…and that there are plenty of ways to discover something new. So it was maybe ten yearsRead More

Obscuro: My Morning Jacket – Acoustic Citsuoca (EP, 2004)

Obscuro: My Morning Jacket – Acoustic Citsuoca (EP, 2004)

by Matt Reynolds Followers in awe of lead singer Jim James’ piercing tenor will find a number of rarities from My Morning Jacket — the Louisville-based rock band appearing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival along with headliner Simon and Garfunkel, among many, many others. Few are more interesting, however, than this gem, “Acoustic Citsuoca.” The vinylRead More

Forgotten series: Hollyfaith – Purrrr (1994)

Forgotten series: Hollyfaith – Purrrr (1994)

NICK DERISO: I must admit, even now, an abiding love for the inner-ear damage that “Purrrr,” this long-forgotten hard-pop release, offers. But there’s more to it: Hollyfaith’s debut on Epic is, in some ways, perfectly done guitar-focused music, raunchily loud but then welcomely tender — and, in no small way, reminescent of the big-sounding 1970s rock bands. When, about two-thirdsRead More

Pork Pie – Transitory (1974)

Pork Pie – Transitory (1974)

by Pico Jazz fusion records from the 1974 time frame are almost always going to fall into one of two categories: a few that are truly great but overly familiar, or, more frequently, simply forgettable. Transitory by Pork Pie is a unique one from that period in that it’s both outstanding even today but largely overlooked. The second part isRead More

Quickies: Three From ESP-Disk Records

Quickies: Three From ESP-Disk Records

 In 1966, attorney Bernard Stollman founded the ESP-Disk label in New York City. Less than three years later, with orders dried up from established record labels bootlegging their better-selling records, the label was driven out of business. This is a familiar story followed in some variation by thousands of start-up record labels over many years, but ESP-Disk has a specialRead More

Quickies: Mike & The Ravens, Pete Levin, Antonio Ciacca Quintet

This installment of “Quickies” starts with the rowdy but eventually settles on the refined. A rocker, followed by a groover, concluded with a swinger (no, not that kind of swinger). They’re all from guys you might not have heard of but in their own way have quietly made significant contributions to the music scene of their choosing. In each case,Read More

El Madmo – El Madmo (2008)

The music of Norah Jones is the elephant in the living room here at Something Else! that we probably can’t ignore forever. Her brand of country-flavored jazz had given millions of people in our age demographic a reason to buy their first CD in years. Still, we’ve resisted chatting her up because while she’s undeniably a talented singer, piano playerRead More

Obscuro: Don Was and Terence Blanchard – BackBeat (1994)

NICK DERISO: The most interesting thing about this soundtrack recording from the Beatle-based movie “BackBeat” was that it didn’t include, you know, any Beatles music. Was — co-leader of the now-forgotten 1980s rock group Was (Not Was), but more famous by then as the producer who gave Bonnie Raitt’s career mouth-to-mouth — played bass and wrote all the tunes. ButRead More

Gimme Five: Say what?!? Jazz’s most surprising albums

“Jazz is the sound of surprise”–jazz critic Whitney Balliett, 1926-2007 Sometimes you think you know a musician and his tendencies, or that he’s always played the kind of music you’ve known him to play. Over the course of pursuing my curiosity about certain artists, I’ve stumbled upon some rather peculiar recordings that went totally against my preconceptions of the artistRead More

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