Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Michael Brecker, "Dogs In The Wine Shop" (1990)

Last weekend I helped my brother move across state. After we stuffed the 26 foot U-Haul and his Ford pickup, he handed me the keys to the Ford and just as we were about to embark he showed my his XM radio and before I can tell him I already had an iPod handy for listening, he gave me aRead More

One Track Mind: Dr. John, "When The Saints Go Marching In" (2004)

by Pico We were, of course, a little saddened that the historic season of Louisiana’s NFL team, the New Orleans Saints, came crashing to an ugly end last Sunday. With apologies to U2 and Green Day, the song most associated with this team remains “When The Saints Go Marching In”. Just as it was on our minds for the Saints’Read More

U2/Green Day, “The Saints Are Coming” (2006): One Track Mind

They opened up the building and we streamed through the turnstiles, tickets and hats and signs in hand. We bought Dome Foam, personal pizzas, and peanuts. So much of that was similar to other days in this place, as the New Orleans Saints played their first home game of the 2006 NFL season. But, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,Read More

One Track Mind: Lindsey Buckingham, "Not Too Late" (2006)

While just about everyone else who critiques music have already trotted out their “Best of 2006” lists, I’m still going through many of these releases for the first time (I might work faster if I got paid better). One of last year’s servings that I finally gave a listen to was a rare one by a key member of oneRead More

Michael McDonald, “Tuesday Heartbreak” from Motown Two (2004): One Track Mind

Michael McDonald, “Tuesday Heartbreak” from Motown Two (2004): One Track Mind

We all know that Stevie Wonder is a great singer, but former Doobie Brothers star Michael McDonald simply outdoes him here.

One Track Mind: Nick Cave, "The Lyre of Orpheus" (2004)

by Pico I finally got around to listening to Tom Waits’ sprawling odds-and-ends collection Orphans and it occurred to me that Australian-born/England-residing singer-songwriter Nick Cave has a lot of similarities to Waits. Both have scary sounding voices (Waits a whiskey-scarred growl and Cave a deep baritone), write detailed narratives delving in frequently dark themes like death, love and religion, oftenRead More

Deep Cuts: Herbie Hancock, "Elegy" (1994)

by Nick DeRiso “Elegy” begins with a trill from Herbie Hancock, then a persistent, oh-so distinctive tapping that could only be drummer Tony Williams. Next, a nimble, casually funky bass line from Ron Carter. Like a dream made real, Miles Davis’ second great group — with Wallace Roney stepping in for the fallen trumpeter — steps out of the shadowsRead More

One Track Mind: Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Orchestra, "Gazzelloni" (2005)

by S. Victor Aaron Tokyo-based whack jazz guitarist, turntablist, composer, arranger and knob twiddler Otomo Yoshihide has been called the John Zorn of Japan for his love of combining experimental sounds with avant-garde jazz. And to my ears, there’s not much there to dispute the comparison, for better or for worse. His fascination with sine waves can be mind expandingRead More

Koko Taylor, “Merry, Merry Christmas” (1992): One Track Mind

Koko Taylor, “Merry, Merry Christmas” (1992): One Track Mind

With Koko Taylor’s sassy wailing, “Merry, Merry Christmas” provides a great excuse to sway to some prime, funky electric Chicago blues done right by one of its living legends.

One Track Mind: Ween, "Gabrielle" (2005)

by Pico A couple of weeks ago we looked at a band who at times sound like a virtual clone of Yes in their prime. This time, we spotlight a musical group who has taken mimicking others to an whole ‘nother level. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman, aka Dean and Gene Ween, have been offering up songs that lyrically areRead More