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Half Notes: James Taylor – Covers (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron James Taylor went through most of his career without putting together records that have a strong, overall theme to them. That’s changed of late: in 2006 there was a Christmas album and last year it was a live album with little accompaniment. This time out, it’s an album of all covers covering tunes both common andRead More

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

It’s been since the beginning of August since we’ve last done a “Quickies” here, so we’re long overdue for another one. There’s been a bevy of music put out during these last eight weeks that our full-fledged reviews don’t begin to cover, and a lot of it noteworthy. Gosh, I might be back with another “Quickies” next week just toRead More

One Track Mind: Brian Wilson, "Midnight's Another Day" (2008)

One Track Mind: Brian Wilson, "Midnight's Another Day" (2008)

Lodged toward the end of a nostalgic song cycle that attempts (with varying degrees of success) to recreate the soaring pop music of his California youth, Brian Wilson offers a moment of naked, welcome honesty. On “Midnight’s Another Day,” away from the florid orchestrations and dense backing vocals associated with his lost superstar creation the Beach Boys, Wilson admits: “AllRead More

Deep Cuts: Bruce Springsteen, "You're Missing" (2002)

Deep Cuts: Bruce Springsteen, "You're Missing" (2002)

NICK DERISO: This song, issued in the wake of the devastating attacks on New York City in 2001, nearly overwhelmed me with grief the first time I heard it. I thought of my father. He’s been dead 20 years this summer, and I must admit that — like everything from that long-ago time — there are moments when it isRead More

One Track Mind: Crosby Loggins & The Light "Man In The Middle" (2007)

One Track Mind: Crosby Loggins & The Light "Man In The Middle" (2007)

It should probably be no surprise to anyone who is remotely familiar with us, but we here at Something Else! are not what you’d call avid watchers of MTV. Evidently, neither is Crosby Loggins; he was asked to be a contestant on their show Rock The Cradle three of four times before he finally agreed to sign up for it.Read More

Forgotten series: Milton Nascimento – Angelus (1994)

NICK DERISO: Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento achieved a timeless genre-blending classic here, deftly mixing a bevy of jazz greats, some pop music and these wondrous, title-worthy angelic textures from another land. A heightened realism traveled throughout the recording. Its lyrics, translated to English, were brilliant, nearly blinding lights — beacons of imagery and distraction along the lines of the geniusRead More

Rerun: Timbuk 3 – "National Holiday" (1989)

This Independence Day-minded One Track Mind first appeared at this time last year; enjoy it again! by Pico So you’re thinking, “Timbuk 3, weren’t they the ones who had that cool song back in the eighties…?” Yes, yes, we’re talking about that husband and wife tandem of Pat and Barbara K. McDonald who gave the world the grin inducing “TheRead More

Manu Dibango – Wakafrika (1994)

Manu Dibango has a perfectly balanced feel for both the lithe American jazz form but also the murkier pleasures of traditional African music. What’s almost criminal is that he couldn’t elicit a second glance on your average U.S. sidewalk. That, despite the fact that Dibango, 60 at the time of this recording, scored his first international hit in 1972, theRead More

Death Cab for Cutie, “Summer Skin” from Plans (2005): One Track Mind

A remarkably intuitive song, full of very adult emotion and haunting insight, from a band with such a frankly ridiculous name. “Summer Skin,” in fact, might just be all the more powerful for the lowered expectations that come from a group actually called Death Cab for Cutie. I don’t care if they were a staple on the soundtrack to theRead More

The Cars – Unlocked (2006): Movies

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 no ripple on successiveRead More

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