Post Tagged with: "Rock Music"

Umphrey's McGee – Jimmy Stewart 2007 (2008)

 One of the major draws of Umphrey’s McGee is their ability to play on their toes in a live setting. The extended improv sections of songs provide opportunities for the band members to showcase not only their instrumental prowess, but their mastery of so many music forms, like prog-rock, jazz, pop, metal, reggae, funk…even country. Oftentimes these turn into whatRead More

One Track Mind: Al Green with Chicago, "Tired Of Being Alone" (1973)

by S. Victor Aaron Last month Al Green released a new album, Lay It Down, which I’d recommend to any fan of pure, old-school soul. Later this month Chicago’s Stone Of Sisyphus, originally record in 1993, will finally be officially released. But twenty years even before that was taped, both of these acts were regulars at the top of theRead More

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

Freddie Krc and The Shakin' Apostles – Medicine Show (1997)

NICK DERISO: The title cut of “Medicine Show” is a room-clearing-brawl type of song: It forces you to pay close attention from there on out. Freddie “Steady” Krc and the Shakin’ Apostles reaffirm, and right from the start, their neat amalgamation of mop-top whimsy and Hill Country picking. They make room for this weird modernity, too, allowing at times forRead More

Swamp Zombies – A Frenzy of Music and Action! (1992): Forgotten series

NICK DERISO: Four Dobie Gillis types, including brothers from Irvine, Calif., the Swamp Zombies were notable for having some amount of ability on all manner of instruments, but also at the clanging of pots and pans. They remain a great pop-music (or punk folk, I guess) example of what can go right when a band is willing to move outRead More

Forgotten series: Husker Du/Bob Mould

by Nick DeRiso Start with Husker Du’s “Everything Falls Apart,” a 1982 release that was a little more cohesive than the live debut. They chew UP Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” Eleven years later, “Everything Falls Apart” was released again on CD (and this is funny) with some extras as “Everything Falls Apart … and More.” More than — everything? Cool. (P.S.:Read More

The Woggles – Teendanceparty (1994): Forgotten series

A group with the sound and spirit of 1960s-era garage bands, the Woggles are best decribed by the things they are not — despite being from Athens, Ga. No Dead influences. No side projects with Peter Buck. “Teendanceparty” is, instead, refreshingly free of any jangly pretense. In fact, the Woggles’ muscular, long-playing debut was built on a rock-solid foundation ofRead More

Peter Frampton – Fingerprints (2006)

Peter Frampton’s first-ever instrumental release boasts a buffet-style diversity. And by refusing to settle into easy genre work — you just knew this would be jazz(zzzzzzzzz)y, right? — Frampton finally distances himself completely from a certain mid-1970s double live album. Well, almost anyway. No, familiar keyboardist Bob Mayo doesn’t appear. (He actually died of a heart attack on tour someRead More

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Alternates

by S. Victor Aaron What a year it’s been for a baby boomer like me. We’ve seen strong fresh offerings from stalwarts like Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, America, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Hornsby, James Taylor, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Mellencamp and yes, even the Eagles. What’s more, the old stuff pulled from the vaults for the first time from luminaries like NeilRead More

Adam’s Farm – Rock Music Machine (1994)

The now-defunct Dallas-area group Adam’s Farm was this nifty blending of popular music that still resonates with me, more than a decade after they split. Band motto: If they can’t take a joke, folk ’em. Well, at first anyway. Adam’s Farm started out as a respectible set of earnest, well-meaning acoustics. Then they took a left turn in early JanuaryRead More