March 2014 Archives

DeepSoul: Elton John - "Bennie and the Jets"

At a time when crossover records were rare, John demonstrated that great music knows no boundaries.
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This week saw the release of the 40th Anniversary Edition of Elton John's 1973 landmark album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. While it boasts several now-classics such as "Candle in the Wind," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," and the title track, another hit signaled John's broad appeal. "Bennie and the Jets," a salute to a fictional glam rock band, gained airplay on R&B radio and led to John's groundbreaking performance on Soul Train. Its driving beat, pounding piano, and soaring falsetto reveal John's deep affection for R&B music. Lyricist Bernie Taupin penned the lyrics as an homage to a fantastical glam

New Music Tuesday Pick Of The Week: Bob Dylan In The '80s Vol. 1

New Music Tuesday March 25, 2014: Dylan, Elton John, Mikey Junior, Springsteen Tribute, Miles Davis, Rod Stewart and more!
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It is just about universally accepted that Bob Dylan's output in the 1980s was the worst of his long, storied career. He was years away from his spokesman of a generation icon status in the '60s and had moved away from his genre busting, career redefining, Rolling Thunder touring in the '70s. The '80s found Dylan lost. Seemingly unsure of who he was and what his place in the culture could be anymore. The bulk of his album output during that decade was pretty universally panned and is to this date looked upon with scorn. Bob Dylan in the 80's:
One of the many advantages to being me is the occasional opportunity to hear new music before the rest of the world at large. I wouldn't trade that privilege for the world but there is the tiniest downside to it: I can't direct my dear readers and friends to an album when fanboy exuberance overtakes me because the record isn't yet available. I find myself in that situation once again regarding the debut album from Vaudeville Etiquette, Debutantes & Dealers, but I can't be silenced. I am in love with this record, these songs, and this band so I've gone

Nick Moss Releases 'Time Ain't Free,' Official Video "Fare Thee Well"

'Time Ain't Free' gets its official release and the band has issued a video for "Fare Thee Well"
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New Music Tuesday has been a sacred holiday in my life for as long as I can remember. Every week can be Christmas. Fuck waiting for December 25! New Music Tuesday has eroded ever so slightly as THE day new releases hit stores as we enter into an era where crowdsourcing and pre-ordering can put music in the hands of fans ahead of the official street date. It's a little sad to see the tradition wane but when you're talking about music, the right time is always now. Nick Moss' Time Ain't Free has been available to those of us
I currently live in west Tennessee which is deep in the heart of Elvis country. The radio stations all play him, there are various festivals and annual events, and everybody talks about him. Lots and lots of talking on the radio and TV and the corner store. We love Elvis around these parts. Well, they do. I have to admit I'm more of a Beatles man myself. But I get the love, I really do. Elvis was a pioneer, helping to create rock-n-roll. Bringing it forth from the blues, country and rockabilly. He was a hell of a performer and

Blu-ray Review: Sensation -- The Story of Tommy

Documentary pays tribute to The Who's classic rock opera.
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By 1969, Pete Townshend was facing a bit of an identity crisis. The Who had been a successful singles band during the 1960s, but the band was caught between the heavy, psychedelic style of their masterpiece, "I Can See For Miles" and the R&B throwback of "Magic Bus." A bad acid trip, where Townshend had an out of body experience, led to him wanting to take both his life and his music more seriously. The band had flirted with the idea of a rock opera in the past with tracks such as "Rael" and "A Quick One, While He's Away,"

Nick Moss Wins Again With 'Time Ain't Free'

Nick Moss has never been better and that is great news for us...
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Nick Moss has done it again on Time Ain't Free. What's that, you ask? He's been clearing the bar he set with his previous album each time he releases one. I didn't think he could top Play It 'Til Tomorrow until I heard Privileged and there was no way he was going to top that but Here I Am indeed upped the ante. Nick Moss is playing no-limit poker while everyone else is playing nickel slots because he's gone "all in" with Time Ain't Free and everyone comes out a winner. The "all in" mentality manifests itself in numerous ways,

DeepSoul: The Commodores - "Slippery When Wet"

The 1970s R&B band may be best known for their Lionel Richie-penned ballads, but their early funk period should not be ignored.
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Today, 1970s R&B band the Commodores are better known for launching Lionel Richie's enormously successful career. Richie ballads such as "Three Times A Lady" and "Still" receive consistent radio airplay, but their funkier tracks ("Brick House" being the exception) are frequently overlooked. One such example, 1975's "Slippery When Wet," showcases their raunchier side and proves they were much more than a slow dance band. The Commodores's origins trace back to 1968 at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where original members William King (trumpet), Thomas McClary (guitar), Ronald LaPread (bass), Walter "Clyde" Orange (drums), Richie (saxophone), and Milan Williams (keyboards) formed a
The middle aged, country living, white guy in me must admit that I may be out of my depth this week. There are lots of new releases coming out, but very few of them interesting to me. The artists have names like Elbow, Sara Evans, kxm, and Aloe Blacc. I know nothing about these artists from what genre they are in to how long they've been recording to how popular they are and certainly have no idea if they are any good. So if you are young, or hip and came here looking to see what new music is out

Book Review: High Stakes & Dangerous Men: The UFO Story by Neil Daniels

Interesting book that tells the long history of UFO.
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In his Forward to Neil Daniels' new High Stakes & Dangerous Men: The UFO Story, Eddie Trunk states that the band's Strangers in the Night (1979) is not only his favorite live album, it is his favorite album ever made. Now Trunk is not just your average fan, he is currently the host of two radio shows, as well as the VH1 program That Metal Show. I would say that he knows his stuff, and to call Strangers in the Night the greatest album of all-time is really saying something. Whether you agree with him or not, there is no

Lisa Biales - Belle Of The Blues

A little uneven, but when Biales and song are suited to each other she's sublime
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Lisa Biales has a marvel of a voice - clear and sweet, as pure as mountain air. And when she's matched with the right material, suited to the crystalline delivery she's best at, she's absolutely delightful. Biales has tried her hand at a number of styles over the years. Always rootsy, she's released a children's album and a collection of originals backed by violin and cello. Her last outing, a sunny and buoyant outing with backing from the Paris Blues band, was primarily piano-driven. Here she teams with producers EG Kight and Paul Hornsby for a stab at a more

Sugar Bown- Sugar Brown's Sad Day featuring Barath Rajakumar and Ben Cassis

A time-trip to the Golden Era of Chicago Blues
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The 1950's are widely regarded as the golden era of Chicago Blues, a time of staggering creativity that saw the template firmly established. Central to the sound was Chess Records, home to titans like Muddy, Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Little Walter. The music itself wasn't terribly complicated stuff - some blues standards consist of little more than a repeated riff. And the Chess sound, by contemporary audio standards, is downright primitive. Yet it's raw and real, and still packs a potent punch to this day. It's also a sound that's travelled far and wide. Sugar Brown - real name