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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: April 29, 2011

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce

Despite sitting comfortably in middle age—the hip-hop trio’s youngest member, Adam “Ad-Roc” Horovitz, is now 44—the Beastie Boys rip into their first album in seven years as if only a few short months have passed since the crew released the now-classic Ill Communication, which turns 20 in just three short years. Read More


posted: August 27, 2009

Beatles’ box in stereo and mono…

Please Please Me: The Beatles Remasters

TONEAudio Exclusive by: Bob Gendron

The cost of owning a good-sounding Beatles record just got significantly cheaper. Arriving 22 years after the band’s catalog was originally issued on compact disc, Capitol’s long-awaited remasters of the Fab Four’s 12 studio albums, Magical Mystery Tour, and the Past Masters collections—as well as the label’s limited-edition Beatles in Mono box set, comprising 10 studio records in their original mono mixes plus the Past Masters set—sound, as a whole, uniformly fantastic. Read More


posted: February 25, 2009

Beck – Modern Guilt

Audiophile alert!  If sound quality matters in the least to you, step away from the CD rack and forget about this disc, it is very compressed and crunchy; the CD almost sounds like a poorly setup turntable that is mistracking.

However if you’d like to indulge yourself on a somewhat fun “Beck meets Kraftwerk” album, go for it. Read More


posted: July 6, 2017

Bedouine Bedouine

Spacebomb Records, LP or CD
Bedouine

Azniv Korkejian, who performs under the name Bedouine, has followed a nomadic path in both her life and music. A singer-songwriter of Armenian heritage, she was born in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in Saudi Arabia before relocating to the United States with her parents. Continuing her wandering ways, she spent time in Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Lexington, Austin, and Savannah. Read More


posted: April 2, 2014

Best Rock and Pop Albums of 2013

It’s that time of year when music critics of every stripe pick what they consider the best records of the past 12 months. At TONE, we’re no different. Here are the 25 studio albums from 2013 that Music Editor Bob Gendron feels you should hear again and again—and five big-name releases you should avoid. Read More


posted: February 1, 2010

Bill Mumy CD’s Two that got away....

Global Recording Artists CD, MP3 Download
Bill Mumy CD’s

When I was looking through Bill Mumy’s profile on Facebook, I had forgotten (sorry Bill) that he’s been a musician all of his life in addition to being an actor and has produced about 20 albums over the years. I know what you’re thinking, “child star wants to be a rock star, yada, yada. Read More


posted: April 20, 2009

Black Sabbath’s Latest

This time it’s okay to judge the record by its cover. Depicting a horrific, three-tongued demon grasping a nailed Christ-like figure in his left hand, the red-hued artwork superbly conveys the ominous themes and weighty hard rock prevalent throughout the aptly titled The Devil You Know. Read More


posted: September 30, 2011

Blitzen Trapper

Wow, it’s 1976 again! Not that that’s a bad thing, but seriously. Portland’s furry retro rockers Blitzen Trapper’s American Goldwing breaks no musical boundaries and displays no major creativity. Unintentionally or not, the derivative set evokes an actual Honda Goldwing motorcycle: Comfortable in a way that the bumps in the road become smooth and pleasant. Read More


posted: May 6, 2009

Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

Bob Dylan said in a recent Rolling Stone interview that journalists don’t understand him and after reading a few reviews of his newest album, Together Through Life, I can sympathize with him.

Here’s the bottom line:

Bob Dylan is one of the coolest cats ever. Read More


posted: December 25, 2012

Bob Gendron’s Fave Box Sets for 2012

Evolution by way of specialization. Following the same patterns driving craft beer and farm-to-table gastropubs, most 2012 box sets targeted specific audiences rather than general listeners.

And they’re better for it. Recognizing that the era during which the public willingly shelled out for multidisc career anthologies and lavish greatest-hits packages is gone—as well as the fact that nearly every deserving artist already received such treatment—labels catered to hardcore fans of specific performers and genres. Read More


posted: February 15, 2009

Bonnie Prince Billy – Lie Down in the Light

After 2006’s The Letting Go, I’ve been hooked on the music of Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy (the moniker he’s adopted over the last decade or so). Oldham/BPB has one of the most unique voices in modern folk and independent rock, a tentative and shaky voice that replaces confidence with conviction, allowing the most vulnerable of emotions to slip through at inconvenient times. Read More


posted: November 26, 2009

Box Sets For Everyone!

Staff music writer Bob Gendron is the undisputed king of box sets; he’s got more of them than anyone I’ve ever met, so it’s only fitting that he’d have some great suggestions for the holiday season. Box sets make the greatest holiday gifts because when wrapped they look inconspicuously like that shirt you aren’t going to wear anyway!

So make your favorite music lover happy and give the gift of music instead…

Nirvana: Bleach (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition). Read More


posted: July 15, 2015

Buena Vista Social Club

In 1997, the record Buena Vista Social Club took off as an unexpected international sensation. Recorded in Havana and produced by Ry Cooder, the project featured some of the most revered veteran players in Cuban music, some of whom came out of retirement for the recordings. Their entrancing take on traditional styles netted a Grammy, critical acclaim, and the best-selling album their home country had ever produced. Read More


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