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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: February 25, 2009

Ojos De Brujo – Techari Live

What could be completely different from a new Motley Crue album?  Ojos De Brujo!  However, this is on one level just a different kind of party music if you think about it.

A nine-piece group from Barcelona, ODB describes themselves as “hip hop with a little flamenco”.  I’d call it closer to a 50/50 mix, with a healthy dose of cool R&B licks thrown in the mix along with a dash of electronic/dub beats to wind it up. Read More


posted: September 11, 2009

One more great box set!

Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968. Rhino (4CD box set) -By Bob Gendron

Beginning with its generous expansion of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968, originally released on double-LP in 1972, Rhino has done more for long-forgotten, classic garage rock during the past decade-plus than all other reissue labels combined. Read More


posted: October 31, 2010

ORG Joni Mitchell-Wild things run fast

Forget about the argument as to whether you love Joni or not. Though some claim that this record, her first on Geffen records was a departure from the heavily jazz influenced Hissing Of Summer Lawns, towards a more mainstream sound, there were still plenty of jazz cats on this record, with Larry Klein on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Wayne Shorter on sax and Larry Carlton on guitar, just to name a few. Read More


posted: December 5, 2012

Our Top Rock and Pop Albums of 2012

It’s that time of the year again to start making lists, particularly of the “best” variety.

In that spirit, herewith Music Editor Bob Gendron’s Top Rock and Pop Albums of 2012.  It wouldn’t be a bad idea to put the records you don’t already have on your own list, or perhaps for Santa. Read More


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