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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: March 13, 2009

Papa Roach

Papa Roach stays true to the title of their latest album Metamorphosis, and have become if not a different creature since their last album, certainly one that has evolved to a higher level.

If you haven’t experienced this band, they excel on the stage with an energetic performance that wowed fans on last year’s CrueFest. Read More


posted: June 8, 2017

Paul Weller A Kind Revolution / Jawbone

Warner Bros. Records/Parlophone, LP or CD
Paul Weller

A legend in his homeland of England, Paul Weller remains something of a cult hero abroad. Perhaps it’s because he’s so hard to pin down. While best known for his work in the Jam and the Style Council—the former band a punk-rock update on the rhythm & blues-inspired rock of the Who and the latter a blue-eyed soul act (please note: these are extreme, Cliff’s Notes summaries of each group)—Weller has amassed a rather thorough and off-center solo career since the early 90s. Read More


posted: April 15, 2010

Peter Frampton- Thank You, Mr. Churchill

Listening to legendary guitarist Peter Frampton’s latest record, two questions pop immediately to mind; why isn’t a free CD or digital download included with a $35 rock record that only has 11 songs on it, and most importantly, why didn’t Peter Frampton release a record like this after his mega-blockbuster Frampton Comes Alive?

Seriously. Read More


posted: September 19, 2011

Pink Floyd’s Latest!

Why Pink Floyd? So asks the clever tagline given to EMI’s exhaustive overhaul of the British legends’ catalog. The statement also doubles as a straightforward query that begets two easy answers. While the group’s records have seen myriad reissues, the band has never unlocked its vaults and allowed for the release of sought-after oddities. Read More


posted: September 1, 2010

Porcupine Tree Atlanta

Live Album 24 bit-48khz download
Porcupine Tree

Recorded during The Fear of a Blank Planet Tour in 2007, Porcupine Tree have recently released a 24/48 recording of a complete show that they played in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally mixed for release as a complete live album, the project was shelved after the band released a similar set on their recent DVD Anesthetize. Read More


posted: February 14, 2009

Portishead – Third

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since I first heard the song “Sour Times” on my car radio and wondered who was responsible for such a distinctive, evocative sound, the type of music that might grace the beginning of a James Bond film if David Lynch had taken over the franchise. Read More


posted: July 19, 2010

Praise and Blame-Tom Jones

Perhaps he’s a vampire; no one has done a better job at being immortal than the legendary Welsh singer.  Vampire or not, Jones still belts it out like he did in his 20′s on his latest effort, Praise and Blame.  Where his last disc 24 Hours, had more of a club music feel, this record is straight ahead singer/songwriter fare and in typical Jones’ style, he sings the tunes on this disc like he invented the format. Read More


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