Canis lupus rockus. WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! [TrackList follows] – Royal Potato Family 020286222316, 35:14 [10/14/16] *****: (Scott Metzger – guitar; Taylor Floreth – drums, percussion; Jon Shaw – bass, keys) The wolf is a potent symbol. It’s no wonder the wolf has been used as a musical name by blues shouter Howlin’ Wolf; hard rockers […]
Category: Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews
A CD compilation of Elvis tracks. Presley – The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orch. – RCA Legacy [10/21/16], 51:15 ***1/2: (Elvis Presley – vocals, bass; James Burton – guitar; John Parricelli – guitar; Steve Pearce – bass; Ralph Salmins – drums; Pete Murray – piano; Gen D. Hardin – […]
A dub/reggae pioneer far from his prime. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave MEGW0452, 58:45 [9/23/16] ***: (Lee “Scratch” Perry – vocals; Spacewave (AKA John Palmer) – production; The Groovematist (AKA Mechial White) – production (track 2); Karienne Scott – backing vocals (track 2); IAmPhloboi (AKA Kenneth Bankhead) –production (track 12); Subatomic […]
Manatee Commune – Manatee Commune – Bastard Jazz BJCD14, (9/16/16), *****: Folktronica: Blending properties of traditional acoustic & contemporary electronic soundscapes. Manatee Commune, the musical moniker of Grant Eadie, is a Bellingham, WA raised musician that is pushing the envelope of downtempo music, using some never-before-thought-of techniques, bringing together a uniquely beautiful sound, and all […]
Millenium-old music from Hildegard von Bingen, visionary, mystic and polymath, sung by an inspired choir, Vajra Voices. “O Eterne Deus” – Music of HILDEGARD VON BINGEN – Vajra Voices/ Karen Clark – Music & Arts 1291, 50:20 (5/13/16) *****: As a man, I feel it may be inappropriate for me to review this all-female endeavour. […]
Rio Samba [TrackList follows] – Various Artists – Chant Du Monde 2742397.99, 168:26 (3-CD box) (Distr. By Harmonia mundi) ***: Sunshine in a cardboard box. Samba and its many musical iterations, is associated with Brazil along with such other touchstones as the caipirinha, string-bikinis, and Copacabana Beach. In this 3-CD set entitled Rio Samba, the […]
A trio which finds the middle ground between electronics and acoustics. Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR064, 48:09 [5/20/16] ****: (Michele Cavaliari – keyboards, piano, effects; Luca Fogagnolo – electric bass, upright bass, trombone; J. Peter Schwalm – electronics, beats, keyboards, acoustic guitar; Daniel Calvi – electric guitar, […]
Willfully risk-taking music from the RareNoise label. Magnet Animals – Butterfly Killer [TrackList follows] RareNoise RNR063, 49:35 [5/20/16] ***1/2: (Todd Clouser – guitar, vocals; Eyal Maoz – guitar; Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – bass; Jorge Servin – drums) Magnet Animals live up to their name. On the foursome’s debut, the 49-minute Butterfly Killer, the band can […]
The magic of movies and television as heard via Bill Frisell’s imagination. Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon a Star [TrackList follows] – OKeh/Sony Music Masterworks 88875142212, 63:26 [1/29/16] ****1/2: (Bill Frisell – electric and acoustic guitar, arranger; Petra Haden – voice; Eyvind Kang – viola; Thomas Morgan – bass; Rudy Royston – drums, […]
A Swiss rock instrumental quartet governed by the “less is more” philosophy. Sonar – Black Light [TrackList follows] – Cuneiform, Rune 414, 41:23 [10/16/15] ****1/2: (Stephan Thelen – electric tritone guitar; Bernhard Wagner – electric tritone guitar; Christian Kuntner – electric tritone bass; Manuel Pasquinelli – drums) The Swiss instrumental quartet SONAR (short for SONic […]
Circles Around The Sun – Interludes For The Dead – Rhino Records R2 552376 (2-CD), TT: 135:08 ****: Between Dead set of filler music is also a long strange trip. (Neal Casal – guitar; Adam MacDougall – keyboards; Dan Horne – bass; Marl Levy – drums) The Grateful Dead were unique for their live performances. […]
An abundance of unique improvisational music by a profusion of guitarists.
Bob Dylan – The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966/ The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 – Columbia/Legacy – 3 vinyls+2 CDs
A phenomenal glimpse into a transformative songwriter’s mind!
Such a night… 22 righteous tracks from the inimitable Dr. John…
Do you like soul music…that real soul music?
The latest in the retro-bachelor-pad music of Mr. Ho.
A delightful ice cream and not just for Canadians.
A soundtrack for visitations to strange domains.
EINAUDI: “Taranta Project” – Ludovico Einaudi, piano/Rome Film Orch. /var. soloists (TrackList follows) – Ponderosa
Territory we’ve heard before but pretty entertaining nonetheless.
Richard Thompson collaborates with Jeff Tweedy and the result is a roots-based delight.
Leonard Cohen – Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour [TrackList follows] – Columbia/Legacy /Sony Music/Old Ideas
Leonard Cohen gives us a memento that’s better than a postcard or an Instagram picture.
Little Richard – Directly From My Heart/ The Best Of The Specialty & Vee-Jay Years – Concord Music/ Specialty Records (3 CD box set)
New box set highlights a rock icon.