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Coming Attractions

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Lots in the hopper right now at Musoscribe World HQ. Here are some teasers of what you can expect in the coming days:

Translator were one of the more exciting bands to come out of the (or my) college rock era. With the songwriting and musicianship of the two front men Robert Darlington and Steve Barton, they brought the idea of guitar heroes to alternative rock or whatever you’d care to call it. The four albums they cut in the 80s have worn well, but now there’s more: a new Omnivore Recordings compilation of demos and other assorted material called “Sometimes People Forget.” I chatted with Steve Barton about the album and the band’s history. Look for that feature next week.

I just put the finishing touches on my Lloyd Cole feature; we met for drinks after his recent show here at Asheville’s The Grey Eagle. Our conversation touched on everything from Sting to The Beatles to crowdfunding to Steve Reich to Hans-Joachim Roedelius…and we even discussed Cole’s latest album, Standards, out now on Omnivore Recordings. There was no practical way to include all of our chat, but I’ve collected the best bits into a cohesive two-parter. Watch for it next week as well.

Moviegoers know him from his Woody Allen film Broadway Danny Rose, and from the Dumb and Dumber flicks. Those with HBO enjoyed him as star of the acclaimed (and recently concluded) series The Newsroom. But Jeff Daniels is also an accomplished musician/singer/songwriter with several albums to his credit. On the eve of a concert date in Asheville NC, I’ll talk with Daniels about the similarities and differences between his music and his acting career, and more. Coming in May.

Matthew E. White recorded the music that became 2013′s Big Inner as a sort of demo of what the label/collective he had put together could do; it wasn’t even originally intended of release. But it did come out, and launched him on a career of his own, one that combines haunting soul, chamber-pop and the kind of music that’s influenced by people like Van Dyke Parks. His brand-new album is Fresh Blood. We’ll talk about all that and more in a feature that will preview his upcoming show in Asheville. Coming early May.

Not long ago, I reviewed an excellent music documentary called Scarred But Smarter. It chronicles the rise, fall and rise-again of Kevn Kinney and his band Drivin N Cryin. The group’s recent musical activity included an excellent series of thematic EPs (I reviewed most of ‘em). Now the band has collected the best from those four discs on a vinyl LP, Best of Songs. I’ll chat with Kinney about the film, the CDs, the record, the future, and a lot more. Feature soon.

Also coming soon: reviews of box sets (Stax singles, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane and more), reviews of DVDs (Jack Bruce, Yes, Queen and more), reviews of new music (Aristocrats, The Rubinoos, Metallic Taste of Blood, The Grip Weeds and more), books (about The Who, Led Zeppelin, and The Grateful Dead), along with so so so much more. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.

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Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year. Congratulations on making it to the other side, on surviving what my Dad calls “amateur night.” Like (I hope) most of you, I am taking today off. Relatively speaking, we Americans don’t get much in the way of (paid) vacation days, and those among us who are self-employed (like myself) effectively get none.

These last five and a half years of the Musoscribe blogzine have been a lot of fun; I expect the next five and half (and beyond) to be the same, if not better. I have a lot in store. In the short term, here’s just some of what readers can expect to find here:

Reviews of New Music by
Sid Griffin, John Wetton with District 97, Victor Krummenacher, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Gong, Lloyd Cole, and many artists whose names you might not recognize.

Reviews of Compilations and Reissues from…
Larry Coryell and Eleventh House, Jethro Tull, Old 97′s, Todd Rundgren and Utopia, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Miles Davis, Stories, Game Theory, and many more.

Reviews of Books About…
Led Zeppelin, the British Invasion (aka Beat Era), The Clash, much more.

DVDs Featuring…
Genesis, Jack Bruce, Frank Zappa, Yes, Queen, Johnny Thunders, DEVO, and many others.

Interviews With…
Pugwash’s Thomas Walsh, The Moody Blues’ Ray Thomas, Trip Shakespeare, Jamie Hoover, Dwight Twilley, and quite a few others yet to be announced.

As This is Spinal Tap‘s Marty DiBergi might say, “But hey: enough of my yakkin’. Let’s boogie!”

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Coming Attractions: September 2014

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Happy Labor Day to my readers in the USA; happy September to them and everyone else. This month is going to be an especially event-filled one for me: near the end of September, I will be getting married to my sweetheart. The plan is for my normal posting schedule to continue, with some minor modifications.

This week is an unofficial “vinyl week,” duration which I’ll take a look at four 2014 vinyl releases. Some are reissues; some feature new music.

As the month unfolds, I’ll also feature post-festival coverage of last weekend’s wonderful Transfigurations II Festival, and a show review of tomorrow night’s Asheville sets from Man…Or Astro-Man? and opener Wray.

Also on tap: interviews with two classic pop songwriting duos: Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies; and Paul Myers and John Moremen aka The Paul & John. A feature I’ve written on Mardi Gras Indian funk collective 101 Runners will be published in next week’s print edition of Mountain Xpress; it will appear on the blog two weeks thereafter. Next week a reissue of Rick Wakeman‘s Criminal Record will be out on Real Gone Music label; I wrote the liner notes. This month’s Stomp and Stammer (print edition) features my interview with rockin’ Jason D. Williams.

My backlog of albums for review is as large as ever: upcoming reviews will include new music in several genres: loads of timeless pop (Gramercy Arms, The Brittanicas, The Legal Matters, Sloan, Nina Persson, Three Minute Tease, The Psycho Sisters, Martin Newell, The Penguin Party and more), rock and prog (Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, Brian Jonestown Massacre), jazz, blues and soul (Thom Douvan, Mark “Muleman” Massey) and much more. Reissues and/or rarities from X, Sun Ra, Big Star, Jethro Tull, Dream Academy and Cass Elliot are just some of what are in the queue for review.

And a pile of DVDs including a ’74 Queen concert, a recent Ian Anderson show, and a documentary on the life of BB King are all set for coverage.

Around the time of my wedding, I’ll feature a few retrospective posts that will point the way toward some of my older pieces that you might have missed, drawing from my more than 1300 pieces published here on the Musoscribe blogzine.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Preview: Dr Lonnie Smith, More

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Lots happening here at Musoscribe. In recent days I’ve interviewed some big names, and those features will be online soon. These include (but are not liited to:

  • Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell
  • Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan of The Small Faces
  • Max Bloom of Yuck (their new album was one of my “Best of 2013” selections, and they’re playing Asheville next week)
  • Black Angels’ Alex Maas (they, too, will be playing Asheville soon, with psych legend Roky Erickson opening)

And I’m also thrilled to soon be interviewing Dr. Lonnie Smith when he comes to town (see poster at right; details here). There’s much more besides.


Neither Bang Nor Whimper

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Well, this pretty well wraps up my blogging content for 2013. Hopefully, those interested checked out last week’s series of Best Of lists. I also had a number of bylines elsewhere last week: pieces in print and online at other music-related outlets. As the embargoes for those expire, they’ll show up here.

I also inked a deal to turn in a twice-monthly (first and third Saturdays, looks like) blog for Asheville NC’s altweekly, Mountain Xpress. The column, titled 30 Days Out, will preview upcoming live shows in and around Asheville, with an emphasis on (a) stuff you might otherwise miss and (b) stuff I myself dig.

February will see the release of Brotherhood: The Complete Recordings, a collection of late 60s music for which I penned the extensive liner notes and created the package design. But what I’m most excited about with regard to that is the music itself, largely unheard until now. I’ll have a Q&A with Brotherhood founder Phil “Fang” Volk coming in January.

Speaking of features/interviews, also keep an eye out for pieces I’ve already announced but as of yet haven’t delivered (Fitz & the Tantrums show review, interview with CCR‘s Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, conversation with Hawkwind‘s Nik Turner) and newer pieces I’m mentioning right here and now for the first time (The Machine‘s Tahrah Cohen, Ian McLagan of the Small Faces, new-ish indie band Yuck, and a Black Angels concert tour featuring the legendary Roky Erickson).

(And speaking of Erickson, here’s a piece on the 2007 documentary on the man.)

I also have more than a dozen classic jazz reissue CDs to cover, an even larger stash of bubbling-under indie band releases that are worth a listen, a foot-high stack of music related DVDs to review, and so, so much more. And with any luck, I’ll be covering at least three – quite possibly more – music festivals in the coming year.

So thanks as always for reading. If you find value in what I write, please encourage your friends to check out this blog and the associated pre-blog material archive. 2014 looks to be another fascinating year. musically speaking.

Happy New Year.

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Another Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A tradition I’ve developed these last four years is NOT posting a review, essay or interview on Thanksgiving. Instead I’m taking the day off and preparing (with my sweetheart) a nine-course Holiday feast for us, my two adult kids, and my sweetheart’s mom. Everything pretty well made from scratch, with homemade red and white wine (see below) on hand as well. I wish my readers here in the United States a festive and happy Thanksgiving Day; everyone else, happy just-plain Thursday.

For those who simply must read something, don’t leave! You can always scroll down, or click on one of the links below; the latter will take you to some notable content on the site, all from this month.

As Todd R. sang, there’s always more…

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Coming Attractions

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Here at Musoscribe World HQ, things are even busier than usual. The backlog of content I plan to provide gets bigger and bigger every day. And while today’s post does absolutely nothing to relieve the pressure of said backlog, here ya go anyway: a quick look at what I have in the hopper for readers.

  • In connection with the release of Concord/Fantasy’s 6CD Creedence box set, an in-depth interview with CCR‘s drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford
  • A review (with photos) of Fitz & the Tantrums‘ packed-house show art Asheville NC’s Orange Peel
  • A wide-ranging interview with former Hawkwind vocalist/sax/flute man Nik Turner, including photos from his wild show here in Asheville
  • A photo essay of the Mondo Zombie Boogaloo triple-bill tour (just ended) featuring Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones, and Los Straitjackets.

And, as previously promised (but as yet undelivered)…

  • A conversation with Richard Barone about The Bongos‘ lost (and now found) 1986 album Phantom Train
  • Howard Kaylan (Turtles, Flo and Eddie, Mothers) discusses his autobiography Shell Shocked
  • Exclusive: Paul Revere and the Raiders’ 1960s manager Roger Hart reveals how he came up with the concept/treatment we would all eventually know as The Monkees

Plus a staggering number of releases: archival, reissue, and new music. And coming in December, my usual best-of-the-year roundup of albums, DVDs and shows.

Stay tuned, and as always, thanks for reading.

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Busy, Busy, Busy.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I’ve been very busy of late, what with attending the Hopscotch Festival, doing lots of interviews, and listening to a ton of new and reissued music. That’s the excuse I’m going with to explain my otherwise lack of new content today. So instead I’ll take just a moment to let you know what’s coming very soon:

  • An interview with Van Duren (Memphis pop legend) and Vicki Loveland about their new album Bloody Cupid
  • An interview with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, covering his new album Unstoppable Momentum and much more
  • An interview with Roger Hart – manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders throughout their chart-topping era – about a television treatment called Madness that he wrote in the 1960s, and how it eventually ended up as The Monkees

Coming on the heels of those interviews are these:

  • Howard Kaylan (The Turtles, Flo & Eddie) ion his great new autobiography Shell Shocked
  • The president of Bethlehem Records on the massive jazz album reissue project that’s underway
  • Powerpop giant Richard X Heyman on his latest album X
  • Richard Barone on the release of the “lost” 1986 album from his band The Bongos
  • A feature on the triple-bill tour featuring Los Straitjackets, Southern Culture on the Skids and The Fleshtones
  • Show reviews of Cody ChesnuTT, Mayer Hawthorne, Superhumanoids, Fitz & the Tantrums, Shuggie Otis and many more
  • …plus a long list of album and music DVD reviews, music-related book reviews, essays and much more.

In the meantime, there are 1200-plus pieces here for you to explore at will, and the archive of stuff I published 2009 and earlier.

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Coming Attractions, Late July 2013 Edition

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

There’s an embarrassment of riches in store here on the blog. Readers can look forward to the following in the upcoming days and weeks:

  • Reviews of new music from Dave Davies, Mark Lindsay, Van Duren and Vicki Loveland, Sam Phillips, Jackson Scott, Steve Hunter, Tommy Keene, Caravan, Spock’s Beard, and more.
  • Reissues, compilations, rarities and box sets from Sly & the Family Stone, Steve Hillage, The Hello People, The Monochrome Set, and many more.
  • Book reviews: Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock’n'roll, Shoes biography Boys Don’t Lie, and more.
  • Interviews with Swamp Dogg, George Thorogood, and more that I simply haven’t gotten around to publishing yet.
  • So much reissued jazz: Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley, Milt Jackson, Chet Baker, Giuseppi Logan, Albert Ayler, Billy Cobham, Ahmed Abdul Malik, George Braith, John Coltrane and many others.
  • On-site coverage of the 2013 Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh NC.

So please stay tuned, and tell your friends.

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Coming Attractions

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The good news is: there’s quite a lot in the hopper over here at Musoscribe World Headquarters. The sorta-bad news is that as a result, I don’t have a review to post today. But I would like to take a moment to thank all of my loyal readers – viewership of this blog is waaaaay up of late – and give a quick preview of what’s coming soon:

  • John McLaughlin – famed jazz/rock/progressive/fusion guitarist has a new album (Now Here This), as new tour (coming to Asheville’s Orange Peel in June) and – best of all for me – a conversation with me less than two hours from now. Look for a feature/interview very soon.
  • Rudi Protrudi – The leader of legendary garage rock revivalists The Fuzztones recently put together an odds-and-sods 2cd collection of rarities called Snake Oil. I recently spoke at length with Rudi about this and all sorts of other things. Feature/interview soon.
  • Stick Men – Three giants of progressive rock: bassist/stick man Tony Levin (also of King Crimson and thousands of session dates), Pat Mastelotto (also of Crim, Mr. Mister and countless prog projects) and touch guitarist Markus Reuter have a new album, Deep. I’m talking to all three of ‘em(!) and will have a feature soon.
  • Bill Spooner – The guitarist of The Tubes for all of their classic era releases (the beginning through the mid 80s) took time with me to do a track-by-track discussion of two of their 70s LP, Now and Young and Rich). Look for that fascinating discussion here soon.
  • Opeth – I saw the Swedish death/prog quintet onstage last week, and my feature/review – including an interview with drummer Martin Axenrot – will be out very soon.
  • Howard Kaylan – The witty and engaging Kaylan (also known as “Eddie,” as in Flo and Eddie) came to fame as lead singer of The Turtles, then with Flo/The Phlorescent Leech/Mark Volman, and with Frank Zappa’s Mothers. His new autobiography Shell Shocked is a riveting and hilarious must-read. I’ll be chatting with him about it soon, and that feature will be here soon too.
  • Other stuff – There are dozens of CDs, DVDs, records and books on my desk, all in the “yes” pile (you should see the “no” pile). So, lots of reviews to come.
  • And even more other stuff – I hope to make a big announcement soon.

Again, thanks for reading, and please tell your friends if you like what you find here.

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