Monthly Archive:: July 2009

Interview Teaser: Ian Anderson

Several months ago I was fortunate to score a phone interview with Jethro Tull‘s legendary leader/founder, Ian Anderson. Our talk came at the tail-end of  long day for the UK-based […]

Porcupine Tree: The Incident

This is big. UK progressive rock quartet Porcupine Tree will release their latest album — a 2CD set called The Incident on September 15. A sampler from the album is […]

Progressive Nation Act III: Zappa Plays Zappa

As mentioned previously, I’m something of a Zappa fanatic. I was lucky enough to see the man onstage twice in the 80s; his peculiar hybrid of obscenely-complicated art/jazz/rock/whatever crossed with […]

Progressive Nation Act II: Bigelf

Second to take the stage was Bigelf. Like Scale the Summit, these guys were unknown to me. I was totally unfamiliar with their music, so I did a quick bit […]

Progressive Nation Act I: Scale the Summit

First up was Scale the Summit. This four-piece (two guitars trading leads, plus bass and drums) trades in the modern instro-metal-prog genre. A really young lot (not Hanson “Mm-bop” young, […]

Progressive Nation 2009

So awhile back I bought a ticket to the local date of the Progressive Nation tour. My buddy and band mate Jeff talked me into it. On one level, I […]

Marshall Crenshaw in Jaggedland

I just spoke with Marshall Crenshaw. Our interview was nearly two years to the day after our first meeting, an in-person conversation in the lobby of Asheville NC’s Grey Eagle. […]

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey

My interview with / feature on Holsapple and Stamey was published in the July 8 issue of Mountain Xpress. Now that the publisher’s two-week embargo has passed, here’s a link […]

Dungen Interview/feature Coming

Today I interviewed Gustav Estjes, leader of Swedish modern-psych group Dungen. I was turned onto these guys a few years back by my friend (and former bandmate in the Echoes […]

Preview Review: Moby Grape – The Place and The Time

I’ve written extensively about the travails of Moby Grape, the best 60s group most people have never heard. Some of my words on the subject are yet to be published, […]