Monthly Archive:: August 2009

Interview: The Machine (Pink Floyd Tribute Band)

The Machine are a four-piece band based in New York and dedicated to bringing the music of Pink Floyd to concert audiences. Since the last Pink Floyd concert (not counting the brief Live 8 reunion gig) was in October 1994, bands like The Machine are one of only a precious few ways to get a

Interview: Marshall Crenshaw – Travels in Jaggedland

The songs on Marshall Crenshaw‘s new Jaggedland (released in June 2009 on 429 Records) work as a cohesive whole; while Crenshaw can always be counted on to turn in a quality set of songs, there’s a unity about this group of twelve compositions. “I knew that I was crafting an album, you know what I

DVD Review: The Beatles – Rare and Unseen

The Beatles 2CD retrospective Anthology 3 was released in 1996, some 17 years after the Beatles broke up. It’s been another 13 years now — a span of time longer than the group was together, in fact a span of time roughly equal to the period between the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show

Interview: Gustav Estjes of Dungen

Swedish multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader Gustav Estjes describes the music of his band Dungen as “heavy, but soft as well.” While Dungen is unabashedly heavy, there remains great subtlety in the songs, conveyed through extensive use of flute, violin and keyboards. Dungen’s sound is a swirling mix, informed by psychedelic rock and European folk.

Photos from Dungen @ Grey Eagle

…and a little bit of the actual audio from the show as well.

My (sort-of) Cocktail with Howard (Kaylan): My Dinner with Jimi

Howard Kaylan is best known as the lead singer of 60s pop group the Turtles. That group chalked up an impressive string of hit singles including “Happy Together,” She’d Rather Be With Me” and “Elenore.” And they released several albums, including at least one absolute classic, the acerbic parody-concept LP The Turtles Present the Battle

New Porcupine Tree Video from Upcoming Album

Porcupine Tree posted a new video from their forthcoming album The Incident today. On first impression, the visuals evoked a strong sense of what I guess I’d call Englishness, and the sepia tones and occasional barbed wire in the Lasse Hoile-directed video brought to mind Storm Thorgerson‘s visuals for Pink Floyd‘s 1977 Animals LP. So

Album Review: 801 – 801 Live Collectors Edition

In 1976, taking a break from his duties in Roxy Music while that art-rock group went on hiatus, guitarist Phil Manzanera assembled a group for a one-off (well, three-off, but you get the idea) concert. Drawing in some very heavy friends, Manzanera dubbed the group 801, after a lyric from a song by the group’s

Album Review: Big Star – #1 Record / Radio City (reissue)

It’s difficult to review a reissue of this disc’s stature. Big Star‘s #1 Record (1972) and Radio City (1973) rank among this reviewer’s desert island discs (I own original vinyl copies bought decades ago), and the critical acclaim these albums received is immeasurable. But of course they didn’t sell a whole lot back in the

Album Review: Various Artists – “Boy Meets Girl” Classic Soul Duets

Imagine you’re driving a lonely strip of highway late at night. You’re behind the wheel, and for whatever reason — maybe it’s a rental car, I dunno — you don’t have a CD player or an MP3 dock. So you turn on the radio. And what you discover is the coolest soul station on the