Monthly Archive:: February 2010

Busy Doin’ Nothing

Well, not really. Not at all. I’m busy with a bunch of interviews, and with giving critical listens/watches to a stack of cool stuff. Each will be detailed and recommended in its turn, and soon. Here’s some of what’s coming in the next few days: Beyond Reality, the latest album (out now) from Dutch progressive

Album Review: Various Artists – Looking Towards the Sky

Ember was a tiny, independent British label based in England. Primarily oriented toward singles, the label’s forays into album rock were limited. But during that incredibly fertile period of the late sixties and early 70s, Ember released some fascinating — and rarely-heard — music. A new compilation collects some of the best of that material.

Concert Review: The City Champs

Memphis soul trio The City Champs brought their southern-fried (mostly) instrumental sounds to Asheville NC’s Orange Peel on Saturday February 19. Opening for the North Mississippi Allstars, the City Champs turned out a half-hour plus of their subtly updated take on the stylings of Booker T & the MGs. While the trio’s debut album The

Interview: Johnny Winter

Happy Birthday to Johnny Winter. Here’s a feature I did on the legendary bluesman from a couple years back. Blues/rock legend Johnny Winter is one to-the-point dude. His second guitarist (and manager) Paul Nelson–a fine guitarist in his own right–coached me in advance: “hit him hard, because he’s not…wordy.” Nelson was right. The 63 66-year

Interview (1 of 2): Henry Rollins

NOTE: The original interview is HERE. Henry Rollins is currently bringing his Frequent Flyer spoken word tour to audiences in the USA, with dates in Australia and South Africa to follow. I spoke with him recently about the tour, and just turned in a piece that will run in the March 3 edition of Mountain

Musoscribe in Print

This just in from the editors at Shindig! Magazine: my feature on Barry Tashian and the Remains (referenced in a recent blog post) will run as a cover story in an upcoming issue.

Bootleg Bin: Spirit – Texas International Pop Festival, Vol. 7

Happy 62nd birthday to bassist Mark Andes. He was a founding member of Spirit, and later a member of Firefall and Heart. Here’s a review of a legendary performance of which he was an important part. People just didn’t know what do with Spirit. Their jazz aspirations made them less accessible that they would have

Blast From the Past: Chirco – Visitation

There’s an obscure (as in, “didn’t sell”) album from 1972 called Visitation by a group called Chirco. The disc is classified by some as progressive rock, but this reviewer hears more of a hard-rock-meets-horn-rock style. Neither the best nor the worst of its style, the album remains an interesting curiosity. And it has something of

Album Review: King Crimson – Lizard (40th Anniversary Series)

Among King Crimson fans, 1970’s album Lizard is a misunderstood release, and ranks among the least-popular of the group’s albums. That’s a shame, as Lizard is effective and groundbreaking in its own ways. King Crimson leader Robert Fripp was convinced by no less a fan than Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson that Lizard is deserving of

Album Review: Nick Curran – Reform School Girl

Five seconds in, the listener will know that on Reform School Girl, Nick Curran means business. True, many artists have made careers out of reviving style of old — Brian Setzer immediately comes to mind — but Nick Curran is no dilettante. He means f**king business on Reform School Girls. “Tough Lover” features distorted vocals,