Monthly Archive:: June 2010

Album Review: Various – Through a Faraway Window – A Tribute to Jimmy Silva

Tribute albums are a curious beast, the sort of enterprise that can conjure up the cynical suspicion of reviewers. Oftentimes tribute compilations are populated by hipsters or au courant acts, and the subject of said tribute is an artist who’s back on the radar screen for one or another reason. In short, more often than

Album Review: Various Artists – Remember Me Baby

Cameo Parkway was a Philadelphia-based record label with a heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. While the label enjoyed some success in the album era with artists like Chubby Checker and ? and the Mysterians, Cameo Parkway is more often thought of as a singles label. And C-P released a great deal of what can

Album Review: The Milk and Honey Band – Dog Eared Moonlight

It would be a mistake to get overly caught up in the packaging of Dog Eared Moonlight, the most recent release from the Milk and Honey Band. But it’s difficult (if not impossible) to come away unimpressed by the obvious care and effort that went into the design of the album. The gatefold digipak (no

A Conversation with Felix Cavaliere and Steve Cropper (part two)

(Continued from Part One) Bill Kopp / Musoscribe: There’s a lick on the title track that sounds a lot like the break on Sam & Dave‘s “Soul Man.” Was that a subtle nod to Steve’s past, or am I just hearing things? Felix Cavaliere: [laughs heartily] You’ll have to ask Steve about that! It’s kinda

A Conversation with Felix Cavaliere and Steve Cropper (Part One)

Felix Cavaliere and Steve Cropper are among the most highly respected names in pop music. As guitarist and producer for the legendary Stax house band Booker T & the MGs, Cropper appeared on hundreds of essential soul and R&B tracks. Cropper played with Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, the Blues Brothers…the

The Jason Falkner Interview: Part Three

(continued from Part Two) Jason Falkner: The Early Years And the fun of making records is a theme to which Jason Falkner often returns. Like many artists who have their own singular identifiable talent, he’s a big music fan. Falkner is a major student of pop music. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than on

The Jason Falkner Interview, Part Two

(continued from Part One) “Dad-rock” Not surprisingly, Jason Falkner concedes that “I’m just trying to entertain myself. I just want to hear a song that really gets me off, so there are some elements that I put in there that are nostalgic for me.” He thinks back to influences he absorbed early in his childhood.

The Jason Falkner Interview, Part One

For more than twenty years, fans of a particular few strains of rock have known about Jason Falkner. Tagged early and often as something of a pop wunderkind, Falkner is one of that fairly short list of artists who can (and does) do it all. He plays guitar, drums, keyboards and bass. He sings lead

Bootleg Bin: Jason Falkner – “Can You Still Feel?” Demos

Note: Next week I’ll publish my extensive three-part interview with Jason Falkner. The multi-instrumentalist is a former member of the Three O’Clock, Jellyfish and the Grays, and has recorded with artists including Air, Dennis Diken, Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg and many others. As a teaser/preview of that piece, here’s a review of a bootleg um, unauthorized

Coming Attractions

There are quite a few projects in the pipeline here at Musoscribe World HQ. Here’s just a sampling. CD Reviews Various Artists – Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups Vol. 1 Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust The Orlons – The Wah-Watusi and South Street (reissue) Burton Cummings – Above the Ground (includes a