Monthly Archive:: August 2010

DVD Review: John Lennon Rare and Unseen

The Rare and Unseen series from Formative Productions is a mixed bag. The Beatles edition has some interesting material but feels fleshed-out. The Rolling Stones volume is pretty good but not essential. But the latest edition covering John Lennon stands head and shoulders above those two. First, the obligatory disclaimers: there’s no Beatles music here,

Album Review: Strange Games & Funky Things, Volume 5

Sometimes it’s a bit of an adventure to wander into a compilation disc without having a clear idea of its thematic angle. I was familiar with earlier comps on the UK-based BBE label – including ones curated by Keb Darge – so I started out from a position of assuming the contents of this disc

On Newsstands: “Day of the Remains”

The September-October issue of London-based Shindig! Magazine is (theoretically) on newsstands now. In addition to worthy stories by other writers, the issue prominently features my story of the Remains. Based on a lengthy in-person conversation I had last summer with Remains founder Barry Tashian, the piece…well…let’s just look at the promo blurb from Shindig! They

Interview: The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Kim Wilson (part two)

Continued from Part One, of course… Bill Kopp: How would you describe — what is it that you deliver with the Fabulous Thunderbirds that’s different than what you do with Kim Wilson’s Blues All-stars? Kim Wilson: That’s easy. [The Fabulous Thunderbirds] is just a hybrid of a lot of different things. It’s Americana, it’s all

Interview: The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Kim Wilson (part one)

The Fabulous Thunderbirds are nominally a blues band, but in the thirty-plus years since their founding by Kim Wilson and Jimmie Vaughan (the latter left for a solo career in 1989) they’ve melded a lot of styles into their music. The group rose to commercial prominence with MTV and radio hits “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap

Big Announcement!

I am pleased to announce that I am writing a definitive history of Brotherhood, the band founded by ex-Paul Revere & the Raiders members Phil “Fang” Volk, Drake Levin and Michael Smith. The group released three albums in the late 1960s, and their story has never been fully documented until now. The long-form feature will

Album Review(s) – Concord’s “Definitive” Jazz Collections

I’ll be the first to admit that I know little about modern jazz. I’m no expert on its history, I can’t readily name well-known instrumental classics simply by hearing them, and I certainly can’t play the stuff on my keyboards. I’m a decidedly rock/pop guy, and generally like my music straightforward. So needless to say,

Album Review: Posies – Blood/Candy

Perhaps it’s unfair to expect (or even demand) a known musical quantity from an artist, time and time again. You loved the first album, so understandably you may well want more of the same on the second. But what if the artist is the sort who grows, changes, evolves, mutates? The sound changes over time.

Bootleg Bin: Pastor John Rydgren – Silhouette Segments

There was a brief period — in the late 1960s and early 70s, natch — when mainstream religion tried to get hip. And I don’t mean that in a condescending way, though I myself am a post-dogmatic. Or a “recovering Catholic.” Or a Unitarian; take your pick of labels. But my point is that during

Album Review: Isaac Hayes – Black Moses

In honor of Isaac Hayes and his body of work, here’s a review of a 2009 reissue of one of his most important releases — bk It’s difficult to say anything new about an album that was released to wide acclaim more than 37 years ago. Anyone who has heard Isaac Hayes’ groundbreaking 1971 album