Monthly Archive:: May 2011

Album Review: Dirty Water 2 – More Birth of Punk Attitude

It wasn’t very long ago at all that Year Zero released the excellent compilation Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude. Curated by Kris Needs, the set took a quite liberal approach to defining punk, and made a case for its unique point of view through careful (though seemingly random) sequencing and informative liner notes.

Album Review: The Paperhead

Lots of artists have jumped on the retro-psych bandwagon over the years. And as many have jumped back off again. Still, the list of groups who effectively conjured the vibe of the Byrds, Moby Grape and the Beatles does include some interesting names. In the 80s, Rain Parade did a fine job of updating the

Album Review: Booker T & the MGs – McLemore Avenue

Tribute albums are a common, generally unexciting fixture of the modern music scene. The formula is, well, formulaic: round up an allstar cast of current flashes in the proverbial pan, and have them cover (generally none-too-well) the songs of a given artist. Sometimes it works well, but it’s the exception that always proves the rule.

Concert Review (sorta): Garage a Trois

First, the bad news. I was scheduled to attend a recent local show featuring Garage a Trois. The hard-to-describe band’s sound is a heady mix of jazz, punk, rock and avant-garde/progressive sounds. I was looking forward to the show, but in the end my schedule didn’t permit me to attend the performance. The good news

God’s Gift to the Ears: Fred Pallem

Imagine a big band like in the old days of Glenn Miller. Now imagine that group performing — with wit and style – a set of original songs they’ve scored for a variety of films. These films are evocative of a particular style – namely, 1970s pop culture fare – and they have evocative titles

It Would Seem That The Times Are in Fact Changing

If you’re a regular – or even an occasional – reader of this blog, well thank you. And if you are — and/or if you follow me on Twitter or keep up with me on Facebook – then  you probably know that a major project of mine these last few months behind the scenes has

The Tracy Nelson Interview

Tracy Nelson first came to prominence with a highly regarded debut album Deep Are the Roots in 1965. Even then this white teenager from Wisconsin was covering Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.  Her subsequent recordings with Mother Earth and her solo albums presaged the country-blues-Americana movement by several years. These days her style leans even

Firesign Theatre – Box of Danger

Here’s one you might have missed. — bk The conventional wisdom about The Who back in the 1970s–and this line of thinking was explicitly reinforced by no less than Pete Townshend himself–was that while the studio LPs were splendid, they simply couldn’t capture the energy of The Who onstage. Whether one accepts this argument, there’s

Brotherhood: The Story Behind the Story

In early 2010 I got a press release from a publicist with whom I often work. Collectors’ Choice Music (as of mid 2011, a defunct label) was putting together a 3cd compilation of all the A- and B-sides from Paul Revere and the Raiders. As a huge fan of them (and that sort of straight-ahead

The Cheeksters: Golden Birds Take Flight

Mark Casson and Shannon Hines Casson – the husband-and-wife musical team leading The Cheeksters — clearly aren’t originally from around here. Mark’s British accent and Shannon’s Memphis lilt make it clear that the pair have, like others before and after them, made a conscious decision to settle in Asheville NC. And they’ve developed the trademark