Monthly Archive:: October 2011

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 1, Part 1: Matthew Dear, Mayer Hawthorne, Tangerine Dream

Matthew Dear Well, somebody has to go on first, right? The three-day Moogfest kicked off just after 5pm on Friday. Spread across more than a half-dozen venues throughout downtown Asheville NC, the event brings together a dizzying array of musical styles, including up-and-comers as well as legendary names. Many of the latter include artists one

Looking Back at Monterey Pop

I’m reminded of Monterey Pop — the grand-daddy of ’em all — that took place more than 44 years ago. Here’s a feature I did on the 40th anniversary of the historic festival. — bk Before Coachella, before Bonnaroo, before Live Aid, and before Woodstock, there was Monterey Pop. For three days in June 1967

Album Review: Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton – Play the Blues

There’s long been an undercurrent of humility (or perhaps even shyness) in the work of Eric Clapton. Sure, he was dubbed “God” in late-sixties Britain thanks to his guitar work, but Clapton has always seemed uncomfortable as a front-man. Even his Derek & the Dominos project was an attempt to get away from having his

Album Review: Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits

The new 2cd collection Songs From the South Volumes 1 &2 is subtitled Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits, but if you live in the USA, the subtitle could as easily have been Forty Paul Kelly Songs You’ve Never Heard Save For One or Two At Most. Which isn’t to say that this isn’t a winning and

Album Review: The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?

The CD+DVD package What Do I Get? documents the reunited Buzzcocks on a live date at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2003. And if the title is a question, the answer is simple: a barrage of ear-bashing punk, catchy melodies played at amphetamine-fueled speed before an adoring, pogo-ing crowd. The hits are all here, and while

Album Review: Tom Principato – A Part of Me

There’s an old saying where pop music is concerned: “Don’t bore us; get to the chorus.” 1970s hitmakers The Raspberries were the very embodiment of this aesthetic: many of their songs would kick off, toss out a line and half of a lyric and head straight for the hook-laden chorus. For that style of music,

Preview: Jump Out the Window – The Brotherhood Story

April 30, 1967 — On this Sunday evening, the popular group Paul Revere and the Raiders were scheduled to appear for the first time on the hit television program The Ed Sullivan Show. At the peak of their popularity, the Raiders were slated to perform their hit “Good Thing” from The Spirit of ’67. It

The dB’s and the Collective Unconscious

Chalk it up to coincidence if you must; me, I’m not superstitious but the timing is remarkable. Yesterday I was contacted by a fellow NC-based writer/blogger/music fan, asking permission to excerpt a couple of pieces I wrote. Both (just slightly) pre-date this blog/zine. One of these was a review of the delightful hERE aND nOW

Album Review: Alberta Hunter – Downhearted Blues

Here’s a slightly unusual item, but it’s of such historical import that it would be unfair to call it a curio. Alberta Hunter was 86 years old when this live set — titled Downhearted Blues — at Greenwich Village’s The Cookery was captured. But the verve with which she delivers the songs belies her age.

Album Review: Gentle Giant – Three Friends

Three Friends finds 70s progressive group Gentle Giant at their most rocking and abrasive, yet the group manages to deliver a set of challenging, progressive numbers in the process. Right out of the gate with “Prologue,” the band combines the fiddly-bits melodic style that endears them to fans (and drives everyone else up the wall),