Monthly Archive:: November 2011

Hundred-word Reviews, Part Two

Four more hundred-word reviews… Dodd Ferrelle – Hide the World I favorably reviewed Dodd Ferrelle’s Lonely Parades about a year and a half ago, and of course that led to my being on the list for a promo of this, his followup. I’m glad. While he’s generally classified into the Americana genre – generally enough

Hundred-word Reviews, Part One

Quite a few worthy CDs have piled up on my desk in recent days. Since Musoscribe is a one-person operation, it’s simply not practical to provide in-depth coverage of everything that I find deserving of it. So every now and then I do a collection of capsule reviews. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise

Bootleg Bin: Spooky Sings the Hits

Here’s a little gem that has been tucked away in my collection for more than two decades. About ten years ago or so, I was cleaning out some old files when I came across a long-forgotten cassette tape. I received it from my kid sister circa 1988; she got it from a friend who —

Concert Review: The Miles Davis Experience 1949-1959

Miles Davis’ work passed through a number of phases; the characteristics common to all his musical eras were his uncompromising attitude toward composition, arrangement and performance, and his commitment to innovating, moving forward. A current aggregation of young players is traveling the country to bring the music of Davis’ earliest work to the masses. A

A Thanksgiving Thank-you

Maybe you’re the sort who doesn’t spend Thanksgiving in front of a television, watching men run up and down a field in funny costumes. Further, maybe you didn’t eat so much turkey on Thanksgiving to cause a tryptophan-induced coma (or maybe it hasn’t kicked in yet). Or maybe you’re not reading this humble little note

Album Review: The Hangmen – Lost Rocks

Sporting a cover that riffs visually on the Rolling Stones’ Aftermath is pretty much asking for trouble. And using Photoshop to imbue the cover image with surface wear that mimics a well-used LP sleeve, well, that’s courting an extra-critical approach to the contents of the album. Luckily, Lost Rocks from The Hangmen stands up defiantly

Album Review: Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins – A Scarcity of Miracles

In my recent feature on the Two of a Perfect Trio tour featuring the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Stick Men, I posited the (largely rhetorical) question: when is a band King Crimson, and when is it not? That question – one which has no real answer, I believe – comes racing back to me

Album Review: Shirley Brown – Woman to Woman

“Hello? May I speak to Barbara?” With that ominous spoken intro, Shirley Brown kicked off the hit song (#22 pop, #1 R&B in 1974) “Woman to Woman.” The album to capitalize on that success was also titled Woman to Woman, and featured the hit plus nine other tracks (including the minor R&B hit “It Ain’t

Seven-inch Vinyl Roundup, Part Two

Continued from my last entry… Dave Rave / Madnuts – Double Single I loved Dave Rave’s Live With What You Know, so I figured I’d dig his side of the single. “Rock the Party” aims for anthem territory, and would have fit nicely on the soundtrack to Rock & Roll High School. With its timeless

Seven-inch Vinyl Roundup, Part One

A delightful trend-in-miniature is the resurgence of vinyl as a medium. I was sadder than most when the music industry migrated over to CDs in the 1980s, and never did trust their motives for doing so. I remember how they charged “development costs” for the new medium to the artists — and charged more to