Monthly Archive:: January 2012

EP Review: Third of Never – Life Saver

Life Saver is a various-artists EP. Then again, it’s not. The five tracks on this disc feature CJ Grogan on two tracks, two cuts from Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds, and one by a group calling itself Third of Never, a collective including Reil, Grogan and Jon Dawson. To complicate things a bit further,

Ozric Tentacles’ Perpetual Groove

I first discovered Ozric Tentacles in 2009. Their heady mix of modern and psychedelic styles is a popular draw on the live circuit, and their vast back catalog is full of groves that appeal to both the jam-band scene and more progressively-minded listeners. The band’s latest studio album Paper Monkeys continues to serve up the

Album Revews: Various Artists – Catbone’s ‘Jukin with de Blues’ Series

Catbone is a blues-centric imprint of MVD Audio, and is headed by one Ken Hatley, a blues aficionado and musician himself. A series of releases under the confusingly- and possibly-misleading banner of “Catbone Unreleased,” these five discs nonetheless offer up some fine and interesting music. Various Artists – Saturday Night in Shankletown This disc kicks

Hundred-word Reviews: January 2012

Here’s another installment in my occasional series of capsule reviews. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 100 words on each release.   The Valery Trails – Ghosts and Gravity This American/Australian outfit manages to conjure a trance-y vibe with a minimum of keyboard textures. The hypnotic aura of numbers like “On the Perfume

Album Review: River Guerguerian – Grooves for Odd Times

If you’ve ever witnessed or experienced it, you’ll remember. You’re in a church of some sort – or maybe it’s a community campfire gathering. Whatever: the musical accompaniment launches into something with a bit of folk or what they used to call “negro spiritual” in it. Something with a beat. People moved by the spirit

My Worst Gig Ever: Frank’s in Kennesaw

Back in, oh, it must have been 1985 or so, I played in a cover band called Remote Control. Based in metro Atlanta, we got a good bit of work. This was back in the day when venues and organizations would actually pay for, y’know, live music. I still have copies of many of the

Album Review: Maggie and Terre Roche – Seductive Reasoning

Since my discovery of their music, The Roches have long been a sentimental favorite for me. Having grown up on a steady diet of pop and rock, I didn’t take notice of the three sisters (Maggie, Terre and Suzzy) when they got their recorded start as a trio. Like, I suspect, many rock fans who

Album Review: Jethro Tull – Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition

A few weeks ago, Jethro Tull‘s highly regarded 1971 album Aqualung was released in a special 40th Anniversary package. But let’s be honest for a moment: this isn’t 1989 (by which time the CD format had completely taken over from vinyl) or 1993 (the year I finally broke down and bought a CD player). So

Album Review: John Moremen’s Flotation Device

Not being any sort of sport fan, I generally don’t go in for sports metaphors in my writing. But occasionally, there’s no better way to make a point. So here goes: Mystery Lawn Music throws a curveball! I should explain, of course. I’ve written fairly extensively about releases on the Bay Area-based label. And while

Album Review: Howlin’ Rain – The Russian Wilds

Remember the 1970s? It was a time when men strutted about the rock’n’roll stage as if they owned it. Mostly because they did. Hard-rocking vocalists forcefully staked their claim onstage, and the musicians behind ’em assailed their instruments as if beating harder on them wrought forth truer music than would simply caressing them. Long (well,