Monthly Archive:: June 2012

Reviews: The Grip Weeds – Speed of Live (CD) and Live Vibes (DVD)

Here’s how it usually goes: when you hear that one of your favorite bands is releasing a live album – let’s say it’s called Speed of Live – and that at roughly the same time, they’re also putting out a DVD called Live Vibes, you make a couple of assumptions. One is that the two

A Conversation with The Avengers’ Penelope Houston, Part 2

Continued from Part One Houston has released fourteen albums, if one counts limited-edition sets, live albums and compilations. But she doesn’t approach her collections of new music with any sort of thematic concept in mind. “It really has more to do with, ‘Oh, it’s been a really long time since I put an album out.

A Conversation with The Avengers’ Penelope Houston, Part 1

One of the most notorious and legendary Sex Pistols gigs was their final date of their US tour. Onstage at San Francisco’s Winterland, they ran through a typically shambolic set, and as guitar feedback howled at the tail end of a run-through of The Stooges‘ “No Fun,” Johnny Rotten (soon to revert to his given

Album Reviews: Concord’s “Very Best Of” Jazz Collections, Part 2

The Very Best of John Coltrane (The Prestige Era) Concord puts a tight focus on John Coltrane‘s work for its The Very Best of John Coltrane, subtitling the set “The Prestige Era.” a 2010 double-CD set surveyed his work for that label plus his work on Riverside (Concord controls both catalogs), but this new set

Album Reviews: Concord’s “Very Best Of” Jazz Collections, Part 1

The Very Best of Wes Montgomery Among rock fans, the phrase “tasteful playing” approaches the realm of fighting words. But when one realizes, as liner notes essayist Neil Tesser suggests in his liner notes for The Very Best of Wes Montgomery, when you’ve influenced Jimi Hendrix and Pat Metheny, you’re worth another listen, regardless. And

Todd Rundgren – Rocking Out to the Personal and the Universal

Todd Rundgren turns 64 today. Here’s a feature/interview of mine from four years ago. — bk. When the character Forrest Gump compared life to a box of chocolates (“you never know what you’re gonna get”), he could have just as easily drawn a comparison to the music of Todd Rundgren. Throughout his career — beginning

Album Review: The Sugarman 3 – What the World Needs Now

I first caught notice of the (for lack of a better term) boogaloo revival a scant few years ago when I first heard The New Mastersounds. That group’s instrumental attack drew upon what the British call Northern Soul, folding in healthy helpings of Memphis style r&b a la Booker T & the MG‘s. Once I

Musoscribe at Three

It’s been just about three years since I started this blog. So on this occasion, I’m taking the opportunity to look back, and to look forward a bit as well. The whole reason I got into the music journalism gig was to establish some level of “street cred.” Long ago – approaching two decades ago,

That Time is Now: A Conversation with The dB’s Peter Holsapple (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: I’ve been a fan of the dB‘s for a very long time, but I have to tell you that I think this new album may be the best thing the band’s ever done. Maybe it’s because I’m older, and look for different things in music than I used to,

That Time is Now: A Conversation with The dB’s Peter Holsapple (Part One)

In early June 2012 The dB’s released Falling Off the Sky, the band’s first new studio album in a quarter century, and the first in thirty-plus years to feature the original lineup. I spoke with guitarist Peter Holsapple about the new album. Here’s our conversation. – bk Bill Kopp: It seems like I first heard