Monthly Archive:: July 2012

Book Review: The Me Generation…By Me

As someone who (a) is a writer and (b) grew up immersed in the pop culture of the 1960s, Ken Levine would seem ideally suited to write a book about that decade. That he’s a comedy writer (M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier and host of other well-known shows) would suggest he could deftly weave humor into such

Concert Review: Papa Grows Funk – Asheville NC July 27 2012

Live performance and studio output are two wildly different things. Some bands are adept at crafting carefully-put-together studio albums, but when they take to the stage, they’re lifeless and stiff (or worse, show to be incompetent on their instruments). Other acts are engaging onstage, but seem never able to capture the excitement of live shows

Sunday Bonus

You may know that Collectors’ Choice Music — the label, not the mail order catalog service — went out of business a couple of years ago. Not long before that, CCM worked a deal with ABKCO, an arrangement that saw many of the long-unavailable titles on the old Cameo-Parkway label again become available. Well, when

Album Review: The Steve Hillage Band – Live at the Gong Family Unconvention

Steve Hillage was (and/or is) the guitarist from British/European hippie collective Gong. Always possessed of a mystical bent, Hillage’s songs straddled the space between psych-jam and wide-eyed folike sensibility. His music is as likely to feature loopy analog synth bleeps as it is to deal with subject matter you’d expect from Syd Barrett or Robyn

Album Review: World Famous Headliners – s/t

For twenty-plus years, Al Anderson was the guitarist in critics-darlings NRBQ. Though no longer a member of that band, Anderson has returned for occasional reunion projects and shows. But his focus these days is on his own band – his first since leaving NRBQ, The World Famous Headliners. The wryly-named group isn’t filled with household

Album Review: Chris Thompson Band – Berlin Live

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band were not among the most high-visibility of 70s rock bands. There were any number of reasons for this, few having to do with the quality (and commercial appeal) of their music. The band’s namesake was a non-singing, South African keyboardist who played sitting down. And the band’s biggest hits were penned

Album Review: Michael Des Barres Band – Carnaby Street

Perhaps best known as the guy who sang Robert Palmer‘s Power Station parts in the touring lineup of that 80s sensation (I refuse to label them a supergroup: Chic and Duran Duran are not Cream and Traffic), Michael Des Barres does in fact have an impressive pedigree. He’s sort of the ultimate insider guy: he’s

Album Review: Tommy Roe – Devil’s Soul Pile

When you hear Tommy Roe‘s name, you can’t help but remember “Dizzy” and/or “Sheila,” two of his hits from the 1960s. And that was a long time ago. His latest, Devil’s Soul Pile (huh?) is a breezy, pleasant midtempo affair that serves to remind fans that he’s still creating new material, rather than (only) working

Album Review: The Zombies – Recorded Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios London

The Zombies are one of those sixties acts who somehow never got their due on the first go-round. Chalk it up to bad timing, a glut of great music; it really doesn’t matter or change the facts. The Zombies produced one of the great baroque-pop albums in Odessey and Oracle, but weren’t around to capiltalize

Album Review: Redd Kross – Researching the Blues

Leave it to the bratty (though now fortyish-plus) McDonald brothers to title an album Researching the Blues. Anyone familiar with their musical approach – perhaps best described as pop-punk yet having nearly nothing in common with all the crappy bands that claim that title. There may not be anything here that’s quite as candyfloss-accessible as