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Asheville Music Industry Supports #WeMakeEvents

Note: It’s not my custom to reprint press releases, but this is important enough to make an exception – bk RSVP for the event at this link: http://bit.ly/2YJMFBi d&b audiotechnik Americas lights up in support of #WeMakeEvents. ASHEVILLE, NC (8.27.20)—#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and in support of ExtendPUA.org represents a major call to action on Tuesday, September

DVD Review: Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones

Sometimes I cringe a bit when learning that there’s been made a new film purporting to explore a notorious scandal or controversy of the past. There’s a very high likelihood that the story has been played out as far as it can go absent new information, and a nearly as great chance that the film

The Story Behind Jellyfish’s Final Lineup, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Bill Kopp: How did Eric Dover come to join Jellyfish? Roger Joseph Manning: The whole thing was just weird. In a nutshell, we had put out that announcement for a guitarist replacement, and got all kinds of submissions … well, as much as you could pre-internet. About 50 submissions, which

The Story Behind Jellyfish’s Final Lineup, Part One

One of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the 1990s, Jellyfish made a pair of superb albums. But after 1990’s Bellybutton, the band fell apart. Co-leaders Roger Joseph Manning and Andy Sturmer had to rebuild the group with new musicians. Today – more than a quarter century later – The Lickerish Quartet reunites three

Three is the Magic Number: The Lickerish Quartet (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … EPs Versus Albums The Lickerish Quartet made the decision not to release a traditional debut album; instead a series of EPs is planned. Threesome Vol. 1 was released May 15. And while Adam James provided the startup money for the project, funding for the debut EP was completed through a

Three is the Magic Number: The Lickerish Quartet (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One … Manning says that the never-made third record would have been a double-LP that showcased each member’s songwriting, one side each. “Like Sloan’s Commonwealth,” Manning suggests. That 2014 double LP “still sounds like Sloan, but you really get each guy’s personality. And as a Sloan fan, I was just so envious

Three is the Magic Number: The Lickerish Quartet (Part 1 of 3)

A new group, The Lickerish Quartet, has released the first in a series of EPs. But the group isn’t exactly new, and its it’s not a quartet. Roger Joseph Manning, Eric Dover and Tim Smith first played together more than a quarter century ago in the progressive/art/powerpop rock band Jellyfish. After years of working on

Album Review: King Solomon Hicks – Harlem

Opening with Leon Russell’s “I’d Rather Be Blind” underscores the point that King Solomon Hicks is no blues purist. His reading of the song – first cut by Freddie King in 1972 on his Russell-produced Texas Cannonball – owes a debt to the kind of blues played by the Mad Dogs and Englishmen aggregation. And

Album Review: Bill Kirchen – The Proper Years

What to make of possible hyperbole? When I read that Bill Kirchen is known as “The Titan of the Telecaster,” I wasn’t at all sure what to think. At first I thought I was wholly unfamiliar with his work. A cursory big of digging reminded me that he was a longtime member of Commander Cody

Dan Lacksman: The Electronic System Man

This feature appeared previously in Synth and Software. — bk This pioneering synthesist has worked with Bowie, Dolby, Deep Forest, and Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider on what could be his final project. Daniel Lacksman was one of the first musicians in Belgium to own a synthesizer; he bought an EMS VCS3 in 1970. As a studio