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Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… We’ve talked about the whole band concept. But with MIDI technology and everything, do you have any interest at all in doing solo gigs? Well, if I had a means of doing it, possibly. When I was doing all these new songs, I made an additional track without the lead vocals

Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 4 of 5)

Continued from Part Three… I’m not even suggesting that you should – it’s just an open question – but have you ever toyed with the idea of doing something completely in a different musical direction? No. I wish I had the time and energy to go into things like that, but the things that I

Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 3 of 5)

Continued from Part Two… So, then you don’t record everything you write, or do you? Well, yes and no. I record what I call song snippets. I have a little digital recorder where I just come up with ideas, and I just stick them on this thing constantly. There are hundreds and hundreds of these

Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 2 of 5)

Continued from Part One… Thrilled with my new discovery, I raced to my desktop, opened my email app and dashed off a quick note to said publicist. I feverishly typed words to the effect of, “Hey, I’m sure Stephen doesn’t do interviews, but if by some miracle he does, let me know.” I received a

Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 1 of 5)

In one sense, LMNOP is as DIY and underground as it gets. Launched in the early 1980s in Atlanta, LMNOP was – and has remained – the vehicle for Stephen Fievet’s singular lyrical vision, a sometimes disturbing, often unsettling and sometimes wickedly funny approach that all but ensures the music will never break through to

Album Review: Explorer Tapes

As someone who follows such things – and as such ought to know better – I nevertheless continue to be amazed whenever I learn about a promising act that recorded an album only to find it shelved. It’s the musical version of that iconic final scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark,

Album Review: John McLaughlin — Liberation Time

A deeply spiritual artist, John McLaughlin makes music that moves the mind, body and spirit. There’s certainly plenty of technical precision in his music, but with in it beats a living heart. As such, the creation of that music is greatly informed and colored by the interaction among the participants (usually some of the finest

Album Review: Alchemy Sound Project – Afrika Love

Jazz differs from rock in some important, fundamental ways. While there are exceptions, one is the manner in which jazz ensemble tend to be collectives of equals rather than stars with backup. So it is with Alchemy Sound Project, a septet in which at least five of the musicians are composers. On Afrika Love, each

Album Review: Etta James — The Montreux Years

Announced in March 2021, an archive of historically significant musical recordings is now beginning to be shared with the wider listening audience. Run by Claude Nobs, the highly regarded Montreux Jazz Festival hosted some of the biggest names in jazz (and beyond) in Switzerland for its annual concerts. In a new arrangement with BMG, selected

Album Review: Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren featuring Ethel — State Theater New Jersey 2005

It was more than sixteen years ago that two of popular music’s most iconoclastic artists decided to work together (sort of). Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson teamed up for a concert tour, and instead of being backed by conventional bands, they chose to work with Ethel, a string quartet (violin, viola, two cellos). It was,