EP Review: Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions

What can I say? I’m old-school. It’s only an album if you can hear it and hold it in your hand. But modern technology being what it is, and the economics of the music industry being what they are, I do understand that there are times when a digital-only release makes economic sense for an

Album Review: Father’s Children – Who’s Gonna Save the World

The story of Father’s Children is fascinating, but not altogether unique. Group comes together, develops a style, records an album, sinks without a trace. This Washington DC-based group recorded an album for Mercury at the tail-end of the 70s, but by that point they were past their prime, had endured myriad lineup changes, and had

Album Review: The Definitive Albert King on Stax

Albert King is (or was) The Man. Even rock fans who’ve never heard (or actively listened for) King will find his music oddly familiar. And the reason for that is simple: Albert King cast a huge and influential shadow over the careers of many of rock’s finest guitarists. The left-handed axeman’s heyday largely coincided with

Album Review: Ravi Shankar and George Harrison – Collaborations

This one’s a rare and unexpected treat. While any number of Beatles-related films remain officially unavailable — there’s still no legitimate DVD release of Let it Be, nor the ’66 Budokan shows, nor the Shea Stadium film — yet the folks at Dark Horse (George Harrison‘s custom label) have put together a box set of

A Conversation with Felix Cavaliere and Steve Cropper (part two)

(Continued from Part One) Bill Kopp / Musoscribe: There’s a lick on the title track that sounds a lot like the break on Sam & Dave‘s “Soul Man.” Was that a subtle nod to Steve’s past, or am I just hearing things? Felix Cavaliere: [laughs heartily] You’ll have to ask Steve about that! It’s kinda

Album Review: Milt Matthews Inc. – For the People

Some old recordings are rare for a reason. When I was a kid in the 70s, like lots of other boys my age, I collected beer cans. And we quickly learned some basic tenets of the hobby. An old Busch can wasn’t usually worth much, even though it had a fairly nice full-color Alpine chalet

Album Review: Various Artists – Next Stop…Soweto Vol. 2

South Africa in the 60s, 70s and 80s was becoming increasingly isolated. Culturally and politically, the minority-rule apartheid country faced increasing ostracizing. Many countries — in an all-too-rare-example of unified action based on widely held concepts of right and wrong — boycotted the country. Internally, the doors were closed as well. The minority leaders did

Preview of Upcoming Posts

There’s quite a lot in the hopper right now; here’s a brief summary of items I’m working on. This is NOT a complete list… Interviews and Features: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Done, and hopefully to be published this week. But I always say that. Day 3 of the Charlotte Pop Fest Alice Cooper‘s concert

Paste Magazine Got it Right. Sorta.

Paste Magazine has an online feature in which they go for the funny and gently mock themselves and their ilk. “The ’60s & ’70s Bands Rock Critics & Musicians Always Namecheck But That No One Else Really Ever Listens To 2009” lists those acts, and makes a half-hearted argument as to why they get mentioned

Album Review: Various Artists – “Boy Meets Girl” Classic Soul Duets

Imagine you’re driving a lonely strip of highway late at night. You’re behind the wheel, and for whatever reason — maybe it’s a rental car, I dunno — you don’t have a CD player or an MP3 dock. So you turn on the radio. And what you discover is the coolest soul station on the