Busy Doin’ Nothing

Well, not really. Not at all. I’m busy with a bunch of interviews, and with giving critical listens/watches to a stack of cool stuff. Each will be detailed and recommended in its turn, and soon. Here’s some of what’s coming in the next few days:

  • Beyond Reality, the latest album (out now) from Dutch progressive group Mangrove. In their music I hear hints of just-post-Gabriel-era Genesis (in other words, before Genesis got way-lame) and, um, echoes (ha!) of pre-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd. Tuneful, interesting stuff.
  • The Complete Columbia Singles (out this week) is a long-overdue 3cd set from Paul Revere and the Raiders. I’ll have a lot to say about this, having in recent days interviewed Mark Lindsay, Phil “Fang” Volk and manager Roger Hart.
  • Jason and the Scorchers‘ latest, Halcyon Days, also out this week. All of the fire of the great stuff we remember Jason for, and he’s still at it with this consistently entertaining new album.
  • The Apples in StereoTravellers in Space and Time (out April 20) is sixteen tracks of vocoder-y, keyboardly goodness, and crammed full of winning, hooky, ear-candy melodies.
  • New Morning: The Tokyo Concert is a live DVD from Mick Taylor. Featuring Max Middleton on keys, it’s an excellent live document of this still-impressive axeman.

If you dig (or think you’ll dig) any of the above, this might be an excellent time to start following me on Twitter…

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