Monthly Archives: September 2013

Talking Sunshine Daydream with Ken Babbs: Kesey, The Dead & Little Kids And Dogs

Call it what you want: The Last Acid Test; The Field Trip; The Springfield Creamery Benefit; or perhaps simply 8/27/72. Even the most casual of Deadheads are at least aware of the facts: the Grateful Dead played an outdoor concert in Veneta, OR that day, immersed in record-breaking heat. The show was a benefit to […]

Patterson Hood: Alabama Ass Whuppin’, Drive-By Truckers’ Upcoming Studio Album, And Thank God For Triple-A

The latest album from the Drive-by Truckers is actually a blast from the past – a full-bore, string-thrashing, drum-pounding, floor-thumping, wall-shaking blast from the past, known as Alabama Ass Whuppin’. Originally released by the band in 2000, AAW is a time capsule chock full of CBGB-meets-Vee-Eff-Dubya-hall chickaboom punkness that captures the Truckers’ live lineup of […]

The Clash – Sound System & Hits Back

The new box set Sound System is a sprawling collection of sound, sights, and swag galore that totally befits “the only band that matters”: The Clash. Packed into a replica boombox designed by Clash bassist Paul Simonon are remastered versions of five of the band’s studio albums (The Clash, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, London Calling, […]

Sly & Robbie – Stepper Takes The Taxi

It will no doubt be the names of veteran Jamaican rhythm masters Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass) that’ll catch your eye on the cover of Stepper takes The Taxi, but once you have it spinning, it’ll be the sweet, sweet saxophone of Guillaume “Stepper” Briard that grabs your ear. Briard, a longtime member […]

Chris Kelsey & What I Say – The Electric Miles Project

Saxophonist Chris Kelsey and his co-conspirators on The Electric Miles Project (guitarists Rolf Sturm and Jack DeSalvo; bassist Joe Gallant; drummer Dean Sharp) are some kind of brave and crazy. They have tackled some of the most wild-assed work of Miles Davis’ career in a manner that comes across as being both respectful and fearless […]

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Live At The Old Mill Tavern – March 29, 1970

On one hand, March of 1970 might be seen as the beginning of the end for Quicksilver Messenger Service. Keyboard genius Nicky Hopkins (who had joined the band the year before when co-founding guitarist Gary Duncan took a sabbatical) would be departing soon; so would guitarist/legend John Cipollina and David Freiberg, whose bass had provided […]

Tim Easton – Not Cool

During my first spin of Tim Easton’s new Not Cool album, Little Village came to mind. If you don’t know or remember Little Village, look ‘em up: John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner – the same lineup who laid down Hiatt’s 1987 masterpiece Bring The Family and reunited to release a self-titled […]

American Babies: A Lesson In Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart

I wrote this piece a few years back after Tigger and I witnessed Tom Hamilton and the American Babies doing what they do best. When they finished “Invite All Your Friends” at the end of the set, Tommy tapped his heart and tipped his hat towards Tigger and I – we being the two folks […]

The Royal Noise – Unbreakable

In some ways The Royal Noise’s sophomore effort Unbreakable picks up where their 2012 debut Keep On Moving left off: groove, groove, and more groove – with a side order of groove and a frothy mug of groove to wash it down with. Guitarist Johan Harvey and sax/keyboard wizard Mike LaBombard are masters of quickly […]

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