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60s And 70s US Rock
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Saturday 21 August 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
The argument between analogue and digital recording methods is neatly summarised this week by comparing this simple, stripped-down offering from John Mellencamp with the second album by Klaxons, on which the songs are hidden away beneath layers of digital blah, track after track of guitar and keyboard and effect piled upon the material until its spine snaps, and all that remains is some amorphous noise begging for your attention.
Saturday 07 August 2010
The thing about alternative comedy is that it isn't very alternative any more. Like "New" Labour, time has rendered the adjective redundant, and the nation awaits the alternative to alternative comedy. Maybe comics will go back to wearing dinner suits with frilly shirts and cracking mother-in-law gags.
Friday 06 August 2010
American rock's most reliable supercharged bar-band is in comfortable, relaxed mode on Tin Can Trust which, after the themed concept of 2006's The Town and the City is just a grab-bag of songs, though none the worse for that.
Friday 06 August 2010
Once upon a time, there was a wooded wonderland where long-haired men and women wore flowers in their hair and often little else, where wood cabins nestled among cypresses and bougainvillea and the sound of birdsong mixed with guitars. Just a 10-minute drive north of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood, Laurel Canyon was home to Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Frank Zappa, The Mamas and The Papas, Jackson Browne and The Eagles.
Sunday 25 July 2010
If fashion has forsaken the Magic Numbers, then it's fashion's loss.
Thursday 22 July 2010
There’s quite the scandal brewing across the Atlantic at the moment, and for once it’s not one Liberals are having to watch through the cracks of their fingers.
Sunday 27 June 2010
Dr John in mellow mood, closer in temperature to Steely Dan than to the album's dedicatee, Bobby Charles – snakey, low, hip and perhaps a little jazzier than you might have reason to expect.
Monday 21 June 2010
It looks like I inadvertently started a fight with my last blog on soccer and America.
Friday 18 June 2010
Friday 18 June 2010
The Hasidic Jewish musician's follow-up to 2006's Youth was originally scheduled for release over two years ago, before finally securing an American release last August, followed the best part of a further year later by this UK issue.
Saturday 12 June 2010
Sunday 09 May 2010
Excitable US soul boy. White, be-quiffed, in love with the sound of the late 1960s. Thinks soul is about letting rip until your trousers split.
Friday 07 May 2010
Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk: Bass player and multi-instrumentalist known as 'the ampersand' in Hall & Oates
Friday 30 April 2010
The multi-instrumentalist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk used to joke that he was best known for being "that guy with the hat" who played bass with the American soul duo Hall & Oates. Having joined them in 1981, just after they completed the Private Eyes album, he appeared in the video for the title track and became their longest-serving collaborator.
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