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Wilco: Star Wars

Wilco: Star Wars

Wilco Star Wars (Anti/Epitaph) A new Wilco album is an event. At this point in their career they are one of the […]

The Who: Live at Shea Stadium 1982

The Who: Live at Shea Stadium 1982

Classics like “Baba O’Riley” are huge and ballsy as ever, “Who Are You” not the best moment for Daltery vocally, but Townshend’s noodling under the keys is fun. There’s Quadraphenia moments, Jones especially loud and strong executing rolls on “The Punk And The Godfather”, Townshend wailing through “Love Reign O’er Me,” the rarity “Tattoo” is a true duet between Townshend and Daltrey.

Of course as you’d expect “See Me Feel Me” plods through, slightly lackluster (though again, Jones is on it!) and we get “Won’t Get Fooled Again” “Young Man’s Blues” and even “Naked Eye” (another not hit Who classic.)

The bonus CD includes three songs from the first night of The Who’s 2-night stand at Shea (the night I was at…yes, I am that old) with tunes My Generation (2) A Man Is A Man (3) 5.15

Even with a flawed recording it is obvious there was a time when rock was not dead.

Ryn Weaver: The Fool

Ryn Weaver: The Fool

Ryn Weaver The Fool (Interscope Records) At only 22, Cali-bred singer/songwriter Ryn Weaver has lived a life full of highs and lows, […]

Onra: Fundamentals

Onra: Fundamentals

Onra Fundamentals (All City Dublin) Born Arnaud Bernard and carrying influences from R&B, soul and the golden era of hip-hop, Onra’s productions […]

Leon Bridges: Coming Home

Leon Bridges: Coming Home

Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia Records) Texas soul artist Leon Bridges releases a stellar debut with Coming Home, a sort of homage […]

Joss Stone: Water For Your Soul

Joss Stone: Water For Your Soul

Joss Stone Water For Your Soul (Stone’d Records Ltd) Soul singer Joss Stone is known for her expressive voice that incorporates shades […]

Bobby Bare Jr.: Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)

Bobby Bare Jr.: Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)

With “Valentine” we get a staccato hot heavy bass, Bare’s warble and a pedal steel crying over the top. The lyrically thick wry autobiographical “Visit Me In Music City” is here with its poppy beat (and again sweet pedal steel) and harmony vocals as is the slushy swingy “Sad Smile” with the players cresting a wave behind Bobby; things get sounding like The Monkees at the end. There are moments here too where it is just Bobby Bare, Jr. and his acoustic, like on “Mayonnaise Brain,” the more metallic and biting “One Of Us Has Got To Go” or the satirically silly “Rock and Roll Halloween.”

Bilal: In Another Life

Bilal: In Another Life

Bilal In Another Life (eOne Music) First hitting the music scene with 2001’s 1st Born Second, a classic neo soul record in […]

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years

We are back to simply loud smashing on “People Want To Hear About Love.” The backing vocals from both Nelsons with Young are affective, as is Melgar way in the background, but this simple loud tune is not made any better by a cringe-inducing lyric.

“Working Man” tells the story of a farmer, over blistering electrics and straight-ahead snare in what could be a send-up of Bob Dylan at his “Maggie’s Farm” best. I liked the muted stomp of “Rules Of Change” even its lilting drippling chorus sounds good, but again Young drops the ball with trite lyric.

Samuel Claiborne: Love, Lust, and Genocide

Samuel Claiborne: Love, Lust, and Genocide

Surely this is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, Clairborne is approaching his stuff like a siege, but these songs are well reasoned, the players super and Samuel Claiborne has lots to say. http://www.samuelclaiborne.com/

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