• Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • Santana: Abraxas

    Santana: Abraxas

    I’ll get right to the point: Abraxas fans, do not miss Mobile Fidelity’s astonishing new reissue of Santana’s 1970 Latin-spiced, blues-rock masterpiece. It will blow your mind. Never before have I heard such inner detail, ...
  • Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Most acoustic guitarists perfect, or become associated with, a particular genre—Delta or Piedmont blues, for instance, or Celtic, ragtime, or traditional folk (however you define that). Some, like John Fahey or Robbie Basho or Alex ...
  • Newvelle Records Presents Season Two

    Newvelle Records Presents Season Two

    The following is a press release issued by Newvelle Records. December 19, 2016 - Newvelle Records is a new type of label dedicated to quality and where musicians' rights are protected. Each year we record ...
  • Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

    Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

    For parents tuning into Top 40 radio in the 60s, hits like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” probably confirmed their worst fears. The band was the Jefferson Airplane from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district—the counterculture’s ...
  • Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Although Joe Jackson is rarely mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Elvis Costello and the Clash, he should be. All share a post-punk sensibility that melds that genre’s passionate delivery with strong melodies, ...
  • Anthony Wilson: Frogtown

    Anthony Wilson: Frogtown

    Anthony Wilson is surely one of today’s most versatile, creative, and chameleonic guitarists. A longtime member of Diana Krall’s band, he’s played with the likes of Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson and worked with some ...
  • Oscar Versus the Music

    Oscar Versus the Music

    This year’s Academy Award for Best Musical Score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, which provides a good starting point for a discussion of the checkered history of the Music Branch of the ...
  • The Cutting Edge of ECM

    The Cutting Edge of ECM

    Could 1969 have been any more of a momentous year in popular music? Rock festivals reached their apex—and their nadir—at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, and Altamont. Led Zeppelin, CSN, King Crimson, and Blind Faith ...
  • New Old Ways

    New Old Ways

    A couple of years ago, I asked Emmylou Harris her opinion of Steve Earle’s music and the state of country music in general. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, known for shooting from the hip, didn’t mince words. ...
  • Terre Roche: Imprint

    Terre Roche: Imprint

    The second-born of three talented Roche sisters that have been with us in various combinations ever since siblings Maggie and Terre made their debut in 1975 on the Paul Simon-produced LP Seductive Reasoning, Terre is ...

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