• Return to Abbey Road

    Return to Abbey Road

    When I attended last year’s press conference at Capitol Records for the 50th Anniversary launch of The Beatles, aka The White Album, a journalist shouted out to producer Giles Martin, “Hey, what about Abbey Road?” ...
  • Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

    Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

    From his early Suzuki method training starting at age four, to his stints with hot jazz/swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers and bandleader of his Bowl of Fire group, followed by a dozen studio albums, Andrew ...
  • Bill Frisell: Harmony

    Bill Frisell: Harmony

    Bill Frisell makes his Blue Note label debut as a leader not by emphasizing his guitar but rather by celebrating the human voice. He doesn’t do any of the singing; he puts longtime collaborator Petra ...
  • Robbie Robertson: Sinematic

    Robbie Robertson: Sinematic

    Robbie Robertson has always taken a distinctly cinematic approach to his multicultural melting-pot style of North Americana songwriting, a narrative attribute well in place due to the indigenous Canadian’s weighty workload with The Band long ...
  • Bar Shiru

    Bar Shiru

    Too often the ambience of a popular drinking establishment will be marred by the deafening din of conversations shouted over an endless digital stream of music. Not so at Bar Shiru, a new craft cocktail ...
  • Catching up with Stockfisch Records

    Catching up with Stockfisch Records

    When German guitarist Werner Lämmerhirt released Ten Thousand Miles in 1974, that LP was, in more ways than one, a harbinger of things to come. Along with being Lämmerhirt’s debut album, it was the opening ...
  • The Spirit of Rush

    The Spirit of Rush

    Call it “Revenge of the Nerds.” Vilified by the music mainstream and critical cognoscenti for decades, Rush became the prime beneficiaries of some clear-cut revisionist history and ultimately a 2013 berth in the Rock and ...
  • Brinkmann Debuts Second Album

    Brinkmann Debuts Second Album

    The following is a press release issued by Brinkmann. November 6, 2019 - Thanks to the meteoric success of our debut LP, whose entire pressing sold out prior to release, Brinkmann proudly announces an encore… ...
  • International Phonograph, Inc.

    International Phonograph, Inc.

    One of the dilemmas for those of us with tricked-out reel-to-reel tape decks, like my UHA-Phase 12 from United Home Audio, is finding outstanding pre-recorded tapes at reasonable prices. One great source is International Phonograph, ...
  • The National: I Am Easy to Find

    The National: I Am Easy to Find

    Verging on a concept album, The National’s eighth studio release reflects a ripening extension of their estimable talents and evolving style, bringing into the foreground the band’s collaborations with women—particularly the many musicians and featured ...
  • Traffic Returns to Vinyl

    Traffic Returns to Vinyl

    In 1967 four musicians left the city in order to hole up in an English country cottage, where they immersed themselves in music. Far from the madding crowd, the artists created a fresh new sound ...

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