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Hail, Hail: Belly and the making of King

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Together for barely four years, Belly, the Rhode Island band made-up of Tanya Donelly, Gail Greenwood, and brothers Tom and Chris Gorman, managed an unexpected amount of success during a period in the early ‘90s when music that often had little in common was sold in very large quantities, under the catch-all term “alternative.” And […]

Gems From The Jazz Vault :: Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery & Duke Ellington

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Some recent, recommended archival releases of (mostly) unreleased material from some jazz giants.  It’d take a whole lot more than four discs to sum up what Miles Davis was up to onstage from 1955-1975. But the trumpeter’s latest Bootleg Series manages to give a solid overview, collecting performances given under the auspices of the Newport Jazz […]

J.B. Smith :: No More Good Time In the World For Me

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

…King David was, in the Bible, he used to made his psalms from the stars and so forth and he wrote so many songs, you know. With a little talent and surrounding I think it’s kinda easy done.” — J.B. Smith on composition. 50 years ago, archivist Bruce Jackson first went to Ramsey State Farm […]

Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks – The New York Sessions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

‘Eventually I would record an entire album based on Chekhov short stories—critics thought it was autobiographical…’ Chronicles: Volume I Meet Me in the Morning (Early Take) The bloodletting began, fittingly, in a red notebook. Estranged from his wife at the time, living on a farm in Minnesota with his kids and his new girlfriend, he started […]

Catching Up With The Growlers :: The AD Interview

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Growlers’ music that has trickled out over the past few years is scrappy, sloppy, and immediate. They call it “beach goth” — lo-fi surf rock with a country backbeat. On tape the music sounds chill, but in concert it achieves a frenzying effect; a surprisingly tight and no nonsense live show helmed by the devil-may-care […]

Levon Helm :: May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

From the release of his 2007 comeback record, Dirt Farmer, up until the final moments of his life, Levon Helm seemed impervious to death. It’s not that he looked invincible, necessarily, or that he was suddenly filled with an inordinate amount of vitality. But as he neared his end, Helm carried himself with the same […]

Futurebirds :: Aquarium Drunkard Session

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Tomorrow, during the second hour of the SIRIUS show, I am airing the AD session Futurebirds laid down in September at Red Rockets Glare Studios while touring out west. For those sans satelllite radio, check out the band, below, stretching out on five tracks culled from their Autumn Tone full-length, Hampton’s Lullaby. The band is […]

Wilco (The Near Miss)

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

(Several months ago Jeff Leven, whose byline you’ll recognize if you’re a Paste reader, and I were discussing music and that of young fandom.  Leven told me a great story, from his college days in the ’90s, related to Wilco, the power of an album, meeting your idols…and the days of fax machines.  With ‘Wilco […]

Calexico (Joey Burns) :: The AD Interview

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Now a decade into their career, Tucson’s Calexico continue to cull their sound from the surrounding deserts. Just as their name implies, that sound is equally rooted in California and Mexico – border-hopping back and forth – absorbing whichever styles that happen to be pulled in by their ever-widening wake. 2006’s Garden Ruin was greeted […]