Wednesday December 11, 2013
Yes, it's that Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, and that Norah Jones, discovering a classic Everly Brothers album and deciding, more or less on the spur of the moment, to re-record it themselves. Weirder still, the original wasn't full of hits -- it was also a covers album, but of classic Appalachian ballads the brothers cut their teeth on! Can this unlikely pair revisit some of the earliest "Americana," while attempting to match those heavenly, seamless Everly harmonies? Find out here when you read my review of Billie Joe + Norah's Foreverly.
Monday December 9, 2013
The murder of John Lennon
is not an easy subject for many to discuss, especially for those Beatles fans who were alive on the night of the murder and remember all too well what it meant... not just to John's family and the world of music, but the world at large. Everything seemed to change that horrible night, and so, as always around this time of the year, I'm presenting this John Lennon death FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions list)
to help those who may not know much about the incident, or who still wonder about certain aspects of it.
Tuesday November 26, 2013
It was one of the major driving forces in early rock and roll, but the very nature of doo-wop's humble origins, combined with a music industry that barely understood what to do with it, led to a lot of faceless one-hit wonders, confusing lineup changes, and classic artists nearly lost to history. This list is where the new doo-wop fan should get started learning all about the genre... though it was a phenomenon so rich and pervasive that parts of its history are still being uncovered today. Check out my list of essential doo-wop discs, books, videos, and more!
Sunday November 24, 2013
Before the advent of soul-blues, African-American music had a dual nature for hundreds of years: the sacred and the secular, the glorified and the vulgar. But when gospel met R&B, it birthed soul, and when soul met blues, the first generation of an aging black middle class found its true voice. Read all about, and hear all about, the history of "soul-blues" here.