Archive for November, 2012

Friday, November 30th, 2012

There are those among us who will shudder when I say this, but let’s face facts: Can was a jam band. Indeed, jamming was at the heart of pretty much everything the legendary krautrockers did. Rather than a group centered around a songwriter, Can was a collective of improvisers whose primary modus operandi in the […]

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. SIRIUS 271: Jean Michel Bernard – Generique Stephane ++ Mission Of Burma – New Disco ++ Guided By Voices – Captain’s Dead ++ The Jesus & Mary Chain – Taste […]

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

As a solo artist and as one fifth of Pentangle, Bert Jansch’s six-string stylings captivated guitarists as disparate as Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Johnny Marr. His sound is instantly recognizable, as distinctive as a fingerprint: the circular picking patterns, melodies and rhythms incorporating everything from medieval madrigals to Mingus, that assertive snap of steel […]

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

On paper, American Stars ‘n Bars is Neil Young’s followup to his 1976 album-length collaboration with Stephen Stills, Long May You Run. The truth, as it often is with Young, is more complicated. Having instructed his busdriver to head east to Tennessee and an open airport as Stills and his band made their way in […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Mickey Baker always wanted to play jazz, but will be remembered for laying down some of the fundamentals of rock and roll guitar. He fled a hard-knock upbringing in a Louisville brothel, landed in New York City, and tried to cut it playing jazz… except Baker didn’t know how to play an instrument. He learned […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

“Unlike the landscape, the people living in the Sahel are anything but homogenous. In every town is another language, culture, tradition, a demonstration of vastness of human complexity… so it goes with the guitar.” The Sahel is the region in Africa where desert becomes savanna—a scrubby, harsh blur of land that stretches across the entire […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The grey curtain is starting to fall over the Upper Midwest, and in an effort to stave off winter’s cruel vibes, I’ve been spinning Desmond Dekker’s Super Best hits package. Here he is crossing through “Israelites” nine years after that song brought reggae and ska from the island to the isle, much to the mods’ […]