Swinging Doors: Grateful Dead, Emmylou, Dolly, Dino, More Celebrate “The Merle Haggard Songbook”

By Joe Marchese | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Along with Buck Owens – with whom he shared a musical history and a wife – Merle Haggard (1937-2016) defined The Bakersfield Sound of country music: authentic, raw, rooted in honky-tonks.  But unlike the Texas-born and Arizona-raised Owens, Haggard was actually born in Bakersfield and raised just across the river from that California town.  “Hag,” […]

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Review: Gary Louris, “Vagabonds” (Run Out Groove Vinyl Reissue)

By Sam Stone | May 22, 2019 | 1 Comment

Gary Louris was already a hero of the folk-rock revival when he released his first solo effort, Vagabonds. He’s been a member of The Jayhawks since the release of their debut in 1986. With a knack for tight harmonies, honest and often melancholic songwriting, and deft instrumental skills, Louris and The Jayhawks have been among […]

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Video Crime: David Bowie’s Tin Machine Premieres Live “Nine Track Compilation” Today

By Joe Marchese | May 22, 2019 | 7 Comments

Thirty years ago to the day (May 22, 1989), Tin Machine released its first LP.  While the band’s charismatic frontman was pictured alongside his nattily-dressed bandmates Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Tony Sales (bass), and Hunt Sales (drums), the name of David Bowie was nowhere in sight on the album’s front cover.  For two albums and two […]

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Memory Lane: Esoteric Collects Baker Gurvitz Army Albums, Celebrates “Underground Sounds of 1968”

By Joe Marchese | May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today we’re looking at a pair of recent releases from Cherry Red’s Esoteric Recordings imprint featuring some heavy sounds! With a résumé including Cream, Blind Faith, Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organisation, and Fela Kuti’s group, Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker has long been recognized as one of rock’s greatest – and most volatile – drummers.  […]

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Never Say Die! Varese Bringing ‘Goonies’ Score Back To CD

By The Second Disc | May 21, 2019 | 1 Comment

Varese Sarabande is setting sail with a wide CD release of Dave Grusin’s score to The Goonies this summer! Recently a staple of Varese’s vinyl catalog, it’s the first time the music’s been put on CD since a limited release in 2010. A movie this offbeat – a gang of misfit kids in Oregon follow […]

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