Tuesday, March 03, 2015
The Right Profile
As a typical teenager, I viewed the world in black and white.
I took the nascent punk revolution at face value and renounced my affinity for everything that didn’t conform to the new sound. I spent the better part of a year attempting to be a purist, an absurd challenge for a kid who grew up loving Waylon Jennings, Michael Jackson, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
It’s almost impossible to overstate the impact of London Calling. When my favorite band embraced jazz, reggae, rockabilly and blues in 1979, I was freed from the false stylistic constraints of punk.
I wasn’t alone. Thousands of Midwestern kids like me would soon welcome a new wave of Los Angeles bands like the Blasters and Los Lobos.
J.D. McPherson’s excellent Let the Good Times Roll reminds me of that era. The smart, funny and soulful album is as solid as anything that came out of the roots revival of the early 1980s.
I reviewed Aaron Lewis’ concert at the VooDoo.
I created a Local Listen segment about Maps For Travelers for KCUR.
The lineup of the 2015 edition of Rockfest represents a step up from recent years.
Orrin Keepnews has died.
EarthEE, the new album by THEESatisfaction, is very good. RIYL: Shabazz Palaces, funkateers, Erykah Badu.
Ibeyi’s self-titled album is just a tad too precious for my taste. RIYL: Dirty Projectors, public radio, Cibelle. Here’s Ghosts.
Jacky Terrasson is the exactly the type of brash ambassador that jazz desperately needs. That said, his new album Take This makes me want to listen to Slayer. Here’s the album trailer.
If Spoon wasn’t really good, the band might sound like Diamond Rugs. Cosmetics also resembles an inferior version of the Latin Playboys or Morphine.
Gang of Four's What Happens Next is depressingly uninteresting.
Bob! How could you? (I love that man.)
I don’t even know who I am anymore. A couple tracks on Diana Krall’s easy listening album Wallflower brought me to the brink of tears. RIYL: Julie London, elevators, Andy Williams.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)