Rant ‘N’ Roll: Classical Gas & Other Delights

“Like Rain it sounded till it curved/And then I knew ‘twas wind/It walked as wet as any Wave/But swept as dry as sand/When it had pushed itself away/To some remotest Plain…”—Emily Dickinson [1830-1886]

Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu [1930-1996] was musically influenced by French composer Claude Debussy [1862-1918] but his “And …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Rubinoos, Frank, Barry & Bowie

Barry Ollman’s What’ll It Be debut (Blue Colorado) is filled with gratitude for life itself as this longtime Denver stalwart almost went down to a heart attack during its recording. These 10 originals are a thing of beauty: pristine, evocative but not cloyingly sentimental. “Imogene’s Lament” is a duet …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Goddess In Our Midst

So a scared teenager steps to the mic in a Nashville studio for the first time and the pain exhibited on her 1989 Sunrise major label debut on Epic makes that album one of the best of the year, and one of the best debuts ever. The pain is etched …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: From Texas, Georgia & Illinois To France And England – 2014 Best-Of Alternates

As in the act of compiling any Top 10, there’s plenty of stuff you forget, gloss over, didn’t hear in time or otherwise changed your mind about. The following are some examples.

The self-titled debut of Austin’s Tinnarose (Nine Mile Records) is a quirky pop delight. Seth Sherman harnessed his …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: 2014 Top Tens

(Photo by Muga Miyahara)

I have been into making lists since I was about 12. I used to make lists of my Top 10 favorite baseball players, comic books, songs, movies, friends, TV shows, girls I wish I could have sex with, professional wrestlers, rock ‘n’ roll bands and family …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Shooting Arrows Into Infinity

Saxophonist Mark Turner’s love for science fiction, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder and Wayne Shorter comes through on Lathe Of Heaven by The Mark Turner Quartet. It’s his ECM debut as a leader and he’s going after a mysterious, patient sound where there’s no chordal instruments. No guitar. No piano. …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Long-Lost Love, Country From Alaska, Holiday Jazz & Pete Seeger

Arthur Lee [1945-2006] is looked upon in retrospect as a true 1960s rock visionary. He’s a fascinating combination of Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Lenny Kravitz and Bob Dylan. His band Love, especially on ‘67’s Forever Changes, proved to be not only one of that year’s best albums, but …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Visual + Vinyl + Blues

Beautifully packaged, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new live series of Rolling Stones concerts, From The Vault, starts with Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 and L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (both restored and remixed by Bob Clearmountain). Each show is two and a half hours and consumers get their choice of …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Brian Jones Changed My Life

It is time to praise Brian Jones [1942-1969] instead of dwelling on how and why he never made it out of the ‘60s. I was one of those stateside kids biographer Paul Trynka writes about in Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones (Viking) who watched ABC-TV’s Shindig! religiously …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Rock ‘N’ Roll Still Exists

Good solid rock ‘n’ roll bands are hard to come by these days. That’s why when a band as seasoned and rockin’ as the New Orleans Suspects comes along, I pay attention. They’re but five years old yet each has been playing way down yonder for decades. Bassist Reggie Scanlon …

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