Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi: Rome

This alien left-field collaboration between American producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi is a delicious slice of exotica, a compact 35:05, mostly instrumental, inspired by Ennio Morricone’s music to Sergio Leone’s 1960s westerns: haunting, evocative, strikingly dramatic, yet using two lead voices: Norah Jones and Jack White.
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Rant ‘N’ Roll: A New Jersey Rock ‘N’ Roll Mystery

So the question remains after all these years: Did Bruce Springsteen really kidnap an Aquarian photographer in 1978 to teach him a lesson in privacy? Did he really have him driven to a desolate spot on the highway, take the film from his camera, and leave him stunned and speechless …

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Fellaheen: Death & Frolic

There is weirdness emanating out of Hightstown, New Jersey, and its name is Bruce Hanson. Armed with oddball, semi-brilliant compositions containing humor, verve, alacrity, mysteriousness and a deep abiding reverence for such influencing fellow oddballs as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Alfred Hitchcock, Hanson has independently …

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Leon Redbone @ MusicFest Café

BETHLEHEM, PA—The new MusicFest Café sits directly in front of the rotted remains of the old Bethlehem Steel (1857-2003), which at one time was the second largest steel supplier in the country. Its five blast furnaces have been left standing, and at night they’re lit up like an art deco …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Who Was That Masked Man?

The crowd at the 1972 Newport In New York Jazz Festival had never seen anything like it. One minute we were all grooooving to some bebop and swing and the next minute some madman wearing a mask and a cape casually strolled down the aisle from the back and got …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Bar Band Horror Stories

So after almost three years of reviewing all kinds of music, the publisher of this newspaper made me Music Editor in 1977. I had never taken one journalism course in college and I didn’t know how to edit. I was very good, though, at getting high and going to see …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: From The Ridiculous To The Sublime

Bats dance with voodoo chieftains as Alice Cooper brandishes a sword and hundreds of balloons are released inside Madison Square Garden. It’s the first week of May 1975. Spring is bringing new possibilities into my life and when Alice gets into bed with a female dummy to slap her and …

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Ambrose Akinmusire: When The Heart Emerges Glistening

Pops… Miles… Diz… Wynton… Ambrose? When The Heart Emerges Glistening, the strong debut of 20-something Californian Ambrose Akinmusire, heralds the arrival of a major new name to the jazz trumpet tradition. Only time will tell if he’ll climb the lofty heights of his predecessors, but damn if this doesn’t …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sweet Soul Man Turns Sour

As I was too stoned to take notes reviewing Yes at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City the summer of ’75, I split The Aquarian byline with a friend. Shortly after that, Al Green appeared to be even more stoned than I was as he fumbled through two songs at The …

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Jimi Hendrix: South Saturn Delta & Various Arists: Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Lucky for us, Jimi Hendrix was so obsessed with studio possibilities that he left enough music to still last years. Originally released in 1997, South Saturn Delta includes fascinating experiments and alternate versions of well-known favorites in its hour-plus. The title track even integrates a four-piece horn section, pointing to …

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