The Zombies -- Breathe Out, Breathe In (Red House) Well this was surprisingly pleasant, although nowhere near the greatness of the original incarnation of the group. The opening title track is a dead ringer for latter day Steely Dan, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But that's not really the Zombies that people are expecting to hear, is it? Still, it's clear that founding Zombies Colin Bluntstone and Rod Argent -- who receive featured billing status on Breathe Out, Breathe In -- still have plenty of songwriting gas left in the tank, as evidenced by strong songs like the prog-tinged rocker "Another Day," the delicate and melodic "Any Other Way," and the surprisingly effective and overtly religious "Christmas for the Free" -- the last of which comes damn close to recreating the vinta...
The first official track from one of the most unlikely band reunions of the decade is here. It's "Blue Tip," the lead single the first Cars album in 24 years, Move Like This. Yes sir, I like this very much. It's got that unmistakable Cars feel, and it seems that Ric Ocasek hasn't lost a step in his singing or songwriting. Let's also show some love for those bouncy, vintage Greg Hawkes keyboards and for Elliot Easton's always tasty guitar playing. We all miss Ben Orr but man, I am really stoked for this record now! Not even the lame cover art can put me off: Move Like This comes out May 10 on Concord Music, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon.
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Fantastic batch of color photos from the early 1900s taken by French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn. (Citynoise) An fancy interactive map of heavy metal, with sub-genres I've never even heard of. (Map of Metal) Sports columnist Michael Rosenberg puts the epic fail of the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers into perspective with a look at the worst single-season drop-offs ever. And look, my Oakland Raiders made the list! (CNNSI) Cool bootleg of the week; a reunion show featuring jazz greats Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart (Slim & Slam to fans) at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival. (T.U.B.E.) An excellent column by Jennifer Floyd Engel on the recent dustup between Peter King and Jason W
Just because I'm in the mood for some vintage New Wave, here's one of my favorite songs by the Cars. It's the title track from their 1979 sophomore effort, Candy-O. While never released as a single, "Candy-O" nonetheless brilliantly showcases the darker and more sinister side of the group. The main guitar riff is ferocious and I'm always down with Ben Orr's vocals, but Elliot Easton's lead work is the star here.