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Listening booth — Tab Benoit, “Come and Get It”

Listening booth — Tab Benoit, “Come and Get It”

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It's been a slow week here at the Suit. Real life and such sometimes gets in the way of writing, unfortunately. So as we inch ever closer to Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, let's cut loose a little. Here's one of the better tracks off the latest release from blues guitarist and singer extraordinaire Tab Benoit, "Come and Get It." The album is called Medicine, and it's a burner. It's his first studio LP since 2007's Power of the Pontchartrain, and it may just be part of the soundtrack for your summer if you don't mind. Related articles Benoit and The Bear (thebigchilicookoffevergreen.wordpress.com) Stories from the Gulf, one year on (cnn.com)
Listening Booth — Queen, “High Voltage” (London 1974)

Listening Booth — Queen, “High Voltage” (London 1974)

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God I miss Freddie Mercury, don't you? Thankfully we have a treasure trove of studio albums, concert videos, and of course bootlegs. Because Freddie was always at his best when he had a crowd in the palm of his hand. This particular crowd watched Queen perform at the Rainbow Theatre in London on March 31, 1974. That's just over three weeks after the release of the awesome Queen II album. This show -- which I acquired with the title High Voltage -- is just seven songs long but is full of energy and great playing by the whole band. Roger Taylor is a beast on the drums, and of course Brian May (who gets his showcase on "Son and Daughter" and busts out a solo that will remind fans of the one on "Brighton Rock") rules at all times. And let's not forget the ever-solid John Deacon on bass. ...
Listening booth — Judas Priest, “Sinner”

Listening booth — Judas Priest, “Sinner”

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It is a sad day in the metal world, as K.K. Downing of Judas Priest has retired from the band. I was totally psyched to see them on their Epitaph World Tour, as it's supposed to be the last one. He will be replaced on the tour by Richie Faulkner. No offense to Richie, but now I'm less excited. Anyway, K.K. leaves behind a legacy as one-half of an all-time great guitar duo (with Glenn Tipton). There are so many great Downing moments to choose from, but I have to go with one of my favorite Priest songs ever. This is the lead track from 1977's Sin After Sin, "Sinner." That lead break and solo are Kenneth Downing at his best my friends. Raise your devil horns and bang your heads in tribute to one of the best ever.
Listening booth — The Crusaders live in Colchester, 1978

Listening booth — The Crusaders live in Colchester, 1978

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Today marks the first time I'm making a live bootleg available on GFS, but I think it's worth the wait in this case. What we have here is a smooth, yet super-funky 1978 set by the Crusaders performing at North Essex Polytechnic in the United Kingdom. This show, the group's last on their supporting tour of the Images album, was broadcast by the BBC and that's what you'll hear today. By this point in the group's history, it had been eight years since they changed their name from the Jazz Crusaders. That much will be obvious on first listen, as these songs draw much more from the wells of funk and R&B than jazz. It's also a different sound than even the early Crusaders years showcased, as founding member and trombonist Wayne Henderson departed a few years prior to become a full-time pr...
Listening booth — Josh Fix, “The Water in My Brain”

Listening booth — Josh Fix, “The Water in My Brain”

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Today's edition of the listening booth is special for me, as it celebrates the most important event in my life thus far. On this day one year ago, my son Justin was born. It was about this time that I was really getting into the full-length debut from Josh Fix, Free At Last. As I drove back and forth to the hospital in those few days when time seemed to freeze, this album was in constant rotation. For that reason, I will always associate Free At Last with my little man. It doesn't hurt that it's also one of the best power pop albums I've heard in years. One song that resonated in particular with me is "The Water in My Brain." That melody lodged itself in my brain for weeks, and has never really left. One day I will share it with Justin and hope he loves it as much as I do. Happy ...
Album review mini-roundup: Alison Krauss & Union Station, Duran Duran, and Jim Noir

Album review mini-roundup: Alison Krauss & Union Station, Duran Duran, and Jim Noir

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Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane (Rounder Records) -- Even if Union Station's brand of bluegrass and sweet country pop isn't your cup of sassafras tea, you need to listen to this at least once. Krauss has one of the most beautiful voices in music, and you should never pass up a chance to hear her. Turn off your cell phone, sit down, relax, and let the beauty of tracks like "Lay My Burden Down" and "Dimming of the Day" take you away. Paper Airplane is a subdued affair, and not exactly what you'd play at a party, but the performances are top notch and the production is warm and intimate. There is a little more grit on the songs led by Dan Tyminksi (whose voice many will recognize as the man actually singing George Clooney's parts on O Brother, Where Art Thou?), but "Dust ...
Listening booth — Dengue Fever, “Cement Slippers”

Listening booth — Dengue Fever, “Cement Slippers”

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It's been entirely too long since Dengue Fever released their last studio album, 2008's excellent Venus on Earth. That album, if you remember, earned a coveted slot on my year-end Best Of list for '08. But the wait will be over on April 19, when the group is slated to release Cannibal Courtship via Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Of course you can pre-order the album on Amazon, but I've got an .mp3 of the first single for your listening pleasure. It's the second track, "Cement Shoes," and it's a burner. The group's signature style -- vintage 1960s Cambodian rock mingled with surf music and a bit of lounge thrown in for good measure -- is here, but sounds beefier than before. The dual vocals of guitarist Zac Holtzman and Cambodian chanteuse Chhom Nimol also work for me in a big w...
Gray Flannel Mixtape: Power Pop for Now People

Gray Flannel Mixtape: Power Pop for Now People

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Ask a dozen people to define the term "power pop" and you'll likely get a dozen variations of the same concept. For my part, any music with killer melodies, crisp songwriting and arranging, and (usually) big guitars probably qualifies. Or to get more specific, here's what the All Music Guide says: Power Pop is a cross between the crunching hard rock of the Who and the sweet melodicism of the Beatles and Beach Boys, with the ringing guitars of the Byrds thrown in for good measure. Yeah, that's about it. So anyway, power pop probably offers more value for your listening dollar than any other style I can think of. Here is but a handful of some of the most choice power pop ever committed to tape. 1. Nick Lowe, "So It Goes" (from Jesus of Cool, 1978) — Power pop aficionados will recogn
Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#10—#1)

Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#10—#1)

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At long last, I present the conclusion of my list of 20 albums that have had the most impact on me and my love of music. For a brief refresher, you can check the back half of the top 20 here. But for your convenience, here's the list: #20 — Queen, The Game #19 — Seals & Crofts, Summer Breeze #18 — Kiss, Creatures of the Night #17 — Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast #16 — Run-D.M.C., Raising Hell #15 — Kiss, Alive! #14 — Rush, A Farewell to Kings #13 — Miles Davis, Kind of Blue #12 — Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pictures at an Exhibition #11 — various artists, Jazz Master Files OK, now that we're all caught up, let's finish this thing already. As a reminder, this is no particular order but I know people love countdowns so there you go. #10 — Genesis, Duke If Rus