Acoustic Sounds

April 1st, 2023

The Monkees For The Hall Of Fame

The Monkees Need A Good Lawyer To Argue Their Case For Induction. I Give It A Try.

By: Joshua Smith

Last month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its latest group of nominees for induction, a list which includes Willie Nelson, George Michael, the White Stripes, Joy Division, and other worthy candidates. (The Spinners seem to be a controversial choice, but since my first-ever concert was seeing those Motown legends, I'm rooting for those guys.)No one should be surprised that the Monkees were not included in this list of nominees. I'm pretty sure... Read More

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March 31st, 2023

Satchmo Plays King Oliver---Louis Armstrong's Audiophile Classic LP

100th Anniversary Of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band April 5, 1923 Recordings---The First Black Jazz On Record

By: Joseph W. Washek

On April 5, 1923, one hundred years ago, in Richmond, Indiana, at the studio of Gennett Records, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band made the first recordings by African American musicians that are indisputably jazz. They are also the first recordings of Louis Armstrong, who, during the next eleven years, would revolutionize jazz and popular music in America and the rest of the world. Mixing African vocal techniques and concepts of improvisation and rhythm with... Read More

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March 31st, 2023

More Monkey Business From Gorillaz

Cartoon Pop Heroes Kick Off New Phase

By: JoE Silva

After a failed Netflix deal to put Gorillaz cartoon band members into a full length film, Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett regroup under a slick pop banner to deliver album number eight with the help of mega-producer Greg Kurstin.

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March 31st, 2023

The Zombies Play a "Different Game"

The British Invasion Stalwarts Enjoy an Energetic Creative Burst

By: Evan Toth

Upon reaching a certain age, it’s inevitable to ponder the impending end of the run, to embrace - as Warren Zevon once wryly observed - the importance of enjoying every sandwich. Unfortunately, these thoughts aren’t reserved only for card-carrying members of the octogenarian or nonagenarian membership club. The reality is that this experience of life is something that humans of all ages should appreciate, explore and enjoy. After all, one never knows how long a life... Read More

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March 30th, 2023

Peter Frampton Interviewed Alive!

spend 1/2 hour with the great Peter Frampton

By: Michael Fremer

I interviewed Peter Frampton via ZOOM about his newest project, a recently announced 3 LP box set (as well as on SACD) to be released by Intervention Records, cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from analog tape. The 3 records can be described as a "donut hole" solo period for the guitarist/singer-songwriter.He'd been in Humble Pie with Steve Marriott, but left to start a solo career. Eventually it paid off hugely with "Comes... Read More

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March 29th, 2023

How To Ruin 40 Good Songs In Three Hours

U2's 'Songs Of Surrender' is a dreadful failure

By: Malachi Lui

Almost no one asked for 2014’s spotty, blandly produced 'Songs Of Innocence' to be shoved into their iTunes library, and even fewer asked for a nearly three-hour compendium of mostly acoustic rerecordings from the catalog. Of course, U2’s latest project 'Songs Of Surrender,' conceived by The Edge and billed as a companion to Bono’s aforementioned book, is exactly that.

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March 28th, 2023

Montreal Audiofest 2023 Video Coverage Part 1 (Includes Interview With Chanteuse Anne Bisson)

first time attendee had a most enjoyable show experience

By: Michael Fremer

This is the first time I've attended the long running (34 years) Montréal Audiofest, which took place March 24th through the 26th. It falls around my birthday so the timing for me isn't ideal. This year I was asked to present a lifetime achievement award to Oracle turntable designer Marcel Riendau and felt it was an honor and a good thing to do, as an Oracle Delphi was my first high performance turntable, I've reviewed two iterations and Mr. Riendau is... Read More

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