The Beatles remain evergreen with this month’s celebration of the album Revolver on its 50th anniversary; Eight Days a Week, Ron Howard’s new documentary about the band’s touring years; and a new CD release: The Beatles Live at The Hollywood Bowl By Harvey Kubernik I first heard “Love You To” from the Beatles’ Revolver LP […]
Before the birth of Vinyl Junkies there were (and still are) the “Shellaholics” By Kurt Nauck The fact that vinyl junkies and shellacoholics are mutually distinct populations certainly does not qualify as Record Collector News. And it is also no secret that from its inception, RCN has traditionally focused on vinyl recordings with only occasional […]
Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis In the 1930s and ’40s the film industry was totally controlled by the major studios. These companies (including MGM and Paramount) controlled not only production and distribution, but also almost every movie theater in the country. When this vertical monopoly was ended in 1948 by the Supreme Court upholding […]
Quiero Creedence — Various Artists (Concord Picante) A tremolo-soaked guitar kicks off a swampy version of “Corre Por La Jungla (Run through The Jungle)” by Bunbury reminds you that the songs John Fogerty wrote for Creedence Clearwater Revival never go out of style. Only now you get to hear them with a different accent — […]
Upward Spiral — Branford Marsalis Quartet/Kurt Elling (Marsalis Music/Okeh) There’s nothing like a jazz vocalist that phrases like a horn. That’s what’s in store when you listen to this hard swinging quartet join forces with vocalist Kurt Elling, who doesn’t just sing with the band-he swings with it. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric […]
Sunday Night at the Vanguard — Fred Hersch Trio (Palmetto) On the jazz pianist’s fourth live album, recorded at NYC’s famed Village Vanguard, Fred Hersch offers a pleasant collection of cerebral classics and originals. That Hersch, bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson have a quiet sound is not surprising to anyone that’s heard them. […]
Through the early and mid twentieth century, popular music may have become ubiquitous on radio and on 78rpm records, but there were few print publications that discussed music, the musicians who made it, or trends within genres of music itself. While Billboard magazine covered the music industry as a business the same way The Wall Street Journal covers the financial world, there were really no general interest publications that regularly included coverage of music written for the general public’s point of view.
Take a look at the high end turntable offerings on display at the midewest’s premier high end audio show By Gary Katayama Why would anyone leave the beautiful spring beach weather in Playa del Rey to go to cold and drizzly Rosemont Illinois? Answer: to go to Axpona, the premier high end audio show in […]