Ian Hunter To Deliver When I’m President (New Album)

There isn’t really a whole lot of new release news out there. What there is, you have very likely already read about, a lot from here. But there is a very nice piece of release news for fans of Ian Hunter.

On September 4, Slimstyle Records will release the 11–track new album by the ex-Mott The Hoople  front- man, which will – crazily – be called When I’m President. When I’m President should be the expected brilliance from Ian Hunter, who has, over the course of 40 years, provided more than a fair share of memorable songs.

I hope that this little piece of news makes you as pleased as I am. It’s been three years since the release of Man Overboard (2009), so it’s time for some new Ian Hunter.

Poll: Best Steely Dan Album

Since the release of Can’t Buy A Thrill in 1972, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker has represented Steely Dan as the band’s chief components. After the all too brief tenure of Steely Dan, which effectively ended in 2003 with the issuance of Everything Must Go, only Fagen and Becker have recorded and individually at that.

Can’t Buy A Thrill provided the he wonderful “Reeling In The Years” (loved by me to this day), and the equally excellent “Do It Again“. The following albums, Countdown To Ecstasy (1973); Pretzel Logic (1974); Katy Lied (1975); The Royal Scam (1976); Aja (1977); Gaucho (1980); and the rejoined Two Against Nature (2000), and the previously mentioned shop-closer, Everything Must Go, were , for the most part, great works from a great set of songwriters and performers.

What remains of Steely Dan are warm memories, and a grand selection that is revered by many fans today. Which brings us to the inevitable TAP tradition of polling to find the great representing album that says Steely Dan in completeness.


Search For Lasting Music

Often, we find our thoughts directed towards music of our past. Nothing wrong with that! But times have changed so dramatically. There’s no longer decent Top40 radios, the singles market is excruciatingly crowded, and there is no longevity for bands anymore. The discovery-directed FM stations of our past are no longer the norm. Play lists on most classic stations will destroy your sanity after you have heard a song – any song- three or more times in an eight-hour period, then AGAIN the very next day.

There is no band who has half a hope of being discovered among the three thousand new releases just pushed into the queue at (dare I say it?) iTunes. Record stores have been destroyed by the uncaring strengths of big box stores (Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, etc) only to find their own decimation.

The Big 4 labels are soon to become the Big 3. Independent labels are only able to attract a small group of adherents.

Worse, most new musicians have grown up on a steady diet of 10 guitar chords, basic pounding on the drums, and little else but a rudimentary grasp of rock and roll from the last 20 years. That means little cross- genre influence has crept into new Rock and Roll with little skill sets to innovate and create healthy hybrids of awesomeness.

Now that I’ve depressed the hell out of you, it does serve well to note that there are great bands out there regardless of their being very difficult to locate. So let’s take the weekend to help each other out and zero in on those bands that each of us have discovered but the rest of us may not have.

I’ll start with one you all have heard me go on and on about, Heartless Bastards, out of Texas. I also have a love for The Black Angels, also from Texas (Austin), and Canada excellent Black Mountain. I have others but the rest of us really want to hear new bands the rest of you are privy to.

Please, hit the comments and bring enlightenment to what has been an otherwise dull Site this past month.

Oh Boy…

Here we go again…
Once (if ever) I get complete control of this site again, things should be happier.  I apologize as to where these redirects are leading you too. 

I’m going to change theme, scrub the database, and find stronger security amongst other things suggested to put the fiend(s) at bay.

Sorry for the bad experience.

Steven Wilson-Fueled Wishes

Steven Wilson has literally turned the market of remastering/remixing into a revelatory art form.  His last,  Jethro Tull song exquisite Aqualung, changed the rules of the game.   As of right now,  every Emerson, Lake & Palmer fan is chomping at the bit for the first two catalog long players that Wilson had a hand in.  Those two will be soon be followed by more ELP greatness, up through Welcome Back My Friends…   I myself anxiously await the new life that will be given to Trilogy.

But known productions often give way to wish lists.   It’s only natural that we would like to hear what the brilliance of the “new kid”  could unearth on albums we already revere.   It doesn’t hurt that Wilson’s forte is Programmed music.   And so,  I would turn all giggly if I ever read that Wilson would be tackling the YES catalog, especially Close To The Edge.  To hear what might surface from his work, even to just hear it in remixed clarity would thrill me (and others).

Why stop there?  What could he do for Wishbone Ash?  Others?  Actually, yes, I want to hear lots of my favorite music reassembled by his skillful hands (and ears).   While we’re here,  let’s compile a cool wish list for him to get to work on.

Hit the comments (before the hacker(s) do) and tell me what albums would come to life under Steven Wilson’s magic.


Thanks to everyone who have been patient with my inexcusable absences.  With a house that has just been listed,  open houses, multiple evening appointments, and my trying to keep the house in a pristine showing condition, I’ve found so very little time for other things.  Every time I get ready to post something, the laptop (and tablet) that I use presents obstacles that are a bitch to hurdle.  (I certainly miss my desktop PC, that’s for SURE!)  Worse,  being stalked by a periodic hacker(s) certainly puts a damper on the spirit.

Still,  I want you to know that I’m still here.   Once things begin to settle,  I’ll post more frequently.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!



Apologies (Again)

With a house being prepped for market and someone who doesnt like me very well out there, it’s grown crazy to do this site as it is now. I will have to start from scratch and go to safer havens. Please be patient as i get this thing under some kind of control.


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 07/23/2012 (US Report)

A great wave of Zappa titles are expected on August 14.  Actually, I’ve only seen the alerts for DD, but truthfully, we ALL know where there’s anticipated reissues, DD also means CD.  Regardless, here is the listing of titles expected:

  • Ahead Of Their Time
  • Baby Snakes
  • Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
  • Broadway The Hard Way
  • Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
  • Does Humor Belong In Music?
  • Francesco Zappa
  • Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Invention
  • Freak Out!
  • Guitar
  • Have I Offended Someone
  • Hot Rats
  • Jazz From Hell
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Lumpy Gravy
  • Make A Jazz Noise Here
  • Orchestral Favorites
  • Playground Psychotics
  • Roxy & Elsewhere
  • Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch
  • The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life
  • The Lost Episodes
  • The Man From Utopia
  • The Yellow Shark
  • Thing-Fish
  • Uncle Meat
  • We’re Only In It For The Money
  • You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Volumes 1-6 (individually sold)
  • Zappa In New York
We’ll see how this plays out in a few days.

Eagle Rock plan the Blu-ray and DVD issues of Great Pretender featuring Freddie Mercury, and So Classic Album, featuring Peter Gabriel. The Mercury set is schedulex for September 25, and the Gabriel set for September 18.

Island Records have Fisher Storm Test scheduled for Limp Bizkut on September 18.

Eagle Rock will release Sounds That Can’t Be Made by Marillion on September 18.

Polydor plans the reissue of Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground (with Nico) on September 25.

Flashback Records plan an Original Albums series of 5 CDs featuring sets from B-52s; Ray Charles; Wilson Pickett; Warren Zevon; Little Feat; Carly Simon; Alanis Morisette; Linda Ronstadt; Dwight Yoakam; Madonna; The Monkees; Pantera; Anita Baker; ZZ Top; The Cars; Foreigner; Rod Stewart; John Michael Montgomery; Curtis Mayfield; and Foghat.  The series mentioned arrive on September 11.  These are random selections and therefore may be unpalatable for fans.  Example: Foghat will contain Foghat, Energized, Foll For The City, Live, and Tight Shoes (?).  All 5CD sets retail for $21.98.

Time/Life plans a 2CD set, as well as a separately available DVD for Don McLean: American Troubadour, on September 11.

Atlantic Records will release An Awesome Wave from Alt-J in both CD and vinyl LP forms on September 18.

Warner Brothers Records plan Control by The Indecent on September 11.

For fans of after market David Cassidy, Real Gone Music has slated a desirable acquisition of the elusive Gettin’ It In The Street album that featured Mick Ronson.  I’d love to see Real Gone reissue Home Is Where The Heart Is, and The Higher They Climb…!  The label has also tagged Cassidy Live! for reissue.  Both titles are set for August 28.

Tempest by Bob Dylan is on the calendar for September 11.  Also released as a 2LP set with bonus CD.

Real Gone Music have four Dick’s Picks featuring Grateful Dead shows, all set for August 28:

  • Volume 28: 2/26/73 Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE, and 2/28/73, Salt Palace, SLC, UT
  • Volume 29: Not Listed
  • Volume 30: 3/25 & 3/28/72 Academy of Music, NYC, NY
  • Volume 31: 8/4-5/74 Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA, and 8/6/74 Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ
Legacy Recordings have Incubus HQ Live in both a CD, and a Special Edition slated for August 14.
I thought I had mentioned the trilogy releases from Green Day including ¡Uno!, which is slated for September 25, but I guess I hadn’t.
Private Music and Legacy have The Complete Blues, Rock ‘n Soul Private Music Albums Collection featuring Etta James planned for August 28.
The 30th Anniversary Edition of Screaming For Vengeance by Judas Priest is scheduled for September 4.
Shout! Factory will release The Path of Totality Tour – Live at the Hollywood Palladium featuring Korn in both PA and Edited versions on September 4.
Real Gone Music have The Complete Liberty Singles by Gary Lewis on the calendar for August 28.
Legacy Recordings will release The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind by Ben Folds Five (CD, LP) on September 18.
Stoopid Records will release Top Of The World by Slightly Stoopid on August 14.
Flariella Records have Sing The Delta from Iris Dement on the calendar for October 2, with the title planned for CD and LP.
I’m more than pleased to learn that Concord Jazz will release The Devil You Know by Rickie Lee Jones on September 18.

Anti Records will release Sugaring Season by Beth Orton in both CD and LP on October 2.


In Memorium: Jon Lord (Deep Purple)

In our youth, many of us drove around towns, down famous (and not so famous, but familiar) streets, and other activities.  One thing kinda stood out in the soundtrack of those days, Deep Purple’s Made In Japan live set.

Made in Japan underscored not only a time, but also our fascination with the band, Deep Purple.  As popular and important as “Smoke On The Water” was to many of us, the music found on Made In Japan walked us through some pretty interesting periods.

While many of us remember the solid guitars of Richie Blackmore, and the rockin’ vocals from Ian Gillan, it’s impossible to forget the keyboards of Jon Lord.  Jon Lord contributed his share of the foundation of Deep Purple, helping to forever etch into our collective memories, the songs that belong in our youth and its many songbooks.

Today we learned of the passing of Jon Lord, who succumbed to the evils of cancer.  His bout with pancreatic cancer proved to be too overwhelming.  At 71, the diease took a part of our cornerstone of Rock ‘n Roll away.

While we will always have the important songs of Deep Purple to listen to, over and over again, we will also feel a void left by the departure of Mr Lord.

Thank you, Jon, for all that you left behind, the product of your creativity and inspiration.

We will always miss you.  May you make the heavens reverberate with your distinctive Hammond B3 keyboards.

Jon Lord



TAPSheet: Release Notes – 07/16/2012 (US Report)

KISS seems to be planning a revitalization of Destroyer (as earlier indicated by Gene Simmons) as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, and an LP pressing.  The set is expected to include outtakes, and B-sides, as well as the complete original platinum selling album.  The new set is being referred to as Destroyer -Resurrected and will street on August 21.  Other KISS news includes the upcoming Monster album, which is being slated for release on October 16.

Verve Records have a Diana Krall album on the calendar for September 25.  The album is called Glad Rag Doll.

Fuel Records will issue a ‘best of’ featuring the music of George “Wild Child” Butler, which is called being called Greatest Hits.

Here we bloody go:  Verve Forecast has set September 25 as the date for “new” Rod Stewart.  The new album is, sadly, Merry Christmas Baby.  I apologize to Faces fans everywhere.

A & M Records plan a nice VA collection called A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection, slated for August 28.

Atlantic Records will release the self-titled album by The Sheepdogs in both CD, and 180g LP (with bonus CD) on September 4.

Warner Bros Records will run a small repress of Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers on 180g 2LP with a planned release date of September 4.

Warner Brothers plan an experimental short run of Control from The Indecent on September 11 with introductory pricing ($6.98).

Interscope Records plan Night Visions from Imagine Dragons on September 4.

Legacy and Epic Records will release a massive 25th Anniversary Edition for Bad by Michael Jackson in a 3CD/1DVD package scheduled for September 18 Box set.

Astralwerks plan to release Elysium from Pet Shop Boys on September 18.

Four by Bloc Party is planned for CD, Deluxe Edition CD, and Limited Edition vinyl LP on August 21.

Warp Records will release Shields by Grizzly Bear on September 18, on CD, and vinyl LP.

Sixpence Records will release new Sixpence None The Richer  with Lost In Transition on August 7.

On August 7, Audio Fidelity will reissue my favorite Ten Years After album, Rock And Roll Music To The World.  I’m in!

[Note]: I know I’ve been a little slack with postings lately, however, with getting the LA house ready for a quick (I hope!) sale, and a planned move back to IL, things have been maniacally hectic ’round here.  Once things settle, I’ll get back to normal.  Keep The Faith!