The Disconnect Of Music

BrokenI’m amazed at the differences that music, books, and movies have from each other, at least from my perspective.  Aside from the very evident aging aspects that can be seen and heard in these things, there seems to be a bit of a psychological approach these things bring to you.  Confused?  Me too.  But let’s try this:

Books have an ability to show their age in writing style.  Often, they are books that you’ve read when you were younger.   They have their meaning in your life, but they’re usually not something that you get back to again so they retain a nostalgic value.  And there is no disconnect.  Chances are a really great, satisfying story is in your future.

Movies also shows their age.  Often, they do so more than books but, for the most part, a film is deeply appreciated and highly respected for the legend that it has become, or the personal favorite it shows itself to be in your life.  It too has a nostalgic value.  And, like books, but generally much more often, you can revisit a film to scratch an itch.  And there is no disconnect.  Chances are quite high that you will see many more great movies in your future.

Film and books have a shared unique experience.  They continue to be created and enjoyed by us.  We continue to attach ourselves to favorites as they release.  It seems to be an ongoing process.  There will always be a bunch of satisfying books being written, now and into the future.  Somewhere, a few of those will become some of my most favorite stories.  The same with film.  Technology improves, and movies get better and better.  Somewhere, a few are going into my All Time favorite lists.

But music.  Well, there’s something for you.  It readily shows its age, sure enough.  But something happens with music that usually does not happen with movies and books.  A disconnect forms.

As we age, the music that we grew up with stays with us.  It’s a small, compact form of recognition.  You will revisit a song in your lifetime many times.  On the radio, in collected media (DD, CD, LP), as acquired ‘best of’ packages, in reissued and remastered packages, and in the happenstance of life, as sound-perfect memories.

But a strange disconnect forms.  As we age, the music that comes after should be developed and continually rewarding experiences, like films and books.  But it doesn’t really happen that way.  Instead, we lose our grasp on a very important part of our life that no longer reflects us.  The music we grew up become very ancient.  Loved and respected, to be sure.  Familiar and comforting, absolutely.  But ancient.

Here’s the hard part to explain.  As you grew up, you anticipated the progressions of your favorite bands.  As your life progressed, the music went with you.  You had an anticipation.  You had an in-place connection.  The next new album from Led Zeppelin, or The Beatles, or the Stones, or whoever, served to satisfy you, even if the album wasn’t what you expected.  You felt it would last forever.  And it didn’t.

Bands ceased because of deaths, or disagreements in directions.  They left behind monumental classics.  Some even continued to exist.  But most lost their way as well.  And the new music, unlike books and movies, failed to capture too much of your attention.

Why?  Because the compactness of music changes too much.  We can’t keep up. You feel a huge sense of loss because you know inside of you that the album you loved thirty or forty years ago is that old.  You know that an album of that quality is not forthcoming anymore.  Not by that band, and likely not by a new band.  The gap is far too wide.  In a way, there is a sense of emptiness.

This is how I feel, how I look at things.  It’s how I mourn the loss of something very important to me.  Yes, I can sometimes find something very pleasant to enjoy in this day and age, but it doesn’t carry the weight that the earlier music did.  Now, I just feel like an historian, carrying the music of a lost time, and unable to keep current because the craft has changed that dramatically.

This is the way I feel about this thing.  And chances are I have failed miserably at ably communicating my feelings on this.  How do you feel? (Should I see a shrink?)

TAPSheet: Release News – 01/24/2013 (US Report)

Rhino has a Blu-ray featuring  Eagles on the calendar for issue on February 19.  The set is called Farewell Tour:  Live From Melbourne.


This was brought to my attention from longtime reader, Bill B, concerning an upcoming SACD of Amused To Death, a Roger Waters‘ solo work:

“A week ago, on Monday, 14 January, we brought you the news that Analogue Productions, who were responsible for the superb SACD of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, will be issuing a double LP and SACD of Roger Waters’ 1992 epic Amused to Death, first released on vinyl in 1992 in a very limited double LP edition.

Analogue Productions have sent out a mailer about it, but have also been in touch with us. They told us that “it will be done in the highest quality possible with a team of Doug Sax and James Guthrie and using the original analog master tapes with vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings”. One of the things uppermost in most minds is when we might see the releases. “We do not have an exact release date. At this point, six to 12 months from now is a good guess, though we’re hoping it will be closer to six months”. For the time being, they have gone for a provisional release date of 15 October, 2013.

The mailer notes that the double LP will be on 200-gram vinyl, and that the SACD will be a stereo hybrid (so, will play on non-SACD capable standard CD players). The Q Sound virtual surround sound will be preserved in its 3D glory for these new editions of what we consider one of Roger’s best works. As soon as we have more information on this eagerly anticipated release we will let you know.”

Thanks, Bill!

Psychopathic Records will release 9 Pistolas from Legz Diamond on March 19.

Verve Select have a great set coming with Sun Ship: The Complete Collection featuring John Coltrane.  Nice!  This set is on the calendar for March 19.

Sanctuary will release a digital version (with digital booklet) of Live In Detroit featuring Peter Frampton, on March 19.


The Next Day from David Bowie is slated for March 12 in a standard CD issue, and a Deluxe Edition.  It will be released by ISO/Columbia Records.

Real Gone Music will reissue Fanny (1970) from the band of the same name, on February 26.


Windup Records will release King of Conflict by The Virginmarys on February 12.

The highly anticipated SACD of Close To The Edge by Yes has been delayed.  The new date makes the SACD available on February 19.  Counterparts by Rush will be available on the same new date.

7Brothers Records will release Black Out The Sun from Sevendust on March 26.

YES! Rounder Records will release a Box set featuring Duane Allman called Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective.  This set is expected on March 12.

Ambient lovers, watch for a 2CD set from Klaus Schulze named Shadowlands.  It is expected on February 26.


ATO Records will release GarciaLive Volume One featuring the one, the only Jerry Garcia Band.  The set is taken from the March 1st, 1980 show at the Capitol Theatre.  It’s planned for February 19.


Here Comes The Black Angels With Their New Album, Indigo Meadow

TheBlackAngelsIndigoMeadowIn the latter part of the ’60s, psychedelia was at its height.  And I enjoyed every bit of it.  Now, I was a little young to join in on the LSD part of the psychedelic ’60s (I was ten at 1967), but that didn’t stop me from immersing in the music of the day.  To this day, I can still hear the music of that magical timespace.

Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, 13th Floor Elevators, The Byrds, The Yardbirds, Strawberry Alarm Clock, that awesome Buddah label design, I was a fan.

And I still am.

Fortunately, with bands like The Flaming Lips, Black Mountain, and the unsung greatness of The Black Angels, the music of psychedelia is still fresh, and still plays loud in my place (and I’m now in an apartment – yikes!)  I still am in drug avoidance, but who needs that to enjoy what was, is, and always have been, a fine genre to enjoy.

TheBlackAngelsPressShotOn April 2, The Black Angels from Austin, Texas, return with their fourth studio album, Indigo Meadow.  It follows their 2010 album, Phosphene Dream, and I for one, am excited for it to play in full.  Of course, this means that I have to pull out their previous three to enjoy while time leads me to the front steps of April 2 (my 56th birthday, no less).

Happily, The Black Angels have provided us with a free listen to the lead-off track from Indigo Meadow, “Don’t Play With Guns”, a socially conscious tune of concern.

If you’re like me, and you enjoy some of your music with psychedelic undercurrents (like the recently mentioned psychedelic Folk of Smoke Fairies), then you will appreciate the upcoming Indigo Meadow from The Black Angels.

The Black Angels will embark on a 34-date tour to support the album.  The tour will not only take them across the expanse of the US, it will also lead them into Canada for several nights.

How Obsessed Are You With Your Music Listening?

MarriedToTheMusicHere comes a confession.

I become obsessed with music that I find that I like.  In that I listen to it over and over…and over, sometimes for days, maybe even weeks, maybe months…continuously.

I don’t understand how I do what I do.  All that I know is that I listen obsessively.  Let’s say I come across a song that I like.  Like it well enough and I’m going to listen to that song maybe 20 times…straight.  As in song ends, song begins, song ends, song begins, and on and on.  Then the next day, I’m at it again.

If I like a certain craft well enough, then revisiting the song -or album- later can fall into the same routine whereby I listen to it over and over and over, and as many as two to five times in a single day, for several months.

Recently, I pulled out Close To The Edge, an album that I’ve been obsessive about for decades.  I’ve listened to that album perhaps 60-70 times over the last three months.

Now that you know just how obsessive a listener that I am, tell me what kind of listener you are.  Do you obsess?  Or do you do the sane thing and listen to as much as you can as fast as you can?


Discoveries: Smoke Fairies Deliver Perfection With Blood Speaks

SmokeFairiesBloodSpeaksI listen to a lot of music.  And there’s not too much out there these days (in the way of new music) that catches my attention and causes me to spend some quality time with the entire album even going backwards to catch up on previous releases.  However, I was sent a PR notice concerning a UK Folk duo, Smoke Fairies (odd name, that) and, for the life of me, the music just caught and enticed me to go the whole route.  And I did.

There is an awful lot that can be said about this band.  Their music speaks of folk days gone by, reminiscent of many classic artists of the past.  However, their presentation is as modern as it gets.  Incorporating their own unique style, Smoke Fairies are the creators of something special that should have your complete attention.

Jessica Davies, and Katherine Blamire, High School pals from their Sussex days, make of the heated core that is Smoke Fairies.  With a dip into psychedelia, and a New Orleans’ swamp style from their years in the storied city, all bound together by the heart of the loved folk style, this band has plenty of folk magic to give you.

Smoke Fairies pc Malchick VoshartPhoto by Machick Volshart

Their latest album, Blood Speaks (currently out in the UK, soon to be released in the US), is a stunning blend of ten extraordinary tracks.  Songs like “Daylight”, “Blood Speaks”, and the rocker, “The Three Of Us”, help make Blood Speaks a musical experience that you may not have enjoyed fully in quite some time.

But Blood Speaks isn’t the only thing from the band to excite your musical nerves.  There is still their debut release, Through Low Light and Trees, to feats on.

Smoke Fairies are a truly excellent band that are definitely worth your attention.  If I were you, I’d check them out.  A visit to their website will net you a free MP3.  Helluva deal if you ask me.

Rush Clockwork Angels DVD Update

RushClockworkAngelsIf you’re a Rush fan and were all excited about the date I laid out for you for the upcoming Clockwork Angels DVD, then I owe you an apology.  It would appear that the DVD (untitled as of this point), is NOT scheduled for May 21.

One of the dangers in running a site like this is a bad date feed.  Release dates may find their way into your mailbox, often by trusted resources.  Usually you can run with them.  For example, the 2112 Deluxe reissue announcement, which proved to be true.  I received the info about the DVD from the same source, however, today, from a more trusted source, I was told that the DVD does not have a release date in place.  I was told that it would be made available, likely in the Fall of this year, corresponding to a train of logical thought that played out in many Rush forums, rightly so as  it turns out.

So, once again, apologies to Rush fans all over who marked their calendars in anticipation of a new concert DVD.  I promise to deliver the correct date as SOON as it is made available to me.

OMD Plans New Album

OMDPressShotIf you’re an Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, or OMD, fan, then this moment is another to rejoice in.  The original line-up, as heard last in their 2010 album, History of Modern, will regroup to release the next one, English Electric.

English Electric will be a 12-track set that is planned to be released on standard CD, a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (with media book), a Limited Deluxe Edition Tin Boxset, a 180g-weight vinyl LP with special die-cut sleeve, and standard DD (digital download).  The band plans to support the album with a tour later this year.

English Electric is on the calendar for April 9.

English Electric Track-List

1. Please Remain Seated
2. Metroland
3. Night Café
4. The Future Will Be Silent
5. Helen of Troy
6. Our System
7. Kissing The Machine
8. Decimal
9. Stay With Me
10. Dresden
11. Atomic Ranch
12. Final Song

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 01/14/2013 (UK Report)

The new David Bowie album, The Next Day, with it’s “oh so cool” cover shot (I’m serious!  Can you guess what the cover is a representation of?), is slated to be available on March 11 via RCA Records UK.  The sets available will be a Deluxe Edition, the standard CD set, and a vinyl LP edition.  Now, dig this cover.


Warner Brothers Records UK have the new Johnny Marr album scheduled for release on February 25.  The album is called The Messenger.

Bella Union UK will release Pale Green Ghosts by John Grant as a 2CD set on March 11.

V2 Coop UK will release ANNA by The Courteeners on February 4.


EMI UK plans a Deluxe Edition of Graffiti On The Train by Stereophonics on March 4.

Salvo Sound and Vision will release a 2CD/DVD Box of Live At The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 featuring The Who on March 4.  This set will deliver two bonus tracks cut from the film and present them on the remastered film included on the DVD.

EMI UK will reissue the Peter Gabriel-era Genesis classic, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974) as a remastered 2LP Edition to be made available February 18.

Esoteric UK will release Songs Of A Lifetime by Greg Lake on February 25.  The album is a new album of familiar songs from the catalogs of King Crimson, and ELP including “From The Beginning”, and “21st Century Schizoid Man”.  I like it!


Warner Music UK will release Bloodsports by Suede on March 18.

NICE!  Metro Sound and Vision will issue a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition Box of Pictures: The Essential Collection featuring music from Status Quo from their 2009 Pictures tour.  Rockin’ all over the world!

A 2CD version of Saint Julian by Julian Cope is slated for issue on February 4.

Cooking Vinyl UK will release Painting by Ocean Colour Scene on February 11.  I like the band and await the album.

Ocean Colour Scene Painting

On February 25, Esoteric UK will reissue three classic – and necessary –  Climax Blues Band albums.  Those expanded and remastered sets include A A Lot of Bottle (1970), Plays On (1969), and The Climax Chicago Blues Band (1969).

Floating World UK will release Class of 90 by ex-Clash Mick Jones’ Big Audio Dynamite.  The set is scheduled for February 25.

Esoteric UK plan remastered and expanded versions of the live set by Chicken Shack called Goodbye (1973), and studio work, Unlucky Boy (1973), for February 25.

EMI UK will release LIVE Momentum from Neal Morse on February 18 as a five disc set with 23 performance tracks.

RPM Records UK will release a remastered and expanded edition of Subtle As A Flying Mallet (1075) by Dave Edmunds on February 25.  The set will expand the album by eight tunes.


Edsel Records UK will reissue Kasim (1982) by Utopia bassist, Kasim Sulton, on February 25.

BGO UK will release a remastered two-fer set of the first two Bachman-Turner Overdrive classics (BTO/BTO II) on February 4.

BGO will also remastered and reissue Sinful (1979) by Angel, releasing the set on March 4.

Columbia UK will release a new Joe Cocker album, Fire It Up, on February 18.

Cherry Pop UK will re-release a Deluxe Edition of All That Jazz (1988) by Breathe on February 25.  Extra tracks are promised.


Black Sabbath To Add New Ozzy-Fronted Album, 13, To Their Catalog

BlackSabbathAnd here it comes, folks.  The rejoining of Ozzy Osborne to his original band, Black Sabbath, has produced an album.  (The band isn’t ENTIRELY intact as Bill Ward is absent being replaced by Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine).)  The new album is being called 13.

There is a certain amount of excitement for this in the Metal community enamored of the kind of music that Ozzy and the boys have produced in the past, many of the songs and albums legendary in multiple ways.

The new album (announced today) is currently scheduled for release in June of 2013, with the exact date yet to be announced.  The album is being preceded by a small, initial blast of support dates in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan, and is likely to produce more dates after the album’s release.

Not much information is available for this new album, but I’m sure that info will begin to leak out, including a lead-off single designed to whet the appetite of fans.

All that can be done now is, simply, to wait.  I do hope that this piece of news makes your anticipation of 2013 a little more fun.

TAPSheet: Release Notes – 01/11/2013 (US Report)

Capitol Records will reissue the two studio works from Syd BarrettThe Madcap Laughs (1970), and Barrett (1970), as well as the 1988 compilation, Opel, with all three CDs planned for February 5 (UK), and February 26 (US).  The albums are remastered and will contain bonus tracks.  Fascinating.  “So high you go, so low you creep…”

SydBarrettTheMadcapLAughs  SydBarrettBarrett


Savoy Records have announced the upcoming release of the new album from Boz Scaggs.  The album is called Memphis and is expected for March 5.  CD and LP.

Real Gone Music will release Fanny by the all-girl band, Fanny, on February 26.

Interscope Records will release Native from OneRepublic on March 26.


On April 16, Rounder Records will release The 78 Project from the band of the same name.

Hear Music will be releasing Maybe I’m Amazed, an album attributed to Wings, on the planned date of April 16.  Not sure what this will end up being.

Concert One will release Let The Good Times Roll from Bill Wyman on DVD, with the expected date being March 19.

KScope will release The Raven That Refused to Sing from Steven Wilson on February 26 in both LP and CD formats.


Another DVD planned for release is Clockwork Angels Live featuring Rush, planned for May 21 via Concord Records [Updated].

UMe will reissue Pink Moon by Nick Drake on vinyl LP with the expected release date set for February 26.

Frantic Records have announced the release of Rise Up from W.E.T. for February 26.

Legacy Recordings will issue vinyl LP for Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis as well as People, Hell & Angels by Jimi Hendrix, as well as Hendrix’s Are You Experienced, and Axis: Bold As Love.  All LPs are set for March 5.