About Sanjoy Narayan

Sanjoy Narayan has a day job as Hindustan Times’ Editor-in-Chief but he’s incurably addicted to discovering new music via the Internet. His tastes run towards independent  and lesser known musicians and he likes to check out almost every genre that is served up by today’s mushrooming breed of rock and pop ensembles.

He’s been collecting music ever since his teens—beginning with vinyls and then cassette tapes. Now, he samples, tastes and downloads music off the Internet, picking up podcasts, rare bands and unsigned musicians with big potential. With the bits and bytes burgeoniong, Sanjoy is slowly running out of place to store his growing hoard of disk drives but, thankfully, not his obsessive enthusiasm to hear new music.

Fifty-four-year-old guitarist, bandleader and lead singer, Warren Haynes, can be described as a ‘rockaholic’. Haynes fronts his own southern blues-rock band, Gov’t Mule; he played lead guitar and sang for The Allman Brothers Band (in two stints: from 1989 to 1997; and again from 2000 to 2014 when the band retired); he regularly plays with a host of other bands, including Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead (which is a vestige of the original Grateful Dead), and The Derek Trucks Band; besides, he also records and performs solo. [Read more]

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At the fag end of 2014, came a musical blast from nearly 50 years ago. If you’ve been a Bob Dylan fan then you’d probably know of his sessions with a bunch of musicians who later came to be known simply as The Band. Those sessions in 1967 were recorded mainly in the basement of a house nicknamed the Big Pink in a small town called Saugerties, not far from Woodstock, in upstate New York. [Read more]

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It’s almost the middle of December and a good time to take a look back at the albums of 2014 that caught the ear – the ones that spun around on my playlist for longer than just a casual listen. Here are six.

First up, Annie Clark’s fifth album, simply titled St. Vincent, which also is the name under which she records and plays. The art-rock exponent’s latest has 11 tracks, several of them with the potential of becoming ear-worms. [Read more]

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Earlier this month, while listening to Pink Floyd’s new (and, probably, final) album, Endless River, I realised wistfully how long it has been since I last heard the albums by that iconic British band who were the pioneers of a genre that got named progressive rock. [Read more]

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My newest discovery of a bluesman is a 34-year-old harmonica player and singer who has been creating ripples—some of it still subterranean—in California’s Bay Area but whose story began in Mumbai. Aki (full name: Akarsha) Kumar was born in Mumbai and moved to the US only in 1998 when he was 18, ostensibly to study like thousands of Indian students do. [Read more]

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