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
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
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
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
I’m not sure how I missed out on Luna during the band’s heyday in the early 1990s. Of course, discovering new music wasn’t easy then.
Benjamin Booker, the sensational new singer whose self-titled debut album of 12 songs was released last month, has such a whiskey-marinated and vintage-sounding voice that you’d never for a moment guess that he’s barely in his mid-twenties.
Metal is not my usual go-to musical genre. I find most head-banging musical styles repetitive, unnecessarily loud and even headache inducing. Yet, that door is not firmly shut to me.
If you think it is possible for a rock outfit to at once straddle a noise-filled, experimental, post-punk sound as well as a hook-laden, melodic, pop one, then Spoon’s your band. Even if you’re not seeking out such genre-hopping attributes in your listening fare, Spoon, really, should be your band.