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Review: Eric Clapton – Old Sock

Old Sock approved art


It’s probably no secret that I am a huge EC fan. I mean, my daughter’s name is Layla. I play a sunburst Strat. I’ve purchased at least three copies of From the Cradle.

You can read my official review of Old Sock over on the PG website, here.

I have to say even though this album as a whole isn’t one of his shining moments, I think the original tracks contain some of the best writing and playing since Pilgrim. Yes, I liked that album. If “She’s Gone” doesn’t rock your face, just leave now.

Hopefully, like I mentioned in the review, I hope Clapton will once again give us a solid all-blues album (and tour? He just said he was only touring until 70) before riding off into the sunset of one-offs and guest appearances.

And please. PLEASE. Can someone tell EC not to use vacation selfies from his iPhone for his album art?

Blues Traveler on WTF


Although I listen to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast on a pretty regular basis, I make a point to listen whenever he talks to a musician. He recently had on John Popper and Chan Kinchala from Blues Traveler and they talked about everything from sneaking a tin can full of Ganja through airport security to how they first met Bill Graham and strategies for when you are trading licks with Santana.

Maron is a musician–although he probably wouldn’t admit it–but he still walks the fine line between spewing fanboy and observant listener. Both are essential elements for an interesting interview, but in this episode he lets the BT fellas take the wheel and spill all the deets about the early days at the New School in NYC.

Do it.



Top 10 Albums of 2012

Vinyl Albums

Compiling a year-end “best of” list is almost a given for any journalist–especially those who are subjected to a pretty intense amount of music in a year. I was a bit lax in my organization this past year when it came to new music but measures are already in place for that not to repeat in 2013.

Most (okay, all) of my review output has appeared in the pages of PG, and considering I usually only do one review a month it is usually saved for either a high-profile release or something that really resonates with me. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the idea of giving an album a bad review just to dish out sup-par ratings.

And now, in no particular order, my favorite releases from 2012.

Jimmy Herring - Subject to Change Without Notice

Zac Brown Band - Uncaged

Anders Osborne - Black Eye Galaxy

Pat Metheny - Unity Band

Wes Montgomery - Echos of Indiana Avenue

Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards the Daylight

Gary Clark Jr. - Black and Blu

Kurt Rosenwinkel - Star of Jupiter

moe. - What Happened to the LA LAs?

Anthony Wilson - Seasons: Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Photo via Nick Harris 

What Happened to Music Writing?

Interesting post by Maura Johnston over on the NPR Music blog:

If the idea is to “serve the reader,” does that mean exposing them to new things they haven’t heard and ideas that might not have been aired yet, or does it mean pivoting off the conventional wisdom in some way? The most crucial difference between print and online media consumption boils down to the click. When reading a print publication with multiple stories, your eye could flick over a headline or catchy paragraph and be drawn in; the process of choosing to read something is fluid.