Recordings

My Favorite Albums of 2012

by Seth Rogovoy I keep hoping that I will find the time to write about these recordings, but if I wait for that to happen, the change of the calendar year will most likely come and go and it will really be old news and no one will care what my favorite albums of 2012…

(Music Review) Natalia Zukerman’s ‘Gypsies & Clowns’

Natalia Zukerman has always combined the pop songcraft of Shawn Colvin, the rootsy, organic yearning of Lucinda Williams, and the fierce, funky determination of Ani DiFranco, and given these elements a unique twist with her unmistakably personal and intimate voice. Never has all this been heard to better effect than on her new, two-disc live…

(Music Review) Tommy Sharp’s ‘State Street Breakdown’

Tommy Sharp State Street Breakdown Tommy Sharp’s debut album, State Street Breakdown, introduces an artist of multiple talents: a singer with raw, organic power and achy vulnerability; a songwriter infused with the sounds and lessons of classic rock, from the garage to the top of the pop charts; and a guitarist who wields the sounds…

Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ : The Great American Novel

by Seth Rogovoy For those who think the rock concept album is a thing of the past, for those who fear that in the age of the single download, the big statement is no longer the province of pop, take heart. With The Suburbs, a glorious song cycle that is novelistic in scope, the contemporary…

Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy

by Seth Rogovoy For the vast majority of listeners, Warren Zevon will be forever known for his freak hit, “Werewolves of London.” While in some ways the song is quintessential Zevon — a multilayered number that functions on a literal level as a comic-horror story and on another level as a social critique (the “werewolves”…

Steve Reich: Beauty in Repetition

by Seth Rogovoy From children’s songs like “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” to blues like “Freight Train Blues” to the Clash’s “Train in Vain,” the relentless, repetitive rhythms of the railroad have inspired countless songs that recapitulate those rhythms musically while making overt reference to them textually. But perhaps no music has ever made…

The Other Basement Tapes: The Rolling Stones’s Exile on Main Street

by Seth Rogovoy Since its release thirty-eight years ago, the Rolling Stones’s double album, Exile on Main Street, has widely been regarded as the British rock ’n’ roll band’s greatest achievement and one of the greatest — if not the greatest — rock albums of all time. Rolling Stone magazine recently called it “certainly rock…