Icon Fetch is revisiting some of our favorite albums of 2017
Kim Wilson – Blues & Boogie Vol. 1 (Severn)
Kim Wilson has been doing things for a long time, both as the frontman for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and solo, but he’s just released one of the finest albums of his entire career in Blues & Boogie Vol. 1. The album is a tribute to the blues legends that Wilson cut his teeth on, like Little Walter, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed.
But, what sets this album apart from the numerous “tributes” that have come before, is the sound. Great blues records are rough around the edges, and contain a rawness that was mostly achieved on primitive recording equipment. Not sure how he does it, but Wilson completely captures that dirty vibe. In fact, it’s so authentic, you’ll have a hard time telling these new recordings apart from their originals. Wilson has also sprinkled in several originals that sound right at home with this hallowed material. Continue reading RECAP 2017: Fabulous T-Bird Leader Captures the Classic Blues Sound on Phenomenal Album
Icon Fetch is revisiting some of the best releases of 2017
The Doors – The Singles Collection (Rhino)
What set the Doors apart from many of their contemporaries of the Sixties was that, despite their penchant for recording lengthy pieces, like “Light My Fire” (7 mins), “The End” (12 mins) and “LA Woman” (8 mins), they were also able to have success on AM Radio with their edited, 45 RPM singles. For the first time, those tracks have been assembled in The Singles Collection, a two-disc set covering all their single releases, in their original form, plus a bonus Blu Ray featuring even more music. Continue reading RECAP 2017: The AM Radio Side of the Doors
Chris Bell – I Am the Cosmos (Complete) (Omnivore Recordings) review
The most complete look at Big Star founder’s lone solo album
Few artists have sustained such a devoted, cult following as former Big Star member Chris Bell. Almost 40 years after his untimely passing in 1978, his brief output continues to be reexamined. Omnivore Recordings has attempted to create the final word on Bell’s only solo record by issuing an expanded, 2-CD I Am the Cosmos, featuring the original album, alternate mixes, and an additional eight, never-before-heard tracks. Continue reading A Window Seat Into the Genius of Chris Bell
Tommy Keene was a gifted songwriter and guitarist who unexpectedly passed away in November of 2017 at the age of 59. His melodic, hook-filled songs, made him a staple of college radio during the 1980’s, and influenced many musicians that came after.
Keene was a guest on the Icon Fetch podcast on five separate occasions. These interviews reveal a musician who was dedicated to his art, but was also a passionate music fan himself (with a great sense of humor).
We’ve culled the best moments of these interviews, where Keene talks about the many twists and turns of his career, plus he reflects on many of his influences.
We’ve also recorded new tributes to Tommy from R.E.M’s Peter Buck, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Ted Niceley (who played in Tommy’s early band), and Dwight Twilley. Plus, we talked with Josh Grier, who signed Tommy to Dolphin Records in the early days, and Stephen Judge, where Tommy put out a string of fantastic albums during the last years of his life.
For a brief moment, this Australian band was on top of the world
INXS’s biggest album, Kick, has just received the deluxe anniversary treatment. Titled Kick30, the new, 3-CD, 1-Blu Ray set features the original album in remastered form, plus a treasure trove of demos, dance remixes and live cuts, giving a rare look into the creation process of one of the biggest-selling albums of the 1980’s. Continue reading INXS – Kick30 (Deluxe Edition) (Rhino / Atlantic)
Various Artists – Jesus Rocked the Jukebox (Craft Recordings)
Rock, R&B, Soul and most of the popular music of the last 50 years owes an incredible debt to Gospel. Yet, never before has a collection explored that lineage quite like Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965). This new, three-LP set from Craft Recordings, reminds us just how influential spiritual music was on everything that came after. Continue reading In the Beginning, there was…
Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (180 Gram Vinyl Edition) (Craft Recordings / Concord)
A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the greatest holiday albums of all-time. Not only did this music propel the original Peanuts TV special, it’s also extremely cool. Think about it – this was many people’s first introduction to jazz. We’ve reviewed the remastered CD (read that one here). This time, let’s talk vinyl – specifically, a brand new audiophile pressing of of the record from Craft Recordings. Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas Goes Audiophile
Nona Hendryx started her musical career as part of the Bluebelles, which also featured Patti Labelle, Sarah Dash & Cindy Birdsong. The quartet hit in 1962 with “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” Eventually, trimmed to a trio, the group changed their name to Labelle and hit pay dirt with “Lady Marmalade” in 1974, before breaking up a few years later.
Since then, Hendryx has forged a solo career with many twists and turns. Her latest project sees her teamed with guitarist Gary Lucas for The World of Captain Beefheart, a tribute to one of the most underrated musicians of all time. We chat the origins of this project, what attracted her to Beefheart’s music, and the enduring legacy of “Lady Marmalade.”
The Searchers – Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981 (Omnivore Recordings)
Fifteen years after hits like “Needles and Pins” and “Love Potion Number Nine,” the Searchers style of jangly, guitar-based rock was suddenly back in vogue in the late 1970’s, thanks to the popularity of bands like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Cheap Trick. Sire Records jumped at the chance to resurrect their career, signing the band to a two-album deal. Omnivore Recordings has just reissued those two records as Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981.
This is really good stuff.
Continue reading Found! Two gems from the Searchers
Wild rock n’ roll personified
In 1984, right when the world was embracing the synthesizers and funny haircuts of New Wave, the Flat Duo Jets emerged from Chapel Hill, bringing everything back to basics – Dexter Romweber on vocals and guitar, and Chris “Crow” Smith on drums.
Daniel 13 is issuing Wild Wild Love, a two-disc set that brings together the band’s first full length, 1990’s Flat Duo Jets, along with 1984’s cassette-only In Stereo EP and a second disc of bonus material.
We talk with Romweber about the band’s origins, what led to the reissue of these recordings, and the band’s appearances on both MTV and Late Night with David Letterman.