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Dan Wilson Announces New Album, Re-Covered: Lyric Videos for “Someone Like You” (Adele) ft. Kronos Quartet + “Home” (Dierks Bentley)

On August 4, Dan Wilson will return with Re-Covered, a unique album that finds the Grammy-winning songwriter reinterpreting songs from his storied career that he wrote for and with other artists. The album, which marks his third solo studio release, is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Pledge Music and includes instant . . . → Read More: Dan Wilson Announces New Album, Re-Covered: Lyric Videos for “Someone Like You” (Adele) ft. Kronos Quartet + “Home” (Dierks Bentley)

Curtis Mayfield – If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go, by Jacob Slichter

I remember a moment in the early 1990s when I stood in the crowd at First Avenue as we all waited for the show to start. The house speakers blasted Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, and other loud awesomeness.

Suddenly, I was arrested by an amazing new song I hadn’t heard, a sonic . . . → Read More: Curtis Mayfield – If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go, by Jacob Slichter

Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter

The Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the great Gospel vocal groups of the past half century, are perhaps best known to listeners as the background vocalists on Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” (I’m posting their own version below.)

One fact about the group has always fascinated me: After one of their members, William . . . → Read More: Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter

Coin-Op Kiddie Rides, by Jacob Slichter

Having walked past various coin-op kiddie rides in the neighborhood, I sometimes wonder if these contraptions provide a child’s first experience of being underwhelmed. Toddlers eagerly climb atop the plastic horses as their exhausted parents fish out the coins and drop them into the slot. Then, as soon as the canned music starts and . . . → Read More: Coin-Op Kiddie Rides, by Jacob Slichter

Joni Mitchell – Coyote and the Background Magic of Jaco, By Jacob Slichter

As amazing as they are, the things you hear Jaco Pastorius do on the bass might not be the best part of his musicianship. To my ears, what sets him apart is his ability to disappear into the song. Every little Jaco moment is preceded by some bit of subtle magic he’s worked in . . . → Read More: Joni Mitchell – Coyote and the Background Magic of Jaco, By Jacob Slichter

Art Ensemble of Chicago – Zombie – Liberating Pieces From Their 64 Square Prison, By Jacob Slichter

At the Tea Lounge this morning, I sat next to an empty table with a pronounced slant. I wondered if two people were to sit at that table and play a chess game, would the advantage go to the person playing downhill (the white pieces), or might it fall to the person playing black, . . . → Read More: Art Ensemble of Chicago – Zombie – Liberating Pieces From Their 64 Square Prison, By Jacob Slichter

Resistor – What I Get vs. What I Want – Primo NYC Post-punk

Author and Semisonic drummer Jake Slichter has been gigging and recording in NYC lately with Resistor, a post-modern post-punk ensemble of the first order. Slichter keeps the rhythm solid. Doug Halsey, operator of the fine animal rescue website, Ready4rescue.org, is the main songwriter/singer/rhythm guitarist. Shawn Tracy, a veteran of some excellent 90s bands such . . . → Read More: Resistor – What I Get vs. What I Want – Primo NYC Post-punk

Paul Chastain and the 20th Anniversary of Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend, By Jacob Slichter

I saw my friend and rock and roll mentor, Paul Chastain, rock the bass last night at NYC’s City Winery. Joining him were his longtime partner in crime, Rick Menck on drums, as well as Dennis Taylor on guitar, and some singer/songwriter named Matthew Sweet, who, judging by the crowd response, seems to have . . . → Read More: Paul Chastain and the 20th Anniversary of Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend, By Jacob Slichter

Musicians Across the World Pay Tribute to Levon Helm – Robbie Robertson Visits One Last Time and Praises Helm

[Update 4/19/2012 – On his website, the family of Levon Helm has announced, “Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.” The material below was posted earlier in the week, prior . . . → Read More: Musicians Across the World Pay Tribute to Levon Helm – Robbie Robertson Visits One Last Time and Praises Helm

Dierks Bentley – Home, By Jacob Slichter

Dan Wilson strikes songwriting gold again, this time with Dierks Bentley‘s “Home,” which Dan cowrote with Dierks and producer Brett Beavers. It has worked its way up to the number one slot on the country charts. (Here’s an excellent interview with Dan on CMT.com.)

– Jacob Slichter

Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions, by Jacob Slichter, Celebrity Guest Blogger

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Jacob Slichter is the author of "So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star," a critically acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at the music business that chronicles his experiences as the drummer for Semisonic.

Nathaniel Hawthorne once observed that “easy reading is damned hard writing.” The same holds true in music, where great . . . → Read More: Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions, by Jacob Slichter, Celebrity Guest Blogger