Piano legend and St. Louisan Johnny Johnson just passed away. Johnny Johnson was the guy who gave Chuck Berry a job and was the subject of Chuck's classic "Johnny B. Goode". Johnny will always be the quintessential rock-and-roll piano player. This was not lost on subsequent generations... he was on the staff of Bob Weir's Ratdog for a while and occasionally sat in with The Dead. He lived to a ripe old age, but he will be sorely missed by musicheads everywhere. Read more about Johnny B. Gone
Danny Barnes is back in a studio up in Seattle, recording another album for Terminus for summer release. We never know what to expect, but whatever flavor of mutant bluegrass it turns out to be, it's probably all the same to Mr. Barnes.
Aware of Mr. Barnes' contempt for musical "categories", we asked him what direction the record is heading, and stumped him. Whether it'll sound traditional or punk or electonica or combo thereof, he just can't say. And we just can't wait. Read more about New Danny Barnes Album On The Way
Visit the Hall of Douchebags, a repository of band promo pics. Maybe there are too many bands? Nah, just too many bad ideas.
Even if you don't look like a douchebag band, try not to photograph like one. Stay away from the brick walls and off the railroad tracks. Done, done, and done. Are there no new ideas under the sun? Read more about Douchebag Alert
If you are adventurous and have not yet traveled to Planet Sun Ra, here's where you start... Supersonic Jazz. This otherworldly gem from 1958 gives us several reasons to recommend it as Sun Ra Starter:
1) We consider it his most "accessible" album aside from his earlier vocal/big band projects. The melodies are sweet, the instrumentation is playful, and compared to most of his works... less tweaky. Read more about Sun Ra 101- Supersonic Jazz