A British rock classic turns 40, Jason Molina remembered

Apr 22, 2014

Eels' newest project featured Saturday
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Thursday, April 24: We’ll hear selections from The Delivery, the 2005 release from Solagget. Formed circa 2003 in Wichita, Kansas, the trio featured twin brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning on drums and bass, respectively, and guitar from David Lord. Recalling Pat Metheny’s classic collaboration with Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius, 1976’s Bright Size Life plus contemporary acts such as Tortoise and The Sea and Cake, The Delivery is an independent classic. We’ll hear selections from that as well as the John Scofield Band’s 2003 release, Up All Night. Although still filled with classic jazz sounds, Scofield had begun to incorporate sounds that aligned him with the jam band movement, a base that has embraced the legendary guitarist since his 1998 collaboration with Medeski, Martin and Wood, A Go-Go.

Friday, April 25: Released in April 1974, Bridge of Sighs was the second solo album from former Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower. Focusing on the so-called power trio format, Trower’s melodic lead lines and memorable rhythm guitar playing—along with classic songs such as “Day of the Eagle” and “Too Rolling Stoned”—have made the album one of the most influential and enduring releases of the 1970s. Plus music from Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the 2008 release from April featured act Drive-By Truckers.

Saturday, April 26: The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett is the eleventh studio release from the musical project Eels, led by singer, songwriter, and author Mark Oliver Everett, who often goes by the much shorter moniker, E. We’ll also hear from Salad Days, the third release by singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco. Salad Days is already being celebrated as one of the best albums of 2013.

Monday, April 28: Most Messed Up is the brand-new release from Old 97’s. The Texas-based quartet has mentioned that this new album is the band’s most aggressive and revealing album to date. The band, which has been recording and touring for more than 20 years, also collaborated with Tommy Stinson, a founding member of the band The Replacements on this new recording. We’ll hear from that as well as 9 Dead Alive, the new recording by Mexican acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The album features nine songs, all dedicated to historical figures ranging from Harriet Tubman to Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Tuesday, April 29: We’ll hear selections from that album as well as songs from the new tribute to late singer-songwriter Jason Molina, Farewell Transmission. The new two-CD set features selections from Water Liars, My Morning Jacket, and Murder By Death. Molina died in 2013 at the age of 39 from complications associated with his ongoing battle with alcoholism. Plus, selections from Edward David Anderson’s new release Lies & Wishes, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.

Wednesday, April 30: We celebrate the end of Jazz Appreciation Month with a selection of artists who blur the distinctions between rock and jazz and some who land on the jazz side of the fence, including John Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Bad Plus, and Pat Metheny.