Friday, February 27, 2004

Bearsville Sale

According to the New York Times Albert Grossman's widow, Sally, has put Bearsville studio's up for sale at $725,000. Bearsville was where Dylan, Joplin, and of course Todd recorded many a fine album. Hope someone buys it and keeps it going. Albert Grossman - who also manged Todd - died in 1986.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Todd in the press

George Lang in the The Daily Oklahoman (20 February ) finished his review ofthe new Norah jones CD, with a little aside: "I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Butterfly Boucher. This Australian singer-songwriter's debut combines Todd Rundgren-style hooks and Aimee Mann's world-weary inflections to create accessible and smart pop music" - Sounds interesting...

On the same day, Adam Walton of the Liverpool Daily Post tackled the joys of parenting, and of young childrens musical taste, when decrying his daughters liking for Will Young It is he says "misplaced,anal music snobbery" but more the fact that no matter how many expertly compiled CDs - "featuring the cream of the finest music ever made" he makes "resplendent in tunes fromThe Beach Boys,Todd Rundgren ,XTC etc.etc., Ava still sits down for breakfast and asks for "Will! Yes please!"

Finally, the Daily Mirror's Gavin Martin was telling us to buy JOSH ROUSE's new CD - 1972, which "celebrates the musical paradise of the period (Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Philly and Motown) and this gorgeous offering includes a cheeky nod to the Stones' disco classic Miss You in its irresistible bouquet of finger-clicking bop and lovesick longing"

Monday, February 23, 2004

Spin the black circle

This week's been a bit of a strange one, with Avril wanna-bees getting a spin.

Fefe Dobson: Fefe Dobson - Was feeling quite scornful of this just on principle. Cynical black Avril marketing ploy, but ... WAIT. Actually this isn't that bad. In fact there is some finely crafted little pop ditties on this. Added to which Tone Loc has been dragged back out from wherever he's been hiding to add that bit of extra class to 'Rock it til you drop it'. Several other high points include: 'Revolution'; 'Take Me Away' and 'Give it up'. One to watch.

Lillix: Falling Uphill - This one from a young girl band is an easier sell to me, but is not as compelling musically, although 'Lost and Confused' and 'Sick' certainly shine through.

The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving - Not a teen girl in sight (at least I don't think so?) but this is what a great album SHOULD sound like. I could play 'Aside' all night if need be..

Just bought the Speedway CD, so that will be leading the charge for next week.