Andy Summers Album Guide

Sure, you liked Andy Summers’ guitar playing in the Police – the spiky punk/reggae inflected licks colored by jazzy chords and atmospheric effects – but where to start with his solo albums? He’s got albums a-plenty, and if you count his duo records with other musicians, the number climbs higher. His playing is always unique,…

Andy Summers & Pat Metheny Meeting – 1982

A little something, a preview of sorts, for an upcoming Andy Summers solo album guide I’m putting together for the blog… Pat Metheny and Andy Summers are probably my two favorite guitarists, and I was surprised and pleased when I stumbled on this photo the other day: A little research turned up an interview from…

The Police’s “So Lonely” and a Mondegreen

Funny how we can mishear the lyrics to a song and the whole meaning can be changed (a “mondegreen“, as it were.)  I was sitting in a café the other day and “So Lonely” by the Police was playing in the background. In my mind I was brought back in time to when I was…

The Mystery of M.O.I.

It’s not a spine-tingling who-dunnit, not a long-unsolved case which has baffled the experts, has nothing to do with hip-hop singer M.I.A., or with me or moi (as they say in France). Rather, it’s a mystery who a mid-1980’s Toronto area band called M.O.I. were. I recently bought a used record put out in 1985…

Rush’s Deep Cut “Red Lenses”

Rush’s 1984 track “Red Lenses” is a textbook example of a “deep cut”: a track not well known and generally overlooked when an album first came out. Often deep cuts get their moment much later, when everyone’s tired of the hits and explores a little farther. Well, that’s not exactly the case with “Red Lenses,”…

Wild Nothing: “Reichpop”

From Wild Nothing’s Life of Pause, released earlier this year, comes “Reichpop”, the lead track.  It’s a soundworld enveloped in melodic washes of synthesizer, marimba, drums and guitar.  With “reich” a German word meaning realm or empire, the title points us towards a pop realm which contains echoes of the past, while still sounding futuristic…