Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Sep 03, 2014  |  1 comments
He was a victim of his own success. From 1925 to 1929, when he was in his mid-20s, Louis Armstrong changed the world of jazz music forever with his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, and his solos in tunes like "Cornet Chop Suey," "Potato Head Blues," and "West End Blues." Almost immediately, however, he was faced with a question: Now what?
Robert Baird  |  Aug 21, 2014  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2014  |  0 comments
Amy LaVere: Runaway's Diary
Archer ARR 319611/2 (LP/CD). 2014. Luther Dickinson, prod.; Kevin Houston, eng., Daniel Lyon, asst. eng. ADA/ADD. TT: 38:27.

"It's not your average gal that drinks bourbon neat, walks around with a pocket atlas and drives a big white gear van. I thought she was charming and awfully funny."

Talent and humor has never been a problem for Amy LaVere. Not long after high school she led Last Minute, a Detroit punk band. When we next hear of her, she's in Nashville as part of a husband-and-wife folk/country duo, The Gabe and Amy Show, who released a single, "Blankets of Love," b/w Johnny Cash's "Big River."

Robert Baird  |  Aug 29, 2014  |  0 comments
There are records where one look at the cover art and without listening to a note, you know exactly what’s inside.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 15, 2014  |  1 comments
Forget those damned blade wielding misfits from today’s mindless slasher films, real horror films need a monster...
Robert Baird  |  Aug 15, 2014  |  2 comments
Whether or not they vote to be independent next month from the UK, Scotland has always been independent musically.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 04, 2014  |  0 comments
Call it the Robert Louis Stevenson Syndrome . . .
Robert Baird  |  Aug 02, 2014  |  3 comments
It’s clearly time for a complete rethink of the musical biopic format.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 21, 2014  |  First Published: Aug 01, 2014  |  0 comments
The Black Keys: Turn Blue
Nonesuch 7559795555 (LP/CD/HDtracks download). 2014. Black Keys, Danger Mouse, prods.; Kennie Takahashi, eng.; Collin Dupuis, Geoff Neal, Bill Skibbe, asst. engs.; Tchad Blake, mix. TT: 45:09
Performance ****
Sonics ****

There was a time when calling the Black Keys "sexy" would have been thought perversely stunted, given that they were a two-man, raw-as-hell, blow-me-down, frat-rock grinder that jammed and pounded and convinced everyone that their version of Tony Joe White's groove was something new and revolutionary.

Robert Baird  |  Jul 18, 2014  |  3 comments
"I made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me,"

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