News & Views

Tower Of Power, Beatles reissue issues, rap’s Scottish heritage and most disappointing albums in 2008 in News. Aaron Neville, My Morning Jacket and Lil’ Wayne in Views.

Photo: Jason Moore
Lil’ Wayne smiles pretty for the camera (archive photo).

News …

Where did rap music originate? American academic says it all started in Scotland – Telegraph U.K.

What’s holding up those Beatles reissues? – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Tower Of Power leader Emilio Castillo looks forward to the band’s New Year’s Eve gig in his hometown of Detroit – The Macomb Daily / Junior Register News Service

The most disappointing albums of the year? – The Guardian U.K.

Views …

My Morning Jacket in Chicago – “By this point, My Morning Jacket is a cohesive five-member unit that filters even the most ragged traditions through their unique brand of cosmic fire.” – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Aaron Neville in New Orleans – “Appearing years younger than a man who scored a number-one hit in 1967, Neville’s expressive voice, often approaching falsetto range, is well suited to soul classics like ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘A Change Is Gonna Come,’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.'” – The Epoch Times

Lil’ Wayne in Oakland – “Unlike his closest hip-hop contender, Kanye West, Lil Wayne doesn’t take himself too seriously.” – San Francisco Chronicle /

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Ed Bruce is 69
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) is 67

Photo: Chuck Saus
John Lodge and Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues play Harvey E. Arneault Memorial Theatre in Chester, W.Va.

Marianne Faithfull is 62
Yvonne Elliman is 57
Paula Poundstone is 49
Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) is 47
Dexter Holland (The Offspring) is 43
Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket) is 38
Jessica Andrews is 25