Sitting in his home studio in Oakland, California, on a bright, breezy afternoon this past January, Cavestany appears to have come through Death Angel’s tribulations having regained a bit of his youthful optimism.
As a Berklee College of Music professor, Scott Tarulli is well versed in all things rock, blues and jazz (Of course, his friends know he's also a closet Dio-loving metal head) His new album, Anytime, Anywhere, features a trove of hooks and catchy songs; it also happens to feature special guests including bebop slide guitar legend David Tronzo, bassist Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. We recently caught up with Tarulli to discuss the new album.
I was a little kid, like six or seven years old, when the Beatles came out. I remember hearing their music and I couldn’t imagine where that sound was coming from. Then I saw a picture of the Beatles, and George [Harrison] had an electric guitar, and I was like “That’s it!” It was that sound—the sound of George’s guitar—that first captured me when I was really young. It all goes back to that sound.
I spoke with Derek as the band was beginning their March run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. They played 10 of 14 shows before postponing the final four because Allman was unable to perform after an illness he said was bronchitis. They have not yet announced when the shows will be played.
Aimee Mann is an Oscar nominated singer/songwriter and bassist who’s scored huge hits both as a solo artist (Save Me) and with her band ‘Til Tuesday (Voices Carry). Guitarist Ted Leo is a mid-western punk rocker who’s established his own reputation for musical genius as a solo act and with his band, The Pharmacists. Collaboratively, Mann and Leo have now joined forces to become The Both.
Since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers—for the second time—in 2009, John Frusciante has remained largely absent from the mainstream public eye. But that doesn’t mean the guitarist hasn’t been busy writing, recording and releasing new music. In fact, his output in the past few years has been staggering in both quantity and scope.
He was one of the greatest electric blues guitarists of his time, but Michael Bloomfield is nearly forgotten today. His friend and collaborator Al Kooper hopes to change that with the new box-set retrospective From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.