Author Archives: Mike Greenblatt

About Mike Greenblatt

A longtime music journalist, Mike Greenblatt is a contributing editor with Goldmine magazine.

New releases include gems from instrumentalists, singer-songwriters

Dave Masterson

You couldn’t get music any more diametrically opposed than the new releases of jazzers Noah Baerman and Michael Wollny next to singer-songwriters like Dan Masterson and Seth Adams. Yet the release of these 4 CDs makes for a quartet of gemstone that will tweak the ears, hearts and minds of adventurous music listeners.

Animals in a box and in a book

Eric Burdon and The Animals vintage publicity photo

Finally! A boxed set that soulfully captures the young Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, at his hungry best, a rugged blues shouter as valid and true to the music as anyone at the time. Plus, this Animals Tracks book, although flawed, is fascinating.

North Americana: Big Star, Monkeyjunk and Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish

Two great bands and one hot mama: Big Star may have broken up 38 years ago but interest is at an all-time high. Monkeyjunk takes its name from a Son House quote so you know where that band is coming from! And Samantha Fish? Well, all it takes is one listen … or one look.