Captain Beefheart is dead. What a suckass Christmas present. Born Donald Glen Vliet, later morphed to Don Van Vliet, but forever known by the nickname bestowed upon him by Frank Zappa when they were teenage music-makers in Lancaster, Calif., the Captain changed the course of Rock with his Howlin’ Wolf-as-painted-by Salvador-Dali vision of the Blues.
The titles are stacking up like cordwood here in April, and rolling the weekly excess into the following posting seems less like a solution and more like stockpiling. This week I tackle new CDs from Scott Miller, Willie Nile, Fastball, Circus Devils, Silversun Pickups, John Doe and the Sadies, The Tragically Hip, The Ettes, Alexis Harte and Eulogies, plus classic vinyl from Tucky Buzzards.