Hopefully you all can read this and get a good message out of it. About a decade or so ago RCA reissued Lou Reed’s sixth solo studio album Coney Island Baby. Somehow, eventually, I got around to the Pitchfork review of it, which was glowing, and chanced upon the CD at the local store. Getting through […]
Califone became my favorite band in 2007 when I purchased the Roots & Crowns CD (which had come out in ’06) from the Luna that used to be on Mass Ave. in Indianapolis. At first, I found the music a little bit anticlimactic and soft, like all technical chops and no inspiration, or something thereabouts. […]
Danger Mouse is leaning back against a wall, sitting down, with no expression on his face. He’s got on an expensive-looking suit and a neatly trimmed beard. He sort of looks like a version of James Mercer, actually, whose eyes you never see. Next to him, Karen O sits, with hair primly styled and face […]
Spearheaded by what was actually a pretty entertaining set of interviews with Ed Kowalczyk and Gavin Rossdale seeing each frontman hone his chops at buttering the other up, LIVE and Bush have embarked on an American tour in Summer 2019 dubbed “Altimate.” To take in one chosen selection from Bush’s album Razorblade Suitcase, then, “Greedy […]
Score: 7/10 . I think maybe I’m losing it because something keeps pulling me back to these Sub Pop releases. Well, they are on a quest for “world domination,” as they’ve stated, and even though in recent years they’ve lost some big-name indie acts like Fleet Foxes and No Age, and put out a really […]
Score: 3/10 . Boy, I still remember when Black Mountain could do no wrong. It was the throes of last decade’s reaction to the war in Iraq, when as they astutely pointed out “The war machine / It keeps on turning”, and in contrast to the sort of androgynous, flaccid indie groups that crowded the […]
Spotify playlist. .
50 Pearl Jam – Ten It might seem odd that I ranked this one so low, especially since I’m such a big Pearl Jam devotee… yeah it is overproduced, though, with those Bon Jovi drums and the guitar that sounds like it was recorded in the next room over, at some Stevie Ray Vaughn RV […]
Spotify playlist. .
Score: 5/10 . You know what’s funny? Just as I was in the midst of what seemed like the umpteenth track of Cate Le Bon’s vapid, desultory voice absently oozing out some more sterile, politically correct chamber pop that sounds like it was made to be listened to on expensive, candy-colored vinyl, I thought of […]