“DD Review: Hum – Inlet.”

Score: 10/10 Inlet is the first album in 22 years from Champaign, Illinois band Hum, who enjoyed minor radio and considerable cult success in the ’90s and hence. On it, the band’s sonic blueprint is decidedly grappled to grunge rock, historically making minimal updates on the sound and instrumentation blueprint of that movement. Astonishingly, too, … Read more“DD Review: Hum – Inlet.”

“DD Review: Khruangbin – Mordechai.”

Score: 9/10 The great rapper Noah23 once said, “Sometimes… you’ve GOT to let go”. You might say, then, if you were like neurotic about allotting specific, designated objectives to all the bands you listen to (which I imagine some John Cusack-akin individuals in the 1990s might have been), that Khruangbin (which I finally figured out … Read more“DD Review: Khruangbin – Mordechai.”

“DD Review: No Age – Goons Be Gone.”

Score: 10/10 Once upon a time this band from LA became the best band on the planet. It happened overnight. They got the right manager. They were on just the right label, which got them mainstream promotion, radio play and even an unlimited music video budget. They belted out Aerosmith-akin guitar riffs over groove-funk rhythmics. … Read more“DD Review: No Age – Goons Be Gone.”

“DD Review: Prince – Prince and the Revolution: Live.”

Score: 7.5/10 In April 2016, after the tragic news came in of Prince’s passing, I shared simply the word “Delirious” on Facebook, hoping everyone knew what I meant, which some did. About four days to a week later, I got my next issue of The New Yorker in the mail, which had a purple cover … Read more“DD Review: Prince – Prince and the Revolution: Live.”

“DD Review: Dead Ghosts – Automatic Changer.”

Score: 9/10 I can’t remember how but somehow probably four or five years ago (it might have been from reading the L.A. Record, likely the raddest online music journal out there) I got to following this Burger Records imprint out of Orange County, which always, whether or not I actually like the music, seems to … Read more“DD Review: Dead Ghosts – Automatic Changer.”

“DD Review: Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels.”

Score: 9.5/10 Like I imagine is the case with a lot of people, my introduction to Lucinda Williams was the critical and commercial 1998 breakthrough that was Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. New offering from this year Good Souls Better Angels travels along similar lines of country-rock hodgepodge but, I think, is more victoriously … Read more“DD Review: Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels.”