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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: December 23, 2009

Dana Detrick – Too Cool for the Yule

I’m not sure how I bumped into Dana Detrick, but when I perused her website, Serious Vanity Records, I was instantly impressed by the samples I heard of her latest project, Too Cool for the Yule. Always on the lookout for great Anti – Christmas albums and cool last minute things to spice up the holiday, this one belongs on the top of your list. Read More


posted: July 14, 2017

Dasher Sodium

Jagjaguwar, LP or CD
Dasher

Dasher leader Kylee Kimbrough said in a recent interview that one of her favorite things about her time spent living in Bloomington, Indiana, relates to the fact that most of the houses in the city have basements. The Atlanta native’s love of the subterranean should be relatively apparent after one spends a few moments with Sodium, the debut from her all-loud, all-the-time punk outfit. Read More


posted: February 24, 2010

deluxe devo The Ultra-DevoLux ltd. Edition

Warner Bros. CD with DVD and 7" 45rpm single
deluxe devo

In case you missed it, DEVO is back in full force and it’s a wonderful thing.

In case you missed them last summer or earlier this year, This $49.95 collector box includes remastered versions of, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and Freedom of Choice on CD, along with a special 7-inch 45 (on clear yellow vinyl, no less) featuring the album cut of “Jocko Homo” on one side and “Mongoloid” on the other. Read More


posted: February 25, 2009

Destroyer – Trouble in Dreams

Another one of those random (but good) accidents, I recently picked up Trouble In Dreams.  Research revealed that Destroyer has been at it since 1996 and this is their eighth full length recording.

It’s a very unique album with singer/composer Dan Bejar’s talking/storytelling delivery on top of some very cool musical textures. Read More


posted: September 5, 2012

Divine Fits

When Divine Fits title a love song “My Love is Real,” it’s not really a love song at all. Oh, it sounds like a love song, all right. There’s a synthetic, handclap-friendly groove, references to being nervous, and disco flashes of groovy, colorful keyboards.

But Dan Boeckner signals his—and pretty much the band’s intentions—each time he delivers (pants, rather) the chorus. Read More


posted: July 15, 2015

Django Django Born Under Saturn

Ribbon Music, LP or CD
Django Django

Scottish quartet Django Django constantly obscures its mission statement. Is this a surf-rock act for our modern, dance-driven times? Or maybe a group of electronic gear heads with a love of guitars? But then how to explain the sudden shifts into frantic, tribal rhythms? And what about those harmonies? Django Django is a perpetually-in-motion beat-driven target, a melting pot of studio wizardry, Dick Dale-influenced riffing, and we’re-all-in-this together vocals. Read More


posted: February 25, 2009

Don Caballero – Punkgasm Punkgasm

Relapse Records CD and LP
Don Caballero – Punkgasm

I heard this one the other day searching through the LP’s at Music Millennium, thinking it was a compilation of some unreleased King Crimson material.  When I asked the enthusiastic guy behind the counter what this was, he smiled and told me all about DC.  This is why it’s so much more fun to buy music at a record store than on iTunes!

Referred to by many as a “math rock” band, I’d call Punkgasm straight up prog, and a damn good example of the genre. Read More


posted: February 13, 2009

Dream Theater – Dark Side of The Moon, The Bootleg Series

Speaking of bands covering Pink Floyd, here’s one that makes you want to raise your hand with a lighter to the sky. Dream Theater has become famous for playing a classic album in its entirety when they play more than one night in a row at a particular venue. Fortunately for DT fans, drummer Mike Portnoy has been recording these and they have been out for distribution for some time now. Read More


posted: April 5, 2009

Duff McKagan’s Latest Will Cure What Ails You

Tuesday, Duff McKagen’s latest project Loaded hits the shelves with their new release, Sick.

For those of you not completely familiar with this member of Seattle rock royalty (as well asGNR and Velvet Revolver), Loaded is what McKagen does when he’s not on tour with Velvet Revolver, writing about economics for Playboy. Read More


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