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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: June 8, 2017

Girlpool Powerplant

Anti- Records, 45RPM LP or CD
Girlpool

When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker formally appeared as Girlpool in late 2014, the then-Los Angeles-based duo penned songs that felt like private conversations between teenagers. Their tunes were the sort of works that unfolded like handwritten notes discretely passed in a classroom. Their dual vocals owed as much to harmonizing as answering each other’s sentences. Read More


posted: September 1, 2011

Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost

True Panther Sounds LP, CD
Girls

There’s a moment near the close of “Vomit,” the lead single off Girls’ excellent new sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, where waifish frontman Christopher Owens, buoyed by a gospel choir and coffee-rich strains of soul organ, repeats the starry-eyed phrase “come into my heart. Read More


posted: May 11, 2009

Green Day’s Latest

I suspect some of the same fans that accused Green Day of selling out when they signed to Reprise for their major label debut, Dookie, are going to be really pissed when they hear  21st Century Breakdown.  This record definitely shows some restraint from Billie Joe Armstrong and company; if you aren’t paying close attention, you might mistake the beginning of the title track for an outtake from the new Fountains of Wayne CD. Read More


posted: February 6, 2011

Greg Dulli Interview

Standalone Motherfucker: A Conversation With Twilight Singers Leader Greg Dulli

By Bob Gendron

As soon as I learned what ten-digit phone number to dial—the three middle figures were “666”—I knew the call with Greg Dulli would be a doozy. Not that there was ever a doubt. Conversations with the globetrotting Twilight Singers vocalist/guitarist are always refreshingly humorous, unsparingly honest, revealingly unpredictable, and full of awakening pop-culture references. Read More


posted: September 13, 2010

Grinderman Grinderman 2

Anti CD and LP
Grinderman

Nick Cave’s world isn’t anything like yours or mine. It’s flush with creatures real and imagined: Mickey Mouse, the Abominable Snowman, the Wolfman, the Loch Ness monster, heathens, warring brothers, and dangerous women of all imaginable stripes. Jonathan Goldsmith, Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World,” has nothing on the Aussie native. Read More


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