Articles by: JC Mosquito

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

An EP release has an interesting aesthetic all its own, as shown by key releases from R.E.M., Let’s Active, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles and others.

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

It seems the magical, minimum number needed to qualify as a rock ‘n’ roll band is three. So, let’s pit some famous rock trios against each other.

Grand Funk – Shinin’ On (1974; 2017 Hybrid SACD Remaster)

Grand Funk – Shinin’ On (1974; 2017 Hybrid SACD Remaster)

Vast amounts of delay, flanging and compression marred the original Grand Funk vinyl edition. A new remaster aims to remediate things.

Rush – 2112: 40th Anniversary Edition (2016)

Rush – 2112: 40th Anniversary Edition (2016)

In retrospect, I’m kind of sorry I just couldn’t get into Rush’s ‘2112’ when it first came out.

Top 40 Moments in Rock and Roll: Part Truth, Part Legend, Part Complete Nonsense

Top 40 Moments in Rock and Roll: Part Truth, Part Legend, Part Complete Nonsense

JC Mosquito counts down the most memorable moments in rock and roll history.

Bruce Springsteen Finds Darkness on the River: Shadows in Stereo

Bruce Springsteen Finds Darkness on the River: Shadows in Stereo

Bruce Springsteen has always been dogged by rumors of versions of albums that differed markedly from what became the commercial release.

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Let’s stalk through the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard and dig up some of the scariest music on this side of the mortal curtain from Joy Division and others.

Forgotten Contenders, including Andy Fraser’s Sharks, Heavy Metal Kids + others: Shadows in Stereo

Forgotten Contenders, including Andy Fraser’s Sharks, Heavy Metal Kids + others: Shadows in Stereo

There are many acts with that didn’t deserve the public’s indifference – including Andy Fraser’s Sharks, Cry of Love and others.

Olympics Tribute with Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson + others: Odd Couples

Olympics Tribute with Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson + others: Odd Couples

Performance enhancers became an early story line in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But which drug-related rock song provides the best soundtrack?

Alice Cooper – The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003): Shadows in Stereo

Alice Cooper – The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003): Shadows in Stereo

By accident or design, ‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper’ is as close as it comes to the classics from Alice Cooper’s glory days.