Articles by: Steve Elliott

The Mullens – It’s Hard To Imagine (2009)

These guys from Dallas, Texas have that Stooges/Ramones/1960s-garage amalgam vibe down solid. Not bad at all.

The Maharajas – In Pure Spite (2007): On Second Thought

The Maharajas – In Pure Spite (2007): On Second Thought

The Maharajas have released many consistent albums that do not disappoint, and ‘In Pure Spite’ is another one to add to your collection.

On Second Thought: Pete Molinari – A Virtual Landslide (2008)

Pete Molinari’s second album found him going electric, with spectacular results. This felt more like a debut album than his all-acoustic low-fi Walking Off The Map.

Books: Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth, by Richard Barone (2007)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbzYn48qJxU&w=500&h=305] Frontman is a first-time book from the Bongos’ leader and (well, what else?) frontman Richard Barone, part rock star guide, part autobiography — and a completely entertaining and fascinating read.

Mondo Topless – Freaking Out (2010)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5_666sEAP4&w=500&h=305] A choice, not-so-obvious all-covers album from Philadelphia’s Mondo Topless, starting with a pretty rockin’ version of The Twilighters’ “Nothing Can Bring Me Down.” Elsewhere, an eclectic bunch of garage and rock bands are represented

On Second Thought: Spencer Davis – So Far (2006)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPhi3t5BSVw&w=500&h=305] This album has to be Spencer Davis’ most varied yet: He’s basically talking about his career and/or his life in general, before and after fame hit.

Greg Lake – Greg Lake Live (2006)

Greg Lake – Greg Lake Live (2006)

As Greg Lake continues his celebrated one-man “Songs of a Lifetime” tour through the UK and Italy, I returned to this 2-DVD career retrospective from Image Entertainment/Warner Music Vision.

Halloween special: Vincent Price – Master of the Macabre (2008)

Halloween special: Vincent Price – Master of the Macabre (2008)

This is a collection of three American radio plays called “The Pit And The Pendulum,” “Fugue In C Minor” and “Present Tense” from 1944 and 1957, as broadcast on CBS’ Suspense program.

One Track Mind: Fabienne Delsol, “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (2007)

One Track Mind: Fabienne Delsol, “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (2007)

What a dynamite single from the lovely Fabienne Delsol. Although it was formatted by Damaged Goods Records as an A and B side release, I view this single as a double A-side. Both songs are that strong.

Forgotten series: The Fleur de Lys, the Nocturnes, others – Rare Mod, Volume 2 (2009)

Forgotten series: The Fleur de Lys, the Nocturnes, others – Rare Mod, Volume 2 (2009)

With the subtitle that reads “A Second Volume of ’60s Underground Rhythm n’ Blues, Psych & Soul,” this compilation of rare and hard-to-find mod tunes offers surprises from the familiar to the obscure.

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