Rock Music

Forgotten series: Swamp Zombies – A Frenzy of Music and Action! (1992)

NICK DERISO: Four Dobie Gillis types, including brothers from Irvine, Calif., the Swamp Zombies were notable for having some amount of ability on all manner of instruments, but also at the clanging of pots and pans. They remain a great pop-music (or punk folk, I guess) example of what can go right when a band is willing to move outRead More

Forgotten series: Husker Du/Bob Mould

by Nick DeRiso Start with Husker Du’s “Everything Falls Apart,” a 1982 release that was a little more cohesive than the live debut. They chew UP Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” Eleven years later, “Everything Falls Apart” was released again on CD (and this is funny) with some extras as “Everything Falls Apart … and More.” More than — everything? Cool. (P.S.:Read More

Forgotten series: The Woggles – Teendanceparty (1994)

A group with the sound and spirit of 1960s-era garage bands, the Woggles are best decribed by the things they are not — despite being from Athens, Ga. No Dead influences. No side projects with Peter Buck. “Teendanceparty” is, instead, refreshingly free of any jangly pretense. In fact, the Woggles’ muscular, long-playing debut was built on a rock-solid foundation ofRead More

Peter Frampton – Fingerprints (2006)

Peter Frampton’s first-ever instrumental release boasts a buffet-style diversity. And by refusing to settle into easy genre work — you just knew this would be jazz(zzzzzzzzz)y, right? — Frampton finally distances himself completely from a certain mid-1970s double live album. Well, almost anyway. No, familiar keyboardist Bob Mayo doesn’t appear. (He actually died of a heart attack on tour someRead More

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Alternates

by S. Victor Aaron What a year it’s been for a baby boomer like me. We’ve seen strong fresh offerings from stalwarts like Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, America, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Hornsby, James Taylor, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Mellencamp and yes, even the Eagles. What’s more, the old stuff pulled from the vaults for the first time from luminaries like NeilRead More

Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns – Royal, Loyal and Live (1990)

NICK DERISO: We blast off with two break-neck covers from this bluesy Tex-Mex bar band — Jimi Hendrix’s scorching “Hey Joe” and then ? and the Mysterians’ “96 Tears.” Consider yourself warned. This is floor-it fun, with the brake pedal broken off. Carrasco and Co. rarely stop even to breathe between tracks on “Royal, Loyal and Live” — which wasRead More

Blackfield – Blackfield II (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron A lot of hay has been made of Porcupine Tree’s 2007 release Fear Of A Blank Planet, and yes, I’ve joined in the fray. It’s a solid effort from a band that hadn’t stumbled much to begin with. But PT’s leader Steven Wilson is just too talented to stand pat with Fear being his only contributionRead More

California Transit Authority – Full Circle (2007)

Full Circle isn’t not so much about a CD than it is a story of a certain musician’s redemptive long journey back from personal tragedies. And his new band is a musical group led by a man who sought to provide a willing public the soulful, energetic free wheeling style of seventies rock that’s missing so much on the musicRead More

Something Else! Interview: Swamp pop legend Tony Joe White

· Nick’s note: Tony Joe White, of “Poke Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” fame, played the most recent New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — just months after issuing a well-received new CD in late 2006. Eight years in the making, “Uncovered” included seven new cuts as well as reworked versions of “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Taking theRead More

Bill Chinnock (1948-2007): An Appreciation

I owned it before Born To Run … before Darkness On The Edge Of Town. You’ve probably never heard of it. Heck, chances are you’re unfamiliar with the artist as well.