Chris Connelly, coming off key contributions to a pair of recordings by Al Jourgensen’s Ministry, neatly sidestepped the dreaded “industrial” tag here with simple musicianship (not to mention a dead-on Bowie vocal turn). Still can’t be sure how he made time for Phenobarb Bambalam, considering he was also touring and writing as a member of Pigface, Murder Inc. and Revco.Read More
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A great groovy mess, Baby Brother combines roots rock and punk in the most intriguing of ways. The result, Strange Things, lives up to its title, and that’s not a bad thing.
Dave Grohl has, for the most part, put aside his throat-bleeding yell. Thank the gods. Oh, it’s still there, to be sure: “Bridge Burning” comes tearing out of the speakers at full bore, Grohl hollering away, but that gives way to singing pretty quick, and then he sticks with it for most of the album’s length
by Mark Saleski I loved the experiment right from the start. R.E.M. gets together for some live ‘rehearsals’ to work out material for an upcoming album. The bootlegs that flew around the Internet confirmed that the band was revitalized
by Mark Saleski Warning: Listening to the Joe Jackson Band’s 2003 release Volume 4 may give you a strong urge to dig out your skinny tie (c’mon, you know you wore one!) from the back of the closet.
The Talking Heads seemed to do what so few manage – start a career almost fully formed, then gradually grow without giving up their signature style. They emerged weird, polished that weirdness, and let the world catch up.
Photo from NME.com by Tom Johnson Just a week ago, we were expecting nothing more than the usual – just distant wondering of when there might be a new Radiohead. It had to be coming soon, right? It’s been more than three years since they surprised us with In Rainbows and then only cryptic messages about embracing new formats. WereRead More
by Mark Saleski This is the amazing, hilarious and true story of Sue Carpenter, a woman who gave corporate radio and the FCC the big ‘ef U’ by starting her own pirate radio station — right out of her apartment atop a hill in San Francisco. A career opportunity (writing for a magazine) and first attempt at junkie-boyfriend escape causesRead More
Bursting forth as rock teetered between too-big prog pyrotechnics and mawkishly symphonic concept records, it comes as little surprise that Big Star seemed to disappear with barely a ripple. That, and the fact that Alex Chilton, who died yesterday at 59 after a heart attack, always seemed to be disappearing, anyway. Even so, Chilton, along with early bandmate Chris Bell,Read More
by Pico Mention the words “pop music” and music snobs go scurrying to the safer confines of the obtuse and obscure. OK, OK, so perhaps we’ve inhabited those confines at times, but mainstream sounds don’t all sound bad to us. Just most of it. XTC, on the other hand, was a band that gave pop music a good name. SinceRead More