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
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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
by Nick DeRiso Coming as this debut rock release did, amidst the mid-1990s’ copy-cat grungery, it’s still a wonder “Weave” is any good at all. Chalk that up to Queen Sarah’s ceaseless woodshedding, said then to take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day in the basement of drummer Zeke Hutchins’ parents’ house. Oh, and playing everywhere thatRead More
NICK DERISO: A remarkably intuitive song, full of very adult emotion and haunting insight, from a band with such a frankly ridiculous name. “Summer Skin,” in fact, might just be all the more powerful for the lowered expectations that come from a group actually called Death Cab for Cutie. I don’t care if they were a staple on the soundtrackRead More
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