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Something Else! Featured Artist: Talking Heads

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.

Radiohead – The King Of Limbs (2011)

Radiohead – The King Of Limbs (2011)

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

Books: Sue Carpenter – 40 Watts From Nowhere (2004)

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

Alex Chilton (1950-2010): An Appreciation

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

One Track Mind: XTC, "Playground" (2000)

One Track Mind: XTC, "Playground" (2000)

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

Queen Sarah Saturday – Weave (1994)

Queen Sarah Saturday – Weave (1994)

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

One Track Mind: Death Cab for Cutie, "Summer Skin" (2005)

One Track Mind: Death Cab for Cutie, "Summer Skin" (2005)

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

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

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

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)

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