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Adam’s Farm – Rock Music Machine (1994)

The now-defunct Dallas-area group Adam’s Farm was this nifty blending of popular music that still resonates with me, more than a decade after they split. Band motto: If they can’t take a joke, folk ’em. Well, at first anyway. Adam’s Farm started out as a respectible set of earnest, well-meaning acoustics. Then they took a left turn in early JanuaryRead More

Velvet Crush – Teenage Symphonies to God (1994)

This adventurous pop Rhode Island trio made something of a critical splash two years earlier with “In the Presence of Greatness,” which Rolling Stone called “the year’s most addictive masterpiece.” So, here was the prescription for this, the follow up: — Ditch the former guy-of-the-moment, Matthew Sweet (a personal friend of the band, it was said then). Add underground wunderkindRead More

Forgotten series: The dB's

NICK DERISO: News that jangle-pop favorites the dBs (featuring on-again, off-again New Orleans resident Peter Holsapple) have gotten together to put down some new tracks brought me back to 1991’s “Mavericks,” a thoughtful record that would have sounded perfectly at home on an early 1980s college-rock station. Holsapple and Chris Stamey — who along with drummer Will Rigby and bassistRead More

Cowboy Mouth, ‘Mouthing Off’ / Paul Sanchez, ‘Wasted Lives and Bluegrass’ (1994)

Cowboy Mouth — announced this week as one of the many featured bands at the 2007 Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans — emerged in the early 1990s as a rugged, but distinctly popular rock alternative to the typical fiddle-and-rubboard fare associated with Louisiana music. Not that its New Orleans-based members weren’t capable of spare and emotionally direct work.Read More

Rhino's DiY series; Husker Du – Zen Arcade; and Rollins Band – The End of the Silence

by Nick DeRiso A pair of early 1990s Rhino compilations, all punky guts and art-rock pretention – without being pretentious – showed how the Do It Yourself aesthetic was given great depth by the almighty hook. Taken together, they’re a nice overview of the British punk explosion and the last days of the UK power-pop days. There’s some overlap, tooRead More