Post Tagged with: "We used to call this alternative"

Camper Van Beethoven – La Costa Perdida (2013)

There is a majestic weirdness to Camper Van Beethoven, recaptured in all of its freak-flag glory on La Costa Perdida, their first studio effort in some eight years.

Dash Rip Rock – Black Liquor (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guYfC7AC4zA&w=500&h=305] If you grew up a fan of live music in or around Louisiana in the late 1980s or early 1990s, you knew, without a doubt, that Dash Rip Rock was going to be huge one day.

Yo La Tengo – Fade (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BauiMlA0VVo&w=500&h=305] Long time fans won’t necessarily hear new things from Yo La Tengo on Fade, and yet it feels like a huge leap forward for these ageless indie-rock favorites.

Chris Stamey, co-founder of the dB’s: Something Else! Interview

Chris Stamey, co-founder of the dB’s: Something Else! Interview

Chris Stamey, up until recently, hadn’t issued a new long-player since he worked with Yo La Tengo on 2005’s A Question of Temperature, and last recorded a full album with his old band the dB’s in 1982.

Stray Cats – Live at Montreux (2012)

It figures, amidst the 1980s’ buttoned-down conservatism, that the ’50s would become talismanic — and that the Stray Cats would be such big hitmakers. Yet, a new Eagle Rock concert DVD makes it clear there’s still something to be learned from those rockabilly-loving post punks.

Movies: Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements (2012)

It wasn’t quite as nihilistically put out as punk, so it had little credibility there. It wasn’t sweetly composed enough to connect with pop fans, either.

Something Else! sneak peek: Yo La Tengo, “Before We Run” (2012)

Yo La Tengo has released a lavish new video — with visuals courtesy of Emily Hubley — for “Before We Run,” lead track off of their forthcoming album Fade, the band’s 13th studio release.

'Everything has to be bigger': David Byrne takes us inside his giant Talking Heads-era gray suit

One of the most iconic images of the 1980s in general, and Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne specifically, remains the giant gray suit he wore in the concert film Stop Making Sense.

'It was sort of embarrassing': Bob Mould discusses his musical debt to Richard Thompson

For all of the musical ferocity associated with Bob Mould — both as a solo artist and as a key creative force in Husker Du and Sugar — there’s one key influence some might never have guessed: Folk legend Richard Thompson.

Sugar – Copper Blue (1992; 2012 reissue)

Time was, if you were a real fan, a band’s albums weren’t enough. After burning through the album a million times, you needed more. You turned to singles and EPs