Zeth Lundy has been writing for PopMatters since 2004. He is the author of Songs in the Key of Life (Continuum, 2007), and has contributed to the Boston Phoenix, Metro Boston, and The Oxford American. He lives in Boston.
Uncool Rising: Why It's OK to Listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival | 5 Oct 2008 // 6:00 PM
Why is Creedence Clearwater Revival -- staple of classic-rock radio and formidable singles band -- the epitome of uncool in the eyes of some music separatists?
Shadows No More: An Interview With Eddie Willis of the Funk Brothers | 9 Jul 2008 // 6:00 PM
Guitarist Eddie Willis takes us from the beginnings of Motown through the band's current activities, all with a sense of amazement that he's been part of something so big.
The Dawn That Grows Into Day: High Noons, Twilights, the Beach Boys, and Dennis Wilson | 10 Jun 2008 // 6:00 PM
A pair of new Beach Boys releases -- a 16-disc box set of singles and the reissue of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue -- examines the group's resonance beyond the lauded Pet Sounds era.
Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Replacements on Twin/Tone, 1981-1984 | 21 Apr 2008 // 6:00 PM
With four albums for the independent Minneapolis label Twin/Tone, the 'Mats rendered the hierarchies and caste system of the rock world irrelevant by remaking rock 'n' roll as an anonymous force.
Reflections: Motown in 1967 | 16 Aug 2007 // 5:59 PM
The latest installment in Hip-O Select's impressive reissue series, The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 7: 1967 collects every A-side and B-side released that year, including planned and deleted singles, as well as alternate and promotional mixes -- 120 tracks in all.
Sly's the Limit //1.Apr.07
MacGuffin Pop //22.Feb.07
Pixilated: Frank Capra's Columbia Years //22.Jan.07
Hoots, Hollers and Barbaric Yawps //18.Jan.07
New Adventures in Antiquity //2.Nov.06
The Royal We //9.Jul.06
Music Day 4: Goodbye, Inescapable Crowdedness //19.Mar.06
Music Day 3: It Ain't Easy Being Green //18.Mar.06
Music Day 2: Everything's Bigger in Texas //17.Mar.06
Music Day 1: Hallelujah and All That Bullshit //16.Mar.06
The Last Temptation of the Completist //22.Jan.06
Forever Young: Lolita Turns 50 //15.Sep.05
The Gentlemen //18.Apr.05
Best Music of 2004 //5.Dec.04
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? //13.Jul.04
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff | 5 Apr 2009 // 4:59 PM
Ratliff eschews the typical trappings of routine biography to plumb more profound ideas of musical language, identity, and influence.
La Strada (Essential Art House) | 24 Mar 2009 // 5:00 PM
As part of its "Essential Art House" series, the Criterion Collection reissues Fellini's 1954 masterpiece, featuring a nonpareil performance by Giulietta Masina.
Isaac Hayes: Black Moses / Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) | 19 Mar 2009 // 5:00 PM
Stax reissues an odd couple of solo albums by its multi-instrumental songwriting genius: the great 1971 double-LP Black Moses and the late-period misstep Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak).
The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Communion | 17 Mar 2009 // 5:00 PM
The Swedish band's fifth full-length is a 90-minute double album consisting of 24 songs -- one for each hour of the day.
Bee Gees: Odessa (Deluxe Edition) | 19 Feb 2009 // 3:00 PM
The Bee Gees' ambitious 1969 double album, heavy on ballads and emotional reach, is reissued in a three-disc edition that includes stereo and mono mixes, demos, alternate mixes and unreleased tracks.