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by Tim Hardin

29 Feb 2016


“I have had people who have listened to the material since, and they said they can’t understand why we didn’t get signed. But at the time that we put out that material, people were still expecting long jams.  It was before the so-called New Wave stuff took on and became more pop and what not, the shorter song format.  I just write it off to timing, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world…”
—Jack Casady interview in Relix magazine, February 1986

It has been 35 years since San Francisco rock band SVT released their only full length album, No Regrets. Much has shifted in music, particularly rock music, since that time, and this album may have something to tell us, in retrospect, about directions in rock music, generally. More importantly, however, it may be time for a reconsideration of the band’s output, in particular the songs of their lead singer/guitarist, Brian Marnell.

by Evan Sawdey

7 Aug 2014


Toyota has been blasting out a lot of videos on its YouTube channel to promote its forthcoming 2015 Sienna, all in an attempt to try and make a good solid viral campaign, going with everything from fathers having conversations/getting pep talks from the vehicle to kids pretending they’re in their own action movie. It’s actually a nice way to kind of “road test” (forgive the puns) ads to see what reaction is before buying slots from advertisers, which costs far more money than actually making the clips themselves.

Yet no one is talking about those previously-mentioned ads at the moment. Right now, everyone is talking about the “Swagger Wagon” ... and if the entire video is actually racist.

by Evan Sawdey

20 Mar 2014


Man screaming. Image via Shutterstock.

If you somehow didn’t know Ted Gioia’s name before his article on the Daily Beast, “Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting”, started spreading around like wildfire, then you most assuredly do now.

by Jessy Krupa

21 Nov 2013


If you really think about it, pop music is the greatest genre of music. It includes and incorporates every form of music imaginable. Pop can be rock, R&B, country, electronic, bubblegum, adult-contemporary, and more. Sometimes it can even be all of these things in the same song.

Pop often gets a bad name, however. One of the genre’s most-talked-about artists recently is the ever-increasingly desperate-for-attention Miley Cyrus. In the midst of releasing weak dance/rap numbers filled with drug references, she actually released a halfway decent song. Unfortunately, people will mostly remember “Wrecking Ball” for its meaninglessly vulgar music video instead of its emotional intensity. Similarly, her MTV VMA cohort Robin Thicke released one of the best selling albums of the year, despite claims that it plagiarized Marvin Gaye.

by Sean Murphy

19 Sep 2013

Question: What’s it all about?
Answer: I don’t know.
But I do know a few things.
I know some of the things that make me tick.

While my weapons of choice remain pen and paper, I would still say that music has always been the central element of my existence. Or the elemental center. Writing is a compulsion, a hobby, a skill, a craft, an obsession, a mystery, and at times a burden. Music simply is. For just about anyone, all you need is an ear (or two); then it can work its magic. But, as many people come to realize, if you approach it with your mind and your heart, it’s capable of making you aware of other worlds, it can help you achieve the satisfaction material possessions are intended to inspire, it will help you feel the feelings drugs are designed to approximate. Et cetera.

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