Saturday, December 31 1994
I’m sick of the Elephant 6 retro-pop collective. Sure, they have their share of transcendent bands, of which Neutral Milk Hotel and Apples In Stereo
The latest from Pat Metheny, Trio 99-00, smokes through a few great post-bop jazz tunes, before hitting the wall that is repetition and typicality. Then
Sounds From the Gulf Stream is this year’s pure pop gem, and maybe last year’s too. Can 13-year independent pop veterans make a credible record about staying young? “Yes, Yes, Yes”!
The press release for this album has it that trombonist Rob McConnell is “One of the world’s most recognized composers and arrangers for large
On the surface, Lucy Mongrel has created a fun combination of world beats, classic country, heartfelt folk, and electric guitars. It sounds like little else,
The Master Musicians of Jajouka are amazing. Players of double-headed drums and various traditional wind and string instruments are born into this ancient Moroccan troupe
Is Minus even making music? On Jesus Christ Bobby, vocals are screamed over a cacophony of guitar feedback, drums that are pounded rather than played,
“Any interpretation of the significance of Rastafari must begin with the understanding that it is a conscious attempt by the African soul to free itself
Retro is back baby! And this does not just apply to the latest disco-infused dance song or samples from TV shows of yesteryear that are
For true pop fans, the mere mention of Chris Stamey’s name in reference to a record ensures a stamp of credibility and quality. So
In the summer of 1992, T-Bone Burnett released a quiet, thoughtful yet provocative album called Criminal Under My Own Hat that featured acoustic guitar with occasional
When I first heard Matchbox 20, a couple of years ago, my first reaction was “Man, those guys sound too much like Live.” They did, however,
Bill Monroe is one of those rare figures in the history of music credited with inventing a genre.
There is something so effortless about what Maggie, Pierce & E.J. do as a band. Truly eclectic in sound, they seem to have a
As a long-time Beatlemanic, I had high hopes for this one. In My Life is famed Beatles producer George Martin’s last musical work and
Because it’s not very good, that’s why. It’s not terrible but it is a bit naff, both conceptually and in its execution.
There are so many reasons I don’t like this album, but at the same time I feel bad for doing so. It’s not
First launched into the public eye as a member of The Small Faces in the mid-1960s, Ian “Mac” McLagan rode the wave through the
Or that’s how things would have turned out in a perfect world. McPhee’s perfect gem of an album, Nation Time disappeared off shelves
Perhaps best known as the lead-singer for Bauhaus and gothic poster boy (those prominent cheekbones made him the original man in the armchair, or “Blowaway”