Album Review: Marshall Crenshaw — #447

I vividly recall just how knocked out I was upon first hearing Marshall Crenshaw’s self-titled LP debut in 1982. Recorded four decades ago this month, it was released a few months later. Its chiming sound and uncluttered instrumentation provided a perfect canvas for Crenshaw’s wonderful songwriting and appealing vocals. In some ways it was totally

Album Review: Marshall Crenshaw — Miracle of Science

Marshall Crenshaw’s experience in the world of major labels had come and gone by the time he made his sixth studio album, Miracle of Science. After the brilliant one-two punch of his 1982 debut album and the following year’s Field Day, the singer-guitarist’s albums would never again gain serious traction on the charts. And after

Marshall Crenshaw Sets Aside Recording to Focus on Live Dates, Film Project

Marshall Crenshaw burst onto the national music scene in 1982 with his self-titled debut album and its irresistible single, “Someday, Someway.” Though both the album and single charted, Crenshaw’s brand of melodic, classic pop would never again experience sales figures comparable to those releases. But the quality of his subsequent work speaks for itself: across

Album Review: Marshall Crenshaw — #392: The EP Collection

For better or worse (actually, for better and worse) things used to be different: recording artists focused on their music, and the record company – or at least artist management – tended to business matters. Today that paradigm rarely exists: the artist is expected – no, s/he is all but required – to give time

EP Review: Marshall Crenshaw — Driving and Dreaming

By now, most have either been hipped to the songwriting genius of Marshall Crenshaw, or they haven’t and sadly probably never will. With Crenshaw’s releases stretching all the way back to the early 1980s, you’re guaranteed heartfelt songwriting, ear-candy melodies and crystalline, no-bullshit production values. All that’s in evidence on this, the third in his

The 2012 Marshall Crenshaw Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: I interviewed John Murphy of Shoes recently about their new Ignition album. When we got to talking about the band’s future plans, he suggested they might go a route similar to what you’re doing. Rather than making fans wait two years or something for a new collection of songs,

The 2012 Marshall Crenshaw Interview, Part One

Marshall Crenshaw has enjoyed – sometimes endured – a long and varied career. And while said career has been consistently lauded by critics, commercial success has sometimes proven more elusive. Add to the mix that Crenshaw isn’t the most cravenly commercially-oriented of artists (thank goodness!). But temper that with the fact that he consistently writes

Interview: Marshall Crenshaw – Travels in Jaggedland

The songs on Marshall Crenshaw‘s new Jaggedland (released in June 2009 on 429 Records) work as a cohesive whole; while Crenshaw can always be counted on to turn in a quality set of songs, there’s a unity about this group of twelve compositions. “I knew that I was crafting an album, you know what I

Marshall Crenshaw in Jaggedland

I just spoke with Marshall Crenshaw. Our interview was nearly two years to the day after our first meeting, an in-person conversation in the lobby of Asheville NC’s Grey Eagle. That 2007 interview is here. I’ll be publishing the latest feature the first week in August. Keep an eye out for it. Jaggedland is Crenshaw’s

Interview: Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw is one of rock music’s most underappreciated artists. After a string of critically-acclaimed albums (beginning with his self-titled 1982 debut, right through 2003’s What’s in the Bag?), and a good bit of work in other media (books, films and more) in 2007 he was between record deals. But that didn’t slow him down.