Martin Newell interview, part 3

Continued from part two… Bill Kopp: The Cleaners From Venus enjoyed – or endured — a brush with the big time in the UK around the release of ‘Ilya Kuryakin […]

Martin Newell Interview, part 2

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Are there any real drums on English Electric? Martin Newell: Bits and pieces, yes. You know, I never spilled the beans about what happened […]

Finally, a Reliable English Electric: A Conversation with Martin Newell (part one)

I recently enjoyed the rare treat of a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Martin Newell. He’s largely unknown to American pop audiences, and that’s quite a shame. His music is […]

Album Review: Eamon Ra – Dunce Witch Snowman

When we last checked in on the music of Eamon Ra, it was to review his 2020 album Meat Bones Chemicals Electricity. Even though the album title makes me think […]

Update: What’s the Big Idea

UPDATE: I’m revising this page whenever there’s new news. — bk I began work on my third music-related book a few months ago. I’ll be delivering the finished manuscript for […]

Album Review: Wreckless Eric – Leisureland

If your only knowledge of Wreckless Eric is “Whole Wide World,” you’re in for a treat. The man has been on a sustained creative peak for ages now. He left […]

Hundred-word Reviews: January 2021 #2

Here’s five more brief reviews; this time we’ve got progressive rock, powerpop, indie chamber pop, goth rock and one album that’s simply beyond easy classification. What they all have in […]

Hundred-word Reviews for November 2020, Part Three

And here’s the last of this current run of hundred-word reviews covering new releases. Soul, powerpop and blues; something for most tastes. All worth your time. Sonny Green – Found! […]

Album Review: The Corner Laughers — Temescal Telegraph

Based in Redwood City, The Corner Laughers craft a brand of pop that’s sophisticated, clever, erudite and memorable – one that follows in the proud tradition of great songwriting artists […]

Album Reviews: Various Artists — The Big Stir Singles Series

Back in the days when it still actually played music videos, MTV put together a promo clip featuring David Bowie. The Thin White Duke smiled rakishly at the camera and […]