Monthly Archive:: April 2012

Jump Out the Window: The Brotherhood Story (part 6)

A Serialized Feature in Ten Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 Continued from Part Five… Drake’s girlfriend at the time, Edna O’Dowd, designed the album’s distinctive sleeve art. Her painting – which lent the record its title — is perhaps the

Jump Out the Window: The Brotherhood Story (part 5)

A Serialized Feature in Ten Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 Continued from Part Four… Friend Sound — Joyride The group’s next project was a wholly unexpected musical left turn. “It must have been the drugs,” Phil laughs. Not done as

Jump Out the Window: The Brotherhood Story (part 4)

A Serialized Feature in Ten Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 Continued from Part Three… The band kept changing their minds about which song to release as a single. In the end they chose “Jump Out the Window” b/w the Sopwith

Jump Out the Window: The Brotherhood Story (part 3)

A Serialized Feature in Ten Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 Continued from Part Two… The First Album “As it turned out,” Phil grimaces, “it took another eight months to finish the stinkin’ album. Brotherhood had been getting way out, into

Jump Out the Window: The Brotherhood Story (part 2)

A Serialized Feature in Ten Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 Continued from Part One… During this period, Phil says that the unsigned band “did some session work for Terry [Melcher] to make some money.” One of those projects included writing

Jump Out the Window: The Brotherhood Story (part 1)

A Serialized Feature in Ten Parts: 1  | 2  | 3  | 4  | 5  | 6  | 7  | 8  | 9  | 10 This is the first part of my serialized feature covering the post-Raiders careers of that band’s most celebrated power trio. This story originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of

Album Review: Humble Pie – On to Victory / Go For the Throat

The title of Humble Pie‘s first single – 1969’s “Natural Born Boogie” quickly telegraphed the group’s musical mission: straight-ahead, riffy rock of the sort that would fill arenas with fist-pumping fans. Never the most subtle of bands, Humble Pie was built around the guitars, vocals and personality of ex-Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott. (Peter Frampton

Album Review: The Squires of the Subterrain – Sandbox

Imagine this: a Beach Boys pastiche that’s also a concept album dealing with ecological devastation. Sandbox is that and more: it’s a one-man-band affair by The Squires of the Subterrain, the nom de rock of Christopher Earl. And on Sandbox, Chris/Squires (heh) doesn’t aim his sonic recreation/re-creation talents solely at the concept-friendly style of SMiLE-era

Album Review: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (Experience Edition)

Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest albums of the 1970s – right up there with Who’s Next and a very short list of others. It has aged incredibly well, despite its futuristic and groundbreaking use of then-new technology – most notably the VCS3 synthesizer – and sounds as

Album Review: Wes Hollywood – Fantasy Arcade

In 2012, it’s an open question how many listeners are looking for new music that draws upon the best of powerpop and what in 1979 we called new wave. Well, there’s one right here, and this listener is digging the new album Fantasy Arcade from Chicago-based Wes Hollywood. “It’s Good to See You” pleasantly recalls