new release Archive

Album Review: Sun Ra – At the Showcase: Live in Chicago 1977-1978

Zev Feldman has applied his “jazz detective” approach to a dizzying array of artists, unearthing previously unheard recordings by landmark artists ranging from Bill Evans to Mel Lewis to Les […]

Album Review: Foghat – Slow Ride: Live in Concert

Too often, Foghat gets a bad rap. They’re unfairly lumped in with faceless boogie bands of the 1970s. They deserve better. An offshoot of Savoy Brown, Foghat were at their […]

Album Review: The Brat – Straight Outta East L.A.

Time has an odd way of changing our perception. Most anyone who heard Sex Pistols in the 1978 would have found them abrasive, chaotic and noisy. As Never Mind the […]

Single Review: Dave McLean – “Faintly Blowing”

When it came to ‘60s psychedelia of the British variant, the prevailing approach was a kind of twee popsike (if you will). Songs with titles like “Toffee Apple Sundays” from […]

EP Review: Speedfossil – Room With a VU, Vol. 1

Nice ‘n’ crunchy guitars, clear and exuberant vocals, catchy melodies and sharp hooks: those are the main ingredients of the subgenre we call power pop. They’re in ample supply on […]

David J on the Creative Process and the Inner Flame of Inspiration

Former Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist shares his personal archive of home demos David J (Haskins) first entered the public consciousness in 1978 as bassist and collaborative songwriter in […]

Book Review: Zip it Up! The Best of Trouser Press

Trouser Press looms large in my life. As a teen, I consumed as much music journalism writing – features, interviews, reviews — as possible. By that point I had long […]

Album Review: Little Girls — Valley Songs

Pop music never ceases to amaze. If one looks past the mega-hits – and then looks even farther afield beyond the commercial near-misses — there remains a cornucopia of overlooked […]

Album Reviews: Pete Ham – ‘Gwent Gardens’ and Tom Evans – ‘I Am Myself’

The careful, exhaustive and ongoing campaign to document (and share with the world) the cache of demos, home recordings and other audio arcana from core members of Badfinger continues apace. […]

Album Review: Tony Monaco Trio – Over and Over

If we’re honest with ourselves, we must acknowledge that when it comes to jazz, we’re dealing with a remarkably slim sliver of the listening public. As great as it is, […]