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Josh Rouse is Totally ’80s (For Now) — Part 2

Continued from Part One… How important is it to you to not do the same thing over and over? Is that driven by your own creative restlessness, or a kind of obligation to your fans? It’s weird; it’s hard to get a balance. I mean, I love to do new things; I even sang in

Josh Rouse is Totally ’80s (For Now) — Part 1

One never quite knows what to expect from Josh Rouse. The nomadic, Nebraska-born singer-songwriter’s first few albums introduced a musician whose contemplative, sometimes moody songs compared favorably to work by introspective artists like Neil Finn and Pete Yorn. By the time of 2002’s Under Cold Blue Stars, Rouse was adding subtle jazzy and modern electronic

Album Reviews: Cocteau Twins’ ‘Head Over Heels’ and ‘Treasure’

Not to be confused with Thompson Twins, Cocteau Twins were a dream-pop band form Scotland. Between 1982 and 1996 the group released nine albums of original music, including a 1996 collaborative disc with sometime Brian Eno associate Harold Budd. Cocteau Twins’ sound was a distinctive, gauzy melange that often sounded as if it had been

Album Review: Gary Numan – Dance

Casual listeners’ knowledge of Gary Numan’s body of work often doesn’t extend his hit single “Cars,” a track from his 1979 solo debut The Pleasure Principle. And that’s unfortunate, because Numan’s work has been consistently fascinating. He has released 20 solo albums to date (including two collaborative releases) and his most recent, 2017’s Savage (Songs

Pylon Reenactment Society: Living Musical History

Pylon might not have achieved the fame and notoriety of fellow Athens-based bands like R.E.M. and the B-52’s, but the funky new wave group was a beloved part of the college town’s arts and music scene. After its initial run (1978-83), the band would reunite for awhile at the end of the decade, and then

Ten 100-word Reviews: Archival/Reissue Releases

With a great deal of my time these days spent working on my new book and various artist interviews, I tend to amass a backlog of albums for review. To lessen that backlog, I present ten reviews, each distilled down to its essence. Or at least to 100 words. All of these titles are reissues,

New Music Review Roundup, Part 3

Today I wrap up three days’ worth of reviews of new music. Dig if you will. The Pollyseeds – Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1 As far as I know, none of the music on Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1 is used on the soundtrack of the Amazon Original series Bosch, but – like that crime

Album Mini-review: Peter Hook & the Light — Unknown Pleasures Tour 2012

Peter Hook was the bassist, multi-instrumentalist and (occasional) singer in two of the more influential bands of the last several decades. These days he’s capitalizing on the enduring popularity of Joy Division and New Order. His current group, Peter Hook & the Light has made a career out of covering his old bands, and releasing

Quick Takes, Part Three

Today I take a quick look at ten archival releases of note. Tim Buckley — Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974 The music of Tim Buckley (yeah, late father of the late Jeff Buckley) has earned a reputation as difficult. And while I’m not here to flatly counter that impression, I must say that this collection

Album Mini-review: Love and Rockets — Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven (Blu-Ray)

File next to: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Psychedelic Furs One of the problems with hit records is that they’re often too representative of the era in which they were made. Whether it’s production values, instrument choices or general approach, too many songs all but scream “1980s!” when they’re played decades later. It’s the rare release