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Album Mini-review: Keep Shelly in Athens – Now I’m Ready

File Next to: Cocteau Twins, Beach House With their gauzy, heavily-reverbed ambience, this Greek chillwave duo sounds a bit like synthy Britpop a la Cocteau Twins, crossed with a less-mannered Beach House. Clearly they’d prefer that listeners focus on the music rather than the personalities; shrouded in mystery, they reveal little about themselves beyond their

Holiday Music Roundup 2015

Imagene Peise — Atlas Eets Christmas Let’s get a few things out of the way right up front about this holiday-themed release. First there is no Imagene Peise; despite a convoluted backstory, “she” is really The Flaming Lips. But no, that’s not quite accurate, either: This album – a reissue of a 2007 limited edition

Just Plain Wonderful: Iain Matthews and Plainsong Reinvent Richard Fariña

Richard Fariña was a significant member of the American folk music movement of the early 1960s. A fixture of the Greenwich Village scene that brought forth Bob Dylan, Fariña made music with wife Mimi, who also happened to be the sister of another popular folk artist named Joan Baez. Fariña died in a 1966 motorcycle

Album Mini-review: of Montreal — Snare Lustrous Doomings

File next to:Soft Boys, Olivia Tremor Control, Television One of the most commercially successful exponents of the Athens GA-based Elephant 6 Collective, of Montreal has a well-deserved reputation for powerful live performances. Kevin Barnes‘ group is also one of the most prolific acts out of the collective, with thirteen studio albums (not to mention numerous

Album Mini-review: The City — Now That Everything’s Been Said

File next to: Carole King, Laura Nyro, Brooklyn Bridge Carole King‘s landmark 1971 LP Tapestry is admired even by those who don’t generally go in for that sort of thing. Her second album (1970’s Writer was her debut), Tapestry is a timeless and richly woven effort. Many music fans know that before embarking on a

Only in America: The Lloyd Price Interview, Part 2

Continued from Part One… Any biographical sketch of Lloyd Price makes mention that he was one of the organizers of the legendary Rumble in the Jungle, the 1974 prize fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. That event took place in Kinshasa, Zaire. But what always goes unmentioned is Price’s involvement in Zaire 74, the

Only in America: The Lloyd Price Interview, Part 1

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lloyd Price is a pop music legend. The Kenner, Louisiana native scored an impressive string of major hits, beginning with 1952’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (#1 r&b), and continuing to rack up nearly thirty singles in the top 100 of U.S. pop and/or rhythm and blues charts. Several of his

November 100-word Reviews, Part 5

My current crop of hundred-word reviews wraps up with some odds and ends, all worth a listen. I generally don’t review from MP3 files, but in a few cases I make exceptions. Three of those are here. Fischer’s Flicker – Fornever and Never Scott Fischer operates under this nom de pop to make his uptempo,

November 100-word Reviews, Part 4

My roundup of worthy albums that deserve coverage continues with five more hundred-word reviews. Each of these deserves deeper coverage, but “so much music, so little time.” Dig ’em all. Jinx Jones – Twang-Tastic! The vibe here: Link Wray meets Brian Setzer, with a bit of The Cramps and Los Straitjackets thrown in for good

November 100-word Reviews, Part 2

Aaaand we’re back for another fistful of shortish CD reviews. Today’s five – mostly with odd names, as it happens – are in the rock idiom; maybe a bit of prog here and there as well (okay, a lot). Filligar – Keepsakes of the Interior From what I can gather looking at the album sleeve