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Young Mister: Alone Again, Naturally

After nearly a decade toiling as a staff writer for Universal Music, Steven Fiore embarked on a solo career, releasing his songs himself. Branding his music under the banner of Young Mister, Fiore debuted with a self-titled album in 2016. Now, four years later and in the middle of a pandemic, he’s releasing his third

Album Review: The Mommyheads — New Kings of Pop

The cover art for The Mommyheads’ New Kings of Pop immediately calls to mind Kraftwerk and DEVO. But in keeping with the title, what this New York City band has on its collective mind is far more tuneful and conventional. Which isn’t to suggest that the music lacks adventurousness. Intelligent, thoughtful lyrics are supported by

Guide for the Turtles Fan: An Album-by-album Discussion with Mark Volman (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … Turtle Soup (originally released October 1969) For their fifth album, The Turtles made a highly unconventional choice in producer: they called on British musician Ray Davies, best known as leader and songwriter of The Kinks. Prior to working on Turtle Soup, Davies had never produced another artist. But Volman is

Guide for the Turtles Fan: An Album-by-album Discussion with Mark Volman (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One … Happy Together (originally released April 1967) Only four of the 11 songs on Happy Together would be written by group members, but once again, superb taste in choosing material yielded the band’s finest release to date. Years before he made a name for himself as a recording artist, Warren Zevon

Guide for the Turtles Fan: An Album-by-album Discussion with Mark Volman (Part 1 of 3)

What we need in the world today is a Guide for the Turtles Fan lead a guided tour through their six LPs as only Mark Volman can … baa … ba ba baa … Founders, co-leaders and co-vocalists of The Turtles, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman are equally revered for their music as they are

He Wrote That Song, Too: A Conversation with Steve Dorff (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Writing for film and television has very strict rules of its own, having to do with song length and a lot of other things. Is composing within those kind of constraints more difficult, or is it a case of, “Hey, I enjoy the challenge,” kind of like doing a

He Wrote That Song, Too: A Conversation with Steve Dorff (Part One)

Even if you follow popular music very closely, you may not be familiar with Steve Dorff. But it’s almost certain that you’ve heard his music. That idea – that his relative anonymity stands in contrast to the high profile of his work – spawned his 2017 memoir, I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in

Album Review: Blaine Campbell and the California Sound – Under the Tidal Wave

It’s no small feat to create a body of work that is simultaneously (a) chiefly inspired by the work of one particular artist and (b) distinctive and artistically significant on its own merits. The Spongetones did it with their series of Beatles-inspired albums, earning them both a spot on the Children of Nuggets compilation and

For Orgatroid, The ‘Future’ is Now

Electronic music is sometimes unfairly characterized as cold, sterile and lacking in emotion. But the music of Orgatroid – an Asheville duo of Jason Daniello and Jeffrey Richards – is none of those things. Created almost completely from electronic elements, the music benefits from the very non-electronic backgrounds of the pair of musicians who make

Album Review: The Brothers Steve – #1

Following a proud rock ‘n’ roll tradition of misleading band names, The Brothers Steve aren’t brothers, and none is named Steve. The L.A.-based band plays its own brand of powerpop, with a healthy dose of bubblegum added into the mix. The band has previous released three singles (including a Christmas-themed one) but their debut album