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Album Review: The Paley Brothers — The Complete Recordings

File these guys under Music You Probably Missed. Chalk it up to record execs not knowing exactly what to do with The Paley Brothers, or perhaps assign some of the blame to the artists themselves for not fitting neatly into a “box” as the record business demanded (and demands) of recording artists. Whatever the reason,

It’s a Mondo Zombie Boogaloo!

It’s one thing to make good music. A challenging thing, not to be taken for granted, but as far as live performance goes, ultimately it’s only one part of the mix. Another thing is to put on a good show. Some artists do that without getting the first part of the equation (Gene Simmons, I’m

This Won’t Be a Waste of Your Time

It’s exceedingly rare for me to (a) post content here more than once a business day and/or (b) provide a stream to music. That’s simply not how I operate. But rules are made to be broken, and here’s a delightfully good reason to do so. The new single from Charleston SC* – based pop group

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 1

My sweetheart and I enjoyed the first night of 2013 Mountain Oasis together; while I’d cover nights two and three on my own, this night we managed together to take in all or part of sets by five acts; here’s a rundown of the three most notable. Half Japanese We arrived at the Thomas Wolfe

Album Review: Alex Chilton – Electricity by Candlelight

Bootlegs or ROIOs* or fan recordings: however one wishes to label them, they play an often important and unappreciated part in documenting musical history. As Clinton Heylin explains in his excellent 1994 book Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, surreptitious and/or unauthorized fan recordings have been responsible for capturing otherwise unheard performances

X Marks the Spot: The 2013 Richard X Heyman Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One Bill Kopp: You’ve long been one of those artists who can handle everything in the studio; other than Nancy engineering, most of your albums have featured you on nearly everything. But sometimes you’ve brought in other musicians. On X you’re back to playing and singing everything. What to you is the

X Marks the Spot: The 2013 Richard X Heyman Interview, Part One

Richard X Heyman is nominally a powerpop artist, but ever since his first solo album in 1988, there has been a lot more going on in his music than a slavish devotion to a certain subset of rock history. He’s long synthesized a wide swath of influences into his music, crating his own identifiable sound

Fall Capsule Reviews, Part Three

I wasn’t kidding when I wrote of having a massive backlog; here are four more capsule reviews. Don’t infer that these releases are somehow lesser than those receiving more in-depth coverage; these are all worth further investigation. As per usual, 150 words per review is my limit here. Breaking Laces – Come Get Some This

Album Review: The Dirtbombs — Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!

A lot of people credit The Ramones with giving bubblegum music a second chance. And I hear that; I know what they mean. There’s an undeniable, delightfully lunkheaded, intentionally-throwaway bubblegum vibe to many of the group’s tunes, especially their ealrier material. But the particular blend of cyncism and innocence – innocence as a commodified product,

Album Review: Pete Ham — Keyhole Street: Demos 1966-67

Much has been written about (Apple band and Beatles protégés) Badfinger. And the most notable, in-depth writing about the star-crossed quartet has come from two sources: Dan Matovina‘s Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger, and Michael Cimino‘s Badfinger and Beyond: The Biography of Joey Molland. There’s no research/interview overlap between the two books, and