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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

Concert Review: Superhumanoids at Asheville’s Orange Peel, 20 Sept 2013

Doubtless you’ve heard the old saying, “If you remember the 60s, you weren’t there.” Well, for whatever reason – perhaps because it didn’t host the ascendancy of the baby boom during its decade – nobody says anything similar about the 1980s. I blame it on the fact that in the 60s, there were so many

Cupid’s Arrow Hits its Mark: The Van Duren and Vicki Loveland Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Not to put words in your mouth, but was it a case of that as the songs would develop, you’d instinctively know who’d sing lead? Vicki Loveland: Yeah. As we’d put them together, there would be some songs where I’d start singing, and I would look at Van after