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Album Review: Strand — Can’t Trust the Rain

Some of the most enduring rock has come out of Ireland. The Emerald Isle has given us Van Morrison, The Undertones, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, and even U2 (if you’re so inclined). For a country with a population of less than five million – for comparison, that’s slightly more people than live within the city

Album Review: Nancy Priddy — You’ve Come This Way Before

In 1967, a young singer named Nancy Lee Priddy was part of a group of musicians assembled to assist in the making of Songs of Leonard Cohen, the debut release by the Canadian songwriter, poet and novelist. Priddy provided backing vocals on three of the album’s tracks, “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” “So

Album Review: Bobby Hatfield — Stay With Me

The history of popular music is scattered with tales of aborted projects, albums that for one reason or another never saw the light of day. Though it finally saw a kind of official release in the 21st century, the Beach Boys’ SMiLE is perhaps the most famous white whale of them all. And in that

Album Review: America — Heritage II

Back when I was growing up, liking the music of the band America was something one pretty much kept to himself. They didn’t exactly rock, and though their vocals sometimes sounded a lot like Neil Young, they never had anywhere near his hip quotient. But there was no denying the appeal of their breezy, well-crafted

Album Review: Shplang — Los Grandes Excritos

It’s always a bit of a head-scratcher when a band I’ve never heard of releases a best-of set. But then I remember that – try as I might – for every great artist I discover, there are likely dozens or more that escaped my notice. With that in mind, I popped Los Grandes Excritos into

Album Reviews: Various Artists — The Big Stir Singles Series

Back in the days when it still actually played music videos, MTV put together a promo clip featuring David Bowie. The Thin White Duke smiled rakishly at the camera and intoned, “Too much is never enough.” And to make sure viewers got the point, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper and The Police told them the same.

New Yorkers in Sheep’s Clothing: The Strangeloves Story (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Onstage, the band was a mix of incongruous elements. The typical American audience member of 1965 wouldn’t have known that Australia had neither zebras nor African drums. And things got ever weirder when the Strangeloves went on television. “We were on Hullabaloo,” Gottehrer recalls. “We were introduced by Sammy Davis Jr.,

New Yorkers in Sheep’s Clothing: The Strangeloves Story (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… When it’s suggested that the story sounds like a scene straight out of a motion picture, Feldman agrees. “Listen, our whole career has been something out of a movie,” he says. A whirlwind of songwriting followed in the wake of those episodes. “We wrote songs on order for Chubby Checker, Dee

New Yorkers in Sheep’s Clothing: The Strangeloves Story (Part One)

An edited version of this feature appeared previously in Record Collector. One evening in late November 2018, Lenny Kaye’s phone rang. The music journalist and (since 1971) guitarist for Patti Smith answered, and on the other end of the line was Todd-o-phonic, the disc jockey at WFMU. Todd told him, “You have to come to

Album Review: Pop Co-op — Factory Settings

It was more than a decade ago when the Spongetones released what would turn out to be their final album, Scrambled Eggs. The group went out (recording-wise) on a high note, with a collection of songs that stood nicely against a backdrop of great albums going all the way back to 1982’s Beat Music. But