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Album Review: Various Artists — CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

When endeavoring to judge the merits of a soundtrack album, there’s always the quandary of what measure to use. Should one judge it on the merits, strictly as a thematic collection of songs? Or measure it as an audio companion to the film? With regard to CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, I’m going with the

Album Review: The Monochrome Set — Volume, Contrast, Brilliance

Note: be sure to read all the way through; there’s a new Monochrome Set DVD reviewed as well. The Monochrome Set were one of those bands who never broke stateside. Though they enjoyed critical and (limited) commercial success in their native England, in the USA they were all but unknown. With a style that seemed

Iggy in ’80

It was 1980. I was all of sixteen, and enrolled in a private high school that had only gone co-ed the year before I started 9th grade. I lived in the white-bread suburbs of North Atlanta, and my idea of going to “the city” was getting my Dad (or one of my friends’ dads) to

Album Review: The Vibrators – On the Guest List

One argument that’s endlessly trotted out is that 70s punk rock – especially the UK version of it – was a musical reaction to the self-important, overblown pomposity of much of that era’s arena rock. And while there’s an element of truth to that argument, many of the punk wave’s best acts were unafraid to

Album Review: Hymn for Her Presents Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames

Rock’n’roll doesn’t have a long list of successful male-female duets; at least not ones that, y’know, rock. Other traditions have done well with the duet format: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, the one-off Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet, and others. But when it comes to hard-driving rocking, there just

Album Review: The Scenics – Dead Man Walks Down Bayview

I don’t pretend to know much (or anything) about the Toronto music scene. But I feel safe in my assertion that The Scenics aren’t typical of whatever it sounds like. With a country-punk vibe that owes as much to Johnny Cash as to The Replacements, The Scenics are in fact a highly-regarded punk band that

Album Review: The Moving Sidewalks – The Complete Collection

When The Moving Sidewalks are mentioned at all, it’s general in the context of them being a forerunner of ZZ Top (guitarist Billy Gibbons fronted The Moving Sidewalks). But the Texas quartet deserves more than a footnote in some ZZ Top essay; the group’s music is of a piece with other sixties Texas bands of

Album Review: 45 Grave – Pick Your Poison

Way back in 1981, a bunch of L.A. scenesters put together a compilation album called Hell Comes to Your House. The now-rare (I have a copy!) punk/proto-goth/death-rock LP featured tracks by eleven local acts, none of whom had made the big time at that point. To modern audiences, the most familiar names on the record

DVD Review: We Fun – Atlanta GA Inside Out

Most of us remember our high school years, right? One of the things we might remember — if we weren’t fortunate — was the class sociopath. You know they guy (and it was pretty much always a guy) who did malevolently mischievous things purely for his amusement, with zero regard for others. He might have

Album Reviews: The Replacements Reissues (2008)

The Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (Rhino/Rykodisc) The Replacements – Stink EP (Rhino/Rykodisc) The Replacements – Hootenanny (Rhino/Rykodisc) The Replacements – Let it Be (Rhino/Rykodisc) Nobody knew it at the time. I remember when these albums came out; the hipper of my musician friends actually liked The Replacements, but most