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Album Review: Various — Always Memphis Rock and Roll

For me, the Black & Wyatt Records label is a trademark of quality. Since its launch in 2018, the Memphis label has sought to bring interesting and outside-the-box music to the wider public. And it’s been quite successful on that score: I’ve covered a number of Black & Wyatt releases here on Musoscribe, including titles

Album Review: The Sound of Glassboro, 1980s

The reductive nature of popular culture dictates that when we recall the 1980s, we’re supposed to think of shoulder pads, big hair and vacuous MTV-era acts like Thompson Twins. But as those of us who came of age in that era know, the ‘80s also saw the ascendancy of punk and new wave and the

Boxed Set Review: Fuzztones Salute the Greats

For decades now, The Fuzztones have been doing the important work of keeping the garage punk flame burning. Originally a New York City aggregation, the band led by Rudi Protrudi resettled in Germany many years ago, and there they remain. The band’s body of work is extensive, and in recent years has been appended by

Musoscribe’s Best of 2021: Reissues and Archival Releases

An impressive batch of reissue, archival and otherwise historic releases has characterized 2021. Even with so many choices, I was able to narrow my own Musoscribe’s Best of 2021 down to five selections. All are recommended in the most enthusiastic terms. In no particular order, here they are: The Rubinoos – The CBS Tapes These

Album Review: Los Microwaves — The Birth of Techno

(Please visit yesterday’s post for some additional background on this release.) This playfully titled release features David Javelosa (on synth and vocals) along with Meg Brazill (on bass and vocals) plus drummer Todd “Rosa” Rosencrans (two other musicians appear on selected tracks). Side One features five studio tracks, none of which were included on the

Album Review: Baby Buddha — Music for Teenage Sects

My deep dive into the history of San Francisco-based indie record label 415 Records has yielded a book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave; it’s due out in a matter of days, and is available for pre-order now . And while I came into the project knowing a good bit

Album Review: Peter Bilt Group — Do It Up

One set of rhetorical questions that I encountered during my research for my new book was as collection of what-ifs. Of the nearly 30 bands that released music on the groundbreaking indie label 415 Records, few realized their full potential. One such case was the criminally underrated band Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. Fronted by

More from My Chat With Bob Mould (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Your current rhythm section of Wurster and Narducy has now lasted longer, even, than Hüsker Dü did. What makes this trio work in ways that others may not have as well? There’s a couple simple answers. One is: we’re not yoked to each other 24/7. When we musicians are in full-time,

More from My Chat With Bob Mould (Part 1 of 2)

If I had a bucket list, a conversation with Bob Mould would have certainly been on it. And I realized that goal recently when I interviewed Mould (formerly of Sugar and Hüsker Dü but rightly appreciated today as a solo artist with a superb, deep and varied body of work under his own name) for

Bob Mould Wears ‘Blue Hearts’ on His Sleeve

Listening to Bob Mould’s music – his more than a dozen solo albums, his releases leading Sugar in the ’90s, and especially the run of six albums he made with Hüsker Dü in the mid-1980s – and you’re likely to come away with the impression that he’s a pretty intense guy. And while that’s not