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Album Review: Jackdawg — s/t

Jackdawg is a heretofore unreleased one-off project from 1990. The group features Stu Cook from Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus John McFee and Keith Knudsen from the Doobie Brothers. The fifteen songs rock fairly hard in a late 80s/early 90s way. From anyone else, “Bayou Rebel” would be tarred with the too-close-to-CCR tag, but seeing as

Album Review: Robyn Hitchcock — I Wanna Go Backwards

Quirky Cambridge England singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has always followed his own twisted muse. Like some bastard son of Bob Dylan and Syd Barrett, Hitchcock has made a career of memorable albums on his own, with the Egyptians and (before all that) with The Soft Boys. This new box set contains expanded versions of three of

Album Review: The Grip Weeds — House of Vibes Revisited

The 1980s and 90s saw the rise of a rock subgenre/movement dubbed the “paisley underground.” Populated by groups who bowed at the altar of mid-period Beatles and the other finer psych-rock of that era, many of these groups were called to task by critics for their (some said) too-slavish devotion to the sounds of old.

Album Review: Chris Darrow — Chris Darrow / Under My Own Disguise

In 1967 a west coast based group calling itself Kaleidoscope (no relation to the UK psych group of the same era) released their first album, Side Trips. That album is now thought of as something of an overlooked gem from the psychedelic era. But in retrospect it’s clear that the group’s music was proto-world music,

Album Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival — Covers the Classics

There’s something to be said for conceptual/thematic repackaging of selections from a music artist’s catalog. Hell, even 1970s cash-in packages like The Beatles’ Love Songs and Rock and Roll made some sense, even though they removed the songs therein from their intended contexts. Creedence Clearwater Revival is often referred to as the Great American Singles

Album Review: Brian Jonestown Massacre – Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request

Perhaps most people know of Anton Newcombe from Ondi Timoner’s 2003 questionable documentary Dig! than through his career itself; as leader of the neo-psychedelic Brian Jonestown Massacre, Newcombe and his cohorts have turned out a dozen discs showcasing his unique musical vision. In any event, there’s growing evidence that Newcombe’s got his act more together

Album Reviews: Marc Bonilla — EE Ticket and American Matador

Guitar “shredding” is one of those things that as a listener one either gets or doesn’t get. For those in the latter category, the style is a showoff-y example of technique over content, the sort of thing that brings people to cluck, “I bet he gets paid by the note.” For those who appreciate that

Album Reviews: Toy Matinee — s/t and 3rd Matinee — Meanwhile

Toy Matinee was a short-lived pop-prog/art-pop group that released a single eponymous album in 1990. With a sound halfway between Mr. Mister and Jellyfish, Toy Matinee balanced the former’s chart-oriented arrangements with the ambitious approach of the latter. The album kicks off with “Last Plane Out,” a topical (Gulf War I) tune featuring busy instrumentation

DVD Review: TCT — Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust

TCT is a British non-profit (one of those “registered charities” Paul McCartney sang about in “Band on the Run”) to improve the lives of young people in cancer hospitals. Once a year, a star-studded benefit concert is organized to support the charity, and the organization’s high-profile spokesperson is Roger Daltrey of The Who. But you’d

DVD Review: MC5 — Kick Out the Jams

On one hand, it’s necessary to give credit where it’s due: little moving picture footage of the MC5 exists, and Kick Out the Jams co-producers Leni Sinclair and Cary Loren have done a commendable job of synching clips of that footage to (often bootleg-quality) audio of the band. Vocalist Rob Tyner did them an unintentional