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Album Review: The Black Watch — Brilliant Failures

John Andrew Fredrick is one prolific artist. It seems that every few months a new album from his group, The Black Watch, appears on my desk. And he stands apart from other super-prolific musicians in a very important aspect: though much of their work is superb, R. Stevie Moore and Robert Pollard (to name two)

Album Review: Dave Kerzner — Breakdown

I’ve come across Kerzner’s music before; he made a quite-good Yes tribute with frequent collaborator Fernando Perdomo, and I reviewed his concept album Static just over two years ago. This new 2CD set, however, will be the best entry point for those new to the man’s work. A survey of his work to date, Breakdown

30 Days Out, April 2020 #2: Taylor Martin, Three Cool Cats, Kathryn O’Shea, Posey Royale

As we all begin to settle into what one might call the new normal, performing musicians are increasingly turning to livestreaming. I suspect their reasons are twofold: (1) to stay in touch with fans (and potential fans) and (2) to stave off boredom and exercise their creativity. I’m here to do my small bit toward

Prepare Yourself: Porcupine Tree’s ‘The Sky Moves Sideways’ at 25 (Part 2)

Continued from Part One … The nature of the music on The Sky Moves Sideways gives bassist Colin Edwin comparatively little to do as well: while he’s an instrumentalist of the first order, there’s often not a great deal in Wilson’s compositions here that lends itself to low-end fireworks. While that would change significantly on

Prepare Yourself: Porcupine Tree’s ‘The Sky Moves Sideways’ at 25 (Part 1)

Today, Steven Wilson is widely known –and acclaimed – as one of the busiest and most creative figures in music. Though he came to wider notice as a kind of progressive rock hero, helming remix/remaster projects for some of prog’s most beloved albums, he has always been about much more than art rock. His muse

Album Review: Stutter Steps — Reeling

Remember college rock of the ‘80s? When hair bands like Bon Jovi were crowding out more interesting music on commercial FM radio, college-based radio stations like WRAS (at my alma mater, Georgia State University) were opening our ears to rock of a more nuanced sort. Sometimes it was country-influenced, like Long Ryders; they managed to

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

More from My Conversation with Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash

Here’s bonus content from my conversation with Andy Powell, founder and co-lead guitarist of Wishbone Ash. We spoke just moments before the band took the stage in Würzburg, Germany as part of a triple bill that also featured Uriah Heep and Nazareth. Prior to the pandemic, the band was on tour in the U.S. in