rawk Archive

Here Come the Small Faces, Part One

The 1960s were a staggeringly fertile period for pop music. And – thanks in no small part to the success of The Beatles – a disproportionate (though completely deserved) share of that music came out of the British Isles. Still, owing to any number of factors, several British artists of consistently high quality failed to

Album Reviews: Camper Van Beethoven — Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie

You know that marketing term “early adopter?” Those are the people who bought CD players in 1984. They bought Blu-Ray players before there were any Blu-Ray discs available. And they maybe, just maybe, bought a CD-i player and a DCC player back in the 80s. Me, I’m what they call a “late adopter.” I didn’t

Yuck’s “Glow & Behold” — Shoegaze Meets Melody (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… The first record was self-produced; for Glow & Behold, the band chose to work with Chris Coady, who’s worked with other indie-styled artists like Smith Westerns, Wavves and Beach House. Max Bloom says that the “brightness” of Coady’s sound works well with the songs on this album. “I’m used to doing

Yuck’s “Glow & Behold” — Shoegaze Meets Melody (Part One)

In October 2013, London/New York-based Yuck released Glow & Behold, their second album. And while a “cold” listen to it – as in, using ears that had never heard their self-titled 2011 debut – led to me naming it as one of the year’s best releases, some fans don’t agree. They remind me of the

Hundred Word Reviews: February 2014, Part Three

I’m making progress in bringing my the contents of my in-box down to a manageable size, but there are still so many albums deserving of coverage that I’ll be doing a few more of these capsule reviews. This time ’round I’ll take quick looks at artists who have either self-released, or put their music out

Hundred Word Reviews: February 2014, Part Two

As part of my continuing effort to thin the pile of to-be-reviewed CDs on my desk – and that’s after culling all the ones I’ve decided not to cover – I present the second in this month’s series of 100-word capsule reviews. This batch will feature new music by artists with whom most readers will

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Seven

Continued from Part Six… Bill Kopp: For me, from a musical standpoint, there’s a paradox where the two Brotherhood albums are concerned. Of course it goes without saying that I am a big fan of both (and the Joyride album as well), but what’s fascinating to me is that the original band labored over the

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Six

Continued from Part Five… Bill Kopp: We’ve spoken in the past about Brotherhood recordings that might still be “in the can.” I know that no finished cuts – that is, songs that were fully recorded and mixed down from multi-tracks – exist beyond what’s on the albums – But are there multitracks out in your

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Five

Continued from Part Four… Bill Kopp: I understand you remained close to Drake Levin in the post-Brotherhood years. I believe you mentioned that the two of you even played music together on an informal basis in the years before his passing. Can you tell me about that? Phil “Fang” Volk: Drake and I stayed in

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… Bill Kopp: We’ve talked in the past about the relatively few live dates that Brotherhood did. On those dates, which songs from the pair of albums did you perform live, and how did they differ from the studio versions? Phil “Fang” Volk: We had to stick with songs that could rock,