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Album Review: Live Kraut: Live Rock Explosions from the Heyday of Krautrock!

I discovered this internet thing about nineteen years ago. Ever since then – more so once I became Editor in Chief for a now-defunct print magazine, and even more so in the last four years since I launched this blogzine – I have connected with all manner of new and wonderful people. I’ve made friends

Hundred Word Reviews: June 2013

Here’s another installment in my occasional series of capsule reviews; this time ’round I’m focusing on new releases from long-established artists who nonetheless aren’t quite household names. My self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 100 words on each album. House of Love – She Paints Words in Red If you love the jangle of

Album Review: Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra – For the Baby Doll

In and of itself, eclecticism is neither a good nor bad characteristic. Consistency may in fact be (as Ralph Waldo Emerson sorta-said) the hobgoblin of a little mind, but it helps sell records. People like knowing what to expect. Not everyone wants adventurism with their rock’n’roll. But some of us welcome the musical curve ball.

Album Review: Pulp and Pop Culture Box Vol. 1

You know what’s cool? When the compiler of a collection of music makes no outsized claims of cultural import about the music. Sometimes it’s art, for sure, but sometime, it’s just…fun. That’s certainly the case with Rock Beat’s new Pulp & Pop Culture Box Vol. 1. One hundred-plus tracks filling four CDs, it’s jam packed

Album Review: Todd Rundgren – State

As I’ve mentioned before, and is patently obvious to anyone who pays attention, Todd Rundgren has always followed his own muse. Most of the time – the overwhelming majority of the time – this approach has resulted in some of the most wonderfully innovative and timeless music of the rock era. But it also makes

Album Review: R.E.M. – Green 25th Anniversary Edition

If you’re at all like me, and fondly remember the days when albums came jam-packed with an assortment of goodies, you may appreciate the new 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue of R.E.M.‘s Green. I bought the vinyl album on release back in the the 80s, and while it’s not my favorite of their records (that honor

Album Review: Various Artists – The Dutch Woodstock (CD+DVD)

I’m a hardcore Pink Floyd fanatic. Yeah, one of those lot who insists that the stuff they did before The Dark Side of the Moon is filled with untold riches. The sort who (allegedly) has over 200 lossless audio documents of Floyd concerts, some dating back to the Syd Barrett era (though you can’t hear

Album Review: Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me

On paper, it reads like textbook case in how not to succeed, how not to make a mark in musical history: release your debut on a label rife with distribution problems; have one of your two main songwriters leave before the second album is done; record a gauzy, downbeat and decidedly noncommercial third album with

A Conversation with Ray Manzarek

This feature is based on my previously-unpublished 2011 interview with the late Doors keyboardist. – bk “I used to play in a band called The Doors.” That deadpan, unprompted statement from Ray Manzarek came about two minutes into our August 2011 phone conversation. I had scheduled an interview with the keyboardist to discuss his involvement

Album Review: The Del-Lords – Elvis Club

Sometimes, when you hear a band’s music, you get a sense of their worldview within the first few seconds. There’s the sort of artist whose work makes it clear that they live and breathe rock’n’roll. They may or may not walk around believing (or saying) that rock’n’roll will save your soul (or the world), but