review Archive

Album Review: Crash Kings (self-titled)

Weird. When “Mountain Man” — the opening track on Crash Kings‘ self-titled album — kicks off, it sounds like a song you haven’t heard by Wolfmother, albeit without a bunch of guitar. A trio employing the instrumental setup that served Ben Folds Five so well (keys/bass/drums), Crash Kings manage to sound not all that much

Album Review: Arthur Walker – Animal Nights

I know that “angular” is one of those critic-overused adjectives used to describe, well, post-rock, itself another overused descriptor. but Arthur Walker (a band, not a person) makes some angular music. They play kinetic, frenetic, skittery songs that call to mind early-early XTC (“Are You Receiving Me?” era) with vocals that evoke memories of Feargal

Bootleg Bin: The Remains – Garorock Festival 2006

I’m putting the finishing touches on a feature/interview with Barry Tashian of the Remains. That feature will run in London-based Shindig! magazine sometime in 2010. As a bit of a teaser, here’s one from the archives: a review of an unreleased audience recording of a Remains reunion show. Enjoy, and Happy New Year. When music

Review: Paul McCartney – Good Evening New York City

At age 67, Paul McCartney has nothing to prove. As the world’s most successful songwriter, with a vast back catalog of Beatles, Wings and solo albums, he could easily (a) retire without recrimination or (b) put together an oldies package and tour on the strength of his older material. He’d be well within his rights

Musoscribe’s Best of 2009

2009 shaped up to be a great year for pop music, if not for the music business. In no particular order — here are my choices for the Best of 2009. The Twilight Hours – Stereo Night. Veterans of underappreciated groups Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic come together to create a masterful pop record. Available on

Album Review: King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (40th Anniversary Series)

There was little precedent for the music on King Crimson‘s 1969 debut album. Titled In the Court of the Crimson King — An Observation by King Crimson, the album gave a clear signal that something had changed in the world of music. In 1969 rock and popular music were in the midst of a fertile

Book Review: Bomp 2 – Born in the Garage

The printed fanzine phenomenon was the precursor of today’s blog. While the form got its beginning covering science fiction, by 1970 one of the medium’s most (ultimately) influential outlets was Who Put the Bomp by Greg Shaw. From 1970 to 1981 Shaw wrote and/or edited many issues of WPTB (eventually shortened to Bomp). While early

Album Review: King Crimson – Red (40th Anniversary Series)

From the first ominous, jagged chord of “Red”, the opening track on the 1974 King Crimson album of the same name, listeners know they’re in for a bracing, uncompromising experience. The song is now widely accepted as an exemplar of instrumental progressive rock. The song’s high-wire act balances brutal riffs (modern day listeners, think of

Album Review: Paper Zoo – We Are Paper Zoo (EP)

I, for one, don’t really think of Bigelf‘s Damon Fox as any sort of grand old man of rock and roll. But I suppose if you’re a young band like Paper Zoo, then the talented Fox might come off that way. The story holds that this L.A. based quartet (originally a trio) caught the attention

DVD Review: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live

Ask yourself this, dear reader: are you at your very best after a night out on the town, one that involves an open bar? And to my musician friends: do you turn in your best performances after an endless stream of cocktails? Well, unless we’re in a time machine and you’re a member of The