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On Newsstands: “Day of the Remains”

The September-October issue of London-based Shindig! Magazine is (theoretically) on newsstands now. In addition to worthy stories by other writers, the issue prominently features my story of the Remains. Based on a lengthy in-person conversation I had last summer with Remains founder Barry Tashian, the piece…well…let’s just look at the promo blurb from Shindig! They

Big Announcement!

I am pleased to announce that I am writing a definitive history of Brotherhood, the band founded by ex-Paul Revere & the Raiders members Phil “Fang” Volk, Drake Levin and Michael Smith. The group released three albums in the late 1960s, and their story has never been fully documented until now. The long-form feature will

A Question to My Readers…

Actually, to one anonymous reader in particular. I see — from a routine perusal of my server logs — that someone is saving a bunch — dozens — of my blog posts to his or her computer’s F Drive, and then reading them. I sincerely appreciate that you’re doing so, and I hope you’re enjoying

Happy Independence Day Weekend!

Have a safe and festive weekend. Enjoy the holiday! And be sure to check back every day next week — Monday July 5 through Friday July 9 — for the five-part series: my exclusive in-depth feature on Paul Revere and the Raiders. It includes interviews with Mark Lindsay (vocals, sax, ponytail), Phil “Fang” Volk (bass),Jim

Coming Attractions

There are quite a few projects in the pipeline here at Musoscribe World HQ. Here’s just a sampling. CD Reviews Various Artists – Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups Vol. 1 Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust The Orlons – The Wah-Watusi and South Street (reissue) Burton Cummings – Above the Ground (includes a

Coming Attractions

So last night I traveled to Charlotte NC to see Bigelf and Porcupine Tree in concert. I had met, interviewed, and seen both acts onstage before, so this show was not to be missed. I’ll have a review of the shows soon. Hanging out after the show at the bar. Amos’ Southend, Charlotte NC April

Happy Birthday: Tommy James

Singer/guitarist Tommy James (most famous as leader of 60s pop group the Shondells) turns 63 today. During the 60s the Shondells racked up an impressive string of top 40 pop hits including “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” and several others that people of a certain age will remember.

New Psych Music: Ape Machine

I’m a pushover for groovy  modern takes on classic psych and heavy sounds of the late 60s/early 70s. That means I like Wolfmother, Nebula, Black Mountain and Bigelf. (I’m seeing Bigelf onstage later this week, matter of fact.) It also means that I dig this clip just sent to me by a promoter who tends

Preview: The New Mastersounds

I first learned of Leeds UK-based funk instrumental quartet The New Mastersounds around the time of release of their 2008 album Plug and Play. They were scheduled to play a gig in my hometown (Asheville NC) and I had a tentative plans to interview the band when they arrived. But at the last minute (Asheville