dream syndicate Archive

Hundred-word Reviews for January 2019

The backlog is threatening to get unmanageable once again. As a kind of editorial pressure release valve, here’s a quick look at ten worthy albums that have recently crossed my desk. All new music. Paul Kelly – Nature Some artists accumulate a body of work that all ties together in a neat fashion. Paul Kelly

Hundred-word Reviews for February 2016, Part 5

This latest week-long dive into my backlog of worthy music for review wraps up with five archival releases. Vulgar Boatmen – You and Your Sister First things first: the album title (and title song) have no relation whatsoever to the same-named song by Big Star‘s Chris Bell. There’s not really much in common stylewise, either;

Album Review: The Dream Syndicate – The Day Before Wine and Roses

Though singer/guitarist Steve Wynn introduces this set to the audience as a set of covers, this KPFK broadcast is balanced between covers (Bob Dylan, Donovan, Buffalo Springfield) and Dream Syndicate tunes. A wiry, distorted, edge-of-mayhem set, it captures the intensity of a Dream Syndicate show of the era, just before their major label debut (1982’s