the brothers steve Archive

Album Review: Various Artists — We All Shine On

When thinking back on a particular year in music, there’s often a temptation to focus on a specific subgenre. And most compilations surveying a period tend to organize their selections around a theme. But a new various-artists set takes a very different approach. We All Shine On: Celebrating the Music of 1970 casts a wide

Hundred-word Reviews December 2021 #2

Welcome back for another round of capsule commentaries concerning current creations. Onetwothree – (untitled) What might happen if Trio (“Da Da Da”), Nina Hagen and Neu! got together for a giggle? Well, it might sound a bit like this supremely wonderful pop confection. An all-female group from Switzerland, Onetwothree sounds like Gang of Four in

Hundred-word Reviews December 2021 #1

Happy December! While I’ve been busy with activities related to the impending publishing of my book Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, I’ve found time to put together quick looks at some worthy new music. Here, in the form of 100-word reviews, are five of those. And come back tomorrow

Album Reviews: Big Stir Singles — The Seventh and Eighth Waves

Time was, Jordan Oakes reigned as the tastemaker supreme in the powerpop world. His Yellow Pills compilation series shone a light on the very best that the genre had to offer. And the four volumes in the series – all quite expensive today if you can even find them (you can’t have mine) – hammered

Album Review: The Brothers Steve – #1

Following a proud rock ‘n’ roll tradition of misleading band names, The Brothers Steve aren’t brothers, and none is named Steve. The L.A.-based band plays its own brand of powerpop, with a healthy dose of bubblegum added into the mix. The band has previous released three singles (including a Christmas-themed one) but their debut album