Album Review: The Cruzados – She’s Automatic

When Los Angeles punk outfit The Plugz metamorphosed into The Cruzados in 1984, they altered their musical approach. The spiky punk textures showcased on the soundtrack of Repo Man remained, but some of the edges were sanded smooth. The quality didn’t diminish; they simply made music that as somewhat more accessible. Two albums – a

30 Days Out, September 2021 #2: Schizophonics , Side Pony, Dirty Logic, Thievery Corporation

Lots of cool choices for live music in and around Asheville in the coming thirty days. By now, you know the drill: Most venues are requiring proof of vaccination or results of a legit test within 72 hours prior to entrance. These venues want to stay in business, and they want their patrons to stay

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… As if She Trinity’s lineup changes weren’t confusing enough, the group went by at least two other names. Yorke doesn’t recall exactly why the band went for a time by the name of British Maid, but she knows that they used the name during a tour of France. “We played all

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 4 of 5)

Continued from Part Three… The band had parted ways with Mickie Most by the time Thompson joined. Working with American producer Steve Rowland, She Trinity recorded a single in a West End studio with the saxophonist. The CBS single featured a cover of Gene Pitney’s “Across the Street” backed by “Over and Over Again.” It’s

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 3 of 5)

Continued from Part Two… Shelley Gillespie’s main instrument was a Fender Telecaster. “I also had a Vox 12-string for a brief moment, and an acoustic Guild dreadnought,” she recalls. The group’s selection of material reflected the varying tastes – and abilities – within the group. “Robyn liked to tell people that she was once told

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 2 of 5)

Continued from Part One… “We always used to wear mens’ Beatle boots, bell-bottom jeans, black turtlenecks with a great big ‘M’ in plaid in the middle, waistcoats and Beatle hats,” Carola Daish recalls. “That was our normal outfit, because – at first – we didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves, that we were girls.

Climbing That Tree: The Story of She Trinity (Part 1 of 5)

It’s possible to be a groundbreaking musical act, to pave the way for future artists all while gaining little fame and fortune yourselves. That’s the case with She Trinity, a remarkable all-woman band of the middle- and late ‘60s. They played their own instruments and worked with a high-profile producer, but the group never broke

Widespread Panic: The Best-of That Never Was, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Ain’t Life Grand By September 1994, Widespread Panic had completed their fourth studio album, Ain’t Life Grand. For this album, the band returned to their Athens roots, once again working with producer John Keane. Initial sessions were approached as rehearsals, but band and producer were impressed with the recordings of those

Widespread Panic: The Best-of That Never Was, Part One

Some five and a half years ago, I worked on a project that would never see the light of day. A record label decided to put together The Definitive Collection, a 2CD set surveying the best from the dozen albums popular jam band Widespread Panic released during its time with Capricorn Records. For reasons having

Wind Up Happening: Musoscribe Meets LMNOP (Part 5 of 5)

Continued from Part Four… We’ve talked about the whole band concept. But with MIDI technology and everything, do you have any interest at all in doing solo gigs? Well, if I had a means of doing it, possibly. When I was doing all these new songs, I made an additional track without the lead vocals