Author Archive

Crowded House’s Neil Finn on the 1986 Smash “Don’t Dream it’s Over” (Part 1 of 2)

This feature first appeared in SPIN “Our albums have always had elements of melancholy,” says Neil Finn, leader, singer, guitarist and songwriter for Crowded House. “And some of the best […]

Take 5: John Fogerty

Spring 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Blue Ridge Rangers, the debut solo album from singer and musician John Fogerty. The former leader and primary songwriter […]

Album Review: Sun Ra – At the Showcase: Live in Chicago 1977-1978

Zev Feldman has applied his “jazz detective” approach to a dizzying array of artists, unearthing previously unheard recordings by landmark artists ranging from Bill Evans to Mel Lewis to Les […]

Album Review: Foghat – Slow Ride: Live in Concert

Too often, Foghat gets a bad rap. They’re unfairly lumped in with faceless boogie bands of the 1970s. They deserve better. An offshoot of Savoy Brown, Foghat were at their […]

Album Review: The Brat – Straight Outta East L.A.

Time has an odd way of changing our perception. Most anyone who heard Sex Pistols in the 1978 would have found them abrasive, chaotic and noisy. As Never Mind the […]

Take Five: Great Deep-dive Tracks from Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is widely acclaimed for many things; at or near the top of that list is his songwriting for The Who. But also worthy of praise – and further […]

Single Review: Dave McLean – “Faintly Blowing”

When it came to ‘60s psychedelia of the British variant, the prevailing approach was a kind of twee popsike (if you will). Songs with titles like “Toffee Apple Sundays” from […]

EP Review: Speedfossil – Room With a VU, Vol. 1

Nice ‘n’ crunchy guitars, clear and exuberant vocals, catchy melodies and sharp hooks: those are the main ingredients of the subgenre we call power pop. They’re in ample supply on […]

Album Review: Pearl Harbour – Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too

Pearl Harbour (aka Pearl Harbor, aka Pearl E. Gates) has had a fascinating career. And in some ways, everything she did prior – however disparate it was – seems to […]

David J on the Creative Process and the Inner Flame of Inspiration

Former Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist shares his personal archive of home demos David J (Haskins) first entered the public consciousness in 1978 as bassist and collaborative songwriter in […]