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The Jeremy Spencer Interview

I’m a big Fleetwood Mac fan. But I should explain: I don’t care much at all for the AOR/California vibe of the mid 70-and-beyond megastar lineup. No, for me, Fleetwood Mac was at their best in their earlier days, when they were much more of a blues-oriented outfit, a sort of spinoff of John Mayall’s

EP Review: Wanda Jackson – Capitol Rarities

Though her recording career began in the mid 1950s, I only discovered Wanda Jackson sometime around 1993. Sometime that year I was in a Wal-Mart (I rarely if ever set foot in one of those these days, but back then I sometimes did) and found myself poring over a bin or “remaindered” books reduced for

Album Review: Honky – 421

If you will, imagine for a moment an unholy cross of Metallica and ZZ Top. If you can’t wrap your mind around how exactly that might sound, a spin of 421 by Honky would provide you with a fairly good approximation. Taking the aggressive, precise, turn-on-a-dime dynamics of the former and welding them onto the

Reviews: 7″ Records from The Fire Tapes and Concrete Blonde

Concrete Blonde – “Rosalee” b/w “I Know the Ghost” There are countless bands whose most well-known songs end up creating an identity for the act that is (at best) an inaccurate portrait of them or (at worst) wholly at odds with what they’re really about. Somewhere netween those two poles is the commercially-successful but often

Album Review: Various Artists – Surf Age Nuggets

Across many traditions, December is the height of the gift-giving season. I’m here to tell you that for the music lover in your life – at least one who appreciates off-the-beaten-path music of days gone by – the perfect gift is now available. It’s called Surf Age Nuggets: Trash & Twang Instrumentals 1959-1966, and title

Album Review: Phil Manzanera and Anna Le – Nth Entities

I’m the first to admit it: I generally don’t “get” poetry. I appreciate good lyrics, but as often as not my attention is drawn more to the sound and texture of vocals in music than to what’s being sung about. So it was with some trepidation that I received an advance of Nth Entities. True,

Album Review: Mitch Ryder – Live at Rockpalast 1979 + 2004

Mitch Ryder is a tricky figure to pin down. Though he enjoyed a brief string of hits in the mid 60s (first with the Detroit Wheels and then as an ostensible solo artist), by the end of the 60s, the commercial marketplace had pretty much made its decision: his career was over and done. But

Album Review: Renaissance – Tour 2011 Live in Concert

“Carpe diem,” quoth the poet Horace. Even in a dead language, wiser words have rarely been written. And while F. Scott Fitzgerald limited his observation to Americans when he claimed “there are no second acts…” occasionally, there are. Renaissance was never an easy act to pigeonhole. At first blush, some might peg them as part

Album Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ultimate CCR

Few rock acts have seen their catalog subjected to as much incessant compilation-izing as Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not counting live albums and the Golliwogs juvenilia, the group released seven albums in the space of five short years. But no less than a few dozen(!) collections of their music have appeared, starting with Creedence Gold back

Album Review: Clayton Brothers and Friends – The Gathering

Over the last several years, I’ve been developing a taste for – and appreciation of – jazz. Not the smooth “jazz flavours” stuff of 70s/80s late-night FM radio; my new-found tastes lean more toward hard bop, big band, fusion. My collection – both on CD and vinyl (the latter remaining my preferred medium) is growing,